Coach/Volunteer Orientation (CVO)

The coach/volunteer orientation and online protective behaviors trainings are mandatory for all Class A volunteers.  Coach/volunteer orientation, commonly referred to as CVO is an online 1.5-hour, entry-level training class required for all Class A volunteers. A Class A volunteer is any volunteer who has regular contact with athletes through roles such as coach, chaperone or administrative authority.

Coach/volunteer orientation contains information on the mission, history, organization and sports programs of Special Olympics, along with athlete eligibility.  CVO is free and includes an introductory handbook, and is the pre-requisite for level 2 or level 3 coach certification.

Competitions

Being a not-for-profit organization, it is imperative that our funds are used wisely. Local, Area, and State competitions require entry fees to be paid by Special Olympics Indiana –Huntington County. If you sign up for a competition/tournament, it is expected that you will participate. No refunds are given to our program from the state. If you agree to participate in a fee supported competition/tournament and do not participate, you will be charged the entry fee for that competition/tournament. You will not qualify for participation in any sports until this fee is paid in full.

Athlete Eligibility

Individuals are eligible to participate in Special Olympics provided they are eight years-of-age or older, have been identified by an agency or professional as having an intellectual disability, and have a completed Application for Participation and a current Medical Form on file with Huntington County.

As a global organization, Special Olympics has adopted “intellectual disabilities” as a widely accepted and less objectionable term for what is referred to in clinical settings as “mental retardation.” Although the movement has updated its terminology, Special Olympics continues to serve the same population and its mission remains unchanged. In the context of the Special Olympics movement, the term intellectual disabilities is synonymous with mental retardation; other terms–including cognitive delay, intellectual handicaps, learning disability, mental disabilities and mental handicaps–are used around the world.

Identifying an individual with an intellectual disability:

A person is considered to have an intellectual disability for purposes of determining his or her eligibility to participate in Special Olympics if that person satisfies any one of the following requirements:

  1.  Person has been identified by an agency or professional as having an intellectual disability;
     
  2. Person has a cognitive delay, as determined by standardized measures, such as IQ testing or other measures which are generally accepted within the professional community;
     
  3. Person has a closely related developmental disability.

    A "closely related developmental disability" means having functional limitations in both general learning and in adaptive skills, such as recreation, work, independent living, self direction or self-care.

    However, persons whose functional limitations are based solely on a physical, behavioral, or emotional disability, or a specific learning disability or sensory disability are not eligible to participate.

Code of Conduct

Special Olympics is an athlete-centered movement that welcomes athletes with intellectual disabilities of all abilities as they are.

The SO Indiana Code of Conduct was written to establish a system that encourages all participants to adhere to the Special Olympics philosophy, operating policies and rules. Specific information on these issues is contained in the Official Special Olympics Sports Rules.

This Code of Conduct, written by Special Olympics athletes, appears as part of the Athlete and Unified Sports Partner Application. When signed by the participant and/or his/her parent, the participant acknowledges that if he/she violates the Code he/she will be subject to a range of consequences, up to and including being prohibited from participation in Special Olympics.

Uniforms and Equipment

Uniforms and equipment can be very costly for our program because of the quantity that is needed. Please treat your uniforms with the upmost care. You are responsible for any damage or stains to uniforms or the loss of any part of the uniform. All other uniforms and equipment are provided by our program for your use and must be returned to the program.

Fundraisers

Various fundraisers are organized throughout the year. These events, along with donations, are the only means of raising the funds needed to continue providing year-round sports to the athletes.

Attendance

Special Olympics Indiana requires athletes to participate in eight practice sessions prior to any area or state competitions. This is to assure athletes are well trained and working toward a healthy lifestyle. Please make every attempt to attend each practice. It is even more important for team sports that the athlete attends all practices. If the athlete is unable to attend please contact the coaches or coordinators.