Competition Coordinator - October 2020

Competition Updates for the Fall:

All competitions for the fall will be held virtually. Please refer to the COVID-19 Return to Activities Protocols for information relating to training and competition for the Fall Season.

Fall 2020 State Competitions and Important Dates

Fall Fest Dates

  • November 6-8 Virtual Competition

IMPORTANT FALL DATES

WHO

WHEN

WHAT

Local Program

Monday, October 12th by 11:59 PM

VSys Roster Due

SOPA

Tuesday, October 13th

Google Registration Forms Sent

Local Program

Thursday, October 15th by 11:59 PM

Google Registration Due

SOPA

Thursday, October 29th, 8:00 PM

Pre-Event Webinar Registration

Local Program

Monday, November 2nd by 11:59 PM

Final Scores Submission

2020 Fall Festival Pre-Event Webinar – Thursday, October 29th, 8 PM

  • Detailed information about what you can expect for the event weekend.
  • Register in advance for this meeting REGISTER NOW

Update - Personal Best Tracking: We will be collecting personal best times in most sports.

  • We will be utilizing this information to track athlete progress and build our database.
  • We hope this will increase conversation with coaches and athletes regarding personal best and promote appropriate goal setting
  • We will continue to promote opportunities to educate on the importance of tracking athlete performance and jointly setting goals to improve that performance

2020 Rule Updates:


Deadlines for Paperwork

For a compiled list of dates and deadlines visit the Sectional and State competition page on the SOPA website

  • All deadlines Thursday at 11:59pm
  • LOI 4 weeks prior to Sectional, 5 weeks prior to State Games
  • Entry info 3 weeks prior for Sectional, 4 weeks prior State Games
  • Scratch activations – due Monday prior to competition

HELP DESK - After-hour support will be available via competition director’s cell phone number during designated hours the weeks of all competition paperwork deadlines. Exact information will be shared with all programs in the coming weeks and will also be listed in the SOPA Event calendar on the website. All competition dates and due dates for information for the rest of the year can be found on the SOPA website calendar. To access click here.


Medal Ordering  

MTM is excited to announce that we've been awarded the Official Medals contract for SO for 4 more years taking us into 2022 as your Official Medals Supplier!  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the SO family for another 4 years. 2022 will mark 32 years as a sponsor and supplier of Special Olympics.

Few things to note:

We lowered the price on the current medals inventory to the price of the new enhanced ribbon/medal (nice discount).  When they are gone, they're gone so if you have some stock to supplement, better get them early.

  • You can order new medals now for delivery after Jan.1, 2019  
  • To order Call 800-324-5996 to order or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Improving Communication:

  • We have created a CLOSED group Facebook Page: SOPA Coaches
  • There are qualifying questions that coaches must answer to be added. If they don’t answer the questions, they will not be added:
    • What county do you coach for?
    • What sports do you coach?
  • This page is managed by our competition team
  • Joining this page is OPTIONAL, it is simply one more way we hope to improve communication
  • Goals: Improve communication:
    • SOPA share information
    • Encourage coaches to ask questions directly to competition team
    • Coaches to share best practices
    • Encourage cross collaboration by coaches


Young Athletes Updates

Information, including dates and locations for upcoming Young Athletes Programs will be available on the SOPA website. Any Local Program running a Young Athletes Program that would like their program information to be added to the SOPA website can contact Jordan Schubert, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include dates, times, location, contact information, and any specific registration instructions.


 ARE YOU ORDERING NEW ATTIRE FOR YOUR DELEGATION?
Just a reminder on your T-shirt color – Please refrain from wearing solid red or orange T-shirts during special events.  Special events include Opening and Closing Ceremonies, dances and Olympic Village. Red denotes our medical team and orange, our security team.  We have chosen these colors so our essential volunteers can easily be identified and quickly located during a time of need at our special events.

If you are looking to rock some Special Olympics PA Gear, check out our SOPA Gear Store.