After reviewing the current guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Governor of the State of Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Health and Special Olympics International, Special Olympics Minnesota has established Return to Play Guidelines for team practices for the following sports: bocce, bowling, softball, golf, tennis and running/walking club (additional sport guidelines will be announced at a later date).
Delegations interested in returning to in-person practice must first contact Special Olympics Minnesota to ensure all guidelines 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.
At this time Special Olympics Minnesota only endorses events on a practice and training level. We will not be hosting any Area-, Regional- or State-level competitions. Any local program that wishes to participate in practice and training should adhere to the Guidelines.
The Return to Play Guidelines 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 guidelines 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 Guidelines before returning to any practices or training sessions.