Train & Compete / Registration

If you are interested in participating in Special Olympics or learning more about our programs, please contact the Registrar, Jo Osborne, at 250-590-7592 or athleteregistrar@gmail.com for more information.

Registration packages are generally emailed to current athletes in June each year. We encourage athletes to mail completed forms with payment as soon as possible, rather than wait for Registration Night.

Click here for a registration package for returning athletes

Click here here for a registration package for new athletes

Send completed forms to

Athlete Registrar
109 - 1441 Craigflower Rd
Victoria, BC
V9A 2Y9

Since some of our sports get filled up quickly, all return envelopes will be dated when received and processed in that order.

If you have any questions you may contact the Athlete Registrar, Jo Osborne, at 250-590-7592 or athleteregistrar@gmail.com

Registration Night is an annual event held in late summer or early fall where all athletes, new and returning, may fill out their registration form selecting their sport programs, complete a medical form indicating emergency contact information, known medical conditions and any current medications, and sign the Athlete's Code of Conduct.


Cost

Registration is $45.00

There is a cost for each sport you participate in.
The cost varies by sport depending on how much we have to pay for renting the facilities, buying equipment and going to tournaments.

We have many fundraising activities that subsidize your total cost.

No athlete will be refused because they can't afford to participate.

Ask the Registrar how much you will have to pay.

Refunds - Athletes who withdraw from a program prior to 50% of the season being completed will be eligible for either a full or partial refund of fees. Click here to view the refund policy.


Special Olympic Athlete Rules and Requirements

As an athlete you are expected to follow certain requirements to participate. The main requirements are that you will:

  • agree to observe and abide by the Special Olympics Sports Rules.
  • treat everyone with respect and dignity.
  • remember that coaches are there to help you, accept their decision and show them respect.
  • contact your Head Coach if you will be missing a practice.
  • follow the rules and play in the spirit of the game.
  • not wear jeans or jewellery to practices, games or tournaments.

But most of all . . . try your best and have fun!


Frequently asked questions


Do I need to have prior sports experience to participate in Special Olympics?


Special Olympics provides year-round sport, recreation, and competition opportunities to individuals with intellectual disabilities. You do not have to have prior experience to participate in most sports and we encourage you to try whatever interests you.


Due to the format of some programs, the following sports do require some previous experience: Alpine Skiing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating and Swimming. If you have any questions about the level of experience required please contact the Athlete Registrar.



What age does an athlete need to be to participate in Special Olympics?

Our new Active Start program is open to children 2-6 years old.

Our FUNdamentals program provides a general sports program for athletes 7-11 years of age.

Athletes 12 years and older are welcome to participate in the rest of our programs.

We also have athletes participating well into their 60's! If you would like more information about a specific sport please contact the Athlete Registrar.



When do I need to register?

We accept registration throughout the year. However, as there are limited spaces in some sports, we encourage athletes to register early for both Fall and Spring Sports. A general sports schedule is included in the registration package.

The following sports usually fill up very quickly: 5-pin Bowing, 10-pin Bowling and Golf. Priority will be given to athletes who only participate in one of these programs. Once a program is full, athletes will be put on a waitlist. The Athlete Registrar will let you know if you are on a waitlist.

Print and mail in a Registration Package for new athletes or returning athletes.



How do I register?

The first page of the registration package provides information on how you can register and what forms you need to submit.



How do I pay for my registration and sports?

We accept payment by cheque or cash. Cheques should be made payable to "Special Olympics BC - Victoria".



Are there any changes in fees from last year (2013/2014)?

We have been able to keep all of the fees the same with two exceptions:

10-pin Bowling fees have increased from $70 to $100 due to a major facility rental increase for the bowling alley

Rhythmic Gymnastics fees have increased from $25 to $30 for the short program, and from $35 to $40 for the long program. The reason for the increase is to reflect the longer season which will run from October - April.



Do I have to pay for all of my sports now?

If needed, you may send the Base Registration Fee and Fall Sports Fees with your registration and defer payment for your spring sports until March. However, it is the responsibility of the athlete to make sure fees are submitted prior to starting your sport. Any payments that will be sent later should be noted as "owing" on the Registration & Sports Fees form.

**NOTE: no athlete is denied the ability to participate if the fees are unaffordable. If payment is a challenge please contact the Athlete Registrar to discuss payment options.



Are post-dated cheques acceptable?

Yes, you can send in post-dated cheques but is it your responsibility to keep track of the dates.



What do I do if my information changes during the year?

If any of your information changes during the year, it is very important to notify the Athlete Registrar. This includes changes to your address, your emergency contact information or any medications.



The Sports Schedule doesn't show the start date. How do I know when my sport will start?

The actual start dates for each sport will be confirmed in the fall. The information will be posted on the web site and your Head Coach will be in touch with you to let you know when the season starts.



Other Questions .....?

If you have any other questions please contact Jo Osborune, Athlete Registrar at 250-590-7592 or athleteregistrar@gmail.com.