- We are now requiring that athletes
pre-register for sports programs with either our Area Director,
Gregg Meade, or our Sports Director, Pru Sahadeo. For
sports (Bocce, Softball, Swimming, Track & Field)
the registration deadline to register is March 12th.
Pre-registration will allow us to identify athlete who will need to
submit new Athlete Application forms, including the medical forms,
before SOMD deadlines for participating in competitions in this
sport. For team sports, we can identify who is returning, and
the number of athletes participating on teams.
For team sports, we may have to institute waiting
lists, for those who pre-register after all of the available slots
for the current year have been filled. Email links provided
below to pre-register:
Area Director -
Sports Director -
or by calling: 410-923-0383 (leave message with athlete's
name and the sport they are registering for)
We have several athletes that qualified for the Special Olympics
National games, and SOMD has set up fundraising pages for all of the
athletes who are participating, to help defray the costs associated
with this event. If you can help any of our athletes out, please
click here to go to SOMD's web site, and
click on the support link below the 2018 USA Games announcement.
You will be prompted to enter name of the athlete that you wish to
support. Athletes who are going to the National Games from our
Matthew Cherry (Tenpin Bowling)
Candice Herget (Bocce)
Michael Heup (Tennis)
Steven Summerfelt, Jr. (Golf)
Steven Summerfelt, Sr. (Golf)
Michael Arledge (athlete)
Chris Asher (athlete)
Richard Austin (athlete)
Eric Collinson (athlete)
Joe Howe (athlete)
Tyler Kirsch (athlete)
Zachary Lynch (athlete)
Danny Lopata (athlete)
Jason Masters (athlete)
Kirk Moser (athlete)
Matt Stroud (athlete)
Bill Ulevich (athlete)
Bob Stroud (coach)
Alex Lopata (coach)
Martha Collinson (coach)
If you would like to donate to the SOAAC National team instead of to
a specific athlete, please submit a donation form, along with your
check, to our Area Director, Gregg Meade, noting that it is for our
National team on the donation form. Click on the Make
Donation button at the top of the page, then on the donation form
link on that page. We thank you for your support.
Tickets are now on sale for our 6th Annual Bull Roast, Saturday,
September 29, 2018, from 7 - 11 pm, at La Fountaine Bleue.
Ticket prices will be the same as last year, $50 per person, or $450
for a table of 10, if the table tickets are purchased in advance
(date to be announced). A word to the wise, we sold out this
event last year. Contact Martha Meade at 410-923-0383 to
request your tickets.
Please be advised that, new forms for
athlete participation in any Special Olympics activities are
required as the current forms expire. The new form has 5 pages
and requires that the physician complete the physical examination
additional forms may be required now, depending on the athlete's
situation. These new forms are mandated by Special Olympics
International. The forms are available on our Forms page (link
available at the top of the page).
Attention coaches! A copy of SOMD's incident reporting form is now
available on the Forms page of our web site. Please print
copies and keep them on hand at practices and competitions.
One of out parents has posted a video featuring our tennis team on
youtube. Follow this link to watch and enjoy the video
SOAAC Tennis team video
For information about volunteer opportunities with our
program, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Kyle Hines
Coaches and assistant coaches must be at least 18 years old, and must
undergo a background check. Volunteers who assist at events or
practices may be younger than 18, but volunteers who are under 16 must
be supervised by a parent or guardian.
To make information about our programs more available,
we have added contact email addresses for our head coaches to each
of the pages for our sports programs.
I wish to make athletes, parents, and caregivers aware
that after discussions with Special Olympics, Inc., and Special Olympics
North America, Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD) will be enforcing age group
regulations for teams. The age
groupings that SOMD will use are 8 - 11, 12 - 15, 16 - 21, 22 -
39, 40 and over. Additional
groups may be possible in the 22 and over group, depending on the
numbers of adult participants. The regulatory article, Article 1
of the Sports Rules is available on Special Olympics USA's web site. See
Sports Rules, Article 1
for details (scroll down to Section H on page 7). Note that SOMD
has decided to subdivide the upper and lower age groupings for teams. SOMD has an explanation of and the underlying
rationale for the policy available on their web site. See the Explanation and Rationale
For Facebook fans, we have a group in Facebook -
Special Olympics Maryland, Anne Arundel County. Messages about
upcoming events, last minute cancellations, and the start of our sports
seasons will be posted here. Link to our
Page here, and join our group!.
If you have any questions about our program, feel free to contact me, via phone, fax, e-mail,
or regular post, and I will respond as quickly as I can.
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Coaches should advise Gregg Meade or Pru Sahadeo when they plan to
Athlete opportunities - SOMD
We at SOMD are excited to
be hosting the first Athlete Leadership Program (ALPS) Conference of
WHAT: First Athlete Leadership Program Conference of the year.
WHEN: March 24-25th 2018
March 24th (Choice of one)
1. Technology: Photography and Videography (Using cameras and smart phones) 9am-2pm
2. Athletes as Coaches 9am-3pm LIMIT 8
March 25th (Choice of one)
1. Governance: Athlete Input Council 9am-2pm
2. Athletes as Fundraisers 9am-2pm LIMIT 10
WHERE: SOMD HQ 3701 Commerce Drive, Suite 103, Baltimore, MD 21227
HOW TO ATTEND: Register here www.surveymonkey.com/r/ALPSSPRING2018
REQUIREMENTS: NO PREVIOUS COURSES REQUIRED. ALL ATHLETES MAY ATTEND.
ALL ATHLETES MUST HAVE A MENTOR ATTEND WITH THEM.
If you have any questions please contact Jason Schriml at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers' training links
All coaches and volunteers are required to complete Protective Behaviors
training and Concussion training courses to be certified as
volunteers eligible to work with Special Olympics athletes, and this
training must be completed every 3 years in order to remain certified
volunteers. Training classes are offered by Special
Olympics AA County, usually at the Severna Park Library, notices are
sent out by email to those registered with us above. Or, you can
take the courses on-line, using these links:
Protective Behaviors - http;//resources.specialolympics.org/protective_behaviors_training.aspx
Concussion Training - https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/
Skiing - Alpine & Snowshoeing
10 Race Training Ski coaches and athletes
Ski Whitetail, Mercersburg, PA
25 SOMD Skiing / Snowshoeing qualifier (required), Ski Whitetail,
26 - 27 SOMD Winter Games Skiing / Snowshoeing, Ski Whitetail,
16 Swimming begins, Annapolis
18 Howard County Basketball qualifier
Field begins Annapolis High School
Softball begins, Lake Waterford Park
Bocce begins, Ruth Eason School
25 Montgomery County Basketball qualifier Mandatory for Teams,
Soccer Plex & Discovery Sports, Boyd MD