Young Athletes™ is an innovative sports play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities age 2 to 7. The program includes active games, songs, and other play activities that help children develop motor, social, and cognitive skills. The Young Athletes™ Curriculum is based on the Young Athletes™ Activity Guide and provides scripted Lesson Plans to be used over an 8 week period.  Check out our Young Athletes One Page Snapshot.

Community Based: The Community Based model is implemented in a community setting in a park, church, school gym, or another donated or rented space for members of the community by a trained volunteer. 

Details for Delaware County Program

SOPA Season: Fall (Sep – Dec)

Head Coach: Susan Heaney – heanbean@verizon.net

What to Expect: Foundational skills, walking and running, balance and jumping, trapping and catching, throwing, striking, kicking, advanced sports skills.

Training Specifics: Wednesday’s from 630-830pm at Marple Education Center/DCIU. Sessions are usually split into two 1-hour intervals based on ages. Start date is September 25, 2019.

Competition Dates: No competitions for YAP.

Equipment: We will provide all the required equipment.

Uniform Requirements: No uniforms for YAP.

**IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS** 

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 the program manager for filing.

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).