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Sports & Competitions
A key feature of Special Olympics South Dakota is a series of athletic competitions patterned after the World Olympics. Held year-round, they are:
Special Olympics is unique in that it accommodates competitors at all ability levels by assigning them to competition divisions based on previous performances or preliminary heats. In this way, all athletes get a chance to compete against others of equal ability.
-We follow the National Governing Body rules of each sport.
-Athletes train prior to competition.
-Qualified coaches train participants.
-Sports are adapted to allow athletes of all ability levels to participate.
-Athletes compete in divisions made up of individuals with equal ability levels. (typically no less than 3 and never more than 8)
Step 1: Athletes are divided by gender. Female athletes compete against other female athletes and male athletes against other male athletes. When a relay team consists of both male and female athletes, the team is considered a "male" team and competes in a male division.
-All participants receive an award.
-Athletes and family members are not charged a fee to participate.
-Athletes who meet specified training requirements are eligible for Local, Area, and State Games.
-World Games are held every two years on odd years with Winter Games and Summer Games alternating. Competitors from the United States participate as part of Team USA.
-National Games are conducted every four years on even numbered years.
-Athletes eligible for National and World Games must complete an application and are chosen by a random draw.
July 15-16, 2013State Equestrian Competition
August 24, 2013Black Hills Area Softball
Southeast Area Softball
September 21-22, 2013State Softball Tournament
October 11, 2013Northeast Area Bowling Tournament
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