Become an Athlete

Special Olympics Northern California provides athletic opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, instilling the confidence they need to succeed in life.  Currently, Special Olympics Northern California offers year-round sports training and competition in 11 different sports for over 19,940 athletes within four different seasons.

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How does Special Olympics Work?

Special Olympics sports are available to all eligible athletes (visit our FAQ page for more information about eligibility, including age requirements) at no cost to the athlete.  Your athlete doesn’t need to know how to play a sport, as our coaches will work with your athlete, regardless of their level or ability, to teach them the skills they need in order to participate.  A sports season typically consists of 6-8 trainings (practices) that usually take place one to two times per week in the evening or on the weekend, which culminates with a competition opportunity.


What Sports are Offered?

Click here for more information about the sports offered below.

Winter Season (January – March)
Spring Season (March – June)
Track & Field
Summer Season (June – September)
Fall Season (September – December)
Floor Hockey


Starting in the Spring of 2015, Athletes will be required to register for the sport(s) they are interested in participating in for the upcoming season. Click here for more information about this practice registration process. For specific sports offerings in your county and information about registering, please visit our County Programs page. 



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For additional information about becoming an athlete, please visit our Athlete FAQ page.


How do I Become an Athlete?

1.  If you are a New Athlete click here.

You are a "New Athlete" if you have never participated in Special Olympics or you have previously participated but have an Athlete Application for Participation that has expired more than 12 months prior.

2.  If you are a Renewing Athlete click here.

You are a "Renewing Athlete" if you have an Athlete Application for Participation that has not yet expired or expired within the last 12 months.


Special Olympics Northern California Athlete Forms

Special Olympics Northern California Athlete Application for Participation

Special Release for Athletes with Atlanto-Axial Instability Form

Special Provisions Regarding Medical Treatment Form



Formas Para Atletas de Special Olympics Northern California

Special Olympics Northern California Aplicación Atleta para Formulario de Participación

lanzamiento especial para deportistas con atlántico- axial Formulario Inestabilidad (AAI Form)

Disposiciones especiales relativas al formulario de Tratamiento Médico