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 winter
sports (Basketball, Duckpin Bowling, Alpine Skiing & Snowshoeing)
the registration deadline to register is Dec. 1st.
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 the bowling
sports, there is also a cap on the number of athletes that can
participate based on the number of lanes available for our use.
For team sports and for bowling, 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)
Congratulations to all our athletes that attended SOMD's Soccer
State Championship Tournament in Fruitland at the Crown Sports
Center. SOMD has made the following request to attendees at
Below is a
link to the 2017 Soccer Evaluation. The only way we can do
better is getting feedback from our coaches, athletes, unified
partners and family members. Please pass along to your families.
Our 5th Annual
Bull Roast was a success on all levels. The food was
wonderful, plenty of winners, lots of money was raised, and, most
importantly, everyone had a great time. A number of first
timers commented that they plan to return again next year. A
big "Thank you" to all of our donors, to all of the volunteers who
contributed their time and effort, to our host, La Fountaine Bleue,
and to all of the people who attended the event. Without your
support, we could not continue to run our program at this level.
Thank you again!
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
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/
3 SOMD Tenpin Bowling Tournament Bowl America Gaithersburg
Skiing - Alpine & Snowshoeing
Organizational meeting for both Alpine Skiing and Snowshoeing;
6:30 - 7:45 pm; Ruth Eason School
9 Snowshoeing practices begin. 9 - 10:15 am; USNA Stadium parking
Basketball Organizational meeting for all basketball teams
starting at 2 pm. Junior Skills and Skills athletes should not
attend this meeting. There will be team practice following the
meeting. 2 - 5 pm; Severn School
10 Duckpin Bowling begins; Severna Park Bowling
Lanes; 6 - 8 pm
Basketball First practice for Junior Skills and Skills
athletes. Robert Stroud's team will also practice on Mondays. Old
Mill Middle South for all of these practices. Team practice 6 -
7:15 pm; Junior Skills practice 6 - 7 pm; Skills practice 7 - 8 pm