See or download PDFs of rule changes made this year
for each listed sport.
Sports Rule Change ProcessAccording to Article I, the
Sports Rules may be amended bi-annually, or annually in case of safety and
health issues, as provided in Addendum A. Article I may be amended annually.
There is now an opportunity to submit proposals for sport rules amendments,
deletions and modifications to SOI - Sports Rules Advisory Committee over the
next few months. After the 2014 posting of revised rules, the next revision
will not take place until the year of 2016 unless there are health and safety
issues. The rules posted in 2014 will be the rules used for the 2015 Special
Olympics World Summer Games. The rules posted in 2016 will be used for the
2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.
proposals from the Programs are due no later than September 15. Final review
and submission to SOI from the respective sport resource team is October
Please make reference to the following
2012 Article 1 ChangesArticle 1 of the Sports Rules provides principles of
Special Olympics' General Rules that are not found in sport-specific rules.
In case of any conflict between Sports Rules and General Rules, the General
Rules shall govern.
Sports Rules ChangesPlease
click each sport listed below to see specific changes.