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Athlete Conduct The coach is responsible for keeping athletes under control. Do so by setting a good example and by disciplining when necessary. Set team rules for good behavior. If athletes attempt to cheat, fight, argue, badger, or yell disparaging remarks, it is your responsibility to confront the misbehavior. Initially, it may mean removing athletes…

When working with any athlete population, it is important for coaches to ask athletes to perform technical skills (fundamentals) and tactical skills (game or event strategies) that are developmentally appropriate relative to athletes’ physical and intellectual capabilities. Introducing skills that are too advanced for athletes’ capabilities can lead to unsafe sport environments and frustration. For…

The fundamental difference between Special Olympics competitions and those of other sports organizations is that athletes of all ability levels are encouraged to participate, and every athlete is recognized for his/her performance. Competitions are structured so that athletes compete with other athletes of similar ability in equitable divisions. Historically, Special Olympics has suggested that all…

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