2020 Winter Games

2020 Winter Games

Sugarloaf

January 26-28, 2020

As the calendar creeps towards the New Year we find ourselves staring in the face of yet another Special Olympics Maine State Winter Games! This year’s State Winter Games will be held on January 26th-28th, 2020 at Sugarloaf Mountain. This email will be the ONLY notice you will receive about your first steps towards registering your Delegation to be a part of this year’s Games.”

SOME will once again be decreasing the quota of snowshoe athletes, while increasing the quota in other winter sports. Due to the limited size of the snowshoe venue and competition time constraints, we are encouraging teams to limit their number of snowshoe athletes, and encourage you to train and move those athletes who are capable, into Alpine, Cross Country Skiing or Speed Skating competitions. We’ll continue to offer Winter Coaches Training Schools, acquire equipment & secure training venues to help with this transition.

Again this year – To increase athlete participation we will accept all Area Delegation Winter Games Registrations with the following exceptions:

  • Due to the 7-year Area Rotation, Aroostook & Penobscot/Hancock/Piscataquis County Delegations will not be provided housing. Delegations in these areas can register as “Day Only” participants commuting in each day or find alternative housing. If housing is needed, it is suggested to book through rental companies like Home AwayAir Bnb or surrounding town hotels. Please do not contact Sugarloaf Mountain Co. directly!
  • Aroostook & Penobscot/Hancock/Piscataquis County Delegations cannot register any athlete in Snowshoe events unless participating in the 200m & 400m

SOME will ONLY send 2020 Winter Games registration information to the delegations that have been awarded Quotas so, please don’t hesitate – complete the form, today!

Click here to complete the 2020 Winter Games Quota Application. Deadline to complete is Friday, November 15th.

**Attention Alpine Skiers: On behalf of Special Olympics International (SOI) and SOME, we are working towards mandating that all Alpine Skiers race with an FIS-approved helmet. However, we are NOT mandating this for the upcoming 2020 State Winter Games.

Please note that additional information will be sent out shortly. If an alpine athlete is due for a new helmet this year, we suggest purchasing an FIS-approved helmet to prepare for the 2021 State Winter Games in which we WILL be mandating FIS helmets. Again, it is NOT required for an alpine athlete to have an FIS-approved helmet for the 2020 Winter Games.

Winter Sports Coaches Training Schools (CTS) Information

Speed Skating: Family Ice Arena in Falmouth on December 10th (11:30am-3:00pm)

*Led by the ONLY Speed Skating Organization in Maine (Great Atlantic Speed Skating)

*We are encouraging ALL coaches who have athletes interested in Speed Skating to attend the CTS

*Coaches can bring 1 athlete to participate – An opportunity for the athlete to receive actual speed skates to take home with them!

To register, please click HERE

 

Alpine Skiing: Lost Valley in Auburn on January 3rd (10:00am-2:00pm)

Hermon Mountain (Date is TBA) (2pm-6pm)

To register for the Lost Valley CTS, please click HERE

To register for the Hermon Mountain CTS, please click HERE

 

Snowshoeing & Cross Country Skiing: Quarry Road Trails in Waterville on January 8th (9am-2:30pm)

Pineland Farms Outdoor Center on January 10th (9am-2:30pm)

To register for the Quarry Road Trails CTS, please click HERE

To register for the Pineland Farms CTS, please click HERE

 

2021 World Winter Games — Coaches Applications

If you are interested in applying for a Head Coach position or Sport Manager position at the 2021 World Winter Games in Sweden, please click HERE

*Applications are due by October 23rd. If you are applying after October 19th, you will need to access the page by using this password: WorldGames 

***If you plan on submitting an application, please email Lauren Lessard ASAP @ LaurenL@somaine.org

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. For more information contact Lauren or our state office at 207-879-0489.

2019 State Soccer Tournaments

2019 State Soccer Competitions

Special Olympics Maine is pleased to announce…..
  • Central Maine Soccer Tournament – October 15th, 2019 at Husson University in Bangor (Rain Date October 16th)
  • Southern Maine Soccer Tournament – October 19th, 2019 at Gorham Sports Center
Events offered at both competitions are:
  • Individual Skills Contest
  • Tradition 5v5
  • Unified 5v5
Registration deadline is September 20th, 2019
New This Year! All State Soccer registration forms are Google Forms (much like the Winter & Summer Games Registration Process).  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.
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 October 1st.
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.

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 Lauren at LaurenL@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/.

Rules & Regulations:  ALL soccer rules & regulations can be found on our website by clicking here. 

Directions for Completing the 
2019 State Soccer Tournament Registration Forms
(Deadline for ALL forms is September 20th, 2019)
Registration:  All State Soccer Tournament Registration forms are Google Forms (much like the Winter & Summer 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.
Complete the necessary forms below for each competition you have athletes competing in.
  • Soccer Delegation Registration Form– completed by the Head of Delegation (HOD – person responsible for your team).  Be sure to list all additional coaches/chaperones attending the games. Each Delegation must complete a Soccer Delegation Form for each of the competitions their athletes/unified partners complete in.
General Notes:
  • Don’t miss the deadline (September 20th).
Questions??? Please call us at 879-0489!
Thank you!

2019 10 Pin Bowling Competitions

SOMaine is pleased to announce that we will  offer THREE Individual 10 Pin Bowling Competitions – Southern (Brunswick) & Central Maine (Bangor).  

 AGAIN this year – We are offering TWO dates for the Central Maine Tournament due to increased participation where the age of the athlete (21 & under or 22 & Over), will determine which specific tournament date to attend (see tournament dates for more information).  Athletes can only compete in ONE of these competitions!  

 Southern Maine

Date – Monday, November 4th, 2019

Location – Yankee Lanes Brunswick Maine

 

Central Maine (22 & Over)

Date – Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Location – Family Fun Lanes Bangor, Maine

 

Central Maine (21 & Under)

Date – Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Location – Family Fun Lanes Bangor, Maine

 

*Deadline to Register – October 21st, 2019*

 Competition events offered: (Review recently updated 10-Pin Bowling Rules by clicking here)

  • Individual
  • Individual Ramp
  • Individual Ramp Assisted

Tentative Schedules: 

  • Southern Maine Competition – All Ages
    • 8:30-9am – Delegation Check In
    • 8:45-9am – Coach’s Meeting
    • 9-1pm – Competition/Awards
  • Central Maine Competition (22 & Over)
    • 8:30-9am – Delegation Check In
    • 8:45-9am – Coach’s Meeting
    • 9-1pm – Competition/Awards
  • Central Maine Competition (21 & Under)
    • 8:30-9am – Delegation Check In
    • 8:45-9am – Coach’s Meeting
    • 9-11:30am – Competition/Awards

New This Year! All State Bowling Tournament registration forms are Google Forms (much like the Winter & Summer Games Registration Process).  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.

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 October 21st.

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.  SOME is offering two 10-Pin Bowling Coach’s Training School opportunities for coaches to become a certified Head Coach (each limited to the first 12 coaches that register).

  • Saturday, September 14th, 2019– Yankee Lanes in Brunswick from 9am-12pm.  To register click here
  • Saturday, September 21st, 2019 – Family Fun Lanes in Bangor from 9am-12pm. To register click here

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 Lauren at LaurenL@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/.

Rules & Regulations:  ALL bowling rules & regulations can be found on our website by clicking here.   

 Directions for Completing the 2019 Bowling Registration Forms

(Deadline for ALL forms: October 21st)

Each group MUST complete the following forms: (Click on the links below to each registration form) 

 

For the Central Maine Tournaments ONLY – Delegations with athletes in both age brackets (22 & Under and 21 & Under) will be required to submit forms for EACH tournament (i.e. One registration for all 22 & over athletes/coaches and once for all 21 & under athletes/coaches)

  •  10 Pin Bowling HOD Registration Form – completed by the Head of Delegation (HOD – person responsible for your team).  Be sure to list all additional coaches/chaperones attending the games.

General Notes:

  • Don’t miss the deadline (October 21st).
  • Athletes must submit a 4-game average score to register
  • Athletes are not allowed to use bumpers

Questions??? Please call us at 879-0489!

2019 Equestrian Competition

2019 Equestrian Competition
Skowhegan Fairgrounds
Skowhegan, Maine
Saturday, September 28th, 2019

SOMaine is pleased to announce that our annual Equestrian Competition will be held on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at Skowhegan Fairgrounds in Skowhegan.  Actual time of competition and a schedule of events will be sent to each coach after the registration deadline of Friday August 23rd, 2019.  This event is rain or shine!

Again this year we will offer an in Hands Trail class in addition to Working Trails, Showmanship, English & Western Equitation, Barrel Racing and Unified Team Relay (team consist of athletes & unified partner/non-athlete).  Driving will be offered as an event to only those stables that have a certified Equestrian Driving Head Coach.  Showmanship will be the first event of the day.  Links to all registration materials, SOMaine Equestrian Rules & Regulation along with event patterns are below.

New This Year! LEVEL DSCoaches will have the opportunity to register athletes that fit the following Level DS description:

Riders will walk only with a leader and side walkers (a greater level of support). Rider is fully assisted and dependent. A leather neck strap or a leather hand hold strap attached to saddle are permitted for the rider to hold. 

Coach Education Policy Update: 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 September 28th.

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.

Assistant Coaches: Anyone registered with your delegation that is not an SO Athlete, Unified Partner, Head of Delegation or Head Coach. Assistant Coaches will include any other support staff or chaperones. They must have completed the minimum coaching requirements in the SOME Coach Education Policy. This can be found on our website at  www.somaine.org/sports/coachs-corner/become-a-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 Lauren Lessard at LaurenL@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/.

Volunteer Opportunities: There are volunteer opportunities for those who are not currently coaching riders.  If you would like to volunteer for SOMaine’s 2019 Equestrian Competition contact Linda Mueller 207-582-8370.

Directions for Completing the 2019 Equestrian Registration Forms
Deadline for ALL forms is August 23rd, 2019

Registration:  All State Equestrian Registration forms are Google Forms (much like the Winter & Summer 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 group MUST complete the following forms: Click on the links below to each registration form

  1. Equestrian HOD, Head Coach & Assistant Coach Registration Form – completed by the Head of Delegation (HOD – person responsible for your team).  Be sure to list all additional coaches/chaperones attending the games.
  2. Equestrian Rider Registration – register athletes & unified partners
  3. Equestrian Horse Profile Registration – must be completed for each horse.  A copy of the negative coggins test and proof of rabies vaccine must be sent for each horse as well. We will not allow horses that are known to kick into the competition ring.  There will be NO RED RIBBONS as we feel many riders are not able to respond to the possible risk of being kicked by the horse ahead of them.  Rough handling of horses will NOT be tolerated!

General Notes:

  • Coaches are not allowed in the ring with their athletes during competition and cannot communicate with any officials during competition.
  • All dogs must be on a leash.

Questions? Please call us at 879-0489!

Thank you!

2019 State Tennis Competition

2019 State Tennis Competition
Bates College Wallach Tennis Courts
Lewiston, Maine
Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
Rain Date: Wednesday, September 25th

SOMaine is pleased to announce that our annual Tennis competition will be held on Tuesday, September 24th at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. 

 Please note the following new schedule and time:

September 24th, 2019 @ Bates College Wallach Tennis Courts

  • 9:00am- Registration
  • 9:30am- Individual Skills Competition and Match Play (awards will follow immediately after competition ends)

New This Year! Athletes will have the opportunity to compete in singles match play (Levels 3 – 5) and doubles match play (Level 2 ONLY)

NOTE: Level 2 is the only level offering doubles. Match play levels 3, 4, and 5 will be singles play ONLY. 

*Please review the updated SO Maine Tennis Rules and Regulations

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 August 8th.

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.

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 Lauren Lessard at LaurenL@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 Tennis Registration Forms
(Deadline for ALL forms is September 3rd, 2019)

Registration:  All State Tennis Registration forms are Google Forms (much like the Winter & Summer 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.

  1. Tennis Coach Registration Form

– Completed by the Head of Delegation (HOD – person responsible for your team). Be sure to list all additional coaches/chaperones attending the games.

  1. Tennis Individual Skills Contest Registration
  2. Tennis Match Play – LEVEL 2
  3. Tennis Match Play – LEVELS 3 through 5

General Notes:

  • Don’t miss the deadline (September 3rd)!

Questions? Please call us at 879-0489!

Thank you!