Winter Season

Athlete playing basketballThe 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.

Volunteer during our Winter Season!

To volunteer for Special Olympics Massachusetts during the Winter Season visit our online registration or for more detailed information see the volunteer accordion below.

Seasonal Information & Coach Meetings / Trainings

Seasonal Information

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

Qualifying Tournament Information

Venue Assignments

No qualifying tournament for Juniors (ages 8-15) teams and Unified Sports Player Development Teams

Basketball Resources

  • 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

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.


Bowling Season Overview

Bowling Forms

 Bowling Rules

  State Qualifying Tournaments

Candlepin Bowling

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 February 25th & 26th 2018

Skating Forms

Skating Rules


Speed Skating Invitational


Skiing Registration Forms

Alpine Skiing

  • General Schedule will be listed in the Event Guide
  • 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 10th, 2018

Nordic Skiing

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 3rd St. Mark’s School, Southboro

Unified Sports Player Development Basketball Tournament

March 3rd Fay School Southboro

Winter Games

  • March 9 -10, 2019
  • Traditional Basketball & Unified Sports Basketball (Seniors & Masters age groups)
  • Traditional Bowling & Unified Sports Bowling
  • Floor Hockey
  • Basketball Skills (Saturday March 11th Only)

Alpine Skiing

  • TBD

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