2019 State Summer Games

2019 Summer Games
June 7-9, 2019
University of Maine
Orono, Maine

Special Olympics Maine is hosting its 50th Summer Games! Come celebrate with us!

HELP US TO LOOK BACK AT THE HISTORY OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS MAINE.

DO YOU HAVE PICTURES FROM THE “OLDEN DAYS”? Preferably photos from 1999 or earlier. Bonus Points for pics from the very first Summer Games in Portland or Winter Games in Gorham! Help us to look back over the past 50 years. It will be fun to see the old uniforms, hairstyles, signage, set up, awards stands, venues, etc.
STORIES – Have you attended 40 or more State Summer Games events? Did you attend the first Summer Games in Portland or the first Winter Games in Gorham? We want to hear about your experiences.
EMAIL PHOTOS AND STORIES TO LISA AT LISAB@SOMAINE.ORG NO LATER THAN FRIDAY MAY 17th.
Important Summer Games Information Below:
Summer Games Schedules (tentative):
Sports Offered: Athletics (Track & Field), Bocce and/or Candlepin Bowling. Each sport offers both traditional and unified sports events. Sport Rules & Regulations can be found by going to each sport specific link below:
Athletics:

Athletes competing in Athletics (Track & Field) Outside Events can register for up to 3 Athletics events & the 4x100M Relay. See event registration parameters below:

  • Athletes MAY NOT enter in any Athletics Inside Events
  • Athletes MAY NOT enter in both the 100M & 100M Walk
  • Athletes MAY NOT enter in both Softball Throw & Shot Put
  • Athletes MAY NOT enter in both Running Long Jump & Standing Long Jump
  • Athletes entering the Running Long Jump must have a minimum qualifying score of 1 meter
  • Athletes competing in the 50M Dash MAY ONLY enter into 100M or 100M Walk plus Field Events
  • Athletes competing in the 400M, 800M and/or Relay MAY NOT enter Bocce or Unified Bocce

Athletes competing in Athletics (Track & Field) Inside Events (10M Assisted & 25M Walk, Wheelchair events and Inside Soft Ball) can register for up to 3 Athletics events. See event registration parameters below:

  • Athletes MAY NOT enter in any Athletics – Outside events
  • Athletes MAY NOT enter in both walks & wheelchair events
  • Athletes MAY NOT enter in both motorized and non-motorized wheelchair events
  • Athletes using wheelchairs shall Not be pushed, pulled or otherwise assisted during these events
  • 25M walkers CAN register for the 100M Walk

2 Softball Throw events offered, and your athlete may enter only 1. The “INSIDE” Softball Throw is designed only for athletes entering either wheelchair or developmental walks (10M & 25M walks), inside the Alfond Arena, where the wheelchair and developmental walks take place at 11:00 am. All other Softball competitors should enter the OUTSIDE Softball Throw event.

Wheelchair Events: Will take place in Alfond Arena, starting at 9:00 am. In accordance with the Official S.O. Summer Sports Rules/Athletics: #4 General Rules for Wheelchair Events; rule C-5 states: “Athletes shall not be pushed, pulled or otherwise assisted during these events.” This rule pertains to ANY wheelchair event list, manual or motorized, and this will be strictly enforced to maintain fairness (and safety) for all athletes!

All Events must be submitted with qualifying scores.

Bocce: 4-person teams
  • Start times:
  • Traditional 9am
  • Unified 11:30am
  • Athletes can ONLY complete in Bocce or Unified Bocce, not both.
  • Unified Bocce Teams must consist of 2 athletes & 2 unified partners
  • All teams are required to submit qualifying scores.
  • Bocce athletes CANNOT compete in 400M, 800M & Mile Run
  • New start times this year, 9:00AM Traditional and 11:30AM
Candlepin Bowling: Athletes can choose either traditional Bowling or the Unified event, but not both. Teams located within the thirty-mile radius of Bangor are asked to bowl on Thursday June 6.
Unified Champion Schools® will be offering two Unified Sport opportunities. Existing Unified Champion School ® Schools and/or new schools are encouraged to participate in either Unified Bocce or Unified Bowling – not both as well as Unified 4x100M Relay. If you are a school not yet involved in Unified Champion Schools®, and you would like more information, contact Ian Frank at IanF@somaine.org.
Healthy Athletes: We will once again offer professional screenings to athletes on Saturday during the games, free of charge. Screenings this year will include:
  • “Fun Fitness” – Physical Therapist will be on hand to check athletes’ physical fitness health.
  • “Special Smiles” – Dentists will be on site to check the athletes’ teeth.
  • “Healthy Hearing” – Audiologists will give athletes hearing screenings.
Parade Theme: “Team Spirit” – come ready to march in your athletic wear or team uniform and represent your team well by showing your team spirit! Please do NOT dress in dance theme, or you will be disqualified for the Arthur Ambrose Spirit Award. Parade will start at 5:00pm on Friday June 7th.
Dance Theme: 1969 – Please plan to attend this years summer games dance in your best 1969 attire. Please keep in mind that this theme is for the DANCE ONLY- not for the parade.
Volunteer Opportunities – Contact Mark Capano, MarkC@somaine.org or 207-879-0489, if you would like to be a 2019 Summer Games Volunteer.
Summer Games Delegation Registration Packages: Delegations must register for one, or more, of the packages below:
  • Plan “A” – $80.00
  • 2 Overnights – Friday & Saturday
  •  Meals – supper Friday PM, breakfast Saturday AM, lunch Saturday Noon, Dinner Saturday PM & breakfast Sunday AM.
  • Plan “B” – $40.00
  • 1 Overnight – Either Friday or Saturday night
  • 1 breakfast Saturday or Sunday
  • Supper Friday or Saturday night Dinner
  • Saturday’s lunch
  • Plan “C” – $10.00
  • No overnight
  • Saturday Lunch only
Summer Games Housing Accommodations: all Delegations members registering for Plan A or B will be housed in the University of Maine dormitories.
  • Athlete Housing Policy: Per a mandate from Special Olympics Inc., the Special Olympics Maine Board of Directors has recently adopted a statewide housing policy. This housing policy is in effect immediately, and covers housing requirements (and best practices) for any overnight situation in conjunction with any and all SOME events at the State, Area & Local Levels This policy can be found on the SOME website by clickinghere. Special Olympics Maine requires that ALL SOME coaches and chaperones become familiar with this policy.
Delegation Members:
ALL registered coaches (Head of Delegation, Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches & Unified Partners) must have a current SOMaine Volunteer Registration Packet (Class A Volunteer Screening, Protective Behaviors Course and Concussion Awareness and Safety Recognition Course)on file prior to May 15th in order to properly register for the 2019 Summer Games. Each of these three requirements remain current for three years. You can find these documents/links in the SOMaine Volunteer Registration Packet.
All Athletes must have a current Athlete Medical and Release on file with SOMaine prior to May 15th in order to be properly registered for the 2019 Summer Games. The Athlete Medical and Release can be found in the SOMaine Athlete Registration Packet. Medicals remain current for three years and the release is good forever (or until updated).
  • Athletes: All athletes must have participated in a 2019 Area Track and Field event to qualify for the State Summer Games. To find out the date/location of your Area’s Track & Field event, go to our website at  www.somaine.org/who-we-are/find-special-olympics-near-you/.
  • Head of Delegation (HOD): This person is responsible for the entire delegation including; athletes, unified partners, head coaches and assistant coaches. This person will send and receive pertinent information to and from Special Olympics Maine regarding; registration forms, athlete unified partner and coach requirements.
  • Head Coach: Every delegation must assign one certified head coach for every sport that they have athletes competing in. This person is responsible for the entire sports team including; athletes, unified partners and assistant coaches. Head coaches will be the liaison between their sports team and SOME. If you have a team competing in any Unified Sports event your head coach must be certified in Level 2 Coaching Unified Sports. Head Coaches must be certified through Special Olympics Maine in their assigned sport. To become a certified Head Coach, a Coach must attend a Coach’s Training School in the sport(s) they coach.  A list of Coach’s Training Schools can be found at, www.somaine.org/events/coachs-training-schools/
  • Assistant Coaches: Anyone with your delegation who is not registering as an SO Athlete, Unified Partner, Head of Delegation or Head Coach. Assistant Coaches will include any other support staff or chaperones.
  • Unified Partners: any one registering to participate in Unified Sports as a Unified Partners

2019 Summer Games Registration Information

Follow the steps below to complete the Summer Games Forms
(Registration DEADLINE is May 15th! – NO Exceptions!!!)
Registration:  All State Summer Registration forms are Google Forms (much like the Winter Games). This will allow you to complete each registration form electronically with just a click of a button! At anytime during registration process you can always select the “Back” button (bottom of the form, to the left of the “Next” button) to go back and review/edit the data that you completed prior to your current section. Once this form is completed entirely and submitted (click “Submit” on the last section) the HOD & the Head Coach will receive an email (to the emails provided) with a PDF confirmation of you what was submitted. Changes to Delegation can be made up until 2 weeks prior to the State Summer Games however, the sooner the better! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our office.
Each group MUST complete the following forms:(Click on the links below to each registration form)

Delegation Registration Form – You will need the following information to complete Delegation Registration process:

  • HOD Contact Information
  • Certified Head Coach contact information for each sport your Delegation competes in (Athletics, Bocce &/or Candlepin Bowling).
  • Assistant coach names (this is anyone that will be registering with your Delegation that is not an athlete, unified partner, HOD or Head Coach)
  • Summer Games Registration Packages (provide number, by gender and role, of Delegation members registering in each Plan)
  • Plan A – $80 per person: includes 2 overnight accommodations and all meals (Friday Dinner – Sunday Breakfast)
  • Plan B – $40 per person: includes 1 overnight accommodation and meals (Saturday’s Lunch, 1 Dinner & 1 Breakfast)
  • Plan C – $10 per person: includes lunch Saturday, no overnight accommodation
  • Click here to complete the 2019 State Summer Games Delegation Registration 
Additional Registration Forms – use as needed:

Athletics (Track & Field) Athlete Registration Form – (this is for both inside and outside Track & Field Events). You will need the following information to complete this registration process:

Athletics 4x100M Relay Registration Form – You will need the following information to complete this registration process:

Bocce (Traditional & Unified) Registration Form -You will need the following information to complete this registration process:

Candlepin Bowling Singles Registration Form – You will need the following information to complete this registration process:

Candlepin Bowling Team Registration Form (Traditional & Unified) – You will need the following information to complete this registration process:

Summer Games Raffle Ticket Request Form

Family Housing Request Form – please send to parents/guardians of athletes.

National Anthem Audition – SOMaine is accepting National Anthem audition videos for Delegation to submit to be in the running to sing the National Anthem during the Opening Ceremonies. Audition videos will be accepted until Friday May 17th and can be emailed to LisaB@somaine.org or texted to 207-839-5578. Click here for more information.

General Notes:
  • Don’t miss the deadline (May 15th) we cannot guarantee beds after that date.
  • You MUST provide times & distances when required, or we cannot place athletes in the events selected.
  • Distances MUST be recorded in METRIC measurements, NOT feet and inches!!!!!
  • Questions??? Please call us at 879-0489!

2019 Summer Games Commemorative T-shirt

2019 Summer Games Commemorative T-shirts – Special Olympics Maine will offer a Commemorative 2019 Summer Games T-shirt to Summer Games Delegations only!
  • Costs per t-shirts are as follows:
    • Small – XL – $10 per T-shirt
    • 2XL – 4XL – $12 per T-shirt
  • T-shirts will come in three color choices (Blue, Grey & Red) and are offered only in Men sizes. There will be no exchanges for sizes at the Summer Games so make sure to confirm sizes with all Delegation members ordering a t-shirt. T-shirts can be paid for in advance or at the Summer Games.
  • T-Shirts will be available for pick up at Summer Games Check-in.
  • The 2019 Commemorative Summer Games T-shirt will not be sold at the Summer Games so reserve your Delegation’s order today! Deadline to order is May 21st, 2019.
  • Click here to submit a Summer Games Commemorative T-shirt order

State Swim Meets

URGENT CHANGES!

Good morning all! Please read the following carefully as some changes have been made to the 2019 Swim Registrations! 

  • We have noticed HOD’s were not receiving the PDF’s of any of their forms. We have fixed the problem, but those emails may still come into your JUNK mail box so please after submitting your registration check your junk mail for those PDF’s!
  • If you have athletes that fall under both age groups, you will need to fill out two separate registration forms. One for those 21 and under and one for those 22 and older.
  • With a deadline of March 20th we understand that most Area meets will not be completed yet. PLEASE submitted athletes practice/training times in your registration as their qualifying times. We need to meet that March 20th Deadline in order to get all athletes registered and a program of events set up for both meets!

Enclosed please find registration material for the 2019 State Swim Meet.

NEW THIS YEAR!!!

To help with the growth of the sport of aquatics, Special Olympics will be adding a second day to the State Aquatics Meet! The first day will consist of athletes of the age of 21 years old and under. The following day will consist of athletes of the age of 22 and older. We are hoping to have the event flow smoother with two days rather than packing everyone in to one day of competitions. Below is the information for both days.

  • 21 and Under State Aquatics Competition – Wednesday April 10th
  • 22 and Over State Aquatics Competition – Thursday April 11th

Deadline for BOTH Competitions is Wednesday March 20th!!

BOTH Competitions will be held at Bates College in Lewiston

4 x 25yrd Relay Reminder!!

There will be a 4x25yrd relay event on each day of competition. Any relay team with an athlete over the age of 22 MUST compete in the 4x25yrd races on Thursday the 11th!

Please look carefully through the following items, which will answer questions you may have and should also help you with this registration process.

All entries must be submitted with Entry Qualifying Times!  To get Entry Qualifying Scores athletes must attend a Regional Swim meet.

Click here for a listing of regional swim meets is enclosed.

Rules and Events – The SOMaine Swim Rules & Regulations have recently been updated. Please review and share.

Click here to review the SOMaine Swim Rules & Regulations.

Event Rules & Event Options for Swimming: The events in Options #1-#3 are intended to provide meaningful competition for athletes with lower ability levels.  As stated on the entry form, there will be no “cross-over” within the entry options, as there is a natural progression in the ability to compete in these events, starting with Option #1 through to Option #4.  We hope you will train and challenge your athletes to the best of their ability.

  • Option 1 – 10 yard Assisted Swim:  Each Athlete is responsible for having his/her own coach/assistant.  The assistant may touch, guide or direct the athlete, but may not support or assist the athlete’s forward movement.  The athlete may use flotation (see flotation specifications under general rules).  The assistant may be in the pool or on deck.
  • Option 2 – 15 yard Flotation & 25 yard Flotation Races: Each athlete is responsible for his/her own flotation (IMPORTANT – see specifications for flotation under general rules).  These races do not allow physical assistance by coaches, etc., once the race has begun.  However, coaches may assist athletes to hold their position at the start line, prior to the start of the race.  Flotation Races – Athletes are responsible for his/her own flotation, which must be a life jacket or swim belt that is Coast Guard Approved. Flotation devices such as noodles, kick boards, inner-tubes or floats that wrap around arms are not acceptable.
  • Option 3 – 15 yard Unassisted Swim: Athletes must swim the entire distance with no assistance & no flotation device.  Coaches may offer encouragement and direction to athletes from outside the pool, only.  This event is basically a 15 yard Freestyle.
  • Option 4 – All other events: General Rules Overall
    1. There will be limitations for diving starts and use of starting blocks, dependent upon the depth of the pool at the start line.
    2. Standing on the bottom during freestyle events WILL NOT disqualify an athlete, but he/she may not walk or jump.  Standing on the bottom of the racing course is allowed only for the purpose of resting.  Walking and/or jumping will result in disqualification.
    3. A coach may guide by voice only.  A coach may not touch the athlete from the time the race starts until the athlete has completed the race.
    4. A coach may help an athlete maintain their position at the starting line.
    5. No competitor will be permitted to use or wear any device that will aid in speed (webbed gloves, fins, flippers, etc).  Goggles may be worn.

Schedule of the day’s events will be as follows; SAME FOR BOTH SESSIONS:

  • 8:30am – Team Registration/Drops – Merrill Indoor Gymnasium (Field House)
  • 9:15am   Opening Ceremonies – Tarbell Pool
  • 9:30am   Competitions Begin
  • 11:30am  Fundamental Events (event options 1-3)

Coach Education Policy: ALL registered coaches (Head of Delegation, Head Coaches & Assistant Coaches) must have a current certification for the following; Class A Volunteer Screening, Protective Behaviors Course and Concussion Awareness and Safety Recognition Course. You can find these documents/links on our website at www.somaine.org/sports/coachs-corner/become-a-coach/. If not already completed, they MUST be completed by March 30th.

Head of Delegation: This person is responsible for the entire delegation including; athletes, head coaches and assistant coaches. This person will send and receive pertinent information to and from Special Olympics Maine regarding; registration forms, athlete unified partner and coach requirements.

Head Coach Requirements: Every delegation must assign one certified head coach for every sport that they have athletes competing in. This person is responsible for the entire sports team including; athletes, unified partners and assistant coaches. Head coaches will be the liaison between their sports team and SOME.

Swim Coach’s Training School Opportunities: SOMaine will offer the following Level 1 Swim Coach’s Training Schools.  These offerings will be the only opportunities for the Level 1 Swim certification that will be offered between now and the 2019 Swim meet.  Typically this course has been offered during our annual Summer Coach’s College, instead this year we will be offering the Michael Phelps IM program (Special Olympics, Inc’s official Swim program).  The Michael Phelps IM program will be a Level 3 certification and in order to register for the IM program at the Summer Coach’s College coaches must already be certified as a Level 1 Swim coach.

Medicals & Consent Forms: ALL Athletes must have current medical & consent forms on file at Special Olympics Maine’s State Office.  It is your responsibility to insure that these (2) (current/completed) forms are on file here at our office, for every athlete you plan to bring to the games.  If we already have a medical on file for an athlete and it is less than three years old, you don’t need a new one, unless there has been a significant physical/medical change in one of your athletes.  You may email Mike at MikeL@somaine.org to check on medicals in your file.  We recommend that you make two copies of each medical/release form – keep one file of all medicals in a safe place and have a file with all your athletes’ medicals that travels with you to events.  Blank Medical and Consent Forms can be downloaded by going to our website: www.somaine.org/sports/athlete-resources/.

Directions for Completing the 

2019 Swim Registration Forms

(Deadline for ALL forms is March 20, 2019)

Registration:  All State Swim Registration forms are Google Forms (much like the Winter Games).  This will allow you to complete each registration form electronically with just a click of a button!  Once you have submitted a registration form you will receive an email confirmation.  We understand that this is a new process and at any time if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our office.  Each Delegation must submit a Swim HOD

General Notes:

  • Don’t miss the deadline (March 20th, 2019).

If you have questions about Special Olympics Swim and/or the enclosed information please don’t hesitate to call us at 879-0489.

Hope to see you there!