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Like mainstream tennis, Special Olympics Tennis gives athletes the opportunity to learn and perform a variety of skills that can be played throughout life. In addition to offering traditional singles and doubles events, Special Olympics offers individual skills competition to allow athletes to train and compete in basic tennis skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to match play. These skills include racket bounce, "ups", forehand volley, backhand ground stroke, serve-deuce court, serve-advantage court and alternating ground stroke with movement.
As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender.
Steps to becoming a coachSOMO Rules
SOI RulesNational Governing Body Rules: USTA
SOMO Doubles Roster FormRoster FormSkills Assessment Form
Steps to becoming an athlete
Physical formConsent formUnified Partner formClass A for adult Unified PartnersClass A for minor Unified Partners
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."