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Coaching Athletics Quiz

Coaching Special Olympics athletes is rewarding and makes use of the experience and knowledge coaches already have. In all sports, there are special rules and adaptions that make participation fairer, safer and more competitive for athletes of all abilities. The quiz below highlights aspects of Special Olympics Athletics that coaches and officials should know about. Test your knowledge!

1) In Special Olympics athletics competition, all athletes go to a final.

  • True
  • False
2) Athletes participating in Special Olympics athletics competition cannot adjust their qualifying time to obtain a better grouping for a future running heat

  • True
  • False
3) Special Olympics athletics competitions include:

  • Special Olympics athletics competitions include:
  • 10 Meter runs
  • Marathon
  • Assisted walking events
  • Wheelchair events
  • All of the above
  • None of the above
4) Athletes have the option of using or not using starting blocks in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 100m hurdles and 4x100m relay running events.

  • True
  • False
5) Athletes are allowed _____ false starts without disqualification during track events.

  • 0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
6) If a competitor is pushed or forced by another person to run outside his/her lane during a track event and no material advantage is gained, the competitor __________.

  • Should be disqualified
  • Should be assessed a penalty of 3 seconds added to his or her finish time
  • Should not be disqualified or penalized
7) The minimum opening height for all high jump competitions is:

  • 1.00 meter
  • 2.00 meters
  • 3.00 meters
  • 5.00 meters
8) As long as the weight of the shot remains the same among all competitors, it is acceptable to include wheelchair athletes in the ‘regular’ divisions of the shot put.

  • True
  • False
9) Unified athletics teams are divisioned based primarily on ability.

  • True
  • False
10) The training component(s) of the pentathlon are:

  • Speed training
  • Technique training
  • Strength training
  • Specific strength training
  • Rest and recovery
  • All of the above

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