2018 Southern & Central Maine Basketball Tournaments

Please take a moment to read thru the information below for dates, locations and registration material for Special Olympics Maine’s upcoming Regional Basketball Tournaments.
This year’s sites, dates and times are as follows:
 
Southern Maine Tourney
Saturday, March 10th @ 9:30 AM
University of Southern Maine at Gorham Campus – Field house


Central Maine Tourney
Wednesday, March 14th @ 9:30 AM
University of Maine at Orono -Field house
Registration Deadline February 23rd, 2018
Events being offered at each competition are as follows:
Individual Skills Contests (new event options) – athletes registering for Individual Skills Contest can only register for 1 of the 3 Levels below.
Level I – Speed Dribble
Level II – Target Pass, 10 Meter Dribble & Shot Shot
Level III – 12 Meter Dribble, Perimeter Shooting and Catch & Pass
Team Skills Basketball (this event provides meaningful competition for athletes with lower ability levels.)
5v5 Traditional Team Play – Each 5-on-5 team must submit a BSAT score.  Refer to the SOMaine Basketball Rules & Regulations to determine a team’s BSAT score.
 
5v5 Unified High School and Unified Adult Age Competitions – Unified Competitions will follow the Player Development Model. Each 5-on-5 team must submit a BSAT score.  Refer to the SOMaine Basketball Rules & Regulations to determine a team’s BSAT score.
Again this year, we will offer Individual Skills Contests (Level I, II or III).  Athletes competing in Individual Skills Contest or Team Skills Basketball cannot participate in  5-on-5 Team Competition.  It is the intent of Special Olympics Maine to have as many athletes as possible involved in 5-on-5 team play. The Individual Skills Contests will be available to athletes who are working to build the skills necessary to compete in 5-on-5 play.  The Individual Skills Contests are also available to schools/agencies that do not have enough players to form a team. Any questions, please call the SOME office.
Rules and Events – The SOMaine Basketball Rules & Regulations have recently been updated. Please review and share.  You can find the rules and setup information on the new Individual Skills Contest Events within these SOMaine Basketball Rules & Regulations.  Click here to review the SOMaine Basketball Rules & Regulations.
New This Year! All Winter Games registration forms are Google Forms (much like the Winter Games Quota Application).  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 February 17th.
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.  For Delegations with more than 1 Team you MUST have a Certified Head Coach for each Team (2 Teams = 2 Head Coaches) If you have questions regarding this policy, call Ian Frank at 879-0489 or email at IanF@somaine.org.
Need to become a certified Head Basketball Head?  Special Olympics Maine will be hosting a basketball coach’s training school on Wednesday February 21st, 2018 at Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden from 4-6pm.  To register for the Basketball coach’s training school click here.
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 Mark,  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/.

Uniforms & Proper Attire: Athletic wear (no jeans) and matching uniforms is highly Sneakers are a must! Non-marking sole sneakers only!
Directions for Completing the 
2018 Regional Basketball Tournaments Registration Forms
(Deadline for ALL forms is February 23rd, 2018)
Registration:  All Basketball 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 the Basketball Delegation Registration and at least 1 event registration (individual skills, team skills and/or team 5-on-5)
  • Basketball Delegation Registration Form – completed by the Head of Delegation (HOD – person responsible for your team).  You will need the following information to complete this process:
    • HOD Contact Information
    • Assistant coach names (this is anyone that will be registering with your Delegation that is not an athlete, unified partner, HOD or Head Coach)
  • Basketball Individual Skills Contest Registration – only complete for athletes competing in Individual Skills Contest (Level I, II or III). You will need the following information to complete this process:
    • HOD Name & Email
    • Head Basketball Coach Name & Email
    • Individual Skills Contest Athlete name, date of birth, gender and individual contest level
  • Basketball Team Skills Contest Registration – only complete for teams competing in Team Skills Contest.   If your Delegation has more than 1 Team Skills Team to register you will be required to complete this form for the number of teams you are registering. You will need the following information to complete this process:
    • HOD Name & Email
    • Head Basketball Coach Name & Email
    • Team Name (Unique to this team)
    • Team Member name, date of birth and gender
  • Basketball 5-on-5 Traditional & Unified Team Competition Registration – only complete for teams competing in Traditional or Unified Basketball 5-on-5 team play.   If your Delegation has more than 1 team to register you will be required to complete this form for the number of teams you are registering.  You will need the following information to complete this process:
General Notes:
  • Don’t miss the deadline (February 23rd, 2018).
If you have questions about Special Olympics Basketball, the enclosed information, or the regional tournaments, don’t hesitate to call us at 879-0489.
Hope to see you there!

Lobster Dip Postponed Again!

URGENT NEWS REGARDING THIS WEEKS LOBSTER DIP

LOBSTER DIP 2018 SCHEDULED FOR Saturday January 13th HAS ONCE AGAIN BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO PREDICTED HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS

NEW DATE IS SATURDAY JANUARY 20TH AT NOON SHARP IN FRONT OF THE BRUNSWICK HOTEL AT OLD ORCHARD BEACH

 (Registration that morning from 9-11:30)

29 years without an issue and yet here we are now at our 30 year celebration with a second postponement of the Lobster Dip. We just cannot seem to catch a break this year. With an ice storm predicted for this Saturday, our emergency personnel as well as a couple of our divers, parking attendants and more will not be able to attend. Without the full emergency teams in place and with the risk of dangerous travel conditions for our dippers we just cannot take that risk.

For some of you we know this is great news and for others it will be a disappointment.

We apologize for the inconvenience… we are all extremely disappointed and we are hopeful that most of you will be able to re-schedule right along with us and join us on Saturday January 20th…same dip time (Noon), same Dip place (Brunswick Hotel Old Orchard Beach)

WE KNOW NEW ENGLANDERS ARE TOUGH AND WE KNOW YOU CAN HANDLE ANYTHING. WE KNOW THAT MANY OF YOU HAVE PROBABLY DRIVEN IN WORSE CONDITIONS. WE KNOW THE WEATHER COULD END UP CHANGING AND BE A PERFECT DIP DAY. WE ALSO KNOW THAT WE CARE ABOUT ALL OF YOU AND WE JUST WANT YOU TO BE SAFE. HOPING THE CHANGE WILL BE A RELIEF TO MANY OF YOU AND MAYBE EVEN MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR SOME NEW FOLKS TO STILL JOIN US!

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing Coach’s Training School Postponed!

Due to the impending snowstorm hitting the state January 4 & 5th we have decided to postpone the Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Coach’s Training Schools being held at Pineland Farms until Friday January 19th with the exact same schedule:

9am-12pm Cross Country Skiing

1-3pm Snowshoeing

To register for the Pineland Farms Cross Country Skiing and/or Snowshoeing Coach’s Training School click here

Lobster Dip 2018 Postponed!

URGENT NEWS REGARDING

LOBSTER DIP 2018

Due to record breaking cold and wind chill temperatures predicted for January 1st,

LOBSTER DIP 2018 HAS BEEN

RE-SCHEDULED!!!!

(Saturday Jan 13th)

For the first time in 30 years the Lobster Dip is being postponed.

The new Lobster Dip 2018 date has been changed to SATURDAY JANUARY 13TH!!!! 

After a final meeting this morning with our emergency responders and medical team we have made the decision to postpone our event. This will be the first time that the Lobster Dip has been postponed… until now, it has taken place on New Years day for 30 years.

The safety of our dippers is always of the utmost importance to us and we just cannot take any chances. This is a fun, annual event and we want people to not only look forward to it but to also feel safe while participating.

Please mark your calendars for Saturday January 13th.

We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that you will still be able to join us on the 13th.

Times and location as well as festivities and food will be the same. Take this opportunity to Continue your fundraising efforts and we will see you on

Saturday January 13th!!!!!