Return to Sport: Athletes

We will be continually updating this website page as the situation evolves and more resources become available. 
Last update: February 9, 2021

What sports are open right now?

Provincial sport organizations are allowed to run very small adult sport training opportunities, and youth programs are allowed to continue, all with some new safety requirements in place. Special Olympics BC is inviting Locals to apply to their Community Development Coordinators in order to reopen programs under the current conditions. Please click here for the latest news

If you have any questions or feedback, please don't hesitate to email covid@specialolympics.bc.ca.

What is happening in my Local?

Please know that things are different from Local to Local. To run a sport, a Local needs to have access to facilities, enough volunteers, and enough interested athletes. Not every Local has this for all their usual sports. Thank you for being patient – everyone is doing the best they can under the circumstances, and wants to have a safe return to sport as soon as possible. 

For more information, please click here to find the list of SOBC communities and click on your Local to find the contact information.

Before your first practice:

1. Please complete the required forms

Please save all forms onto your computer before completing them. If you type your information into the form in your web browser, your changes will not be there when you download the form. 

Please note: If you have already completed the Registration Form and Participant Waiver as part of your Local's registration process, you are all set! You do not have to complete those forms a second time.

2. Please watch these videos

  • Physical Distancing (6 feet / 2 metres) 
    Please note: Provincial guidelines now require sport participants to maintain 10 feet (3 metres) of physical distance during sport. SOBC poster While you're not doing sport, 6 feet (2 metres) is still appropriate. BC CDC poster
  • Proper Hand Washing
  • Wearing masks is now an expectation of all participants in all indoor programs (except swimming), because of the Provincial Health Officer's guidance. Any participants who need to apply for an exemption for medical reasons are asked to contact SOBC staff at covid@specialolympics.bc.ca. Here is a video to help explain how to wear a mask: Wearing a Non-Medical Mask or Face Covering
Special Olympics International guide to how to wear a mask effectively

Before each practice: 

If you have ANY symptoms of COVID-19, stay home.

At each practice: 

  • Complete a health screening to make sure you don't have symptoms.
  • Follow the hygiene requirements in the Participation Agreement.
  • Follow the physical distancing and behaviour requirements in the Participation Agreement, Program Protocol, and Sport-Specific Protocols – your coaches will explain everything!

More resources:

Please click here to find the full SOBC Return to Sport Plan and all current updates.

POSTERS

Physical distancing

Provincial guidelines now require sport participants to maintain 10 feet (3 metres) of physical distance during sport. SOBC poster

While you're not doing sport, 6 feet (2 metres) is still appropriate. BC CDC poster

Hand washing

PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA info

To stay healthy at home and ready for your sport's return:

  • You can work on sport training at home with SOBC’s Basic Sport Skills instructions – please click here to find PDFs and videos!
  • You can click here to find SOBC’s calendars with daily at-home workouts and wellness challenges, as well as more resources for mental and physical health. 
  • Or check here to find more SOBC resources for staying healthy at home. 

If you have further questions, please find the FAQs on this page, and feel free to contact SOBC staff.