Special Olympics Official General Rules
The General Rules provide the rules and guidelines for all our activities and bind us to our purpose, mission and goals.
Provides that every person with an intellectual disability who is at least eight years of age is eligible to participate in Special Olympics, and that there is no maximum age limit for participation, and it highlights the Young Athletes Program.17 Min Read
Describes SOI’s rights and responsibilities to ensure that all activities offered to persons with intellectual disabilities under the name of Special Olympics are organized, financed and conducted in accordance with international standards and in a manner that preserves the quality and reputation of Special Olympics and serves the best interests of persons with intellectual disabilities worldwide.31 Min Read
Outlines the requirements of Accredited Programs as these relate to structures and governance. These include a requirement for each Accredited Program to have a Board of Directors or Program Committee, comprised of at least one sports expert, one expert in the field of intellectual disabilities, one Special Olympics athlete trained on Board/Program Committee participation, and at least one close family relation of a Special Olympics athlete.31 Min Read
Outlines the standards for financial management that GOCs and Accredited Programs must comply with. It describes the planning, budgeting and accounting requirements of Accredited Programs.11 Min Read