Official Sports and Rules

Enjoy the challenge

Special Olympics athletes all have the opportunity to participate in programs at a level that suits their individual needs.

Perhaps they have decided to stay active for life, enrolling in year-round programs that run in the community. Or maybe they will choose to take it to a higher level, with an eye to earning the opportunity to compete in National or International Games.

In order to create an environment that is beneficial for everyone involved, on both a competitive and personal level, we have taken great care in developing our rules and our process for placing each athlete in an appropriate group for competition. This way, every athlete is able to participate and benefit from being active. For more information, please visit our Divisioning page.

Summer Sports

Click the name of a sport to view official rule books.

* The sport of 5 Pin Bowling will officially move to become a Winter Sport in 2020 following the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish, NS.

Winter Sports

Click the name of a sport to view official rule books.


Further Information

For more information about categories for official competitions, please visit our Divisioning page. For additional sport information, please visit the Sport Resources page.