Sports & Competitions Overview
Special Olympics Kansas offer year-round training and athletic competition in 20 Olympic-type sports to children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities. Participation is open to anyone ages 8 and older, and programs are designed to serve all ability levels. For sport rules, rules updates, coaching guides and more, visit Special Olympics Inc. Coaching Guide Page.
SOKS offers Coaches Training Schools throughout the year. Please visit the SOKS calendar of events for dates and locations or contact Chris Burt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view sport specific information (ie, rules, coaches certification tests and events offered), please click on the sport listed below.
State Competition in Winter includes the John L. Cassidy Heartland Winter Games which are typically held in late January or early February. Skiing events take place in Weston, Mo., skating events take place in St. Joseph, Mo., and floor hockey takes place in Nebraska.
Cross Country Skiing
Events Offered: 111M Race, 333M Race, 500 M Race, 1,000 M Race
State Competition: John L. Cassidy Heartland Winter Games
State Competition in Spring includes the State Basketball and Cheer and State Powerlifting and Bocce Tournaments. Basketball and cheer competition typically takes place in March and is split between Hays and Topeka. State powerlifting and bocce typically takes place in April or May in Lawrence.
Events offered: Team Basketball, Individual Skills, Speed Dribble, Team Skills basketball and Cheerleading
State Competition: Basketball and Cheer
Athletics (Track and Field)
Track Events: 50m Race, 100m Race, 200m Race, 400m Race, 800m Race, 1500M Race, 4×100 relay
Race Walking Events: 100m Race Walk, 200m Race Walk, 400m Race Walk
Field Events: Standing Long Jump, Running Long Jump, Shot Put – Men – 4kg/8.13lbs Women – 2.72kg/6lbs, Softball Throw, Turbo Javelin
Wheel Chair Events: 25m Manual Race, 25m Motorized Race, 100m Manual Race, 100m Motorized Race, 30m Manual Slalom, 30m Motorized Slalom, 25m Manual Obstacle, 25m Motorized Obstacle Race, 50m Manual Slalom, 50m Motorized Slalom, 4 x 25m Manual Shuttle Relay, 4 x 25m Motorized Shuttle Relay, Wheelchair Shot Put – Men – 1.81kg/4lbs, Shot Put – Women – 1.36kg/3lbs
(Low Motor) Developmental Events: 10m Race Walk, 10m Assisted Race Walk, 25m Run, 25m Race Walk , 50m Walk, 25m Assisted Race Walk, 10m Manual Wheelchair Event, 10m Motorized Wheelchair Event, Ball Throw for Distance (Tennis Ball)
State Competition: Summer Games
State Competitions in the fall includes the Fall Outdoor Classic which includes the Charles E. Watson Softball Tournament, Golf and Flag football and the Fall Indoor Classic which includes Swimming Volleyball. The Fall Outdoor Classic typically takes place in October in Wichita. The Fall Indoor Classic typically takes place in November and is split between Shawnee (Volleyball) and Topeka (Swimming).
State Competitions: Fall Outdoor Classic
25m Freestyle, 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 25m Backstroke, 50m Backstroke, 25m Breaststroke,
50m Breaststroke, 25m Butterfly, 50m Butterfly, 100m Individual Medley,4 x 25m Freestyle Relay,
4 x 25m Medley Relay
10m Assisted Walk, 20m Assisted Walk, 15m Walk, 25m Walk, 15m Flotation Race, 25m Flotation Race,
10m Assisted Swim, 10m Unassisted Swim, 20m Assisted Swim, 20m Unassisted Swim
State Competition: Fall Indoor Classic