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Please be advised - on this web site, we attempt to be as accurate as possible concerning the times, dates and locations for practices and activities.  When, due to circumstances beyond our control, an activity is canceled, rescheduled, or relocated at the last minute, the new information will be noted below as quickly as possible.  If you are dropping off an athlete for an activity, we strongly recommend that you confirm that activity on site before you depart. 

 

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Director's Corner


Important notice - 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 spring/summer 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 - Gregg Meade
Sports Director - Pru Sahadeo
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 program:

Matthew Cherry (Tenpin Bowling)
Candice Herget (Bocce)
Michael Heup (Tennis)
Steven Summerfelt, Jr. (Golf)
Steven Summerfelt, Sr. (Golf)
Softball team
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 page, also, 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 yourself:

SOAAC Tennis team video


For information about volunteer opportunities with our program, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Kyle Hines ( khinessoaamd@gmail.com ).  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 here.

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 Facebook 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.

Gregg Meade greggmeade@verizon.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coming Events


Coaches' training

Coaches should advise Gregg Meade or Pru Sahadeo when they plan to attend classes.

Athlete opportunities - SOMD

We at SOMD are excited to be hosting the first Athlete Leadership Program (ALPS) Conference of 2018.

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 LIMIT 10
2. Athletes as Coaches 9am-3pm LIMIT 8

March 25th (Choice of one)
1. Governance: Athlete Input Council 9am-2pm LIMIT 8
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 jschiml@somd.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/

Current sports:
Basketball
Duckpin Bowling
Skiing - Alpine & Snowshoeing

February
10 Race Training Ski coaches and athletes
Ski Whitetail, Mercersburg, PA
25 SOMD Skiing / Snowshoeing qualifier (required), Ski Whitetail, Mercersburg, PA
26 - 27 SOMD Winter Games Skiing / Snowshoeing, Ski Whitetail, Mercersburg, PA

March
16 Swimming begins, Annapolis Swim Center
18 Howard County Basketball qualifier Skills
18 Track & Field begins Annapolis High School
19 Softball begins, Lake Waterford Park
21 Bocce begins, Ruth Eason School
25 Montgomery County Basketball qualifier Mandatory for Teams, Soccer Plex & Discovery Sports, Boyd MD

 

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Contact Information

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410-923-0383
FAX
410-923-0200
Postal address
PO Box 553, Crownsville, MD 21032-0553
Electronic mail
General Information:
        greggmeade@verizon.net
Sports Director:
        prusahadeo@gmail.com
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Last modified: 08/22/15