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Athlete Code of Conduct


Athlete Code of Conduct

Special Olympics is committed to the highest ideals of sport and expects all athletes to honor sports and Special Olympics. All Special Olympics athletes and Unified Sports® Partners agree to the following code*.


  • I will practice good sportsmanship.

  • I will act in ways that bring respect to me, my coaches, my team and Special Olympics.

  • I will not use bad language.

  • I will not swear or insult other persons.

  • I will not fight with other athletes, coaches, volunteers or staff.

Training and Competition

  • I will train regularly.

  • I will learn and follow the rules of my sport.

  • I will listen to my coaches and the officials and ask questions when I do not understand.

  • I will always try my best during training, divisioning and competitions.

  • I will not "hold back" in preliminary competition just to get into an easier finals competition division.

Responsibility for My Actions

  • I will not make inappropriate or unwanted physical, verbal or sexual advances on others.

  • I will not smoke, use tobacco, take illegal drugs or misuse prescription drugs while representing Special Olympics at training sessions, competitions, activities, or while in transit to training sessions, competitions, or activities.

  • I will not drink alcohol at Special Olympics events.

  • I will not take drugs for the purpose of improving my performance.

  • I will obey all laws and Special Olympics rules, as well as the International Federation and National Federation/Governing Body rules for my sport(s).

  • I will not access my vehicle once I arrive to the destination city when traveling to out-of-town tournaments.  I will use the provided transportation while I’m at the out-of-town event until I am dismissed by my coach or chaperone at the close of the event. (This pertains to athletes who drive independently to out-of-town events only.)

I understand that it is a privilege to participate in Special Olympics and not a right. I also understand that if I do not obey this Code of Conduct, my delegation, U.S. Program or Games Organizing Committee may not allow me to participate.

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