Return to Sport

Special Olympics BC's slow, phased plan to return to sport as safely as possible

We are continually updating this website page as the situation evolves and resources are created.
Last update: November 25, 2020 - please click here for the latest news

Current Sport Levels

Level 1

These sports are available to be offered by Locals around the province, once they receive approval from the SOBC provincial office. (Indoor Club Fit programs currently paused.)

Figure skating Athletics Club Fit
Speed skating Bocce Fit Families & Friends
Swimming Golf  

Pilot Program Level

Interested Locals can apply to the SOBC provincial office to host a pilot for these sports. (Powerlifting programs are currently paused.)

Alpine skiing Basketball Active Start
Cross country skiing Bowling (5- and 10-pin) FUNdamentals
Curling Powerlifting  
Floor hockey Rhythmic gymnastics  
Special Olympics BC's Return to Sport Plan

SOBC Return to Sport Plan

How do i return to sport?

The safety of all participants remains our highest priority. We appreciate everyone’s diligence in following all safety and hygiene protocols. This is essential to protect everyone.

Coach and volunteer webinars

SOBC is running required Return to Sport training webinars for all coaches in the sports that are reopening. More webinars will be added as the need arises. Upcoming webinar dates:

The registration deadline for each is 9 a.m. on the day of the webinar.


In line with current recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer, all participants in all indoor programs (except swimming) must wear masks. Any participants who need to apply for an exemption for medical reasons are asked to contact SOBC staff at

Special Olympics BC's Return to Sport planning process

Basic Program Safety Standards and Resources

Sport-Specific Protocols and Resources

Athletics Alpine Skiing Club Fit
Basketball Bowling
(5- and 10-pin)
Fit Families & Friends
Bocce Cross Country Skiing Active Start
(new resource October 28)
Golf Curling FUNdamentals
(new resource October 28)
Powerlifting Figure Skating  
Floor Hockey  
(updated October 28)
  Speed Skating  

Return to Sport News

Please click here for past updates.

Work continues on sport-specific safety requirements for remaining sports. Additional sports will be added when the sport-specific plans and education are available, when facilities are available, AND when provincial health conditions allow.

Special Olympics BC Return to Sport Plan resources


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