2020-2021 Registration Information

Welcome to Special Olympics Calgary's 2020-2021 Program Season

If you wish to participate in a SOC fall/winter program, please proceed with the registration process, so you’re prepared for the possibility of enrollment if programs continue to run. Due to the restricted numbers of cohort maximums, facility restrictions and confirmed volunteers, we are only able to have a certain number of individuals in our programs. Due to limited numbers allowed in our programs, please understand that you may be on a waitlist until space becomes available in that program. We will notify you of your status in your program, after the selected pilot programs are completed. Spring/Summer program registration will be addressed in the new year.


 Important message from Special Olympics Alberta-Calgary’s Affiliate Management Committee members.
Special Olympics Alberta-Calgary’s focus over the past 9 months has been ensuring measures would be in place for a safe return to programs as soon as were allowed to.  Working with many partners, SOCalgary was able to implement safety measures and protocols that enabled us to run a few pilot programs in October, and to check to see if these measures would work for us moving forward.

When SOCalgary shut down our programs in the spring of this year and started up our pilot programs in October, the number of Covid-19 cases were much lower than the current state in our community. While we understand the need to offer programs to our members, our top priority has, and always will be, the health and safety of all our members.

We have been monitoring the Covid-19 numbers in the City of Calgary and paying close attention to Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw’s updates. Like everyone, we have been hoping that the Covid-19 positive case numbers would stabilize and start to trend downwards. Dr. Hinshaw recently stated that we are at a critical point with this virus and all of us must do what we can to assist to bring the numbers down.

We understand that Special Olympics programs are extremely important to our members from both a mental and physical perspective. We also know that individuals with an intellectual disability have a heightened risk of contracting Covid-19, so after many discussions, we have made the difficult decision to postpone all sports programs until at least the middle of January 2021. This decision was not made lightly, and a number of factors were taken into consideration.

As an organization, we will continue to do what we can to keep our members engaged and will ensure we provide you with information and updates over the next few months.

Please do your part to limit the spread: wear a mask, social distance, limit social gatherings, wash your hands and stay home when possible.

Stay safe everyone and we look forward to seeing you when it is safe to run our programs again.

Thank you.

Karen Saunders - Chair, Special Olympics Calgary Management Committee
Additional Management Committee members: Siobhan Goguen, Garry McCulloch, Ben Spademan, Val Wahl, Jack Gregory, Wilma Shim, Dr. Katelyn Lowe
Kathy Urquhart – Executive Director, Special Olympics Calgary



Return to Play Considerations

We want you to make an informed decision about if participating in Special Olympics programs is right for you. We encourage you to explore the following resources before completing the registration form:

  • Review Special Olympics Alberta Return to Play Guidelines HERE – these are the basis of all Special Olympics Calgary programs and the guidelines all programs will follow 
  • Consider your risk status. It is recommended that High Risk Participants consult with a healthcare provider. All members must read the High Risk Participant document. If you have a health condition that places you at high risk, a doctor approval note will be required before you will be permitted to participate.
  • Watch Special Olympics Canada’s What to Expect VIDEO to see what is expected of you, and how you can prepare for programs to keep yourself and others safe.
The 2020-2021 program year will bring many changes, some known, and many unknown.  Please be prepared that your sport program may look different from what you are used to, and changes to programs may be on an individual program basis.

Known Changes:  
  • Be prepared for health screenings before every program session. Members will not be allowed to participate and will be sent home if they cannot pass the health monitoring standards.
  • Physical Distancing must be maintained during program where possible.
  • MUST be worn to, from and at all times during SOC programs, unless otherwise instructed by coaches.
  • will be in place. Members will only be able to participate in one sport per season. This includes both athletes and coaches.
  • Due to facility maximum restrictions, only registered athletes and volunteers will be allowed to enter our program area. If you have not submitted that you need 1-1 support, you are not permitted to be accompanied by a caregiver into the facility. No spectators will be allowed to stay and watch.
  • As required by our facilities, individuals are only allowed to enter the facility 15 minutes prior to the start of the program, and must leave no later than 15 minutes after the program ends. Members are not permitted to hang around outside program facilities. If you are not able to adhere to this, you will not be able to participate in the program.
  • In consideration of all members, failure to follow safety policy and protocols will results in immediate suspension from the program.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to offer the following fall/winter programs this season:
5 Pin Bowling – Paradise Lanes
Active Start/FUNdamentals
Figure Skating - Learn to Skate
Floor Hockey - Development
Floor Hockey - Youth
Health & Wellness 1
Speed Skating
Swimming - Novice
Swimming - Youth

Please note: Swimming Intermediate and Swimming Advanced has moved to the Spring/Summer season.
Possible Changes:  
  • Programs may be modified, shortened, postponed or cancelled for the 2020-2021 season.  
  • Some programs may only be able to run outdoors.
  • Some programs may only have skills and drills and no contact or league play.
  • Program capacities may be reduced depending on the sport, facility restrictions, and volunteer support.

You will be contacted with all the specific details pertaining to your sport, prior to the start-date if and when you are confirmed.



Once you have made the decision that participating with SOC programs at this time is right for you, follow the link below to complete the Electronic Registration Form. Due to capacity and cohort mandates, you may not be able to participate in your first choice of sport, so to help us try to accommodate each individual’s sport preferences, please also indicate your second and third sport choice preferences. Please only complete one registration form per member. 
You will need the following updated information to complete the registration: 

  • Contact Information 
  • Medical Information 
  • Emergency Contacts – two required 

Athlete ACCESS number, if applicable





Because we are only accepting Fall/Winter program registrations at this time, and since we will be discontinuing this distribution list, please click on the button below to remain on the distribution list so you can receive further updates for Spring/Summer programs

Spring/Summer Distribution List

We will send out further communications about spring/summer selections in the new year closer to the start of those programs.


Waiver Forms & Declaration

All athletes and volunteers must have signed forms and waivers completed before they can attend a Special Olympics program. You can sign them electronically by using the links below, or access the pdf's to print, sign, and send in below.

1 to 1’s must have a Covid-19 Declaration signed: https://forms.gle/mx19GriSg62X19vy5 (must be signed within two weeks of start of program)

If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please note we continue to have limited access to our phone system – phone inquiries may not receive a response. Where possible, please email when you have a question, and we will try to address it within 72 hours, dependent on volume. We will not be taking questions about further steps at this time.
Take care and stay safe!

Special Olympics Calgary




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