The fundamental difference between Special Olympics competitions and those of other sports organizations is that athletes of all ability levels are encouraged to participate, and every athlete is recognized for his/her performance. Competitions are structured so that athletes compete with other athletes of similar ability in equitable divisions.

Special Olympics had three main categories of sport and each category has their own process for divisioning. These categories include:

  • Individual Sports
  • Team Sports
  • Judged Sport

 For specific sport  information regarding divisioning please refer to the specific sport page of the Sports Page.The bellow video gives a general idea about what is divisioning and how it is performed. However, Ontario and other chapters do not necessary follow the same numbers that used for divisioning in the video. Instead each chapter could use different numbers. For more information please visit each sport page to learn about divisioning rules of the specific sport.


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