Local Program

Competition Call

Spring 2019

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Pennsylvania

2019 Competition Dates:

  • 2019 Competition Calendar: Important Dates
  • Spring Sectionals:
    • West - Carnegie Mellon University: April 27
    • Central - St. Francis University: April 28
    • East - Kutztown University: May 4
  • Summer Games - Penn State University: June 6-8

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Spring Competition Updates:

  • Personal Best Tracking: Goal to focus on goal setting, improving times and performance awareness
    • Data collection on registration paperwork
    • Education
      • developing resources to help train and track this information
  • Competition Forms:
    • Athlete age - specifically for Team Forms
    • Personal Best
    • Make sure you are using forms that are sent with registration - NOT old forms
  • Qualifiers:
    • Evaluation/research phase
    • Work with Sport Directors
    • Reconvene Sport Advisory Committee to develop this plan

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Improving Communication:

Closed Facebook Group for Coaches:

  • 100% Optional
  • Direct connection to coaches
  • Share Competition Information/Reminders
  • Share Training/Coaching Tips
  • Encourage sharing of best practices between coaches
  • Q&A
  • Coach Page

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2019 Allocations

  • ESS Allocations are posted
  • Summer Games and Fall Allocations will be posted by the end of next week.
  • Sectional Allocations will be on the Sectional event page
  • State Games Allocations will be found on the State Games Paperwork Tab

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2019 Rule Updates:

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Pennsylvania

Athletics

3.1.8.1

Athletes are not allowed to enter walking events and running events. They must select one method of movement for all their track events.

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3.2.7.4 Softball and Tennis Ball Throw Area Diagram

3.2.7.5 The measurement of each throw shall be made from where the ball first touched the ground to the inside edge of the arc (*arc may be a flat line)

3.2.7.6 It is considered a foul if the competitor:

  • Does not throw the softball/tennis ball with in the inner edges of the landing sector lines
  • Where the competitor touches with any part of the body of the arc (line) as marked, or any ground beyond the throwing box.

Golf

  • Updated the threshold for level 2 golfers
    • Average of 75 or lower (was 70)
  • Reduced the size of the 3rd point circle for skills from 12 meters to 6 meters

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Swimming

  • Visually impaired athletes can have an assistant on deck to help with the start
  • Hearing impaired athletes can have a “tapper” to help with starts

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Tennis

  • We are working with the Tennis Sport Management Team to determine how we will manage the new ITN assessment process

STAY TUNED

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General Rules:

Spring

Sectionals

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Pennsylvania

WSS: April 27

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Important Dates:
    • Reg Info: Will be out by March 8
    • LOI: Due March 28
    • Reg: Due April 4
    • Scratch/Activation: Due April 22

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CSS: April 28

  • Saint Francis University
  • Important Dates:
    • Reg Info: Will be sent by March 8
    • LOI: Due March 28
    • Reg: Due April 4
    • Scratch/Activation: Due April 22

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ESS: May 4

  • Kutztown University
  • Important Dates:
    • Reg Info: Will be out March 8
    • LOI: Due April 4
    • Reg: Due April 11
    • Scratch/Activation: Due April 29

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State Games

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Pennsylvania

Summer Games

June 6-8

  • Penn State University
  • Pre-Event Webinar: Tuesday, May 28 at 7pm
  • Important Dates:
    • Reg Info - April 12
    • LOI due - May 2
    • Reg due - May 9
    • Scratch/Activation deadline - May 30

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Online Registration:

Pilot Program

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Pennsylvania

What is the Benefit?

  • Simplify the Process
  • Minimize the possibility for error
  • Changes made in “real time”
  • Ease of manipulating information
  • Link to GMS

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Next Steps:

  • Winter Games pilot
    • County feedback
  • Spring Sectional Pilot
    • Webinar and staff support
    • Looking for 9-12 additional programs (3-4 per region - east/west/central)
    • If you are interested email your respective SOPA Competition Director (Gina, Teresa or Mike)

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Other Updates

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Pennsylvania

NEW Website:

  • Quick navigation
  • SOPA Website
  • Vsys

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Webinar Series:

  • Lunch & Learn - will be RECORDED and posted to SOPA website, on toolbar - Volunteer Resources, Trainings
  • Entire listing and registrations links can also be found here: https://specialolympicspa.org/lunch-learn-webinar-series

March 13

Team Assessments - Importance of and How To: Basketball and Softball

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/fdf5d00c8ac9eeec66858a512be5123a

April 10

Volunteer Recruitment and Recognition

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/170a9a532ecb2cd966858a512be5123a

May 8

Goal setting and Personal best - setting, tracking, recognition

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/6f2e11b3263ea98dcde7dc3c8da9331e

June 12

Utilizing GMS - Reg & Local Programs

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/352bd622fade8e6b4ac87b605f06faf5

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Reorganization Updates:

  • Find the latest updates on the SOPA website in Volunteer Center
  • Feb 2019: SOPA Board Approval to move forward
    • Clarity requested around financial components, follow-up with BOD Finance Committee
  • Next step - Selection of Pilot

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Coaches Skill Trainings:

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WINTER SPORTS

Associated Sports: Alpine, Speed Skating, FIgures Skating,Bowling, Cross Country, Snowshoeing

Upcoming Trainings -

1. Saturday, March 9, 2019 – Multi-Sport Training in Erie, PA (Erie – North West, PA)

  • Events Offered: Athletics, Basketball, Gymnastics, Softball and Swimming
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: Strong Vincent Middle School, 1330 W. 8th Street, Erie, PA 16502

2. Saturday, March 9th – Multisport Training school in Elizabethville, PA (South Central, Area M)

  • Sports Offered: Athletics, Softball and Swimming
  • Location: Northern Dauphin County YMCA, 500 N Church Street, Elizabethville, PA 17023
  • Time: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

3. Sunday, March 10, 2019 – Multi-Sport Training in Allentown (North East – Lehigh)

  • Sports Offered - Athletics, Basketball, Softball and Swimming
  • Location: Allentown YMCA, 425 South 15th St., Allentown, PA 18102
  • Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Coaches Skill Trainings:

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4. Friday, March 15th Gymnastics Skills Training School (South East – Lebanon)

  • Location: Paramount Sport Complex, 21 Landings Dr. Annville, PA 17003.
  • Time: 4:30 PM

5. Saturday, March 16th – Multi-Sport Training in Greensburg, PA (South West, Westmoreland)

  • Sports Offered – Athletics, Softball and Swimming
  • Location: Greensburg YMCA, 101 South Maple Ave, Greensburg, PA 15601
  • Time 12 - 3

6. Sunday, March 17th – Multisport Training School in Warren, PA (Warren County North West)

  • Events Offered: Tennis, Basketball, Athletics and Swimming
  • Location: Warren County YMCA, 212 Lexington Ave, Warren, PA 16365
  • Time 8:30 am

7. Sunday, March 24, 2019 – Athletics Skills Training – Montgomery County (South East)

  • Location: Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, 201 E Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
  • Events Offered: Athletics, Basketball, Gymnastics, Softball and Swimming
  • Time: 10:00 am

8. Saturday, March 30th – Basketball Skills Training in Ellwood City (North West – Lawrence)

  • Location: Lincoln High School, 501 Crescent St., Ellwood, City, Pa 16117
  • Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Registering for a Training School:

Need to register for one of the below trainings?

  • Go to your VSys Portal: https://vsys.specialolympicspa.org/
  • Type in your email address and password
    • Forgot your password? Type in your email then click on Forgot Password
    • A new one will be in your inbox in moments.
  • Once in your portal click on Training Schools, Webinars, and More.
  • Select - “Sport Skills Training Sign-up
  • Under Subject select a sport OR just hit search to see all upcoming Training Schools
  • Chose the training you are looking for and click on “Sign-up”

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Are you interested in a Skills Training?

  • Go to your VSys Portal: https://vsys.specialolympicspa.org/
  • Type in your email address and password
  • Once in your portal click on Training Schools, Webinars, and More.
  • Click on “Sport Skills Training Interest (level 1)
  • Check that your information is correct and at the bottom of the page click on the season and sport you are interested
  • Submit
  • You will receive a confirmation email and be emailed when a training is scheduled in your area.

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Spring Checklist

  • Coaches Meetings
  • Training/Competition schedule
  • Certified Coaches list
  • Background checks & online trainings
  • Medical uploads
  • Uniform inventory
  • Indoor Training
  • Local competitions/scrimmages

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Field Updates:

Local Program Invitationals

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Local Program Invitationals:

Are you hosting an invitational this spring?

Please let Mike Ermer know so we can get word out

mermer@specialolympicspa.org

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Questions?

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Competition Call Spring 2019 - Google Slides