Return to Sport

Special Olympics BC's slow, phased plan to return to sport as safely as possible

We are continually updating this website page as the situation evolves and resources are created.
Last update: January 12, 2021 - please click here for the summary of changes

Current Sport Levels

Provincial sport organizations are allowed to run very small adult sport training opportunities, and youth programs are allowed to continue, all with some new safety requirements in place. Special Olympics BC is inviting Locals to apply to their Community Development Coordinators in order to reopen programs under the new conditions, in addition to the SOBC Return to Sport Plan safety protocols that have been updated correspondingly. Please click here for the full summary of changes

If you have any questions or feedback, please don't hesitate to email

Special Olympics BC's Return to Sport Plan

SOBC Return to Sport Plan

How do i return to sport?

The safety of all participants remains our highest priority. We appreciate everyone’s diligence in following all safety and hygiene protocols. This is essential to protect everyone.

Coach and volunteer webinars

SOBC is running required Return to Sport training webinars for all coaches in our open sports. Upcoming webinars:

The registration deadline for each is 9 a.m. on the day of the webinar.


In line with current recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer, all participants in all indoor programs (except swimming) must wear masks. Any participants who need to apply for an exemption for medical reasons are asked to contact SOBC staff at

Special Olympics BC's Return to Sport planning process

Basic Program Safety Standards and Resources

Sport-Specific Protocols and Resources

All open sports updated January 12, 2021

Athletics Alpine Skiing

Club Fit

(indoor Club Fit
currently paused)

Basketball Bowling
(5- and 10-pin)
Fit Families & Friends
Bocce Cross Country Skiing Active Start
Golf Curling FUNdamentals
(currently paused)
Figure Skating  
Floor Hockey  
Swimming Snowshoeing  
  Speed Skating  

Return to Sport News

Please click here for past updates.

Work continues on sport-specific safety requirements for remaining sports. Additional sports will be added when the sport-specific plans and education are available, when facilities are available, AND when provincial health conditions allow.

Special Olympics BC Return to Sport Plan resources


This email address is monitored by SOBC Vice President, Sport Lois McNary, SOBC Sport Manager Helen Cheung, and SOBC Program Manager Michelle Cruickshank to provide timely responses.