Updated Seasonal Information

  • Basketball Season overview power-point and updated advancement criteria (coming soon)
  • Basketball Community Tournament sign up sheets (coming soon)
  • Bowling Season overview power-point and updated advancement criteria (coming soon)
  • Winter Season overview and informational packet (coming December 2014)

State Tournament Dates

February 28th, 2015

  • All Juniors Basketball & Unified Sports Player Development Basketball State Tournament

March 7th -8th, 2015

  • Alpine Skiing, Floor Hockey, Ten Pin Bowling, Traditional Basketball & Unified Sports Basketball
Qualifing Tournaments & Invitationals

Alpine Skiing

  • TBD  Blandford Mountain

Basketball

  • TBD Unified Sports Qualifying Tournament
  • TBD Traditional Qualifying Tournament
  • Unified Sports Player Development  are not required to attend a state Qualifying Tournament at this time

Bowling

Qualifying Tournaments

  • TBD Unified Sports Qualifying Tournament
  • TBD Traditional Qualifying Tournament

Invitationals

  • February 7th Berkshire Bowling Invitational, Ken’s Bowl Pittsfield MA
State Tournament Competition Venues

Alpine Skiing:

Basketball:

Bowling:

Floor Hockey:

Nordic Skiing, Figure & Speed Skating athletes will compete as part of the Special Olympics Connecticut Winter Games

Planning Meetings

Our Winter Games Management Team meets 4-5 times prior to the event. The meeting is open to athletes, coaches and family members who are interested in hearing what goes into planning the annual Winter Games. Meetings are held at the Yawkey Sports Training Center starting at 6:30pm.

Meeting Dates:

Meeting dates for the 2015 Winter Games are TBD

Individual Committee meeting will be on going through out the Winter

Winter Games General Schedule of Events

Saturday March 7

Sunday March 8

10:00 amCOMPETITION Begins6:00 amBreakfast served at Hotels
10:00 amHealthy Athletes at Yawkey Sports Training Center6:45 amTransportation to venues begin
4:00 pmCheck into Hotels8:00 amBreakfast ends
5:00 pmDinner Opens9:00 amCOMPETITION Begins
6:30 pmOlympics Town Opens, Dance Begins11:30 amLunch served
9:00 pmOlympic Town & Dance Ends1:30 pmLunch ends
4:00 pmCompetition ending
*Timeline is subject to change**Timeline is subject to change*

 

Directions
  • Complete lists of venue addresses and venue directions are in the Event Handbook
  • For more specific directions please visit your hotel or venues website.

 

 

Special Events
  • The 2015 dance theme TBD
  • Stay tuned for more information on Olympic Town exhibits, vendors and games.
  • Their will be a Healthy Athletes screening scheduled.

Healthy Athlete Screening are free screenings offered to all athletes & Unified Partners. Screenings are a good resource to improve on one’s overall health and conditioning as well as to pick the sports best suited for each individual

Meals

February 28th

  • TBD

March 7th

  • Lunch – Teams will be responsible for their own lunch.
  • Dinner will be served at various locations throughout Auburn, Marlborough and Worcester.
    • Your dinner location will be determined by the hotel and a complete list of dinner by venue will be published in the event handbook

March 8th

  • Breakfast will be served at your respective hotels.
  • Lunch will be made available at your respective venues

Menu will be made available in the event handbook

Housing

There will be no housing available for the February 28th Juniors & Unified Sports Player Development Basketball Tournament

Housing for the Winter Games on March 7th: Special Olympics Massachusetts will make every effort to get housing assignments out to programs as early as possible. Please note that we are assigning over 1,500 people and it takes time to make sure everyone who requests a bed is assigned one.

Housing requests are due to Special Olympics Massachusetts on February 2015

It takes one week to process and assign all the requests, which are then due to the hotels. Housing assignments will be available at the same time they are delivered to the hotels.

Families interested in housing may contact the hotel that their athlete is staying to see if there are any rooms available.

Hotel Listing For Winter Games March 7th

Updated hotel list will be available in the Winter of 2014

  • Best Western Royal Plaza 181 Boston Post Rd, Marlborough 508-460-0700
  • Comfort Inn 426 Southbridge St, Auburn 508-832-8300
  • Courtyard by Marriott 72 Grove St, Worcester 508-363-0300
  • Embassy Suites 123 Boston Post Rd West, Marlborough 508-263-7754
  • Fairfield Inn and Suites 718A Southbridge St, Auburn 508-832-9500
  • Hampton Inn 736 Southbridge St ,Auburn 774-221-0055
  • Holiday Inn Express 110 Summer St, Worcester 508-757-0400
  • Hilton Garden Inn 35 Major Taylor Blvd, Worcester 508-753-5700
  • Holiday Inn 265 Lakeside Ave, Marlborough 508- 481-3000
  • Holiday Inn Express 10-12 Johnson St, Auburn 508-832-2500
  • Residence Inn by Marriott 503 Plantation St, Worcester 508-753-6300
  • Wachusett Village Inn 9 Village Inn Rd, Westminster, MA 978-571-2502
Sports Specific Information for Winter Season

Alpine:

  • A General Schedule will be listed in the Event Handbook (February 2015)
  • Coaches will receive their coach’s packet at the coaches meeting on Saturday morning.
  • Included will be updated schedule, racing bibs, lift passes.
  • All racing bibs must be returned. Any bibs not returned programs/individuals will be charged a $10 replacement fee.

Basketball:

Bowling:

  • Traditional Bowling AMF Auburn Lanes, Auburn
    • Shifts will be available in February of 2015
    • Lane Assignments will be available in February of 2015
  • Unified Bowling AMF Town & Country Lanes, Shrewsbury
    • Shiftswill be available in February of 2015
    • Lane Assignments will be available in February of 2015
  • Saturday all bowlers will bowl 3 strings, Sunday 2 strings.

Floor Hockey

  • Update Floor Hockey Rules and Modifications here
  • Floor Hockey Schedule will be available in February of 2015
Families Information

All programs and teams will be informed of their housing assignments in February 2015. Special Olympics MA will release all unused rooms and and families will be available to book a room in the hotel in which your athlete is staying once our housing assignments are completed and we have released all unused rooms. If you would like to book a room in that hotel feel free to call and book before they are all sold out.

  • SPORTS – Worcester Sharks  for tickets contact Pete Kelly 508-929-0588
  • ART – Worcester State Art Exhibit,  Ghosh Center, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St, Worcester, MA
  • MUSIC -  Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St, Worcester
  • MUSIC- Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St, Worcester
  • MUSEUM – , EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester
  • MUSEUM – Tours of Salisbury Mansion,  Salisbury Mansion, 40 Highland St, Worcester
  • HOME – Worcester Home Show, , DCU Center, 50 Foster St, Worcester
  • OTHER – SOMA Dance, 3/7 6:60-pm -9:00 pm Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St Worcester and Best Western Marlboro, 181 Boston Post Rd, Marlboro
Volunteer Information

The following is a list of volunteer roles and job descriptions for Winter Games:

Healthy Athletes

  • TRAIN – Assist athletes through a variety of exercises to measure their aptitude in speed, flexibility, eye hand coordination and a variety of other skills needed for sports.

Public Relations

  • Photographers – Take pictures of athletes, volunteers and spectators at all competition and special events venues. Edit and upload photos to SOMA website after event. Must have own digital camera.

 Venues Needs

  • Lunch Distribution: Hand out lunches to accredited athletes, coaches, volunteers and family members.
  • Awards: Set up and decorate awards area. Organize athletes in order of finish/placement. Hand out awards.
  • Team Registration: Check in teams and inform venue directors if teams are absent.
  • Volunteer Registration: Check in volunteers and direct them to appropriate supervisors. Register any walk-on volunteers.

Alpine Skiing

  • On-ski volunteers: Responsibilities will include overseeing gates on the course, leading or following a division of skiers during their races and escorting athletes to race and to awards venue after race.
  • Off-ski volunteer: Responsibilities will include assisting with race starts and timing, organizing athletes into divisions prior to race and setting up and taking down start and finish lines, gates and other materials.

Floor Hockey

  • Escorts: Stay with team throughout competition, assisting coach with meal procurement and escorting athletes to restrooms. Keeps track of team schedules.
  • Scorekeepers: Keep score and time of games and report results to appropriate person.
  • Announcers – announce teams prior to game and in game play by play

Basketball

  • Scorekeepers – keep track of score during game and keep official book for each game
  • Timers – Keep official time of game
  • Announcers – announce teams prior to game and in game play by play
  • Team Escorts: Stay with team throughout competition, assisting coaches with meal procurement and escorting athletes to restrooms. Keeps track of team schedules.

Bowling

  • Lane Captains – Make sure athletes are at the correct lane and assist athletes by informing them of whose turn it is to bowl and when

 If you would like to receive information on other volunteer opportunities with Special Olympics Massachusetts, please complete the registration form here