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Athletics Coaching Guide (Update 2017)
: This online coaching guide covers planning a season, teaching skills, teaching rules, and includes a quick start guide.
Athletics Rules (2016)
: This PDF contains the complete updated Special Olympics rules for this sport.
Rules Changes Athletics
: See the most recent rules changes for this sport.
Athletics Fact Sheet
: Learn about the sport, statistics about it, available events, and how it's done in Special Olympics.
Quick Reference Coaching Guide (English and translations)
: This is our basic guide to coaching athletes with intellectual disabilities. It focuses on some behaviors often associated with ID. The tips have been developed by coaches. They will help you to improve athlete learning and give them a more enjoyable Special Olympics sport experience.
Article 1 and Divisioning
Divisioning Toolkit and Overview
: This toolkit will provide assistance in organizing competitions are structured so that athletes compete with other athletes of similar ability in equitable divisions.
Sports Rules Article 1 in English, Chinese, Russian and Spanish
: The official Special Olympics Sports Rules provide standards for Special Olympics training and competition. Sports Rules Article I provides general principles not found in the sport-specific rules and is essential knowledge for all people involved with Special Olympics sports. This page has Sports Rules Article 1 in Chinese, English, Russian and Spanish.
Coaching Athletics Quiz
: See what you know about Special Olympics athletics in this quiz.
Coaching Special Olympics Athletes Quiz
: See what you know about coaching people with intellectual disabilities in this 7-question quiz.
Divisioning for Coaches Quiz
: See what you know about the way Special Olympics makes competitions fairer, safer and more exciting for all in this 11-question quiz.
General Sport and Coaching Info
General Coaching Info
: Our volunteer coaches help Special Olympics athletes reach their best level of skill and performance. These resources can be used by Program sport directors to recruit and train coaches to reach their own heights of achievement.
Resources for All Sports
: For all sports rules, rule changes, fact sheets, apps and information on DVD's and CD's.
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