Aquatics was an event at the first Special Olympics International Games held in Chicago, Illinois in 1968. Aquatics Training Season is usually year round with a culminating event at Summer Games in June at Penn State University.
- Swimming Resources – rules, coaching guides, fact sheets, etc.
Details for Delaware County Program
SOPA Season: Spring/Summer
Head Coach: Susan Heaney
What to Expect: Athletes swim laps and relays.
Currently not accepting athletes requiring swimming lessons; please inquire about being put on the waiting list.
Training Specifics: Sunday’s from 9-11am at Ridley Area YMCA starting in January. Training is normally split up into 2 one-hour slots.
Competition Dates: (1) Delco Invitational @ Widener University in April. (2) Eastern Spring Sectional @ Kutztown University in May. (3) Summer Games @ Penn State in June. Athletes participating in Summer Games will be housed for 2 nights in dormitories, along with coaches, at a ratio of 4 athletes per coach.
Equipment: We will provide all the required equipment.
Uniform Requirements: We will provide athletes with a uniform for competition.
ALL athletes must have a current medical (on Special Olympics PA medical form) that runs through the end of the season. If the athlete medical is not up-to-date, athletes WILL NOT be able to participate. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this rule since it poses a safety risk to the entire program. An up-to-date medical must always be on file with the coach as well as sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. To download a copy of medical application, check our resource page. To check on medical expiration date, please go here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gZlc7Rupri51R_2SAgbVRI8DwrOVf2nDOvmssWKBXfo/edit#gid=0
ALL athletes must attend at least 8 trainings and participate in qualifiers to be eligible to compete in State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).
ALL athletes can participate in multiple sports during the same season, but must declare a primary sport for State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).