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August Tournament

soma_website_089(august)_smAugust 9-10,2014

Nearly 1,200 athletes and coaches converge in and around Amherst in August for Special Olympics Massachusetts’ annual August Tournament. The event draws athletes, coaches and partners from across the state to the Pioneer Valley region of Massachusetts, with over 800 athletes and Unified partners taking part in the competition, featuring bocce, cycling, fishing, golf and softball. All sports offered at August Tournament feature Unified Sports and the majority of the teams participating are Unified.

Event Handbook coming in July 2014


Final Venues will be determined in the spring of 2014

Planning Meetings

Our August Tournament Management Team meets 3-4 times prior to the event. The meeting is open to any athletes, coaches and family members who are interested in hearing what goes into planning the annual August Tournament. Meetings are held at The Yawkey Sports Training Center starting at 6:45pm.

Meeting Dates are TBD

Schedule of Events

Saturday August 9th

8:30 am

  • Softball Coaches Meeting
  • Boats Launch at Quabbin

9:00 am Softball first pitch

10:00 am

  • Cycling & Bocce start
  • Olympic Town opens

12:30 am First group of golfers tee off

3:00 pm Dorms Open

5:00 pm Dinner Served- Berkshire Dinning Hall

7:00 pm Dance & Movie start

8:00 pm Dinner ends

8:00 pm Torch Lighting Ceremony

9:00 pm Dance & Movie end

*Timeline is subject to change

Sunday August 10th

6:00am Breakfast opens

8:00 am Golf resumes

8:30 am Boats launch at Quabbin

9:00 am Softball, Bocce, Cycling resume

10:00 am Olympic Town resumes

11:30am Lunch served

4:00 pm Competition ending

Awards to be handed out at the conclusion of division play.

*Timeline is subject to change

  •  For more specific directions please visit your venue’s website or visit
  • A complete list of venue addresses are listed in the event handbook (coming July 2014).
Special Events

Olympic Town

  • There will be an Olympic Town at Blunt Park, Cycling Fishing (Saturday Only) and Nonotuck Park.
  • Vendors, games and much more to be announced.
  • Special thanks to the Ashland Lion's Club for organizing and running all the Olympic Towns.


Theme TBD



  • Meals will be provided, starting a with dinner on Saturday evening through lunch on Sunday.
  • For a complete menu please refer to the event handbook (coming July 2014).
  • If you have athletes with special dietary needs please plan accordingly and have that athlete bring his/her own meal.
  • Meals will be made available to credentialed athletes, Unified partners and coaches FIRST. After athletes, partners and coaches are served, lunches will be made available to volunteers and for sale to family members.
  • Limited concessions may be available at your venues.

Special Olympics Massachusetts will make every effort to get housing assignments out to programs as early as possible. Please note that we are assigning 1,200 people and it takes time to ensure everyone who requests a bed is assigned one.

Housing requests are due to SOMA by July TBD. It takes one week to process and assign all the requests, which are delivered to UMass July TBD. Housing assignments will be available at the same time they are delivered to UMass.

Please note that when it comes to the dorms, SOMA must follow UMass’ rules and  regulations, and floor layouts. SOMA has no control over which sex’s bathroom is on what floor, or how keys are to be checked in and out. We work with UMass to make things easier on our participants, but are guests of the university and have to follow their guidelines and rules.

Assessment Rounds & Invitationals


  • North Region - TBD
  • South Region - TBD
  • West Region - TBD



  • North Region - July TBD
  • North Region - July TBD
  • West RegionJune 29th, Takoa Country Club, Westfield MA


Sports Specific Information

All of Special Olympics' official rules can be found here. The rules have been created based on National Governing Body (NGB) rules and NGB rules shall be employed except when they are in conflict with Special Olympics modifications.


  • Bocce Divisions coming July 2014
  • At the assessment round, teams will be required to participate in an assessment test prior to playing a mini round-robin.
  • Saturday will be prelim round-robin divisioning play.
  • Sunday teams/individuals may be re-divisioned based on Saturday’s results. Sunday will be single elimination medal round.


  • Will be held on the UMass Campus Lot 11
  • Check back for an updated schedule of events.


  • Fishing will begin at 8:00 am on both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Check back for an updated schedule of events.


  • It has not been determined if the 2014 event will be a shot gun start or assigned tee times
  • Tee Times coming July 2014
  • All golf teams and individuals must have a current up-to-date handicap assigned to them through the Mass Golf Association.
  • To keep your handicap current, or to obtain a handicap, submit all your golf scorecards to Special Olympics MA, The Yawkey Sports Training Center, ATTN: Andrew MacLeay, 512 Forest St, Marlborough, MA 01752.
  • Returning teams/individuals only need to submit 4 cards to keep their handicap current. New teams must submit 6 cards to obtain a handicap.
  • All Scorecards must be submitted by July TBD.
  • Level III golfers will play 18 holes.


  • Softball Schedule will be published in July 2014
  • Softball rules and modifications here
  • Only wooden bats will be allowed. if you need more or new wooden bats contact Dream Bat, the official bat provider of Special Olympics Massachusetts.
  • SOMA will have some bats on hand for teams to use, but teams are responsible for their own equipment.
  • Special thanks to USSSA for their support and umpires.
Families Information

Restaurants in the Amherst Area

  • Rafters 422 Amity St, Amherst 413-549-4040
  • Hanger (Next to Rafters)
  • Bub’s BBQ Rte 116N, Sunderland 413-548-9630
  • Amherst Brewing Co. 10 University Dr, Amherst 413-253-4400

Places on Route 9 Heading out to N. Hampton

  • The Diner Stop and Shop Plaza
  • McDonald's 377 Russell St Hadley 413-586-9878
  • Burger King 353 Russell St, Hadley 413-584-5110
  • Taco Bell 367 Russell St, Hadley 413-584-2877
  • KFC 3 S Maple St, Hadley 413-586-5723
  • Wendy’s 376 Russell St, Hadley 413-586-4885
  • Applebee’s 100 Westgate Ctr Dr, Hadley 413-253-5799
  • Friendly’s 455 Russell St, Hadley 413-253-7640
  • Chili's 426 Russell Street Rt 9, Hadley 413-253-4008
  • Panera Bread 351 Russell St Rt 9, Hadley 413-387-6336
  • California Pizza Kitchen 367 Russell St Rt 9, Hadley


  • The Pub 15 E Pleasant St, Amherst 413-549-1200
  • Bertucci’s 51 E Pleasant St, Amherst 413-549-1900
  • Subway 4 Main St, Amherst 413-256-1919
  • Antonio’s Pizza N. Pleasant St, Amherst
  • Bueno y Sano 46 Main St, Amherst 413-253-4000
  • Pasta e Basta 26 Main St, Amherst 413-256-3550
  • Judie's 51 N Pleasant St, Amherst 413-253-3491

If you are planning on attending one of these restaurants, please call ahead for availability.


Volunteer Information

On-line registration will be made available in late spring of 2014.

Volunteer roles


  • Scorer – Manage score book for games.
  • Timer – Time all games.
  • Announcer – Announce lineup and scores.
  • Umpire – Officiate games, must have softball experience.
  • Bat Boy/Girl - Assist teams on bench by retrieving foul balls and bats after each batter


  • Scorer – Fill out score sheet for each game and help to measure throws.
  • Timer – Time each game and help to measure throws.
  • Official – Officiate games.


  • Course Marshalls – Man course and assist cycling officials.


  • Caddies – Caddy bags for golf pairs.
  • Course Marshalls – Officiate on course, help to keep score, must have golf experience.