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From Special Olympics Pennsylvania: As our state continues to take steps to reopen safely, Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) has developed a Return to Activities plan.  The most important priority reflected throughout this plan is the health and safety of all of our participants: athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, family members, caregivers and staff.  

Our plan aligns with guidance from the State of Pennsylvania, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Special Olympics International (SOI).  
OVERVIEW
  • A county must be designated in the GREEN Phase by the State of Pennsylvania in order to be eligible to conduct in-person practices or other activities (like social events) beginning August 1.  
  • Special Olympics Pennsylvania participants, defined as all athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, family members, caregivers, and staff, who are high risk according to CDC guidelines, are not permitted to attend in-person sports training and other activities in the upcoming fall season.  For athletes who are unable or uncomfortable returning to in-person activities, we are committed to providing virtual programming that is meaningful and engaging.  SOPA is helping lead a national task force developing these materials.  
  • No more than 10 total participants (including athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, family members, caregivers, and staff) are permitted at a training site or event during the first phase of in-person activities.      
  • A designated COVID-19 Coordinator (either the coach or another volunteer) is required at each training site or event. This individual will conduct a basic screening protocol prior to each practice and have several additional responsibilities. They will receive training from SOPA.
  • All participants must practice social distancing, and there will be no sharing of equipment.  All participants need their own facemasks, water bottles, towels, and equipment.
  • Limited extensions for expiring medicals are available for athletes who report no major changes in health status.  Specific details will be included in the plan.       
  • For team sports, only Level 1 and Level 2 skills activities are permitted in the fall (no team play).  Sport specific guidance will be provided.
  • No in-person competitions will be permitted during the fall season.  All competitions will be done virtually.      
  • This means our fall season will “look and feel” much different this year, but we are committed to providing meaningful experiences for our athletes.  We are working out the specific details of how divisioning, scoring, and other aspects of competition will work in a virtual environment, but we still plan to conduct sectionals on Saturday, October 3rd and Fall Festival from November 6-8.  We are working with the Fall Fest Committee at Villanova to plan a spectacular virtual event everyone can participate in and enjoy statewide.

 

Healthy Athletes! Check by clicking on our new page here at SOMC. Or look at the top menu bar! 

Coaches!  Please implement Fit 5… curious about the coach-driven physical activity, nutrition, and hydration 8 week plan called Fit 5? See the Fit 5 process document for step by step direction on how to sign up, implement and then become eligible for the Bronze Level specifically the Fit 5 component of the Coaches Training and Progression Plan. Thank you in advance for your participation!