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 16,700 athletes within four different seasons.

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How does Special Olympics Work?

Special Olympics sports are available to all eligible athletes 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)
Basketball
Spring Season (March – June)
Aquatics
Bocce
Tennis
Track & Field
Volleyball
Summer Season (June – September)
Golf
Softball
Fall Season (September – December)
Bowling
Floor Hockey
Soccer

 

For specific sports offerings in your county, please visit our County Programs page. 

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