Special Olympics Athletes: athletes with an intellectual disability. Typically this is someone who is interested in sport participation, is competitive, and enjoys playing on a team.
Unified Partner Athletes: athletes without an intellectual disability. Typically this is someone who is interested in sport participation, is competitive, and enjoys playing on a team.
Two Special Olympics athletes take the court with one Unified Partner athlete to compete at either the Competitive or Recreational Level. Teams of 6 organize and play an 8 week schedule: Feb. 25 - May 3, and then compete at the Provincial Championships to be held at Bethlehem Catholic H.S. in Saskatoon on Saturday, May 4th, from 9-9.
Register by Thursday, April 18th, 2019.
Schools are responsible for all coaching, equipment, uniforms and expenses. There is no maximum number of teams that schools can enter. No further information is needed at the time of registration. You will be contacted by Special Olympics Saskatchewan Youth Coordinator, Chris Hamilton, to discuss divisioning, teams, athletes, etc. For more information, please contact Chris at 306 780 9401, email@example.com.
Division 1 - Competitive
Two things differentiate the competitive Unified Sports model from the other two models:1. All athletes and partners must have attained the necessary sport-specific skills and tactics to compete without modification2. Teams may be eligible for advancement to Regional and World Games.
Division 2 – Competitive (Player Development)
Two things differentiate this Unified Sports model from the other two models:1. Teammates are not required to be of similar abilities2. Teammates of higher abilities serve as mentors to assist teammates of lower abilities in developing sport-specific skills and tactics, and in successfully participating in a cooperative team environment.
Division 3 - Recreational
This model does not follow any prescribed training, competition, and/or team composition requirements established by Special Olympics. These recreational opportunities may take place in partnership with schools, sport clubs, and/or the community.