Special Olympics Minnesota has established Return to Play Requirements for team practices. These requirements follow the protocol from Special Olympics International that all Special Olympics programs within the organization must follow. These requirements may be more restrictive than CDC or Minnesota Department of Health guidelines due to the fact that individuals with intellectual disabilities are at a higher risk of complications and death from COVID-19.
Delegations interested in returning to in-person practice must first contact Special Olympics Minnesota to ensure all requirements are understood and that your delegation can adhere to them. Special Olympics Minnesota’s primary concern is the health, safety and well-being of our athletes, coaches, families and volunteers. We will continually assess facility, equipment, and event modifications to create a medically safe environment for our athletes to practice, train, and compete.
The Return to Play requirements will provide athletes, coaches, delegations and organizations involved with Special Olympics Minnesota information to assist them in a return to training and play within the context of COVID-19. Since these requirements are meant to be used for a variety of sports and activities in a number of settings, they cannot be prescriptive; rather, they should be used as a starting point for local programs interested in building a return-to-play plan of their own that matches their specific situations and environments.
Please make sure to read the Return to Play Requirements before returning to any practices or training sessions.