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RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES

Updated  September 6, 2021

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 Rhode Island is currently experiencing a “high transmission rate” for COVID-19, SORI is following the “Significant Risk Phase” guidance on Return to In-Person activities outlined by Special Olympics, Inc. for our Fall Sports Programs.

This “Significant 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 – Significant 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 – Significant Risk Phase” for the sports/activities that they are participating in until the state’s transmission rate for COVID-19 drops to a lower level and it is appropriate to move down to a less restrictive stage.

Fall Sports/Activities that will be offered during “Return to Play – Significant Risk Phase” will be Traditional Soccer, Unified Flag Football, Unified Bocce, Unified Corn Hole, Unified Walking/Hiking, Unified Basketball and Traditional Duckpin Bowling.  Virtual programming will include a Fitness Workout with Stephanie and our Athlete Information Calls.

Participation is completely optional, and we respect, understand, and fully support anyone who is unable to or uncomfortable with returning to practice for the sports/activities being offered. Additional information with specific guidelines for each sport being offered is provided below.

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

TRADITIONAL SOCCER

Traditional Soccer Return to Play Guidelines

  • Practice starts the week of August 16th
  • Games will be played on Wednesday nights at various fields throughout the state on September 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
  • Most games will start at 6pm
  • Tournament – Sunday, October 3rd at Colt State Park, Bristol RI, Opening Ceremony at 11am.

UNIFIED FLAG FOOTBALL

Unified Flag Football Return to Play Guidelines

  • Burgess Field, Smithfield
  • Sundays at 10am
  • Practice: September 12, 19
  • Games: September 26, October 3, 17, 24
  • Tournament – Sunday, October 31st at Bryant University
  • Coaches must submit rosters to Adam Johnson by September 7th at Adam@specialolympicsri.org

UNIFIED BOCCE

Unified Bocce Return to Play Guidelines

  • Practice starts the week of September 19th
  • Tournament – Sunday, October 31st at Bryant University
  • Coaches must submit their rosters to Adam Johnson by September 17th at Adam@specialolympicsri.org

UNIFIED CORN HOLE

Unified Corn Hole Return to Play Guidelines

  • Practice starts the week of September 19th
  • Tournament – Sunday, October 31st at Bryant University
  • Coaches must submit their rosters to Adam Johnson by September 17th at Adam@specialolympicsri.org

UNIFIED WALKING/HIKING

Unified Walking/Hiking Return to Play Guidelines

TRADITIONAL DUCKPIN BOWLING

Traditional Duckpin Bowling Return to Play Guidelines

  • Practice starts the week September 27th
  • Tournament  – Saturday, November 13th and Sunday, November 14th at Town Hall Lanes.
  • Coaches must submit rosters to Adam Johnson by October 18th at Adam@specialolympicsri.org

UNIFIED BASKETBALL

Unified Basketball Return to Play Guidelines

  • Practice starts the week of October 3rd
  • Games will be played on Wednesday nights at various gyms throughout the state on October 13, 20, 27 and November 3, 10, 17
  • Game times range from 6pm – 8:30pm based on location
  • Tournament TBA

TENNIS

Tennis Return to Play Guidelines

  • Location – Domenic Cristofaro Park, 1160 Boston Neck Rd., Narragansett
  • Time: Saturdays at 9:30am
  • Dates: September 25; October 2, 16, 23
  • Athletes must bring their own rackets.  Tennis balls will be provided.
  • Beginner, intermediate and advanced level athletes are eligible to join this program.

Please contact Louise at louise@specialolympicsri.org by September 22nd to register.

ATHLETE INFORMATION CALLS

Our Athlete Information Calls will begin once a month again in September on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. Topics 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.  Contact Gerri Walter at gerri@specialolympicsri.org to receive more information and the link to join the zoom calls. 

We’re Here for You! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re not able to join us on the Zoom call if you have any questions or need additional information. The SORI office is open by appointment only, but we are all still hard at work in the office and reachable via email and phone. 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.

FITNESS WORKOUT WITH STEPHANIE AND FRIENDS

The “Fitness Workouts with Stephanie” will be a virtual program offered on Thursdays via Zoom from 6:30pm – 7:30pm on September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (NEW DATES). Zoom classes will not be held during the month of August.

Registration is required to participate.
Click here to register. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  For information, you can contact Stephanie at stephanie@specialolympicsri.org