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Coaching Roller Skating

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 roller skating that coaches and officials should know about. Test your knowledge!

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

  • World Roller Skating Federation (WRSF)
  • Federation International de Roller Skating (FIRS)
  • International Olympic Committee (IOC)
  • Roller Skating Association International (RSAI)
2) Which of the following is NOT an official Special Olympics roller skating event category?

  • Artistic competition
  • Speed competition
  • Hockey competition
  • Roller-basketball competition
3) Roller skates permitted in Special Olympics roller skating competitions must be:


  • Traditional quad skates with four wheels on two axles
  • Skates with two wheels under the center of the foot
  • Skates with four wheels under the center of the foot
  • Skates with five wheels under the center of the foot
  • All of the above
  • None of the above
4) True or false: During Special Olympics roller skating speed events, helmets are required.

  • True
  • False
5) During Special Olympics hockey events, _____________ players make up a team, including the goalie.

  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
6) An important skill for beginner roller skaters to learn is:

  • How to get up after falling down when wearing roller skates
  • How to increase speed with skating
  • How to balance on one foot when wearing skates
  • How to skate backwards
7) During Special Olympics speed events, a slower skater who is being passed by a faster skater _______________.

  • Can try to block the faster skater with his or her body
  • Must let the faster skater go by
  • Can stick out his or her arms to make it harder for the faster skater to pass
  • None of the above
  • All of the above
8) During Special Olympics roller skating level I artistic events, skaters must attempt a minimum of _____ skills. 

  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
9) Special Olympics roller skating hockey events are comprised of two, ___________-minute halves.

  • Five
  • Eight
  • Eleven
  • Fifteen
10) During Special Olympics roller skating artistic events, the __________ partner is responsible for wearing the identification number during team dance competitions.


  • Female
  • Male
  • Female or male
11) During Special Olympics roller skating artistic team dance events, which of the following is not a scored element?

  • Form
  • Timing
  • Quality of stroking
  • Accuracy of step
  • Pattern
  • Team relationship
  • All of the above are scored elements
  • None of the above are scored elements
12) During Special Olympics roller skating speed skating competitions, athletes are permitted to get physical assistance from coaches or volunteers without penalty.

  • True
  • False
  • False, with the exception of Unified ® competitions
13) During Special Olympics speed skating relay events; the partners must have matching uniforms.

  • True
  • False
14) During Special Olympics speed skating relay events; the partners must be all male or all female.

  • True
  • False
15) Special Olympics roller skating has developmental events for beginning skaters.

  • True
  • False
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