Sports Rules Changes

See or download PDFs of rule changes made this year for each listed sport.

Sports Rule Change Process

According 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.

Rule change 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 15.

Please make reference to the following resources:

2012 Article 1 Changes

Article 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.

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