Athlete Code of Conduct


  • Practice good sportsmanship
  • Act in ways that bring respect to me, my coaches, my team and Special Olympics
  • Refrain from using bad language
  • Refrain from swearing or insulting other persons
  • Refrain from fighting with other athletes, coaches, volunteers or staff

Training And Competition

  • Train regularly
  • Learn and follow the rules of my sport
  • Listen to my coaches and the officials and ask questions when I do not understand
  • Always try my best during training, divisioning and competitions
  • Refrain from "holding back" in preliminaries just to get into an easier heat

Responsibility For My Actions

  • Refrain from making inappropriate or unwanted physical, verbal, or sexual advances to others
  • Refrain from smoking in non-smoking areasRefrain from drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs at Special Olympics events
  • Refrain from taking drugs for the purpose of improving my performance
  • Obey all laws and Special Olympics rules


As an athlete, I understand that if I do not obey this Code of Conduct, I will be subject to a range of consequences by my Program or a Games Organizing Committee which may include not being allowed to participate.