The Winter Season at Special Olympics Massachusetts runs from Mid-November to Mid-March. The season is host to numerous community competitions, state qualifying tournaments, basketball leagues, invitational events and culminates with multiple Season Ending Tournaments.
During this time frame over 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will train and participate in a variety of different sports and events, including: Alpine Skiing, Basketball, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey, Nordic Skiing, Ten Pin Bowling, Snowboarding and Speed Skating.
To volunteer for Special Olympics Massachusetts during the Winter Season visit our online registration or for more detailed information see the volunteer accordion below.
- Past Winter Games Results
- Seasonal Information & Coach Symposiums
- 2016-2017 BOWLING SEASON OVERVIEW UPDATED 12-2
- 2017 BASKETBALL SEASON OVERVIEW
- 2017 WINTER COACHES MEETING PACKET
- 2017 WINTER SEASON DEADLINES
- Springfield College Town Hall- November 29th
- Northeast Arc Town Hall- December 6th
- Bridgewater State University Town Hall- December 8th
- Yawkey Sports Training Center Coach Symposium- December 8th
- Session will discuss strenth and conditioning of athletes and incorporating this into SOMA practices.
- Led by local coach and owner of Unified Health and Performance- Brendan Aylward
- Volunteer Information
Interested in volunteering during the Winter Season at Special Olympics? Special Olympics Massachusetts has the following volunteer opportunities through out the season
- Volunteer with our programs on a weekly basis helping out at practice
- Volunteer at one of our competitions
To sign up to volunteer visit our online registration
If you are interested in volunteering at an event, here is a list of potential jobs you may work at a venue during the winter season.
Basketball Season Overview
For Basketball Community Games (i.e .local competition)
see next tab below titled “Basketball Local Tournament Information”
Basketball Forms and Rules
- Basketball Registration form
- Special Olympics Massachusetts Basketball Rules Updated 1/27
- BASKETBALL RATING FORM
- Differences between Unified Sports and Unified Sports Player Development Levels .
Qualifying Tournament Information
- RIVERS SCHOOL (WESTON)- FEBRUARY 5TH
- WESTON HIGH SCHOOL- FEBRUARY 5TH
- Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School- February 11th
- Stonehill College- February 11th
No qualifying tournament for Juniors (ages 8-15) teams and Unified Sports Player Development Teams
- Visit the Resources for Coaches page and look in the Helpful Resources for Coaches for a link to Skills and Drills for Basketball teams from the Jr. NBA
- Basketball Team Rating Tutorial:
- Basketball Local Tournament Information
Special Olympics Massachusetts offers a variety of local basketball tournaments (what is termed community games) for the 179 basketball teams that participate throughout the Winter Season. These tournaments serve as both an avenue for more basketball opportunities for our teams in the community and also as part of the advancement criteria to move up the ladder to a season ending tournament. A Local Community Game matches teams of similar discipline for a one day round robin event.
Community Games Assignments
- 2017 BASKETBALL COMMUNITY GAMES ASSIGNMENTS
- Schedule Updates: 1/24 8:30 AM
- Link will be updated as new events are confirmed and scheduled
SOMA will assign all teams to a venue so your schedule is set for you before the season starts and teams don’t have worry about missing deadlines or venues. All games are scheduled to be as close to your home location as possible and also by scheduling all teams SOMA can match up (as best as possible) teams ability level to help create a more balanced event.
- Ten Pin Bowling
Bowling Season Overview
Bowling Season Overview contains all Local Invitational Event information, such as locations, dates, event quota’s per team.
State Qualifying Tournaments
- Unified Bowling Qualifier, AMF Auburn, Auburn January 21
- Traditional Bowling Qualifier, Westgate Lanes, Brockton, January 22
- Unified Bowling Qualifier, Boston Bowl, Dorchester, February 5
- Traditional Bowling Qualifier, Sparetime Lanes, Northampton February 5
Woburn, Woburn Bowl a Drome, April 2nd
Peabody, Metro Bowl April 9th
South Shore, Alley Kat Lanes, Kingston, March 19th
- Floor Hockey
Floor Hockey Forms
- Floor Hockey Registration Form (updated version coming soon)
Floor Hockey Rules
All figure and speed skaters will compete at the Special Olympics Connecticut Winter Games
- Speed Skating Registration Form (SOCT’s form)
- Figure Skating Registration Form (SOCT’s form)
- Please note SOMA uses SOCT event registration codes for speed skating and figure skating
Speed Skating Invitational
Skiing Registration Forms
- General Schedule will be listed in the Event Guide (coming soon)
- 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.
- Alpine Time Trials February 4th Butternut Mountain
- Special Olympics Nordic Skiing Rules
- Nordic skiers will compete at the Special Olympics Connecticut state games
- Season Ending Tournaments
For complete tournament information such as schedules, housing locations, directions, meals (locations times, menu), special events (dance, Olympic town, healthy athletes), local attractions for families please refer to the Season Ending Event Guide.
Juniors Basketball Basketball Tournament
March 5, 2017 St. Mark’s School, Southboro
Unified Sports Player Development Basketball Tournament
March 5, 2017 Fay School Southboro
- March 11-12, 2017
- Traditional Basketball & Unified Sports Basketball (Seniors & Masters age groups)
- Traditional Bowling & Unified Sports Bowling
- Floor Hockey
- Basketball Skills (Saturday March 11th Only)
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