Return 2 Play

What’s the Plan?

Special Olympics South Carolina has developed a statewide plan to safely return to play. It is a phased approach and will be implemented statewide versus by local program. In order to ensure the safety of athletes, coaches, Unified Partners and our volunteers, plus countless family members and caregivers, our staff has evaluated each sport on risk level. Sports were selected by potential risk factors; ability to social distance, whether they were indoor or outdoor sports and if they had shared equipment.

Return 2 Play Plan video – Senior Director of Sports and Competition, Kelly Garrick, walks you through the plan for returning to training and competition.

Return 2 Play Process and Plan (PDF)

What’s Next?

SOSC is forming a Return 2 Play Task Force that will include board members, athlete leaders, key volunteers and our health and law enforcement partners. The task force will assist in giving perspective and recommendations to staff and will have input on a timeline for implementation of each phase.

Return 2 Play Phases and Sports Risk Assessment

There is no start date set for these phases. This information is provided to give a guide to prepare coaches for when we can Return 2 Play.


Sport Specific Plans

Alpine Skiing    Badminton      Basketball      Bocce      Bowling      Competitive Cheer    Cross Country Running      Disc Golf    Equestrian      Flag Football      Golf      Gymnastics      Kayaking     Powerlifting      Sailing       Snowboarding      Soccer        Softball        Stand Up Paddleboarding       Swimming       Table Tennis       Tennis              Track & Field      Volleyball

Coaches FAQs

Once Special Olympics South Carolina opens up Return 2 Play phases, do I need to let my Area Director know I’ve started training with my athletes again?

  • Yes, contact your Area Director/Area Leadership and advise them of your desire to begin practice BEFORE you contact your athletes/athlete’s families. If you do not have your local program’s contact information visit for a complete contact list.

What do I do if a athlete/coach/volunteer shows symptoms after attending a practice?

  • Review with the individual what symptoms they are experiencing and when they first appeared.
  • Ask when they were tested and when they were advised the results would return.
  • Advise the individual to not return to practice until 7 days symptom free with a doctor’s note or a negative test result is received.
  • Contact each individual who attended practice and advise of possible exposure to COVID-19.
    • Review symptoms and request they contact you if symptoms occur.
    • Advise them if the individual tests positive for COVID-19
  • Stay in constant contact with your Area Director and Kelly Garrick ( about the situation from beginning to end.

How do I request a Return 2 Play Resource Kit to help me run training?

What will be in the Return 2 Play Resource Kit?

  • SOSC is currently gathering materials and resources. Currently, there will be appropriate social distancing signage, effective hand-washing poster, COVID-19 informational poster, Health Screening questionnaire, hand sanitizer and disposable gloves.

What do I do if I need to be recertified?

  • Coach Certification expiration dates have been extended. If you have an expiration date of December 31, 2020 or before, you will be given a 1 year grace period. We will evaluate the process and give further extension should the need arise. Online courses are still available for those that need a refresher. The 2020 Sports Rules will be distributed as they are received.

What if an athlete needs a new medical?

  • To prevent an athlete’s need to renew their medical form, the expiration date has been extended for 6 months. If they have an expiration date of December 31, 2020 or before, they qualify for the extenstion. SOSC will evaluate the need to expand this measure based on the status of COVID-19 in the state.

Coach Resources

SC Return to Play Protocol Videos
SC Return to Play Protocol Videos –

Special Olympics International (SOI)
COVID-19 Video
Dr. Alicia Bazzano, Special Olympics Chief Medical health Officer

National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) Learning Center
COVID-19 Free Online Course


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