Rules and Rule Changes for All Sports

The official Special Olympics Sport Rules govern all Special Olympics competitions. Special Olympics has developed these rules based upon International Federation and Governing Body Rules for each sport. Please refer to Sport Rules Article 1 for information pertaining to Codes of Conduct, Training Standards, Medical and Safety Requirements, Divisioning, Awards, Criteria for Advancement to Higher Levels of Competition, and Unified SportsĀ®.


Special Olympics 2018 Sport Rules will be posted following the 2018 USA Games, the week of July 9.

2016 Sport Rules

The 2016 Sport Rules for each sport are arranged in a new numerical format with an interactive Table of Contents. To link directly to the section you would like to read, please hold the Ctrl key on your computer and click on the Table of Contents text to jump to that section.