Special Olympics Wisconsin is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our athletes, volunteers, coaches, officials, staff, and all that contribute to the success of our athletes in training and events. Below are protocol and accompanying materials for guidance on Returning to Play during the COVID-19 crisis. We are aware not all athletes and local programs will be ready to return to training/play at the same time, but it is our goal to provide the necessary resources for when they are.

SOWI has adopted a four (4) phased approach to return to activities. As of August 1, 2020, all agencies are in Phase 1 – Small Group Activities (10 people). After 2 weeks, Agencies can request to move to the next phase through the Phase Petition Process. See Coaches Resources Section below for details.

  • Shelter in place is lifted; restriction on size of mass gatherings (10 people)
  • Activities may resume if they adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols
  • No direct or indirect contact (e.g. through a ball in the hand) should take place
  • Training activities may include only be pre-approved SOWI COVID-19 sports

SOWI COVID-19 approved sports for Phase 1 and 2

  • Fall Outdoor (Aug – Oct): Bocce, Punt/Pass/Kick, Golf, Cornhole, SOfit
  • Fall Indoor (Oct – Dec): Bowling, Volleyball skills, Rings, SOfit

Questions about future sports offerings? Contact covid@specialolympicswisconsin.org.

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