Winter Games

Early March, over 1,200 athletes will converge on the greater Worcester area to take part in the annual Winter Games, the season ending state tournament for Alpine Skiing, Floor Hockey, Ten Pin Bowling, Traditional Basketball and Unified Sports Basketball.


img_09162015 State Tournaments Handbook now available

Updated Seasonal Information

  • Basketball Season overview power-point and updated advancement criteria here
  • Bowling Season overview power-point and updated advancement criteria here
  • Winter Season overview and informational packet

State Tournament Dates

February 28th, 2015

March 7th -8th, 2015

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

March 14th, 2015

  • Basketball Skills
Qualifing Tournaments & Invitationals

Alpine Skiing

  • January 24th  Blandford Mountain


Traditional Basketball State Qualifying Tournament Venue Assignments

Unified Basketball State Qualifying Tournament Venue Assignments


  • January 24th  Unified Sports Qualifying Tournament, Auburn Lanes, Auburn
  • January 25th Traditional Qualifying Tournament, Westgate Lanes, Brockton
  • February 1st  Traditional Qualifying Tournament, Northampton
  • February 1st, Unified Sports Qualifying Tournament, Boston Bowl, Dorchester


  • January 25th, Speed Skating, Rodman Rink, Sharon
  • January 19th, Lawrence Academy Basketball Skills Day, Lawrence Academy, Groton MA
  • February 1st, Nordic Sking, Weston Ski Track, Weston
  • February 7th, Berkshire Bowling Invitational, Ken’s Bowl, Pittsfield
State Tournament Competition Venues

Alpine Skiing:



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 January 6th and February 24th

Individual Committee meeting will be on going through out the Winter

  • 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 Pirates
    • There will be DJ and a mini dance for all athlete competing at the Juniors and Player Development State Tournament on February 28th
  • Stay tuned for more information on Olympic Town exhibits, vendors and games.
  • Their will be a FUNFITNESS Healthy Athletes screening at the Best Western in Marlboro from 3pm -6pm on Saturday March7th

Healthy Athlete Screenings 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


February 28th

  • Pizza and Snacks will be available to athletes competing

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

March 14th

  • Light snacks and drinks will be made available

Menu will be made available in the event handbook


There will be no housing available for the February 28th Juniors & Unified Sports Player Development Basketball Tournament and March 14th Basketball Skills Day

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 18, 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
  • 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


  • A General Schedule will be listed in the Event Handbook
  • 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.



Floor Hockey

Basketball League Information

Greater Boston Traditional League

Central Mass Unified Sports League

Merrimack Valley Unified Player Development League

  • League Schedule
  • League Standings
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 that individual may be asked to perform, you will be assigned to a job during the volunteer meeting at your venue. Roles will be assigned on site based on the need and jobs available at that time.


Alpine Skiing

Wachusett Mountain

  • 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.



Venues: Assumption College Plourde Recreation Center, Auburn High School, Bancroft School, Clark University, North High School, Shrewsbury High School, Worcester Academy

  • 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 Guides: Stay with team throughout competition, assisting coaches with meal procurement and escorting athletes to restrooms. Keeps track of team schedules.


Venues: AMF Auburn Lanes, AMF Town & Country Lanes Shrewsbury

  • 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
  • Score Runners – Deliver the scores to the data entry center so, venue director may keep up to date scorers for all bowlers

Floor Hockey

Venue: South High School

  • Team Guides: 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

Public Relations

Venue: All Venues

  • 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.

 Other Jobs Within Each Venue

  • 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



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