Fitness Heptathlon

Train and Compete in SOPA's Newest Competition

Season Runs from Nov. 15 – Feb. 25

WHAT IS THE FITNESS HEPTATHLON?

The Fitness Heptathlon provides Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) participants with an opportunity to train and compete in an event comprised of 7 different fitness exercises (chosen from a full menu of 26 options). There are a wide range of offerings suited to meet the needs and interests of each individual. For competition, participants earn points based upon their performance improvement level in each exercise.  Registration opens Nov. 1st. Download our Fitness Heptathlon General and Athlete Fact Sheets.  Click here to learn more about the Commit to Fit initiative.

If interested in participating in the Fitness Heptathlon, please complete our Interest/Participation Form.

Use the following hashtag on social media when posting photos of yourself!  #FitHepPA

TRAINING:

Participants will take part in a minimum of 2 training sessions each week, focusing on agility, strength, and endurance. Training materials will be provided for coaches.

Fitness Heptathlon Class A Coaches Training:

Coaches Information:

Athlete/Unified Partner Information:

Fitness Heptathlon Health Education:

Weekly Training Guides:

You may in supplement the Weekly Workout with exercises of your own; or, after completing the exercises for Endurance, Strength and Flexibly, run through the exercises a second or third time depending on the athlete’s ability level.

WEEK 1

WEEK 6

WEEK 2

WEEK 7

WEEK 3

WEEK 8

WEEK 4

WEEK 9

WEEK 5

WEEK 10

COMPETITION:

Week 1 and Week 5

  • Participants will perform the 7 exercises and their scores will be submitted to create a baseline and for divisioning.
  • SOPA will convert the participants’ scores/times into a point value. The baseline score from Week 1 is compared with the midpoint score from Week 5. Points are assigned based upon the percentage of improvement.
  • The points earned in each of the seven exercise events are added together for the participant’s composite score.
  • Unified/Traditional Pairs or Teams: Each team member’s composite score is added together for the pairs or team composite score.

Week 10

  • Participants will perform the 7 exercises and their scores will be submitted to SOPA for final competition within their pre-set divisions.
  • Using performance improvement scoring, a participant receives a point value based upon the percentage of improvement achieved from their midpoint/divisioning score to the finals/end of season competition score for each fitness exercise.

DUE DATES:

  • Monday, December 7th by 11:59 pm – VSys Roster
  • Thursday, December 17th by 11:59 pm – Baseline Google Scoresheet
  • Thursday, January 21st by 11:59 pm – Mid-Season Google Scoresheet
  • Thursday, February 25th by 11:59 pm – Final Google Scoresheet

EVENTS OFFERED:

Athletes/Unified Partners may choose from 1 of the following events:

  • Single (1 athlete)
  • Pairs (2 athletes)
  • Unified Pairs (1 athlete & 1 partner)
  • Teams (4 athletes)
  • Unified Teams (2 athletes & 2 partners)

PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS:

  • All Coaches or Unified Partners must be Class A volunteers
  • Medical and Waivers: In order to participate you must have either a current SOPA medical or, if participation is 100% virtual, you can complete an E-waiver. Complete the E-waiver online form or download the Waiver to Participate document. If downloading the waiver, it must be submitted to your coach or local program.

REGISTRATION:

  • Step 1: If interested in participating in the Fitness Heptathlon, please complete our Interest/Participation Form.
  • Step 2: Once you are connected with a coach, they will register you as a participant within the local program. This is how all scores will be collected for competition.
  • Participants in the Fitness Heptathlon compete in seven exercise events. They will choose two (2) exercises from each of the fitness area components, plus one (1) additional exercise from the full list, to make seven.
  • Participants in Unified/Traditional Pairs and Teams are not required to do the same 7 exercises.

If you have any questions, please email sportstraining@specialolympicspa.org.

DIVISIONING:

  • Singles: Divisions will be based on age, gender, and composite score.
  • Unified/Traditional Pairs or Teams:
    Composite scores will be added together for a team composite score.

AWARDS:

  • Awards will be presented by division based on the composite score.
  • Results will be announced in conjunction with Virtual Winter Games on March 5-7.