As of November 12, Special Olympics Minnesota is suspending all in-person practices and activities. Only At-Home Bowling participation will be available through December 6th.
Participation in activities on your own that are not at a Special Olympics practice or event nor under the supervision of a Class A coach are considered activities that you are participating at your own risk and are not covered under Special Olympics insurance policies.
Follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines:
- Follow social distancing recommendations.
- Wear face masks
- Wash hands before, during and after exercise
- Disinfect any sports and/or training equipment you used
You can reduce your risk of exercise injury by:
- wearing the right shoes
- using the correct equipment
- drinking lots of water – stay hydrated
- warming up and stretching properly
- be aware of your surroundings – exercise in a safe and level area clear of any obstacles or items
- maintain social distancing rules when exercising.
Should I bowl with my teammates during this event?
No. As of 11/12/2020, all in-person practices and activities have been suspended.
How do I know if my delegation is participating in Return to Play bowling in-person practices?
You can reach out to your Head Coach or [email protected]
Will I be divisioned against others? How will I know my place?
Everyone who registers and submits a score by December 6 will receive a SOMN magnet award after the season is over. Individuals who submit a bowling score will be divisioned by age and score, and their division and place will be posted online at the end of the season.
How does Unified Bowling work?
Athletes and Unified Partners that are bowling Unified together will have their delegation’s Head Coach submit their scores separately and notify Special Olympics Minnesota that they are a Unified Bowling team. Special Olympics Minnesota will add their scores together and division and award them against other Unified Bowling teams across the state.
How does Return to Play work for the bowling practice pilot?
The guidelines for Return to Play bowling practice have been put together based on guidance from SOI, CDC and Minnesota Department of Health. Limitations in the number of people that can attend a practice and a COVID-19 waiver are two of the many guidelines required for each team and practice. For all details please visit the Return to Play page.
If my Delegation is practicing in-person what are some of the requirements of a Head Coach or HOD?
In addition to managing your practice and following all of the Return to Play practice guidelines, you must have a meeting with Special Olympics Minnesota prior to your first practice to receive approval to start. Weekly check-in meetings are also required to make sure all guidelines are followed and that the positivity rate in the county you are practicing in is at an ok rate for in-person activities. Special Olympics Minnesota has the right to suspend in-person practices based on non-compliance or an increased positivity rate that prohibits in-person activities.