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Coaching Golf Quiz

Coaching Special Olympics athletes is rewarding and makes use of the experience and knowledge coaches already have. In all sports, there are special rules and adaptions that make participation fairer, safer and more competitive for athletes of all abilities. The quiz below highlights aspects of Special Olympics golf that coaches and officials should know about. Test your knowledge!

1) During all Special Olympics golf competitions, __________________ rules shall be used, except when they are in conflict with the Official Special Olympics Sports Rules for Golf or Article I.

  • International Olympics Committee (IOC)
  • Professional Golf Association (PGA)
  • Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association (AGCSA)
  • Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (R&A)
2) Official Special Olympics golf events do NOT include which of the following?

  • Individual skills competition
  • Individual pitch and putt competition
  • Unified Sports ® Alternate shot team play (9 hole)
  • Individual stroke team play competition (18 hole)
3) The six basic golf skills assessed during an Individual Skills Competition do not include which of the following? 

  • Aim/target
  • Wood
  • Iron
  • Pitch
  • Chip
  • Long Putt
  • Short Putt
4) To be eligible for Special Olympics golf competitions, an athlete and Unified partner must complete an Individual Skills Competition with a total score of at least ______ points.

  • 40
  • 50
  • 60
  • 70
5) At any Special Olympics golf competition, all athletes _________________. 

  • Are required to walk the course; there are no exceptions to this rule.
  • Have a choice of whether or not they walk the course.
  • Are required to walk the course. However, a case may be considered for using a power cart upon presentation of a medical certificate to the Tournament Committee no later than the registration deadline.
  • Are required to walk the course unless they provide their own power cart.
6) It is strongly recommended that athletes competing in Levels 4 and 5 provide their own caddies for tournaments and competitions. If an athlete does not provide his or her own caddie, the Tournament Committee will not provide one for them. 

  • True
  • False
7) How many practice shots are allowed per hole during official Special Olympics level 2 golf competitions? 

  • 0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
8) During official Special Olympics golf competition, an athlete who accidentally or purposefully moves their ball on the green _______________________. 

  • Will incur no penalty after the first offense, but will incur a one stroke penalty after the second offense and every offense thereafter
  • Will incur no penalty
  • Will incur a one stroke penalty
9) Instructors have a legal responsibility to make athletes aware of the risks of golf, including the possibility of serious or fatal injuries. 

  • True
  • False
10) When teaching athletes a basic club swing, it is important to note that the primary target __________. 

  • Is the ball.
  • Is not the ball; instead, the target is the destination for the shot.
  • Is the golf tee.
  • Is approximately 200 yards past the destination for the shot.
11) Fill in the blanks: _____ + _____ = Golf swing 

  • Force + Aim
  • Energy + Mass
  • Arm swing + Body pivot
  • Arm swing + Follow through
12) When teaching beginning-level athletes a basic club swing, a tennis ball, Nerf ball, beach ball or whiffle ball can be used in place of a golf ball so athletes ________________________.  

  • Develop a faster swing speed
  • Develop a slower swing speed
  • Reduce damage to the green
  • Experience more success and develop hand-eye coordination
  • All of the above
13) When teaching beginning-level athletes to putt, a recommended first step is to have them _______________. 

  • Hit the ball with a putter to a target
  • Hit the ball with a putter different distances
  • Roll the ball with an underhand toss
14) Every player, whether an athlete or Unified® partner, is responsible for providing his/her own equipment.

  • True
  • False
15) Levels 2 and 3 are considered to be Unified® levels of play. A Special Olympics Unified® golf team shall consist of the following: 

  • One athlete with an intellectual disability and one Unified® partner without an intellectual disability
  • Two athletes
  • Two Unified® partners
  • All of the above
  • None of the above
16) The form of play in Levels 2 and 3 is alternate shot play. In alternate shot play, athletes play from the tee at all odd-numbered playing grounds and Unified® partners play from the tee at all even-numbered playing grounds. 

  • True
  • False
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