In-Person Training

Safe in-person training activities facilitated by a Class A Coach

Winter Training from Dec. 1 to March 7

What is In-Person Training?

Safe in-person training activities facilitated by a Class A Coach at select training sites. Please contact your Local Program or Coach to express an interest in our winter season sports offerings. Check back for more information.  Click here to learn more about the Commit to Fit initiative.

What is Return to Activities?

Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA), like the rest of society, needed to determine the safest and most prudent way to reopen after the shutdown caused by Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). After thorough consultation and deliberation, a Return to Activities plan was developed which prioritizes the health and safety of everyone involved.

Guidance is based on current medical information available at the time of publication. As knowledge of COVID-19 is changing rapidly, guidance will evolve. Guidance takes a phased approach that is dependent on local transmission rates as well as testing, monitoring, contact tracing and health system capacity.

Any participant who is considered as high risk is not currently permitted to return to SOPA in-person activities.

Ratios, CLASS A & Athlete Requirements:

  • Ratios:

    • The 1:4 coach to athlete ratio must be maintained during the fall in-person season.

    • Coaches should ensure that the number of athletes they are working with is manageable
  • Coaching:

    • Coaches MUST BE CLASS A volunteers
    • Continue to work with your typical coaching team
      • Divide tasks and work together: Practice Planning, Managing scores and information, Connecting with athletes
  • Athlete Requirements:

    • Athletes must have current SOPA athlete application (medical) on file with the local program

What is Virtual Competition?

All of our competition for the Fall Season will be done virtually, which means we will not be coming together in person at Villanova University. Fall Festival will be held from November 6-8.

  • All events will include: Opening Ceremonies, Competition Highlights, Awards Ceremonies, Healthy Athletes, Olympic Village activities and Victory Dance
  • You can view the events on Facebook or YouTube
  • A schedule will be provided for each event, so you know when to tune in
  • We need lots of content from you and the athletes to make these events successful, so please continue to send pictures and videos upon request

How Does Scoring work?

Scoring:

  • Qualifying scores will be submitted by coaches to their Sport and Competition Director and then sent to the SOPA Competition Team for Divisioning
  • Final scores will be submitted by coaches to their Sport and Competition Director and then sent to the SOPA Competition Team for award placement
  • The Coaches Honor Code and Athlete Honor Code MUST be followed - final scores will not always be as good as or better than entry scores
  • Official Special Olympics medals will be awarded for Fall Festival

How Does Divisioning Work?

Divisioning:

  • In-Person and At-Home Divisions to ensure scores are compared appropriately
  • Standard Divisioning process: ability, age, gender
  • For Fall Festival: Divisioning will be statewide

Important Resource Documents: