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 Swimming that coaches and officials should know about. Test your knowledge!
1) During Special Olympics aquatics training sessions and competitions, when must a certified lifeguard be on the pool deck?
2) Coaches should teach aquatics athletes to ________________ when they feel exhausted or panicky in the pool.
3) An athlete with Down syndrome who has been diagnosed with Atlanto-Axial Instability may not participate in ________________.
4) Some aquatics athletes, such as those with absent limbs or spinal cord damage, may have trouble regulating body temperature in the water. What can coaches do to help athletes regulate their body temperature?
5) To enhance communication with aquatics athletes who have hearing impairments, coaches can ________________.
6) To enhance communication with aquatics athletes who have hearing impairments, coaches can ________________.
7) During a competition start, athletes with hearing or sight impairments may receive the following accommodations:
8) During the divisioning process, it is important for coaches to report athletes’ ________________ times to ensure correct divisioning.
9) Each Unified relay team must consist of ________________.
10) The coach of a Unified relay team must assign the following race order to athletes and partners:
- Athlete, partner, athlete, partner
- Partner, athlete, partner, athlete
- Athlete, athlete, partner, partner
- Partner, partner, athlete, athlete
- There is no mandate for race order on Unified relay teams
11) The procedures used for learning and practicing skills in the water are determined by:
12) The “shoulder method” of assisting aquatics athletes into a pool would be most appropriate for which athlete?
13) Robbie performs the crawl stroke with his head well clear of the water and is concerned about splashing water near his face; his coach suspects he has likely failed to become properly adjusted to the water environment. How can Robbie’s coach help familiarize him to the water environment?
14) Identify the athlete for whom the “egg blow” activity is the most appropriate:
15) What starts are allowed in Special Olympics aquatics competitions?
16) True or false: During Special Olympics breast stroke and butterfly competitions, swimmers must touch the wall with two hands to register a legal finish.
17) The games “Hoop on Top of Water – Go Under” and “Here, There, Where” primarily require athletes to practice what teaching point/skill?
18) It is recommended that coaches introduce aquatics athletes to kicks in the following order:
19) Which of the following will NOT disqualify an aquatics athlete from competition during freestyle events or the freestyle portion of medley events?
20) To prevent aquatics athletes from bumping their heads during backstroke finishes, coaches can ask athletes to practice: