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Young Athletes & Developmental Sports

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Special Olympics MA is hosting Zoom classes for Young Athletes and Developmental Sports athletes this spring season. All families are welcome to join! We will be reviewing some fun activities to get everyone up and moving at home! We will notify you of the activities being covered before each session so you can prepare some equipment or additional household items that can be used. The dates, times, and registration links for each of the class times are listed below.

Friday Evenings:

  • Activities led by Eric Archambault, Jura Greely, and Camille LeCompte. Jura is a Young Athletes coach for the Yawkey program in Marlboro and Camille has served as a YA coach at both UMass Amherst and Elms College.
  • Time: 5pm – 5:30pm
  • Dates: May 1st, May 8th, May 15th, May 22nd, May 29th
  • Please pre-register at the link Here. You will only need to complete this once to have access to the future meeting rooms.

Saturday Mornings:

  • Activities will be led by the student volunteer team at Thayer Academy
  • Time: 11am – 11:30am
  • Dates: May 2nd, May 9th, May 16th, May 23rd
  • Please pre-register at the link Here. You will only need to complete this once to have access to the future meeting rooms.

Please reach out to Eric Archambault if you have any questions.

Young Athletes At Home

A new resource page, Young Athletes at Home, is now available to families. The webpage includes resources to run Young Athletes activities at home, including the Family Flashcards, At Home Guide and Activity videos. This page will be updated regularly with new materials and also includes COVID-19 specific resource for families with young children from key SO partners. The Young Athletes at Home page can be shared directly with families and educators to encourage children to continue YA activities at home (consider using the short link for easier sharing: https://resources.specialolympics.org/YAFamilies).


Young Athletes

Special Olympics Young Athletes is an inclusive sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), ages 2 to 7 years old. Young Athletes introduces basic sport and motor skills, like running, jumping, kicking and throwing. Young Athletes offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children. Children of all abilities take part, and they all benefit.

Children learn how to play with others and develop important skills for learning. Children also learn to share, take turns and follow directions. These skills help children in family, community and school activities.

Young Athletes is a fun way for children to get fit. It is important to teach children healthy habits while they are young. This can set the stage for a life of physical activity, friendships and learning. Young Athletes is easy to do and fun for all. It can be done at home, in schools or in the community using the Young Athletes Activity Guide and basic equipment.


Developmental Sports

Special Olympics Young Athletes provides children with a general introduction to the fundamental gross motor movements that will help them become more successful in sport. While children can participate in Young Athletes through age seven, as children get older, they are often ready for more sport-specific coaching and instruction.

Developmental sports activities can provide an age-appropriate introduction to sports for children with and without intellectual disabilities, ages 6-12 years old. Sport participation helps children develop physically, mentally and socially and contributes to the development of long-term healthy lifestyles. The fundamental skills and training opportunities gained through developmental sports activities can support children in their growth as Special Olympics athletes and unified partners. Developmental Sports is a great option for children who aren’t necessarily ready for a competitive team yet, and still provides the benefits of being in a team environment. Sports covered during a Developmental Sports seasonal program include track & field, soccer, floorball, softball, basketball, tennis, badminton, volleyball and flag football.


Young Athletes (ages 2-7)


IMPORTANT (COVID-19) UPDATE: *2020 Spring Season Young Athletes Programs Canceled*

Special Olympics Massachusetts has canceled all events and trainings through May 9, 2020. This cancellation includes Young Athletes programs.

To continue reading the rest of the memo released by Special Olympics Massachusetts, you can do so here.


Summer and Fall Season Programs

With the spring season program sites now canceled, we will be shifting our focus towards planning for the summer/fall seasons. As program dates and times are confirmed, we will post that information on this page.

While at home in these coming weeks, please check out our newly created Athlete Fitness and Young Athletes resource page on our website! This page is filled with great activity ideas, exercises, stretches and tips to help you stay active even when programs are cancelled.

Sign up for our Young Athletes/Developmental Sports email list!


Program Locations

Please refer to the map below to find a Young Athlete program location near you. You can select the icons on the map which includes a link to each program’s registration form. All programs meet at different times during the year. As that information becomes available, we will inform you through email.

Any new Young Athlete program locations will be added to this map throughout the year as well.

Starting a New Program:

If interested in learning more about how to start a Young Athletes program within your local community groups, Early Childhood Centers, Pre-K/Elementary Schools, agencies and universities, we would love to work with you to make that happen! The Special Olympics Young Athletes Resources page contains everything you would need to start a program including the Young Athletes activity guide, instructional videos and coaches training guides.

Please contact Eric Archambault for more details.

Developmental Sports (ages 6-12)


IMPORTANT (COVID-19) UPDATE: *2020 Spring Season Developmental Sports Programs Canceled*

Special Olympics Massachusetts has canceled all events and trainings through May 9, 2020. This cancellation includes Developmental Sports programs.

To continue reading the rest of the memo released by Special Olympics Massachusetts, you can do so here.


Summer and Fall Season Programs

With the spring season program sites now canceled, we will be shifting our focus towards planning for the summer/fall seasons. As program dates and times are confirmed, we will post that information on this page.

While at home in these coming weeks, please check out our newly created Athlete Fitness and Young Athletes resource page on our website! This page is filled with great activity ideas, exercises, stretches and tips to help you stay active even when programs are cancelled.

Sign up for our Young Athletes/Developmental Sports email list!


Program Locations

Please refer to the map below to find a Developmental Sports program location near you. You can select the icons on the map which includes a link to each program’s registration form. All programs meet at different times during the year. As that information becomes available, we will inform you through email.

Any new Developmental Sports program locations will be added to this map throughout the year as well.

Starting a Program:

If interested in learning more about how to start a Developmental Sports program within your local community groups, Elementary Schools, agencies and universities, we would love to work with you to make that happen! The Special Olympics Resources page contains introductory information and sport specific resources to use when starting a program.

Please contact Eric Archambault for more details.

Transition

Once an athlete reaches the age of 8 years old, they become eligible to join one of our community based programs that train and compete in the different Olympic style sports that Special Olympics Massachusetts offers. This is the next step in participation after completing the Young Athletes and/or Developmental Sports program.

To find a community program near you, please contact Eric Archambault for more details.