What is the timeline for the 2021 Summer Sports Finals?

In-Person: Registration forms and activation sheets are due by Monday, May 17th. Competitions will be held June 11-13th at various locations in Mercer County.

Virtual: Registration is due by Wednesday, May 26th. Scores will be submitted between Sunday, June 6th, and Sunday, June 13th by 11:59 pm.

Who is permitted to compete?

Anyone who is currently registered as a SONJ athlete (8-years-old +) or Unified partner can compete in person or virtual. These competitions are open to athletes and Unified partners only.  

Do I need to fill out any paperwork to participate?

All SONJ athletes must have an up-to-date medical form to compete in both in-person and virtual competitions. Coaches, Unified partners, and volunteers must have up-to-date certifications as well.

Do I have to have an up-to-date medical to compete? 

Only currently registered Special Olympics New Jersey athletes are eligible to compete, and it is required that all paperwork is completed and valid before participating. We will not be allowing participation or accepting scores of athletes with incomplete or missing medicals. Please refer to our Stay Safe statement for guidelines on safe virtual participation. 

Do I need to complete the COVID Waiver and Communicable Disease Waiver?

The COVID Waiver and Communicable Disease Waiver are required for in-person competition, but not required for virtual competition. These two waivers will be required for all in-person activities moving forward.

Why is there no Swimming or Softball for the virtual Summer Sports Finals?

SONJ was not able to establish a structure that would allow for suitable virtual swimming and softball. Swimming and softball are both available for in-person competition.  

No access to a computer. Can we compete in the virtual Summer Sports Finals? 

Yes! If a coach, family member, or caregiver is willing and able to safely get this printable version of the program (PDF) to your athletes they can participate and record their results without needing internet or computer access. Print one copy per athlete. After they have completed and recorded their results, you can retrieve and submit their results for them using the online form. Please only do this if you are able to deliver and retrieve the papers safely! 

Can I volunteer for the 2021 Summer Sports Finals?

Due to capacity restrictions and safety guidelines, volunteers will be used on an as-needed basis. Please contact Samantha Petersack (SJP@sonj.org) with questions on volunteers.

How can I train for the competitions?

Training may take place in person with your coach and/or team according to the SONJ RTA Guidelines. Virtual training can take place from the comfort of your own home or in an area where you feel safe. Please refer to our Stay Safe statement for guidelines on safe virtual participation. 

Do I need equipment to train/practice?

In-person competition will require sport-specific equipment. Virtual competition events may not require any equipment. Some events require sport-specific equipment or household items. Use what you have for virtual competition and don’t be afraid to get creative! 

Will I be disqualified if my measurements for certain virtual events are not exact?

No, we understand that everyone is doing their best and everyone’s at home event setup is different than others.  We are more interested in everyone participating and giving their honest effort and attempt.  The priority is participation and not a disqualification.

Who will I compete against for virtual competition?

You will be competing against your peers from across the state. After the final results are submitted, we’ll division everyone based on their submitted scores. We will only division by gender if there are enough total participants. 

How do I submit my scores for virtual competition?

You can submit your results online any time between June 6 and June 13 by 11:59 PM. The form will not be available until June 6.

Will awards be given out?

Yes! Medals will be awarded to all in-person competitors.

Virtual competitors will receive a digital award in an email the week after 2021 Summer Sports Finals has concluded. 

I have additional questions/need more help!

Please contact us at SPORTSinfo@sonj.org

Stay Safe

Regular physical activity is vital for good physical, social and emotional health. While there is a risk of injury with any type of physical activity, the benefits of staying active far outweigh the risks. 

You can reduce your risk of exercise injury by: 

  1. wearing the right shoes 
  1. using the correct equipment 
  1. drinking water and staying hydrated 
  1. warming up and stretching properly 
  1. being aware of your surroundings—always exercise and compete in a safe and level area clear of any obstacles or items 
  1. maintaining social distancing rules (stay at least six feet away from others) 

Stop exercising and seek medical help if you experience symptoms such as: 

  1. discomfort or pain 
  1. chest pain or other pain that could indicate a heart attack, including pain in the neck and jaw, pain travelling down the arm or pain between the shoulder blades 
  1. shortness of breath 
  1. a rapid or irregular heartbeat 
Do I need to wear a mask?

Masks are highly recommended for unvaccinated Athletes and Unified partners at all times during both active and inactive participation with the following modifications based on updated safety and medical guidance. See our full Mask Guidelines section for details on each sport.