Competition will be inconsistent regardless of where the athlete is competing.
Athletes need to be exposed to a variety of rules so they can compete in different settings.
Athletes need to know that National Governing Body rules take precedence over Special Olympics rules.
Athletes will be better prepared if they know and are comfortable with the rules.
It’s when the athletes perform on a stage, such as in gymnastics.
It’s the location where the athletes gather with fellow competitors prior to competing.
It’s an area where parents can sit with their children to watch the competition.
It’s the area where coaches instruct athletes on what to do if they encounter a potentially vulnerable situation.
“Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.”
"It's not that you won or lost but how you played the game.”
“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
“You can't just beat a team, you have to leave a lasting impression in their minds so they never want to see you again.”
When an opponent makes a basket or scores a goal, have the team say, “Nice shot!”
Recognize mistakes and immediately penalize the athlete for them.
Question the ruling of any official who makes a controversial call.
Yell instructions to your athletes as they are playing; this will provide constant instruction.
Help athletes discover that their personal best may be different from others’, but they all help the team.
Reinforce the accomplishments and efforts of the athletes who won their event.
Instruct your athletes to go half-speed in divisioning rounds so they are better positioned to win the finals.
Deliver elaborate post-competition speeches that praise the athletes.
Constantly yell tips for improvement from the sidelines.
Keep words brief and positive, focusing on what should be done.
Tell athletes what NOT to do so they will not make mistakes.
Use new and different words to reinforce what the athlete already knows.
Limiting responsibility to avoid the risks of independence.
Showing and teaching good sportsmanship and respect for officials, opponents, teammates, coaches, and other athletes.
Providing ongoing instructions to athletes while they are competing so they don’t forget them.
Having athletes arrive immediately before competition so they do not stress about quickly changing environments.
It identifies those athletes who need improvement and those who don’t.
It will help improve the athlete’s concentration.
It builds the athlete’s self-esteem by correcting errors, prior to, during, and after the competition.
It’s the best way to ensure an athlete achieves her personal best at each ability level.
It’s primarily for building team spirit.
It’s improving an athlete’s performance by pointing out the errors from the sidelines.
It’s building individual and team values and reaffirming the Athlete’s Oath.
It’s a point system where any infractions are marked on a clipboard and addressed after the competition.
Teaching the skills of the sport regardless of the athletes, and repeat the directions until they learn.
Reinforcing the idea that winning is the most important goal.
Teaching athletes that playing the game is more important than developing skills
Teaching skills in sequence and to the level the athlete needs.
Give athletes constant direction for all situations and in all sports.
Give athletes enough direction to allow them to play, develop independence and self-esteem, and succeed.
Focus your directions on more complex sports such as bowling and bocce.
Giving frequent directions to athletes during competition provides a level of comfort to them.
Delegate responsibilities to assistant coaches.
Do all the training and recruiting yourself so athletes are guaranteed to be compatible with each other.
Keep family, guardians, and caregivers at arm’s length so that they do not interfere with the training.
Plan the season around the most competitive event of the year.
To set a practice schedule, regardless of input from parents, guardians, and caretakers
To secure equipment for practice, but allow the athletes to bring what makes them comfortable
To plan the entire season, and sharing it with everyone involved
To plan for parents, guardians, and caretakers to provide transportation to practices and events
An emergency action plan
Physical forms for the most disabled athletes
A general sense of when practices will occur
An athlete development plan that ensures their team will win competitions
To stop the flow of blood, lower the wound below the heart.
If a dressing becomes soaked with blood, do not remove it; add a clean dressing over it.
For heat exhaustion, place the athlete in a warm shower.
For a broken a leg, appoint someone to call the appropriate medical personnel, split the leg, calm the athlete, and wait for the medical personnel to arrive.
When they need to tag up
When they are rounding third
Physically assisting an athlete on base is not allowed
A free base is given to the batter
It is the orange base that is attached to first base
When each player is allowed to advance a base
Six pitch, three-swing rule
Four pitch, three-swing rule
Six pitch, two-swing rule
Four pitch, two-swing rule
A coach from the team in the field
A coach from the team batting
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