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RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES

Updated April 8, 2022

During these challenging times, the health and safety of everyone involved with Special Olympics Rhode Island continues to be our top priority.  As the state of Rhode Island is currently  experiencing a “low transmission rate” for COVID-19, SORI is following the Low Risk Phase guidance on Return to In-Person activities outlined by Special Olympics, Inc. for our Spring Sports Programs.

This Low Risk Phase” guidance is based on the latest information from the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health authorities.  It created in consultation with a team of global medical experts and with input from Special Olympics stakeholders.  This guidance is above the local and state levels because of the high risk of COVID-19 to our athletes.

During this Return to Play – Low Risk Phase, Special Olympics Rhode Island will be functioning under the State of Rhode Island Reopening Regulations for event size and risk mitigation along with the additional Special Olympics, Inc guidelines for screening, mask wearing, social distancing and hygiene protocol.

All athletes will remain in this “Return to Play – Low Risk Phase” for the sports/activities that they are participating in until the state’s transmission rate for COVID-19 increases to a higher level, and it is appropriate to move up to a more restrictive stage.  

Spring Sports/Activities that will be offered during “Return to Play – Low Risk Phase” will be Traditional Ten-Pin Bowling, Cycling, Powerlifting, Swimming, Track & Field, Unified Soccer, Unified Volleyball, Young Athletes and the Unified Champion Schools High and Middle School Basketball Programs.

The SORI “Low Risk” COVID Guidelines and additional information for each sport being offered is provided below.

Any questions regarding our Return to Play Guidelines, please contact Adam Johnson, Manager of Sports Training & Coaches Education at Adam@specialolympicsri.org .

SORI “LOW RISK” COVID Guidelines:

  • Vaccination is NOT a requirement for participation in SORI activities, but we would appreciate proof of vaccination from all participants that are vaccinated.
  • SORI recognizes full vaccination as having received your initial doses; the booster is NOT required to meet criteria for full vaccination
  • Masks are now optional for all vaccinated participants at indoor trainings and events for SORI; we ask that you please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated
  • Masks are optional for everyone at outdoor events for SORI
  • Spectators are asked to respect and follow all COVID-19 protocols for SORI
  • If you are practicing or competing at a venue with stricter policies for COVID-19; you are to follow the guidelines of the venue

ATHLETICS

  • Practice start dates vary by team
  • Dates/times/locations of practices will vary by team
  • All athletes must participate in the Northern Area Games at Bryant University in order to compete at the State Summer Games at URI.
  • Northern Area Games at Bryant University – Saturday, May 1st (Opening Ceremony 8:45am)
  • State Summer Games at URI – Saturday, June 4th (Opening Ceremony 9:30am)
  • Contact Adam Johnson for more information via email at  Adam@specialolympicsri.org

BOWLING - TRADITIONAL TEN PIN

  • Practice start dates vary by team
  • Dates/times/locations of practices will vary by team
  • All participants must attend either the Northern Area Qualifier on Saturday, April 16th at Bowlero Lanes, Cranston at 12pm or the Southern Area Qualifier on Sunday, April 24th at Old Mountain Lanes, Wakefield at 12pm
  • Tournament – State Summer Games, Friday, June 3rd
    Session 1 – 10am
    Session 2- 1pm
  • Coaches must submit Northern Qualifier rosters by Monday, April 4th and Southern Qualifier rosters by Wednesday, April 13th to Adam Johnson at  Adam@specialolympicsri.org

CYCLING - STATEWIDE PROGRAM

  • Practices held every Saturday beginning April 16th at 9:45am at Quonset Point, 600 Callahan Rd, North Kingstown
  • Competition at State Summer Games on Saturday, June 4th at URI at 12pm
  • Contact Louise Miller for more information Louise@specialolympicsri.org

POWERLIFTING

  • Practice start dates vary by team
  • Dates/times/locations of practices will vary by team
  • Qualifier – By team with appointment with Program Director Dan Mackler
  • Tournament – State Summer Games, Friday, June 3rd at 10am

Contact Adam Johnson for more information Adam@specialolympicsri.org

SWIMMING

  • Practice start dates vary by team
  • Dates/times/locations of practices will vary by team
  • All participants must attend either the Providence College Time Trial on Thursday, March 24th at 6:30pm or the Newport YMCA Time Trial on Thursday, March 31st at 7:30pm
  • Competition – State Summer Games, Saturday, June 4th at 11:30am
  • For more information contact Adam Johnson via email at Adam@specialolympicsri.org

 

UNIFIED JUNIORS SWIM PROGRAM (For ages 8-15)

  • Locations: South County YMCA, Smithfield YMCA, MacColl YMCA in Lincoln
  • Contact Stephanie Beaudette for more information via email at  Stephanie@specialolympicsri.org

UNIFIED SOCCER

  • Games will be played on Wednesdays. Tentative start April 27th.
  • Location – TBA
  • Tournament – State Summer Games, Saturday, June 4th at 11:30am
  • Coaches must submit rosters to Adam Johnson by Monday, April 11th via email at Adam@specialolympicsri.org

UNIFIED SOCCER SKILLS

  • Practice start dates vary by team
  • Dates/times/locations of practices will vary by team
  • Tournament – State Summer Games, Saturday, June 4th at 12pm
  • Coaches must submit rosters to Adam Johnson by Monday, April 11th via email at  Adam@specialolympicsri.org

UNIFIED VOLLEYBALL

  • Practices start week of March 1st
  • Teams will be assigned to play weekly at either Bryant University (6pm-8pm) or Johnson & Wales University (6-8pm)
  • Tournament – Saturday, May 1st at Bryant University (Opening Ceremony at 9:30am)
  • Coaches must submit rosters to Adam Johnson by March 1st via email at Adam@specialolympicsri.org

YOUNG ATHLETES

  • Program for children ages 2-7
  • Location – SORI Office, 370 George Washington Hwy, Smithfield
  • Saturday mornings, 9:30-10:30am
  • Dates – March 19 & 26,  April 9 & 23 and May 1 at Bryant University
  • Class size limited to 15 children
  • Contact Stephanie Beaudette for more information via email at  Stephanie@specialolympicsri.org

 

GET UP AND MOVE

Join “Stephanie and Friends” for our new monthly SORI Get Up and Move television fitness classes! You can watch the April edition of our new fitness show on our website, YouTube or on PEG-RI public access television channels on the following days & times:

East Providence/Pawtucket Areas: Mondays at 10am, Wednesdays at 8:30pm & Fridays at 3pm on Ch. 18 on Cox
and Ch. 25 on Verizon statewide
Johnson/Cranston/Scituate/Foster Areas: Mondays at 5pm, Wednesdays at 8pm & Fridays at 11am on Ch. 18 on Cox
and Ch. 30 on Verizon statewide.

For more information on SORI Get Up and Move, please contact Stephanie at stephanie@specialolympicsri.org

Click here to watch the April 2022 edition of SORI Get Up and Move!

ATHLETE INFORMATION CALLS

Topics for our Athlete Information Calls have included information about COVID-19; Return to Play; Health & Fitness; variety of guest speakers and a Trivia Night.  Be sure to stay connected with Special Olympics Rhode Island and your friends by joining us via Zoom. New dates to be announced.  

We’re Here for You! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need additional information. Please feel free to contact one of the following via email: Dennis Dejesus at  dennis@specialolympicsri.org; Gerri Walter at gerri@specialolympicsri.org, or Chris Hopkins at  chris@specialolympicsri.org.