Fall Sports Season In-Person

We’re ready to get back in the game, but the health and safety of all members of Special Olympics New York is most important and at the forefront of every decision we make. Participation in our Fall Sports Season In-Person is completely optional, and we respect, understand, and fully support anyone who is unable to or uncomfortable returning. Please review our High Risk Fact Sheet to determine whether an In-Person return to activity is right for you.

Mid-August marks the earliest possible time to bring athletes together in person for the Fall Sports Season. Below you will find our In-Person Fall sport offerings and guidance on how to proceed. The Fall Sports Season In-Person Training Guide can be found here. 

EVENTS & ACTIVITIESEVENTS & ACTIVITIES

SO_SportsIcon_Bocce_gold

  • Athletes should gather their own ball between sets
  • If bocce balls are handled by multiple athletes, they must be sanitized before each exchange
  • Sanitize the palina in between each set or exchanges
  • If multiple courts present, set-up courts 10 feet apart
  • Bocce Resource: Click Here

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  • Stagger start times to ensure physical distance requirements are met
  • Tandem/Unified cyclists may practice together but should wear a mask
  • Cycling Resource: Click Here

SO_SportsIcon_Floor_Golf_Gold

  • Walking is recommended, but if utilizing a cart, one person per cart
  • Do not utilize rake in sand traps or remove pin and flag on putting green
  • Alternate shot – only use your own ball – be prepared to sanitize for incidental exchange
  • Golf Resource: Click Here

SO_SportsIcon_Marathon_Gold

  • Avoid running in a pack
  • Stagger start times to ensure physical distance requirements are met
  • Cross Country Resource: Click Here

SO_SportsIcon_Soccer_Gold

  • Skills only (Phase 1 & 2)
  • Dribbling, Shooting, Run & Kick, Team Assessment Skills
  • Coaches, Volunteers, Support Staff will wear gloves and encourage new gloves when possible
  • Athletes should gather their own ball in between sets
  • Soccer balls must be sanitized before each exchange
  • Social Distancing Drills: Click Here
  • Soccer Resource: Click Here

SO_SportsIcon_Softball_Gold

  • Skills only (Phase 1 & 2)
  • Bat for Distance, Base Race, Fielding, Hitting, Throwing, Team Assessment Skills
  • Coaches, Volunteers, Support Staff will wear gloves and encourage new gloves when possible
  • Athletes should gather their own ball in between sets
  • Softballs must be sanitized before each exchange
  • Softball Resource: Click Here

SO_SportsIcon_Equestrian_Gold

  • Coaches, Volunteers, Support Staff will wear gloves and encourage new gloves when possible
  • All shared equipment needs to be sanitized in between each rider
  • Consider staggering lesson or training times
  • Equestrian Resource: Click Here

*Special Olympics New York has established a Return to Activities plan developed in close partnership with Special Olympics International and in compliance with federal and state guidelines. In-Person activities will be carried out in accordance with these guidelines and only as long as it continues to be safe to do so.