Arkansas Activities Association


Section 3 #C

According to page 10 2002-03 handbook, page 7

The Board of Directors may make exceptions to the AAA participation requirements for schools whose entire enrollments are composed of handicapped students and for students involved in competitions sponsored by the State Chapter of Special Olympics Arkansas.

ARTICLE IV Administration of Sports

Section 1 Teams

Rule 3, page 36 2002-03 handbook

Rule 2. Varsity and Non-Varsity Teams

A. A varsity team is a member school�s principal team. A school may have only one varsity team in each sport for each junior high, senior high, boys, girls, or co-ed.

B. Non-varsity teams are composed of students who do not participate in varsity games except as permitted under the basketball �five quarter rule�. A non-varsity team may play twice a week.

Special Olympics Teams

A student eligible for and who participates in the activities of Special Olympics Arkansas shall be an exception to the above rule as long as they have not participated in an interscholastic contest as a member of a varsity or junior varsity team in THAT sport during the current school year.

Motor Activities Training Program (MATP)

Motor Activities Training Program (MATP) trains athletes in motor-based recreation activities and enables them to take part in a program which is appropriate to the age and ability of each individual. After a training period of at least eight weeks, participants may take part in a Special Olympics training Day, giving each a chance to demonstrate his or her “personal best” in an activity and to be recognized for this accomplishment. The skills learned through MATP also enable people with severe disabilities to participate in community recreational activities with their non-disabled peers.

While the goal of MATP is not necessarily to prepare persons with severe disabilities to participate in sports, many MATP participants will gain the skills required to compete in certain Special Olympic sports.

MATP trains participants in seven basic motor skills designed to relate to specific sports. The skills also complement training by educators and therapists in daily living skills.

Electric Wheelchair-Athletics
Kicking-Football (Soccer)
Manual Wheelchair- Athletics

MATP can be implemented through schools, group homes, residential facilities and other community-based settings. Training for volunteers is available through Special Olympics Motor Activities Training Schools conducted by local Special Olympics programs.

For more information, contact Christine Gambrell at

Sports Programs

Special Olympics Arkansas is proud to offer a wide variety of sports programs to all the athletes in the State of Arkansas. Below is a summary of the sports offered and a brief description. If you are interested in any of the programs below, please contact us by email or phone. GET INVOLVED, It’s FUN !

Athletics is the largest sporting event for Special Olympics in Arkansas. We have area meets in 18 areas of the state with the number of athletes competing in the area meets ranging from 300 to 1,200. The area meets are usually held on Saturdays during the month of April. The State Athletics Meet is held during the Summer Games with 2,000 athletes competing. Athletics includes 18 track events and six field events, as well as the Pentathlon.

Meets are held during April and May with the State Aquatics Meet being held during the Summer Games. Aquatics are exciting to watch and we would like more and more athletes to become involved in training and competition.

BaskBut.gif (1473 bytes)Basketball is getting more popular, with new teams entering each year! District Tournaments are held during the month of February with the overnight State Basketball Tournament being held the latter part of March.

BoceBut.gif (1362 bytes)Italian Lawn Bowling, a sport offered for Masters Age Division athletes (30 & up). After the Arkansas Team represented our state so well in Minneapolis at the 1991 International Games, the sport has caught on like wildfire. Bocce is offered on the local level in April and during the State Summer Games.

BowlBut.gif (1410 bytes)Area Tournaments for Special Olympics take place during the months of December and January. The State Bowling Tournament is held at Professor Bowl in Little Rock at the end of January. Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles, and Team Bowling is held. Unified Bowling takes place in February.

CyclBut.gif (1475 bytes) Special Olympics Cycling is in its sixth year for Special Olympics Arkansas. Regional cycling races take place in September and April with the State Cycling Competition taking place at the Summer Games.

FigBut.gif (1478 bytes) SpeedBut.gif (1489 bytes) Special Olympics Ice Skating training takes place year round with emphasis on September through December. Competitions occur in February. Males and females compete on all ability levels and we are currently trying to reach out to more athletes to get involved in the program.

floorbut.gif (1514 bytes)Team floor Hockey Competition takes place in February during the Winter Games. The sport is played on a floor ( not ice ), such as a gym floor or roller rink. It is very competitive and exciting, which is obviously the reason the number of teams at the Winter Games seems to double each year.

FootBut.gif (1513 bytes) Team soccer competition is offered during the Fall and Unified soccer is offered during the summer Games in May. Arkansas teams compete each year in the Memphis-McKesson Soccer Tournament. Five-A-Side unified soccer takes place during the Summer Games and involves teams that consist of 50% athletes (Special Olympics) and 50% athletes (partners) playing together on the same team as teammates.

GolfBut.gif (1392 bytes) Special Olympics Golf is a relatively new sport to the programs offered through participation in Arkansas Special Olympics. Golf Competition consists of Individual Skills, nine-hole play, 18-hole play and Unified golf. Golf takes place in the months of March and April.

GymBut.gif (1388 bytes) Gymnastics competition has been on the decline over the past few years, so major emphasis has been placed on developing the sport. New rule books are out with the compulsory routines and are available at gymnastic coaches certification clinics or through the director Anita Vandiver. New sport skills books are available as well.

PowerBut.gif (1489 bytes) Power-lifting is a new sport to Special Olympics Arkansas but it has rocketed into a very popular sport among the athletes. Special Olympics athletes competed in the State championships- NASA ( Natural Athletes Strength Association) and will be competing year-round in regular competitions. Power-lifting is offered as one of the sports during the Summer games.

SoftBut.gif (1417 bytes) Team Softball competition takes place both in the Fall during September and October (tournaments and league play) and in May during the Summer Games. Also, Unified Softball competition is constantly increasing. Teams consist of 50% S.O.A. athletes and 50% partners. The Tournament in held in Cabot. The ‘all -star” unified team usually travels each year to New Orleans to compete against Louisiana!

TenBut.gif (1350 bytes) Tennis is a relatively new sport to Special Olympics Arkansas- coaches training clinics are now being coordinated around the state.

vollbut.gif (1417 bytes) Volleyball Tournaments are held in Jacksonville during November.

For more information concerning these sports, contact Terri Weir at or (800) 722-9063

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