Knowledgebase: Sport FAQ
How are competition levels determined?
Posted by Katie MacDonald on 11 August 2009 09:18 AM

Competitions are structured so that athletes compete with other athletes of similar ability. 

Ideally, a sufficient number of athletes or teams will participate at every competition so that equitable divisions of three (3) to eight (8) athletes or teams can be structured.

Special Olympics suggests that all divisions be created where the variance between the highest and lowest scores within that division not differ more than 25%. This 25% statement is not a rule, but should be used as a guideline for establishing equitable divisions when the number of athletes competing is appropriate.

The divisioning process varies from sport to sport (for example: divisioning for an individual sport will vary from the divisioning of a team sport)

For more information about the procedure for divisioning, divisioning for individual sports, divisioning for team sports and about the maximum performance rule:

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