Special Olympics Southern California is unveiling a new sports plan, including new sports, to help it serve more athletes than ever before, provide more competition opportunities for each athlete, and enhance the athlete experience.

Sports Plan Updates

Gymnastics Final Season

Due to low athlete interest, gymnastics is no longer offered as of June 2017.

Floor Hockey is Moving Seasons

November 2017 - March 2018

Floor hockey has moved to its own sports season from November to March. This change gives more athletes the opportunity to compete in this fun and exciting sport.

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New Sport Offering: Flag Football

February - June 2018

Get ready to score some touchdowns as we are adding flag football as a new sport. In 2018, it will be a demonstration sport, and athletes will train and compete locally only.

Starting in 2019, it will become an official sport, and athletes will be eligible to compete at regional, Southern California, USA Games, and World Games competitions.

New Season for Bowling

June - August 2018

Our most popular sport, bowling, will begin its own dedicated season from June-August. The season will culminate in a Bowling Championship in August.

Golf Moves to the Fall

August - November 2018

Golf will move from the spring to the fall sports season, and it will be part of Fall Games in 2018.

New Soccer Team Structure

August - November 2018

Soccer will become 7 vs. 7 as opposed to its previous 5 vs. 5 team structure. Soccer competitions are going to get more exciting with more players on the field!

New Sport Offering: Cheerleading

Let’s get loud for cheerleading! Cheerleading will make its debut through camps and clinics in the Fall of 2018

2019

In 2019, cheerleading will become a demonstration sport, and athletes will train and compete locally only.

2020

Starting in 2020, it will become an official sport, and athletes will be eligible to compete at regional and Southern California competitions.

New Additions to Unified Sports

2019

Athletes with and without intellectual disabilities will compete together to breakdown stereotypes in flag football and soccer. In 2019, athletes will train and compete locally only.

2020

Unified soccer and flag football become official sports, and athletes will be eligible to compete at regional, Southern California, USA Games, and World Games competitions.

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Have Questions?

If you have any additional questions, please contact Jeff Van Fossen at jvanfossen@sosc.org.