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                      Coaches’
                      Handbook


                              Created by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr Foundation
Authorized and accredited by Special Olympics, Inc. for the benefit of individuals with intellectual disabilities
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                                    Directions to Towson University - Towson, MD
From the I-695 Beltway: To reach Towson University via the Baltimore Beltway I-695, take exit 25 (Charles Street) and proceed
                        South approximately 1.7 miles. Turn left on Towsontown Boulevard.

From Baltimore:           From Baltimore (Pennsylvania Station), proceed north on Charles Street for five miles. Turn right on
                          Towsontown Boulevard, and follow directions above.

Parking:                  Spectators may park in Lot 13 and 14 on the Sports Complex side of campus and the Union Garage on the
                          Union side of campus.

Delegation Arrival:       Delegations should arrive on Cross Campus Drive. Follow Campus Police instructions for unloading.
                          Delegations staying in the Towson Run Apartments should follow the directions above onto Towsontown
                          Blvd and make a right just after the electronic sign board.

                                        Directions to Off Campus Sports Venues
From Towson University Campus:

Softball          Loch Raven Fields: From the dorms – make a left (east) on Cross Campus Drive heading away from Osler Drive.
                  Make a left onto York Road/MD-45 (north). Turn Right onto E. Burke Avenue; E. Burke becomes Hillen Road.
                  Hillen Road becomes Putty Hill Rd. Pass Calvert Hall on your right. Make a right onto LaSalle Ave. Make a left
                  onto Glen Keith Blvd. Follow across Loch Raven Blvd to location on right.


                                                    Telephone Numbers
Control Center/Loch Raven Room: 410-704-2161 or 443-386-9824

Dormitory Phone Numbers:          Tower A – 410-616-3254
                                  Tower C – 410-616-3287
                                  Tower D – 410-616-3377
                                  Towson Run Apts. – 410-616-3039


Credential Identification                                                    Shirt Identification
Athletes – White                                                             GOC –Steel
Coaches – Red                                                                Medical Team – Red
GOC & Committee – Gold                                                       Volunteers – Gold
Board/VIP – Gold
Volunteers – Orange
Family/Guest – Pink
Chaperones - Purple


Medical Emergencies: Contact the front desk of your dormitory or call the Control Center’s Hotline
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Dear Coach,

Congratulations on your hard work so far this season! We are confident that your efforts will
pay off and we will witness one amazing story after another as your athletes and partners
perform their best on the fields, in the auditorium and in the pool.

This Handbook is designed to provide you with important information about Summer Games.
Please take the time to read it thoroughly as it will answer most of your questions and will
allow for an organized and safe event for the athletes, partners, coaches, volunteers, and
families.

Schedules are subject to change due to the nature of a sporting event of this magnitude but all
changes will be announced as soon as they are determined. Changes made for the following
day’s events will be announced at the daily Coaches and Head of Delegation Meetings.
Information updates will also be posted in various locations throughout the Games Venues and
will be available at the Information Stations.

Welcome to the 2010 Summer Games at Towson University, our 40th anniversary of celebrating
the unlimited possibilities of the human spirit!

Best of luck to you and your athletes.

Summer Games Organizing Committee




     513 Progress Drive  Suite P  Linthicum, MD 21090 PH: 410.789.6677 / 800.541.7544  FX: 410.789.5955 www.somd.org
 Created by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Authorized and Accredited by Special Olympics, Inc. for the Benefit of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
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Table of Contents


Schedule of Events                        4
2010 Summer Games Organizing Committee    6
General Sports Information                8
Aquatics Competition                      9
Athletics Competition                    13
Bocce Competition                        20
Cheerleading Competition                 23
Softball Competition                     25
Head of Delegation Responsibilities      30
Head Coach Responsibilities              30
Coach Responsibilities                   30
Protest Procedures                       31
        Games Rules Committee            31
On-Site Registration                     32
Opening/Closing Ceremonies               33
Olympic Park/Victory Dance               33
Healthy Athletes Program                 33
Housing                                  34
Meals                                    36
Transportation                           37
Families                                 37
Medical Information                      38
Emergency Procedures                     39
Rain Plan                                40
Games Evaluation                         41
Codes of Conduct                         42
Age Grouping/Divisioning                 43
Protecting Special Olympics Athletes     48
Sample Protest Form                      50
Mission Vision Values                    51
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                                           TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Wednesday, June 2
  7:00 – 8:00 p.m.             HOD Meeting –webinar (Visit www.somd.org and click on Calendar for details)

Monday, June 7
  7:00 – 8:00 p.m.            Aquatics Head Coaches Meeting –webinar (Visit www.somd.org and click on Calendar for details)
  8:00 – 9:00 p.m.            Softball Head Coaches Meeting –webinar (Visit www.somd.org and click on Calendar for details)

Tuesday, June 8
   7:00 – 8:00 p.m.           Bocce Head Coaches Meeting –webinar (Visit www.somd.org and click on Calendar for details)
   8:30 – 9:30 p.m.           Athletics Head Coaches Meeting –webinar (Visit www.somd.org and click on Calendar for details)
   9:00 – 10:00 p.m.          Cheerleading Head Coaches Meeting –webinar (Visit www.somd.org and click on Calendar for details)

Thursday, June 10
  2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.       Delegation Registration/Check-in – 2nd Floor Lobby, University Union
               6:00 p.m.      HOD Meeting – Susquehanna Terrace

Friday, June 11
    10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.    Senior Unified Bocce Competition – Varsity Soccer Field
    11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.    Information Tables – locations on campus - TBD
    Noon -       1:00 p.m.    Lunch – On own
    Noon -       3:00 p.m.    Volunteer Registration for Athletics – Unitas Stadium
   1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.       Family Registration – University Union
   2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.      Athletics Preliminaries (100M, 200M, Long Jump and Mini-javelin) – Unitas Stadium
   2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.       Cheerleading Competition – Center for the Arts
   2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.      Softball Classification Games (if necessary) – Towson Varsity Softball Field
   5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.      Dinner – Block Party or University Union
   4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.      Block Party! – Auburn House Pavilion and surrounding area
   7:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.      Staging for Parade of Athletes – Lot 21a
   7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.      Opening Ceremony – Towson Center
   8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.      Block Party (continued)

                                                  Friday Head Coaches’ Meetings
                  1:00 p.m.   Cheerleading – Center for the Arts, Kaplan Theater Stage
                  5:45 p.m.   Athletics – Unitas Stadium, Field Staging Tent (10 minutes following the conclusion of competition)
                  6:00 p.m.   Bocce – University Union - Room 305
                  6:45 p.m.   Softball – University Union – Rom 306

Saturday, June 12
   6:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.      Breakfast - Susquehanna Dining Hall
                              6:15-7:15 a.m. – Shift 1 – Athletics and Softball
                              7:15-8:15 a.m. – Shift 2 – Aquatics and Bocce
   7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      Volunteer Registration – Lot 9 and Unitas Stadium

                               Competition
            8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Aquatics – Burdick Hall Pool
            8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Athletics – Unitas Stadium
            8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Bocce – Varsity Soccer Field
            8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.   Softball –Towson Varsity Softball Field, Burdick Field and Loch Raven Fields (BCPR)

   9:00 a.m. -    3:00 p.m.   Family Registration
   11:00 a.m. -   4:00 p.m.   Healthy Athletes Village – Minnegan Room/Unitas Stadium
  11:00 a.m. -    1:30 p.m.   Lunch – University Union, Unitas Stadium, Softball fields
   5:00 p.m. -    7:00 p.m.   Dinner – Susquehanna Dining Hall
                              5:00-6:00 p.m. – Shift 1 – Aquatics and Bocce
                              6:00-7:00 p.m. – Shift 2 – Athletics and Softball
   5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.     Olympic Park – Lot 9
   6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.      Head of Delegation Meeting – University Union – Room 306
   7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.      Family Reception – University Union – Patuxent Room
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                            Saturday Coaches Meetings
       Approx. 4:15 p.m.    Aquatics –Pool deck- Burdick Pool (15 mins. following conclusion of competition)
       Approx. 4:30 p.m.    Athletics –Field Staging tent- Unitas Stadium (10 mins. following conclusion of competition)
               6:30 p.m.    Bocce – University Union – Room 306
               7:30 p.m.    Softball – University Union – Room 306

Sunday, June 13
  6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.     Breakfast – Susquehanna Dining Hall
                            6:30-7:30 a.m. – Shift 1 – Athletics and Softball
                            7:30-8:30 a.m. – Shift 2 – Aquatics and Bocce
  7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    Volunteer Registration – Unitas Stadium
  7:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.      Volunteer Registration – Lot 9

                              Competition
           8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Aquatics – Burdick Hall Pool
           8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.   Athletics – Unitas Stadium
           8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.   Bocce – Varsity Soccer Field
           8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.   Softball –Towson Varsity Softball Field, Burdick Field and Loch Raven Fields (BCPR)

   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Family Registration
  11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.    Lunch
At competition conclusion   Closing Ceremonies – At each venue
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2010 SUMMER GAMES ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Competition Director                     Tami McClatchey
        Assistant Competition Director   Julie Herbert
        Aquatics Venue Director          Neil Coffee
        Athletics Venue Director         Mike Czarnowsky
        Bocce Venue Director             Lucio Corsini
        Cheerleading Venue Director      Anna Dziewanowski
        Softball Venue Director          Rick McCauley

Delegation Services
        Registration                     Bill DePauw
        Housing                          Jane Dunne

Operations
        Control Center                   SOMD - George Hergenhahn/Alice Lee Bean

Special Events
         Opening Ceremony                Rick Gesue
         Block Party                     Tom Schniedwind
         Cheer Teams                     Jeannie Kennedy
         Olympic Park                    Katie McDevitt
         Awards                          Elizabeth Miller
                                         Therese Sorrentino
                                         Cynthia Hergenhahn
        Healthy Athletes                 Sarah Gillespie

Venue Management
       Sons of the American Legion       Wayne Berbig, Glen Butler & JR Hall
       Ladies Auxiliary                  Helen Hamor

Food Services
        Director                         Matt Otwell
        Food Services Asst. Director     Paul Hergenhahn

Volunteer Services
        Director                         Mary Ellen Stephens
        Committee                        Bill Stratton
                                         Jarret Crumback
                                         Dave Kulp

Family Services
         Director                        Susan Holland
        Assistant Director               Debbie Credito

Medical Services                         TBD

SOMD Liaisons                            Public Relations - Kelley Schniedwind, Jordan Bishop
                                         Law Enforcement Torch Run - Betsy Jiron
                                         Sponsor Relations - Katie McDevitt
                                         Merchandise – Anne MacDonald, Maureen Hartnett
                                         Sports – Jason Schriml, Melissa Kelly, Tommy George
                                         Volunteers – Janet Novak

Towson University Liaisons               Jim McTygue, Bill Murphy, Sue Fata, Jamie Norman, Frank Rankin
                                         Ed Gizara, Nick Gingue, Capt. Bob Novak, Paul Thomas
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Competition Committees

Aquatics Committee & Officials   Candace Abel      Heather Muller
                                 Jamie Cahn        Deb Noon
                                 Rob Dobry         Roger Parks
                                 Kevin Kennedy     Laura Ramsey
                                 Becky Lessey      Lauren Roane
                                 Howard Lessey     Tom Roane
                                 Earl Morris       Don Smith
                                 Sharon Myrick     Carrie Tupper
                                 Jim Myrick        Tracy Youngman

Athletics Committee              Matt Barnes       Susan Oppold
                                 Mike Bovino       Jamie Reuter Pasko
                                 Jim Duffy         Scott Rippeon
                                 Eva Tucholski     Bill Wood
                                 Chris McGuiness   Lane Wood

Cheerleading Committee           Lauren Andrews    Russell Lyons
                                 Michelle Lyons

Softball Committee               Jim Chin          Melissa Derr
                                 George Guthrie    Steve Merson
                                                   Pam Mest
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GENERAL SPORTS INFORMATION

The Official Special Olympics Summer Sports Rules (available at www.specialolympics.org) shall govern all Special Olympics
competitions. As an international sports program, Special Olympics has created these rules based upon International Sports
Federation (ISF) and National Governing Body (NGB) rules for each sport. NGB rules shall be employed except when they are in
conflict with the Special Olympics Sports Rules. In such cases, the Official Special Olympics Sports Rules shall apply.

General Competition Rules
 Athletes are required to wear appropriate competition attire as defined in the Sports Rules. Athlete uniforms must comply with
   the requirements of each sport.
 Athletes will be divisioned according to the Official Special Olympics Summer Sports Rules. Athletes will be divisioned based
   upon age, gender and ability, with ability being the primary factor. Some age groups and genders may be combined to offer the
   best competition opportunities for the athletes.
 Softball Teams will be divisioned based upon assessments from qualifying events. Classification rounds may be held on Friday,
   June 11, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Towson University Varsity Softball Field.
 Athletics Relay Teams will be divisioned based upon Time Trials that will be conducted on Saturday afternoon, June 12.
 Athletes in the 100m Run, 200m Run, Long Jump (Running) and Mini-Javelin will be divisioned based on Time and Distance
   Trials respectively, to be conducted on Friday, June 11 between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m.
 It is the responsibility of each coach to submit the best score for each athlete.
 Improved entry scores (qualifying scores) must be submitted no later than midnight, May 24, to Jason Schriml via email
   (jschrimli@somd.org) Jason will provide a return receipt email indicating that your changes have been received. Should you not
   receive a reply, please call for confirmation. (410-789-6677 ext 102).
 Athletes may compete in only one sport. Exception: Athletes competing in Cheerleading may also compete in another sport.
 Athletes entered in lower ability events will be entered in other events only at the discretion of the Venue Director.
 Each delegation must designate one Head Coach for each sport and one Head Coach for each softball team. If a delegation has
   athletes in the softball individual skills competition, it must designate one head coach for those athletes.
 Only the sport-specific Head Coach for a delegation may file protests. Protests may be appealed to the Games Rules Committee.
 There will be an on-line coaches’ meeting, for each sport, held on either Monday, June 7 or Tuesday, June 8. In addition, each
   sport will have a coaches meeting on Friday and/or Saturday during the Games. Times and places for coaches meetings are
   included in the section of this handbook for each sport as well as on the Tentative Schedule. Additional information, if
   appropriate, will be provided at Delegation Registration. Head Coaches are required to attend the Coaches’ meeting for their
   sport.


Equalization of Competition
   According to Article I, Section I.7 of the Official Special Olympics Sports Rules (available at www.specialolympics.org) “If a
   Competition Manager determines that an athlete or team has not competed with a maximum effort in preliminary and/or
   divisioning rounds with the clear intent to gain an unfair advantage in the divisioning process, he/she has the right to sanction that
   athlete or team. Sanctions may include: verbal warning to the player and/or coach, adjusted division placement, final placement or
   disqualification.

Special Olympics Maryland has interpreted this rule as follows:
     If an athlete or team (including relay teams) completes an event such that their final score is 15% better than their preliminary
         and/or divisioning score, the certified Head Coach of an athlete(s) who may be affected within that division may file a protest
         to the Sports Rules Committee. The Sports Rules Committee will review all protests in a timely manner. Single person
         divisions will be automatically reviewed by the Sports Rules Committee.

        If the Sports Rules Committee decision results in a change in the final placement of athletes, every effort will be made to
         reflect the change prior to the presentation of awards. Should the decision be rendered after the awards presentation, the
         official results for that division will be adjusted to reflect the change and every effort will be made to present the appropriate
         award to all affected athletes by communicating as soon as possible with their Head Coach.

        Special Olympics Maryland will provide Heads of Delegation and Area/County Directors with the Honest Effort Rule
         reports. Sub-Program sanctions may be applied if warranted. This will be at the discretion of Special Olympics Maryland.

        See note above regarding submitting improved qualifying scores.
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                                                  AQUATICS COMPETITION

Location:                          Burdick Hall
Aquatics Venue Director:           Neil Coffee
Directors of Officials:            Don Smith and Rob Dobry
National Governing Body:           USA Swimming
Special Olympics Rules:            Official Special Olympics Summer Sports Rules
Anticipated Participants:          335 athletes
Entries:                           Athletes may enter a maximum of three individual events and one relay or two individual events
                                   and two relays.
Spectators:                        Balcony seating is available for 200 with limited accessibility. Limited seating for individuals
                                   with visual impairments and individuals that use wheelchairs or other walking devices is available
                                   on a case-by-case basis.

SPORTS RULES
   The Official Special Olympics Summer Sports Rules (available at www.specialolympics.org) shall govern all Special Olympics
   Aquatics competitions. As an international sports program, Special Olympics has created these rules based upon Federation
   Internationale de Natacion Amateur (FINA) and the National Governing Body rules for aquatics (USA Swimming). NGB rules
   shall be employed at these Games except when they are in conflict with Special Olympics Sports Rules. In such cases, the
   Official Special Olympics Sports Rules shall apply.

COMPETITION POOL
  The Competition Pool is a 25-yard pool. Each Area/County will receive a special credential granting one coach access to a
  limited section of the Competition Pool deck. Individuals using this credential must remain in the Coaches’ Area for the duration
  of the competition session. This credential is transferable only after (not during) the different competition sessions. These
  credentials will be distributed by the Venue Director on Saturday morning in the Aquatics Control Center at Burdick Hall. They
  will only be distributed to Head Coaches and they will only be available at the Coaches’ Meeting on Saturday morning. Coaches
  who fail to remain in the designated Coaches Area will lose the privilege for them or anyone else from their program to be on the
  pool deck and will be moved to the spectator area.

COACHES
   Aside from the credentialed coach from each Area/County (who must remain in the designated Coaches’ Area for the duration of
   the competition session), individual coaches will be allowed on the competition pool deck ONLY if an athlete needs assistance
   in/out of the pool. The need for such assistance must have been specified and approved as part of the initial Summer Games
   Registration process by 12:00 noon on May 24. NO EXCEPTIONS. If, in the opinion of the Venue Director, a coach is
   interfering with competition, he/she will be banned from the pool deck.
COACHES’ MEETINGS
   An online pre-games Coaches’ Meeting will be held on Monday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. During the Games, a Coaches Meeting will
   be held on Saturday fifteen (15) minutes following the actual end of competition. On Saturday, the Meet Announcer will
   broadcast the exact start time for this meeting at the end of competition. The Head Coach from each area/county must attend
   these meetings. The access credentials for the “Coach Area” will be distributed by the Venue Director on Saturday morning in
   the Aquatics Control Center at Burdick Hall to Head Coaches only ; these credentials will not be available at any other time or
   location.
    If there are any coaches requesting an adaptation to any stroke and turns issues with individual athletes, these submissions must
    occur as part of the initial Summer Games registration process and be submitted by midnight on May 24.
STAGING
   Staging will occur in the gym (Gym 3) directly across the hall from the entrance to the pool deck. Athletes will need to report to
   pre-staging when their division number is posted and/or announced. The division number currently being staged will be marked
   on a board on the pool deck and in Gym 2. In addition, the meet announcer and pre-staging manager will make announcements.
   Coaches, parents and spectators will not be permitted in the Staging area (Gym 3), but will be allowed in the pre-staging area
   (Gym 2) and the awards area (Gym 1). To provide exact information about staging timing, the number of the heat currently being
   staged will be posted on a bulletin board on the pool deck and outside of the spectator area.
RELAYS
   A relay card for each relay team must be submitted to the Head Stager no later than 8:00 a.m. on the day that the relay event is
   being held. Coaches must use these cards to designate the final team roster and their swimming order. Athletes listed as
   alternates on the relay team must be activated according to the appropriate procedures in order to compete in the event. (See On-
   Site Registration section of this handbook for details.) Any aquatics relay team competing with an activated alternate will be
   divisioned based upon the entry time submitted for the original team. All relay team members must come from within the same
   delegation.
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    In accordance with Special Olympics rules, Unified relay teams will be divisioned with other Unified teams. Each Unified relay
    team shall consist of two athletes and two partners who may be assigned to swim in any order.
    Point of Emphasis: According to the Special Olympics Rules, for Relay events:
                         a.   There shall be four swimmers on each relay team.
                         b.   Each swimmer shall swim one-fourth the distance of the total relay. No swimmer shall swim more than
                              one leg of any one relay.
                         c.   A relay team which combines genders to include both male and female athletes shall compete as a male
                              relay.
                         d.   Relay swimmers should exit the poll as soon as possible following the competition of their relay leg.
                              Relay swimmers who cannot exit the water immediately may be allowed to remain in the lane until all
                              relays have finished so long as they do not interfere with the other swimmers or the timing equipment. A
                              swimmer remaining in the water should move a short distance away from the end of the pool, close to the
                              lane rope but shall not obstruct a swimmer in another lane. Obstruction of a swimmer in another lane
                              shall cause the team to be disqualified.

STARTS
   All races will be started with a tone start. Coaches of athletes requiring the use of a strobe start must have included the request as
   part of the initial Summer Games Registration process and must be submitted by 12:00 noon, May 26, so proper accommodations
   can be made. Athletes may either start on the deck or in the water. Athletes who have either tested positive for atlanto-axial
   instability (AAI) or who have Down Syndrome and have not been tested for AAI will not be permitted to dive.
TIMING
   Events greater than 25 yards will be timed using the electronic Daktronics timing system. Events 25 yards and less will be timed
   using hand-operated stopwatches.
ASSISTED SWIMS, UNASSISTED SWIMS AND FLOTATION EVENTS POINT OF EMPHASIS:
   According to Special Olympics Rules:
    Walking & Flotation Events – These events provide meaningful competition for athletes with lower ability levels. No flotation
    device is allowed for any race other than specified flotation races and assisted swims.
         a.   Set-up
              1.   There should be at least one observer for every two swimmers during competition.
              2.   The starting line should be marked the appropriate distance from the finish.
              3.   The depth of the pool should be no more than 1 meter (3.5 feet) deep for walking events.
              4.   It is preferable that certified swimming officials (including the referee, timers and judges) be used in all events.
         b.   Rules
              1.   For walking events, the swimmer must have at least one foot touching the bottom of the pool at all times.
              2.   No flotation device is allowed for any race other than the specified flotation events.
    Unassisted Swims – These events provide meaningful competition for athletes with lower ability levels.
              a.   Athletes must swim the full distance with no physical assistance. (Coaches may provide verbal encouragement
                   and/or direction from the pool deck for these events.)
    Assisted Swims – These events provide meaningful competition for athletes with lower ability levels.
              Each athlete is responsible for having his/her own coach/assistant with them in the water. The assistant may touch, guide
                  or direct the athlete, but may not support or assist with the athlete’s forward movement. The athlete is allowed to
                  use a flotation device (see specifications listed in Section D, 2 Equipment). The assistant may be in the pool or on
                  the deck.
RESULTS
   Results will be posted near the spectator viewing gallery and in the Awards Gym.
SEATING
   Seating is available for athletes, coaches and spectators in the balcony. No spectators will be permitted on the competition pool
   deck. Spectators who violate these rules may be expelled from the Aquatics venue. Seating for spectators will be limited to those
   who are competing in that particular race – please be courteous to all.
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LOCKER ROOMS
   Locker rooms are available in Burdick Hall for credentialed athletes only.
AWARDS
  Awards will be presented at the Awards area, which will be located in Gym 1, immediately following each race. The Awards
  area is fully accessible for coaches and spectators.

SPORTS RULES COMMITTEE
   Neil Coffee – Venue Director
   Don Smith – Meet Referee
   Carrie Tupper – Information Coordinator
   Coach – TBD
   Athlete - TBD

UNIFORMS
   Costume
       A. Design
           1. Swimmer’s costume must be non-transparent and conform to the current concept of appropriate. The Referee shall
                have authority to bar offenders from competition under this rule, until they appear properly costumed.
   Equipment
       A. No competitor shall be permitted to use or wear any device that may aid his speed, buoyancy or endurance during a
           competition (except flotation races and assisted swim races) such as webbed gloves, flippers, fins, etc. Goggles may be
           worn.
       B. For flotation races, each athlete is responsible for his/her own flotation device. Athletes in assisted swim races may use a
           flotation device. The device must be of the body wrap around type such that if the athlete were to not be able to hold on
           to the device, the device would still support the athlete with the face out of the water. (Flotation devices such as
           kickboards, inner tubes, or floats that wrap around the arms are not acceptable for use at any time.) Athletes must supply
           their own flotation devices. Athletes without their own proper flotation equipment will not be allowed to compete.
LUNCHES
   Lunches will be distributed in the Susquehanna Dining Room at the University Union for all aquatics athletes and coaches.
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AQUATICS SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

Saturday, June 12
 8:00 a.m.              Volunteer/Officials Meeting - Burdick Hall Pool
 8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.   Competition– Burdick Hall Pool

                          800       Yard           Freestyle
                          25        Yard           Breaststroke
                          4x100     Yard           Unified Medley Relay
                          25        Yard           Butterfly
                          100       Yard           Backstroke
                          25        Yard           Flotation
                          4x25      Yard           Medley Relay
                          50        Yard           Backstroke
                          4x50      Yard           Unified Freestyle Relay
                          200       Yard           Individual Medley
                          100       Yard           Breaststroke
                          10        Yard           Assisted Swim
                          4x50      Yard           Medley Relay
                          200       Yard           Freestyle
                          200       Yard           Breaststroke
                          25        Yard           Freestyle
                          100       Yard           Butterfly
                          4 x 100   Yard           Unified Freestyle Relay
                          50        Yard           Breaststroke
                          4x25      Yard           Freestyle Relay
                          15        Yard           Unassisted Swim
                          4x50      Yard           Freestyle Relay
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                          15        Yard            Flotation
                          100       Yard            Freestyle
                          4x25      Yard            Unified Medley Relay

 4:15 p.m. (approx.)    Coaches’ Meeting - Burdick Hall Pool; Pool deck

Sunday, June 13
 8:00 a.m.              Volunteer/Officials Meeting - Burdick Hall Pool
 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Competition - Burdick Hall Pool

                          1500       Yard           Freestyle
                          4x200      Yard           Freestyle Relay
                          200        Yard           Butterfly
                          50         Yard           Freestyle
                          100        Yard           Individual Medley
                          400        Yard           Freestyle
                          4x25       Yard           Unified Freestyle Relay
                          50         Yard           Butterfly
                          25         Yard           Backstroke
                          4x100      Yard           Medley Relay
                          400        Yard           Individual Medley
                          4x100      Yard           Freestyle Relay
                          200        Yard           Backstroke
                          4x50       Yard           Unified Medley Relay

Scheduled events are based on participation at the 2009 SOMD Summer Games. If needed, the schedule will be adjusted to reflect the
2010 entries.



    A FINAL SCHEDULE WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE HEAD OF DELEGATION PACKET AT REGISTRATION.
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                                                  ATHLETICS COMPETITION

Location:                   Unitas Stadium, Towson University
Athletics Venue Director:   Mike Czarnowsky
National Governing Body:    USA Track and Field (USATF)
Special Olympics Rules:     Official Special Olympics Summer Sports Rules
Anticipated Participants:   365 athletes
Entries:                    Athletes may enter a maximum of three individual events and a relay.
Spectators:                 Grandstand seating is available for 10,000 spectators and has accessible seating.

SPORTS RULES
   The Official Special Olympics Summer Sports Rules (available at www.specialolympics.org ) shall govern all Special Olympics
   Athletics competitions. As an international sports program, Special Olympics has created these rules based upon International
   Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) and the National Governing Body rules for athletics (USA Track & Field). NGB rules shall
   be employed at these Games except when they are in conflict with Special Olympics Sports Rules. In such cases, the Official
   Special Olympics Sports Rules shall apply.
PRELIMINARIES
   Preliminary competitions will be conducted for six events: 100M Run, 200M Run, Long Jump (Running), Mini-Javelin, 4 X
   100M Relay (traditional and unified) and 4 X 400M Relay (traditional and unified). Athletes must participate in the preliminary
   round for these events in order to compete in the final round. See section on Track and Field events below for more details.

    Athletes must be in proper athletic attire (see section on the following pages) and must have their athlete number pinned to the
    front of their uniform. The Head Coach from each Delegation may pick up the bib-numbers for his/her athletes at the Control
    Tent at Unitas Stadium starting at 1:30 on Friday, June 11. (Bibs will not be distributed at Delegation Registration.)
    The better score between the submitted entry score and the score from the on-site preliminary will be used to place athletes and
    relay teams into final divisions/events. In the event that preliminary competition is cancelled due to inclement weather, the entry
    score will be used for divisioning.
WARM UPS
  Athletes and coaches are encouraged to warm-up and practice in the stadium each morning prior to the start of competition.
  Please cooperate with other coaches and athletes so that everyone wishing to warm-up or practice may do so. An announcement
  will be made over the main PA system when the facilities must be cleared for the start of competition.
DAILY OPENING OBSERVANCES
   The stadium will be officially opened each day with a brief ceremony immediately prior to the start of competition.
CLOSING CEREMONY
   A brief Closing Ceremony will be conducted at the Athletics venue immediately following the end of competition on Sunday
   afternoon. Awards presentations for the Pentathlon competition will be included in Closing Ceremonies. Everyone is encouraged
   to remain for this event. This is in lieu of a Closing Ceremony for the overall Summer Games.
RESULTS
   Results will be posted at a location near the Staging Tents and Control Center.
AWARDS
  Awards will be presented at the Awards area following the completion of each division. Awards will be located on the Tiger
  Terrace, overlooking the track.
TRACK SECURITY
   Spectators, coaches and chaperones will not have access to the track or the staging area. Only competing athletes and appropriate
   Summer Games personnel will be permitted on the track and inside the staging area (except as noted below).
COACHES’ MEETING
   Coaches’ online pre-games Coaches meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 8 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. During the Games, The Head
   Coach from each delegation must attend these meetings and is responsible for ensuring that information from these meetings is
   shared with all members of the delegation.
SPORTS RULES COMMITTEE
   Mike Czarnowsky – Venue Director
   Matt Barnes – USATF Official
   Scott Rippeon – USATF Official
   Chris McGuinness – Referee.
   Mike Bovino – Alt.
   Brian McConville – Alt.
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SHADE AND TENTS
   Delegations may place rigid pop-up tents in the upper areas of the stadium if they wish. Placement will be on a “first come” basis
   – Please cooperate with other delegations on tent placement. While at this time tents may be left in the stands overnight, doing so
   will be at your own risk and SOMD and Towson University assume no responsibility for any damage that may occur. SOMD or
   Towson University may also rescind the “overnight option” at their sole discretion. Delegations will be required to remove any
   tent that appears to present a safety risk at the sole discretion of SOMD and Towson University.

TRACK EVENTS
STARTS
   All races 400 meters in length or shorter will be started using a starter’s pistol AND with two commands. Races 800 meters in
   length or longer will be started using a starter’s pistol and a single command.
    All races 100 meters and shorter will start using a common start line. All races between 200 meters and 800 meters will start
    using staggered start lines. All races 1500 meters and longer will start using a waterfall start line.
STARTING BLOCKS
   In races up to and including the 400 meters and the lead-off leg of the relays, athletes have the option of using starting blocks.
IMPEDES
   In all races which are 400 meters or shorter, and for the first turn of the 800 meter races, athletes are required to run/walk within
   their lane. Athletes will be disqualified for going outside of their lane when another athlete is impeded or an unfair advantage is
   gained. Whether an athlete has impeded the progress of another competitor or gained an unfair advantage is a judgment call made
   by a race official, and therefore it is not open to protest. In events longer than 400 meters, the athlete may leave the lane at the
   appropriate “cut-in” points but cannot impede the progress of another runner.
100 M and 200 M RUNS
    Athletes entered in the 100 M Run, except the Pentathlon 100 M Run, and those entered in the 200M Run must participate in the
    Preliminaries for that event on Friday, June 11 in order to compete in the 100 M Run or 200 M Run Finals.
RELAYS
   A final roster and run order for each 4x100 m relay team and each 4x400 m relay team must be submitted at the Coaches Meeting
   on Friday, June 11. Coaches will provide this information by marking or approving a set of division sheets for the preliminaries
   of those relays (to be provided to coaches no later than 1:30 on Friday, June 11). These sheets will be based on the team names
   provided during the registration process. Only team members and alternates listed on a team’s original entry may be included on
   this card. No new athletes may be added. Relay teams MUST compete in the preliminary competition on Saturday in order to
   compete in the finals on Sunday. Coaches will also indicate the run order for the relay finals in a similar manner and provide that
   run order no later than the Coaches Meeting on Saturday, June 12.
    The athletes who run in the time trials must be the same athletes who run in the finals. The only situation where a registered
    alternate may be substituted after the time trials is if one of the team members who ran in the time trials is medically determined,
    by qualified medical personnel, to be unable to compete in the finals.
    The final runner on each relay team must hold the baton until after all runners in that race have completed the race, or until a
    competition official has collected the baton. A team will be disqualified if the final athlete throws the baton in any direction (onto
    the ground, up in the air, to the side, etc.) after crossing the finish line.
    After passing the baton or completing the race, incoming runners must stay in their lanes until it is clear that they will not impede
    another relay team’s performance. Impeding another team’s progress, even after your team has finished the race, will result in
    disqualification.
    Exchange zone umpires will physically show each division of runners the beginning and end of the exchange zone as well as the
    fly zone. Following the demonstration, the exchange zone umpires will position all athletes at the approximate center of the
    exchange zone. At that point the athletes are free to reposition themselves at any point within the exchange zone or fly zone
    without any further direction or correction from the umpire. It is the athlete/team’s responsibility to ensure that the baton is legally
    exchanged within the exchange zone.
    There shall be four athletes on each relay team, all in matching athletic attire. No athlete shall run more than one leg of any one
    relay. Relay team members must come from within the same delegation.
    In accordance with Special Olympics rules, Unified relay teams will be divisioned with other Unified teams.


WHEELCHAIR EVENTS AND ASSISTED WALKS
  Athletes shall not be pushed, pulled, or otherwise assisted during wheelchair events. Athletes who use motorized wheelchairs
  may only compete in those races which are specifically designed for motorized wheelchairs. Athletes who use manual
  wheelchairs may only compete in those races which are specifically designed for manual wheelchairs.
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    In assisted walks, the athlete must provide his/her own walking aid. The athlete may not receive assistance from coaches,
    officials, etc. Athletes who have visual or hearing impairments should be entered into the non-assisted events with appropriate
    accommodations made (hand signals, guide rope, guide runner, etc.)
LONGER RACES (400 Meters and above)
   On occasion and entirely at the officials’ discretion, one person or two person divisions in the 400M and 800M races may be
   merged with other divisions for the conducting of the competition. In such cases, the merging will be explained to the athletes and
   will be announced during the introduction of the athletes at the starting line. Awards will presented as the original divisions. For
   races 1500 meters and longer, ALL athletes will start at the same time regardless of divisioning and awards will be presented as
   their original divisions. If an uncommonly large number of athletes are entered in one of these longer events, the group of athletes
   may be spilt into two group starts at the discretion of the officials.

FIELD EVENTS

IMPLEMENTS
   Special Olympics Maryland will provide all implements for field events to ensure consistency of weights and measures. Athletes
   will not be permitted to compete using their own shot puts, mini-javelins, softballs and/or tennis balls.
HIGH JUMP
   The bar will start at 1M and will be raised in 4cm increments until there is a single competitor remaining. Competitors shall take
   off from one foot. Competitors shall not dive forward over the bar or take off from two feet. Athletes may be disqualified for
   performing either a dive or two-foot take off during either practice or competition.
SHOT PUT
   Coaches should be sure that athletes have trained with, and had entry scores based on, the proper weight shot for their age/gender.
   Please refer to the Special Olympics rules for the correct weights.
    Note: Athletes who use wheelchairs may either enter the Wheelchair Shot Put (using a weight of 1.81 kilograms or 4 pounds) or
    may enter the appropriate shot put event above using the weight shot designated for that gender/age group.
LONG JUMP (RUNNING)
   Athletes entered in the Long Jump (Running), except the Pentathlon Long Jump, must participate in the Long Jump Preliminaries
   on Friday, June 11 in order to compete in the Long Jump Finals on Sunday, June 13.
    In the long jump, an athlete must be able to jump at least one meter, which is the minimum distance between the toe-board and
    the sand pit. The Long Jump Pit closest to the 100M start (athletes run in direction of 100M Start) will be used for all odd
    numbered divisions. The Long Jump Pit closest to the back of the track and the 200M start (athletes run in the direction of the
    200M start) will be used for all even numbered divisions. Athletes in the Pentathlon Long Jump will jump using the pit closest to
    the 100M Start. Prior to the start of each days competition, athletes and coaches may go to the appropriate pit/runway and leave
    marks off of the run way for the start of the athlete’s approach. Such marks must conform to USATF rules.

MINI-JAVELIN
   Athletes entered in the Mini-Javelin, must participate in the Preliminaries on Friday, June 11 in order to compete in the Finals on
   Sunday, June 13. The Mini-javelin is an official Special Olympics athletic event and will be conducted according to rules
   published in January 2010.
    The mini-javelin must be held by the grip with one hand only. It shall be thrown over the shoulder or upper part of the throwing
    arm and may not be slung or hurled (underhand/sidearm throw). At no time may the competitor turn completely around so that
    his/her back is towards the throwing area. The mini-javelin must land tip first within the sector in order to be measured.

PENTATHLON
   Pentathlon athletes will compete in the 100M Race, the Long Jump, and the Shot Put on Saturday. They will compete in the High
   Jump and the 400M Race on Sunday. Pentathlon athletes will be divisioned based on their overall score in all five events. They
   will contest the pentathlon track events against the other pentathlon athletes in their overall pentathlon division (regardless of their
   time in the individual racing events). They will contest all pentathlon field events as a group (all pentathlon athletes together).
   Pentathlon athletes will be presented awards based on their overall score for all five events and will not receive awards for the
   individual events included in the pentathlon. Pentathlon awards will be presented as a part of the Closing Ceremonies at the
   athletics venue.
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STAGING

    The Staging Area for all events will be located inside the stadium..
    Staging for Track events on all days will be held in the large tent running along the building. Staging for Field events will be held
    in the tent separate from the building, near the triple jump area. Wheelchair events, Assisted Walks and Pentathlon events will be
    staged near the Control Center Tent (please look for signage).
    All athletes must be in the Staging tent a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of their event. Coaches will be
    provided with individualized schedules, including the start times for each event, for their delegation/athletes on Saturday morning,
    available for pick-up in the Control Center tent. (Similar schedules for the preliminary competitions only will be provided on
    Friday.)
    Only athletes and registered athletics’ volunteers will be permitted inside the Staging Area. Coaches and family members are not
    permitted in the Staging Area.
    ach head coach (one per delegation) will be issued a two credentials that will each allow one coach into the Staging Area for the
    sole purpose of assisting athletes with stretching in preparation for their upcoming event. All stretching must be done in the
    immediate proximity of the athlete’s assigned staging row. It is the coaches’ responsibility to make certain that the athlete is
    seated and ready to go with his/her division at the proper time. Staging personnel and escorts will not search for athletes who have
    been moved by their coach and may thus result in an athlete missing their event. Head coaches may allow different coaches at
    different times to use these two credentials at their discretion

    Time Conflicts - Effort is made to minimize the number of athletes having competition time conflicts. However, there inevitably
    will be a few athletes with such time conflicts. If a conflict does exist, the athlete should compete in the track event first and then
    the field event. It is the coach’s responsibility to notify the Staging Clerks of any possible time conflicts when the athlete reports
    to Staging for the first of the two potentially conflicting events. A coach must notify BOTH Staging Clerks if the conflict involves
    a track and a field event.
    If an athlete misses his/her designated heat/flight due to a competition conflict, an effort will be made to add the athlete to an
    appropriate heat/flight later in the schedule that meets Special Olympics divisioning guidelines. It is quite possible/likely that an
    athlete will not be able to be added to another heat/flight.
    An athlete may not compete in a heat/flight if he/she is not registered for that heat/flight or has not been added to it by authorized
    personnel (Director of Athletics, the Athletics Referee or SOMD personnel). The heats/flights are based on entry times submitted
    by the coach. To add new athletes to a heat/flight would be unfair to the other athletes who were properly registered.
    Athletes will be escorted from the Staging area to the start line or field event by Athletics competition volunteers. Following each
    heat/flight, athletes will be escorted from the finish line or field event to the Awards area. Coaches are to meet their athletes in
    the Awards area which is located outside the stadium. During Friday preliminaries, athletes will be escorted back to the front of
    the Staging area.
    Pentathlon athletes will be escorted as a group to each event by the Pentathlon Clerk. The Pentathlon Clerk will give coaches of
    pentathlon athletes designated times to have their athletes meet by the Control Center tent before each of the five events.

PHOTO CREDENTIALS
   Each delegation, making a request, will be issued two media credentials which will permit the wearer into the Athletics
   competition areas for the sole purpose of taking photographs of their athletes. Head Coaches may allow different individuals at
   different times to wear these credentials. The wearer accepts the responsibilities of using good judgment, following instructions of
   Meet personnel, remaining in designated areas and refraining from “coaching” or providing other assistance to athletes. It is also
   requested that these individuals position themselves so they do not obstruct the view of the majority of spectators.
    Credentials may be revoked at any time at the sole discretion of Meet personnel. Inappropriate behavior on the part of the wearer
    of the media credential (i.e., coaching, pacing, etc.) may result in the athlete being disqualified, per USATF rules.
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ATHLETIC ATTIRE
GENERAL
     1. Athletes not in proper uniform will be disqualified. This rule applies to preliminary events as well as finals.
     2. It is the Coaches responsibility to ensure that athletes comply with this rule prior to checking into the Staging Tent.
     3. Any coach who has a question as to whether the attire or footwear of an athlete is appropriate is responsible for asking
        the Venue Director for a ruling in advance of check-in at the Staging Tent.
     4. Divisions will not be held up for the purpose of changing attire/footwear and athletes will not be re-assigned to a
        subsequent division.

ATTIRE
         1.   In all events, competitors must wear clothing which is clean, and designed and worn so as not to be objectionable. The
              clothing must be made of a material which is non-transparent even if wet. The competitors must not wear clothing
              which could impede the view of the judges. This rule shall be enforced by the Clerk of Course for track events and the
              Chief Judge of each respective field event. (Athletic shorts/pants are to be worn; no “khakis”, denim or cut-off shorts.)
         2.   During competition, athletes may not wear medals, ribbons, name badges, hats or jewelry (except medical alert
              bracelets/necklaces; stud earrings and simple, flat rings may be allowed at the officials’ discretion). Athletes should
              wear their name badge to check in at staging. The escort for their event will collect/hold their name badge during
              competition and return it to the athlete at the end of competition in that event
         3.   Athletes in races 800M or longer may wear a wrist watch or other personal timing device.
         4.   Competition numbers must be visible on the FRONT of the athlete.
         5.   Athletes may not wear clothing with advertising on it during competition or awards.

FOOTWEAR
     1. A competitor may compete in bare feet or with footwear on one or both feet. The purpose of shoes for competition is to
        give protection and stability to the feet and a firm grip of the ground. Such shoes, however, must not be constructed so
        as to give the competitor any additional assistance, and no spring or device of any kind may be incorporated in the shoes.
        A shoe strap over the instep is permissible.
     2. Shoes, if worn, must be appropriate for athletic competition.
     3. The sole and the heel of the shoes may be so constructed as to provide for the use of up to 11 spikes. Any number of
        spikes up to 11 may be used, but the number of spike positions shall not exceed 11.
     3. The part of each spike which projects from the sole or the heel must not exceed 9 millimeters or ¼ of an inch. These
        spikes shall have a maximum diameter of 4 millimeters.
     4. The sole and/or heel may have grooves, ridges, indentations or protuberances provided these features are constructed of
        the same or similar material to the basic sole itself.
     5. In the high jump, the sole shall have a maximum thickness of 13 millimeters and the heel shall have a maximum
        thickness of 19 millimeters. In all other events, shoes may be of any thickness.

RELAY TEAMS
      1. All members of the relay team must be identifiable as team members. Team identification shall be clearly visible and
         shall distinguish one team from another. Where this is not accomplished by the meet’s issuing items such as letters or
         distinguishing numbers, team members shall wear an identifying article, such as an identical singlet or shirt.

ATHLETICS SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

                                                       Friday, June 11, 2010 – All Preliminaries
                                                  Track           Jumps                  MiniJav
                                      2:00
                                      2:15      100 M Run          Long Jump
                                                  Women              (M 8-21)
                                      2:30
                                      2:45                         Long Jump
                                      3:00                           (W 8-21)
                                              100 M Run Men                                 MiniJav
                                      3:15
                                                                                              Men
                                      3:30                         LJ (W 22+)
                                      3:45                         Long Jump              MiniJav (W)
                                      4:00      200 M Run            (M 22+)
                                      4:15        (Women)
                                      4:30
                                             200 M Run (Men)
                                      4:45
                                      5:15                  Coaches Meeting (Field Staging Tent)
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                            Saturday, June 12, 2010
             Track               Throws                 Jumps
 8:30
           1500 M Run
 8:45
 9:00      Pent 100 M
                                  Shot Put
 9:15      50 M Dash            (Women 8-21)
 9:30         (Men)
 9:45                                          Standing Long Jump (W
                                                         22+)
10:00      50 M Dash              Shot Put
10:15        (Women)              (Men 22+)
10:30      50 M Walks                                 Standing LJ
                                                        (M 8-21)
10:45    50 Motor/25 WC
11:00       25 M Dash                                   Pent LJ
11:15        & Walks              Shot Put
                                 (Men 8-21)    Standing Long Jump (M
11:30      5000 M Run
                                                         22+)
11:45
12:00
12:15
                                  Shot Put       Standing LJ (W 8-21)
                                (Women 22+)
12:30    200 M Run (Men)
12:45                         Pent ShotPut
 1:00
        200 M Run (Women)
 1:15                         Ball Throw &
 1:30   100 M WC Race         Softball Throw
 1:45   30M WC Slaloms            (W 8-21)
 2:00                         Softball Throw
           800 M Run
 2:15                              (W 22+)
 2:30                         Softball Throw
 2:45                             (M 8-21)
          Relay Prelim
 3:00                         Softball Throw
            Staging
 3:15                              (M22+)
 3:30      4 x 400M &
 3:45    4 x 100M Relay
 4:00     Preliminaries
 4:15
 4:30                 Coaches Meeting (Field Staging Tent)




                            Sunday, June 13, 2010
            Track           Long Jump          High Jump / Jav
 8:30
         3000 M Run
 8:45
 9:00
 9:15    100 M Run                               Pentathlon HJ &
 9:30       Men                                    High Jump
 9:45                       Long Jump
                              (W 8-21)
10:00   100 M Walk
10:15
10:30
         100 M Run
          Women             Long Jump
10:45                         (M 22+)
11:00                                             MiniJav (Wmn)
         400 M Run
11:15                       LJ (W 22+)
11:30    400 M Walk                                   MiniJav
                            Long Jump                  (Men)
11:45    Pent 400 M
                              (M 8-21)
12:00
12:15
12:30   Relay Staging
12:45
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                                            4 x 400M &
                                     1:00     4 x 100M
                                               Relays
                                     1:15
                                     1:30
                                     1:45
                                     2:00
                                     2:15                Athletics Venue Closing Ceremonies

Scheduled events are based on participation at the 2009 SOMD Summer Games. If needed, the schedule will be adjusted to reflect the
2010 entries. Other official events will be added to the final schedule if athletes are entered in the events for the 2010 Summer
Games.
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                                                      BOCCE COMPETITION

Location:                            Varsity Soccer Field - Towson University
Bocce Venue Directors:               Lucio Corsini
Events Offered:                      Singles, Doubles, Unified Doubles, 4-Person Team and Unified 4-Person Team
National Governing Bodies:           Special Olympics, Inc. (SOI)
Special Olympics Rules:              Official Special Olympics Summer Sports Rules
Anticipated Participants:            245 athletes
Entries:                             Athletes may enter Singles competition and either Doubles or 4-Person Team competition
Spectators:                          Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the competition

SPORTS RULES
   The Official Special Olympics Sports Rules shall govern all Special Olympics Bocce Competitions at the Summer Games. As an
   international sports organization, Special Olympics has developed these rules based upon the International Bocce Association.
   However, SOI is the official National Governing Body.

COMPETITION INFORMATION
  1. Athletes may enter two events; Singles plus either Doubles or 4-Person Team.
  2. Once the athlete begins competition, no coaching by coaches, family members, spectators, etc. is allowed. Only competing
      athletes and designated volunteers are allowed on the courts. The athlete, doubles team, or 4-player team is playing
      independently. Discussion with any athlete is prohibited once the athlete steps onto the court. However, encouragement and
      cheering are permissible.
  3. A player can grip the ball by placing the hand over or under the ball as long as the ball delivery is of an underhand style. An
      underhand delivery is defined as releasing the ball below the waist.
  4. All balls thrown that finish inside the court are in play. This includes the ones hitting the backboard and missing any balls,
      including the pallina.
  5. If the first player throws the pallina so that it stops before the 30-foot line or stops beyond the 50-foot line or stops next to the
      backboard, the player has two additional attempts to legally establish the target.
            If the player still does not legally establish the target, the opponent has one attempt to do so.
            If that player fails to establish the target, the official places the pallina at the center of the 50-foot line. The original
                thrower then establishes the first point.
  6. If the pallina goes out of bounds, the following occurs:
            the frame is over;
            the balls are returned to the same side, and
            a new frame is started.
  7. All measurements are taken from the side of the bocce ball to the center top of the pallina.
  8. Doubles and 4-player teams:
            Athletes and Unified Partners will roll from the same end. Any teammate can roll the ball at any interval (two in a
                row or alternating throws). There will be walking back and forth after each frame.
                (Note: In Singles competition, athletes will walk from end to end after both finish their throws.)
  9. Foul lines will be enforced.
  10. Coaches will not be permitted on the court.
  11. Competition Schedule Adjustments:
            Due to the number of athletes for singles, game time limits will be enforced at 30 minutes.
            If the score is not achieved before the time limit, the individual or the team ahead at the end of 30 minutes will be
           declared the winner.

DIVISIONING
   Athletes/teams will be divisioned based upon submitted Individual Skills Scores.
ALTERNATES
   If an athlete is scratched from Doubles or Team, an athlete may be activated from the alternate status if that athlete was registered
   as an alternate for that team and that athlete is actively registered in other events within that sport - not as an alternate. This
   activation must be submitted by the Head of Delegation and must occur at the Games Control Center by 4:00 p.m. on Friday,
   June 11. In the event that one player on a team or doubles squad has scratched and no alternate athlete can be activated, the team
   or doubles squad may compete with the existing players minus the balls of the absent player.
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SUBSTITUTIONS
   Except due to a medical emergency, as provided in the SOI Bocce Rules under Section C.4.c, substitution during a game will not
   be allowed at the 2010 Summer Games. Approval, under this rule, will be given by the Venue Directors only and prior to the
   substitution.

COACHES’ MEETINGS
   An online pre-games Coaches’ Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 8 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. During the Games, Coaches’
   Meetings will be held Friday evening at the University Union at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. The Head Coach
   from each team must attend these meetings.
UNIFORMS
   Long pants or shorts (golf or tennis shorts) are appropriate. Jeans, running shorts or short shorts are not permitted.
AWARDS
  As required by Special Olympics rules, awards will be presented immediately following the conclusion of each division’s
  competition.
SPORTS RULES COMMITTEE
   Lucio Corsini – Venue Director
   Denny Poorman - Official
   Katie Shannon – District Director, SOMD


BOCCE SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

Tuesday, June 8
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.          Coaches’ Meeting – online

Friday, June 11
6:00 p.m.                Coaches’ Meeting – University Union – Room 305

Saturday, June 12
 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Singles Competition – Varsity Soccer Field
 6:30 p.m.             Coaches’ Meeting – University Union – Room 306

Sunday, June 13
 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.    Doubles, Unified Doubles, 4-Person Team and Unified 4-Person Team Competition – Varsity Soccer Field

     Divisions will be available at the Bocce Coaches’ Meeting on Friday evening.
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BOCCE VENUE MAP
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                                               CHEERLEADING COMPETITION

Location:                    Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, Towson University
Cheerleading Venue Director: Anna Dziewanowski
Events Offered:              Individual Skills Competition
                             Team Competition
                             Unified Team Competition
National Governing Body:     The National Federation of State High School Associations
Special Olympics Rules:      Special Olympics Maryland Cheerleading Guide
Anticipated Participants:    6 Teams – 88 competitors
Spectators:                  Theater seating is available for 500

SPORTS RULES
   Special Olympics Maryland Cheerleading Competition Guide, and the SOMD rules and guidelines, will govern all Cheerleading
   competition at the Summer Games. SOMD has adopted the safety guidelines and rules developed by the National Federation of
   State High School Associations (NFHS) and Special Olympics Kentucky.

COMPETITION INFORMATION
  1. Athletes can only participate on one squad.
  2. All practice sessions during the day of competition must be supervised by a coach and held only in designated locations
      specified.
  3. Refer to specific divisions for minimum and maximum number of squad members.
  4. No mounts, stunts, pyramids or gymnastics can be performed in a non-gymnastic cheer.
  5. No music will be used in either a non-gymnastic cheer or a gymnastic cheer.
  6. Coaches/volunteers are not allowed on the floor during the performance of any routine. This rule will be enforced for all
      divisions. Spotters are permitted on the floor, but cannot coach the squad. Coach/volunteer may place the athletes in their
      proper position on the floor, but may not be on the floor once the performance begins.
  7. All Jewelry is prohibited during practice sessions and competitions (except medical bracelets which must be taped to the
      body).
  8. Proper spotting techniques are mandatory and a minimum of two spotters must be provided by the team when performing a
      Gymnastic Cheer such as an assistant coach or trainer.
  9. NO pendulum and pendulum style transitional stunts are allowed.
  10. NO stunt inversions are allowed.
  11. NO flip dismounts are allowed.
  12. All judges’ sheets will be used to break a tie.

DIVISIONING
   Athletes/teams will be divisioned based upon submitted audio-visual recordings of squad performances.
    Scoring and Policy for One-Squad Divisions – The squad/individual must score within 20% of the maximum judges points
    possible to receive first place. If the squad does not score within 20% of the maximum points possible, second place will b
    awarded.
COACHES’ MEETINGS
   An online pre-games Coaches’ Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 8 from 9:00-10:00 p.m. During the Games, a Coaches
   Meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday at the Center of the Arts in the Kaplan Theater Stage.
UNIFORMS
    Team members must wear outfits alike in style and color. No jeans will be permitted. All team members must have white
    athletic shoes (e.g. tennis shoes) with non-marking soles. It is suggested that the athletic shoes be in like style. Jewelry of any
    kind is prohibited during practice and competition. Jewelry must be removed and may not be taped over. (Exception: medical
    ID tags/bracelets are allowed and must be taped over.) All uniforms must meet the guidelines described in the SOMD
    Cheerleading Manual.
AWARDS
  Awards will be presented immediately following the conclusion of competition.
SPORTS RULES COMMITTEE
   The Cheerleading Sports Rules Committee members are:
   Anna Dziewanowski, Venue Director
   Lauren Andrews, Assistant Venue Director             Russell Lyons, Sports Management Team
   Debra Bartel, Certified Safety Judge                 Anne MacDonald, District Director, SOMD
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CHEERLEADING SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

Friday, June 11
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.      Team Check-in – Harold J. Kaplan Center, Center for the Arts
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.       Coaches Meeting – Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall Stage, Center of the Arts
1:05 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.       Team Warm-ups - Harold J. Kaplan Center, Center for the Arts
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.       Judges Meeting – Officials Hospitality Room, Center for the Arts
2:10 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.       Welcoming Ceremony - Harold J. Kaplan Center, Center for the Arts
2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.       Competition - Harold J. Kaplan Center, Center for the Arts



                                                         CHEERLEADING VENUE MAP


            Cheerleading Venue Map 2010 – Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall, Center for the Arts

                             Warm Up
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                                                   SOFTBALL COMPETITION

Location:                      Loch Raven Fields, Burdick Field and Towson University Varsity Softball Field
Softball Venue Directors:      Rick McCauley
Events Offered:                Individual Skills Competition
                               Team Competition
                               Unified Team Competition
National Governing Body:       Amateur Softball Association (ASA)
Special Olympics Rules:        Official Special Olympics Summer Sports Rules
Anticipated Participants:      18 Teams, 30 Individual Skills Athletes
Spectators:                    Each field has ample spectator viewing areas. Lawn chairs are recommended as some of the fields do
                               not have bleachers.

SPORTS RULES
   The Official Special Olympics Summer Sports Rules, (available at www.specialolympics.org), shall govern all Special Olympics
   Softball competitions. As an international sports program, Special Olympics has created these rules based upon International
   Softball Federation (ISF) for slow pitch softball. The National Governing Body for softball is the Amateur Softball Association
   (ASA). NGB rules shall be employed at these Games except when they are in conflict with Special Olympics Sports Rules. In
   such cases, the Official Special Olympics Sports Rules shall apply.
INDIVIDUAL SKILLS COMPETITION
   Athletes registered for Individual Skills Competition must compete in the preliminaries on Saturday morning, June 12, to be
   eligible to compete in the final competition on Saturday afternoon, June 12. Preliminary divisions and a schedule will be
   available at the Friday night Coaches Meeting.
TEAM ROSTER
   Teams must start each game with a minimum of ten (10) players or forfeit. At the 2010 Summer Games, the ASA Shorthand
   Rule, which states that a game may begin or finish with one less than required to start, shall be employed for Traditional team
   competition. The team that is playing shorthanded must list the vacant position last in the batting order and must take an out for
   the missing player’s position in the batting order. If players drop below 9, the game is a forfeit. Unified teams will not be
   allowed to employ the ASA Shorthand Rule. They must have a minimum of 10 players in the line-up (and present in the
   dugout/team area) to start and continue a game.
    Coaches will be required to submit a Line-up Card ten (10) minutes prior to the scheduled start of each game; Line-up Cards are
    to be submitted to the Scorer’s Table at the field on which their game is to be played. (Line-up Cards will be available at the
    Head Coaches Meeting and at the Softball Control Center.) Please note: All players must be listed on the line-up card, including
    all available substitutions. Line up cards must be submitted for all games, including classification games.
DURATION OF GAMES
   A regulation game shall consist of seven innings. The game will be considered complete if, after five full innings of play (or 4.5
   if the home team is leading) one team leads the other by ten runs or more. The game shall last no longer than one (1) hour and
   thirty (30) minutes. If the time limit is reached during the middle of an inning, the game will continue until that inning is
   complete. If teams are tied at the completion of the duration, the teams will continue to play complete innings until a winner is
   determined. Teams must report to the competition field fifteen (15) minutes prior to the scheduled start of each game. If a team is
   not at the field and ready to play ten (10) minutes after the scheduled start, the game will be forfeited.
DIVISIONING
   The team must be consistent throughout the qualifiers and each member of the team must attend two qualifiers. Teams will be
   divisioned based upon assessments from the qualifiers prior to arriving on site. If needed, a classification round will be played on
   Friday, June 11, beginning at 2:00 p.m. All classification round games will be held at the Towson Varsity Softball Field. If
   needed, those teams needing further assessments will play one or more games with each game lasting no longer than 30 minutes.
   If classification games are necessary, the team’s starting line-up must field and bat first. All team members are required to bat
   and field during classification games. Both teams will be required to play the field and to bat. Games played during the
   classification round will not count in the final standings. Any team which is required to participate in a classification game and
   does not participate in the classification round may be disqualified from competition.
    Preliminary divisions and the schedule for the classification round (if necessary) will be available during the online pre-games
    Head Coaches’ meeting on Monday, June 7. Final divisions and a schedule for the final games will be available Friday evening at
    the Softball Coaches’ meeting.
    In accordance with Special Olympics rules, Unified teams shall be placed in competitive divisions with other Unified teams based
    on ability and age, according to the established procedures for Special Olympics divisioning.
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TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
    Tournament formats may vary by division and will be appropriate to the number of teams in the division. Tournament
      formats include double-elimination, round-robin, and single-elimination with a play-for-seed round. Additional information
      regarding competition schedules and format will be distributed at the Coaches Meeting on Friday.
    Tournament tie-breaks (ties for place within a division) will be determined using the Little League Softball World Series Tie
      Break System (http://www.softballworldseries.com/rulestb.htm).
   The ten-run rule will be in effect for all divisions. If a team is leading by ten or more runs after five innings (4.5 innings if
      the home team is leading), the game will be declared complete.
   Each team should be at their field fifteen (15) minutes prior to the scheduled start of their game. The Head Coach is
      responsible for submitting their team’s Line-up Card to the appropriate Scorer’s Table ten (10) minutes prior to the scheduled
      game time.
    All equipment and uniforms must meet ASA requirements. (See “UNIFORM” section for details.)
    All batting helmets must be secured with a chin strap when in use by base runners and batters.
    Bats appearing on the ASA “Non-approved Bat List” (see http://www.asasoftball.com/about/build_batlist_w_pics.asp) will
      be deemed illegal and will not be permitted. A bat inspection will be performed at the beginning of each competition day. All
      bats are to be approved prior to use. Should a team acquire a new bat, it is the Head Coach’s responsibility to bring it to the
      attention of the Head Umpire for approval.
    Players with physical restrictions are permitted to use certain smaller “Little League” bats. In such instances, players are
      required to use bats smaller than the smallest certified ASA bats. These players may also use “Little League” bats that do not
      exceed the 2 ¼ inch diameter and do not exceed the 34 inch length, and also do not have a marking of -8 or above (a marking
      of -10 and above would make the bat “hot”).
    A yellow red stitch “restricted flight” ball will be used in all divisions.
    A double base (orange safety base) shall be used at first base. The batter-runner may use the white portion any time a
      play is not being made at first base. If a play is made at first base but the ball is overthrown or the fielder is pulled off the
      base by an errant or missed throw, the batter-runner is now allowed to use the white portion of the base. Should the batter-
      runner overrun first base and return to either portion of the base before an appeal, an appeal is not allowed. The following
      rules shall be enforced:
      o When a play is being made on the batter-runner, the defense must use the white portion and the batter-runner the
           contrasting color (orange) portion of the base.
      o On any force out attempt from the the foul side of first base the defense and the batter-runner may use either the white or
           contrasting color portion of the base.
      o On an errant throw pulling the defense off the white portion of the base into foul ground, the defense and the batter-
           runner can use either the white or contrasting color portion.
      o On balls hit to the outfield with no play on the batter-runner advancing to first base, the batter-runner may touch the
           white or contrasting color portion. Should the batter-runner return, the runner and defense can use the white or
           contrasting color portion.
      o When tagging up on a fly ball, the white or contrasting color portion of the base may be used.
      o On plays at 1B when the batter-runner touches only the white portion and collides with the fielder about to catch a
           thrown ball while on the white of the base. EFFECT: Interference, the ball is dead, the batter-runner is out and runners
           must return to the last base occupied at the time of interference.
    Pitching rubbers will be placed at the official distance of 50’. Lines will be marked at 46’ and 40’. Once an athlete begins
       pitching from any one of these distances, he/she must pitch from the distance as long as they remain as the pitcher in that
      game. A new pitcher entering the game may choose their distance.
    If a coach touches a runner while the ball is still in play, that runner will be declared out.
    Coaches are required to stay within the boundaries of the coaches’ box.
    An appeal play is defined as a play in which an umpire is unable to make a decision unless he/she is required to do so by a
      coach or player. The appeal can be made if a coach or player asks the umpire to make a ruling.
    The use of a Courtesy Runner will be allowed if needed. A courtesy runner may be substituted for a player who may have
      health issues once that player earns first base safely. This action does not impact the substitution rule. The courtesy runner, if
      used, will be that individual who was the last player to make an out. Note: If no outs have been made during the current
      inning, the batter who made the last out in the prior inning shall act as the courtesy runner.
    Initial Count: A batter will begin an at-bat with a 1 ball, 1 strike count. After the batter reaches a 2-strike count, there is no
      penalty for the first foul ball, but the second foul will be considered a strikeout. A foul ball that does not go higher than the
      batters head and is caught with 2 strikes on the batter and a foul to give shall be considered a foul ball (the batter is not out
      but now has 2 strikes with no fouls to give), i.e. the next batted ball must be in play.
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ATHLETIC ATTIRE
   Uniforms
   A. All players on a team shall properly wear uniforms that are alike in color, trim and style. If, because of the blood rule, a
       change is required and the uniform part does not match, the player will not be penalized. Coaches must be neatly attired and
       dressed alike or in team uniform and in accordance with the color code of the team. All protective equipment should be worn
       properly. NOTE: If a player is requested by the umpire to remove jewelry, illegal shoes or illegal parts of the uniform and
       they refuse, the player will not be allowed to play.
   B. Headwear: Ball caps, visors and headbands are optional for players, and if worn, can be mixed. If more than one type is
       worn, they all must be of the same color. Handkerchiefs do not qualify as headbands and cannot be worn around the head or
       neck. NOTE: Plastic visors are not allowed.
   C. Pants/Sliding Pants: All player’s pants shall be either all long or all short in style, or may be mixed (long and short) as long
       as they are alike in color. Players may wear a solid-colored pair of sliding pants. It is not mandatory that all players wear
       sliding pants, but if more than one player wears them, they must be alike in color and style. No player may wear ragged,
       frayed or slit-pant legs on exposed sliding pants.
   D. Undershirts: Players may wear a solid-colored undershirt (it may be white). It is not mandatory that all players wear an
       undershirt, but if more than one player wears one, they must be alike. No player may wear ragged, frayed or slit sleeves on
       exposed undershirts.
   E. Numbers: An Arabic number of contrasting color at least six inches (15.24 cm) high must be worn on the back of all uniform
       shirts. No players on the same team may wear identical numbers. (Numbers 3 and 03 are examples of identical numbers.)
       Players without numbers will not be permitted to play. If duplicate numbers exist, only one of the players may play at a time.
       There is no penalty for a player wearing a wrong number. Correct the number in the score book and continue play. NOTE:
       There is no penalty for duplicate numbers. Just ask one player to change jerseys, or require a substitute to enter for one of the
       players.
   F. Jewelry: Exposed jewelry, which is judged by the umpire to be dangerous, must be removed and may not be worn during the
       game. NOTE: Medical alert bracelets or necklaces are not considered jewelry. If worn, they must be taped to the body so
       the medical alert information remains visible.
   G. Shoes: Must be worn by all players. A shoe shall be considered official if it is made with either canvas or leather uppers or
       similar material(s). The soles may be either smooth or have soft or hard rubber cleats. Ordinary metal sole or heel plate may
       be used if the spikes on the plates do not extend more than ¾ of an inch (1.91cm) from the sole or heel of the shoe. Shoes
       with round metal spikes are illegal. No shoes with detachable cleats that screw ON are allowed; however, shoes with
       detachable cleats that screw INTO the shoe are allowed.
    Masks, Body Protectors, Shin Guards and Helmets
    A. The catcher must wear a facemask and batter’s helmet. Chest and heart protectors are recommended.
    B. All batters and base runners must wear a batter’s helmet with a chin strap.
    C. Batting helmets that are broken, cracked, dented, or that have been illegally altered are prohibited from use.
    D. Failure to wear the batting helmet when ordered to do so by the umpire shall cause the player to be ejected from the game.
       Wearing the helmet improperly or removing the helmet during a live ball play and judged by the umpire to be a deliberate act
       shall cause the violator to be declared out immediately. The ball remains alive. NOTE: Calling a runner out for removing a
       helmet does not remove force play situations. Umpires should use discretion as to the intent of the rule concerning player
       safety.
    Gloves
    A. Must be worn by all player, but a first basemen’s trapping mitt may be worn by the catcher and first baseman only. No top
        lacing, webbing or other device between the thumb and body of the glove or mitt worn by a first baseman or catcher, or a
        glove worn by any fielder; shall be more than five inches (12.70cm) in length.

COACHES’ MEETINGS
   An online pre-grames Coaches’ Meeting will be held on Monday, June 7 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. During the Games, Coaches’
   Meetings will be held on Friday at 6:45 p.m. and on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the University Union. The Head Coach from each
   team and the Individual Skills Head Coaches must attend these meetings.

SPORTS RULES COMMITTEE
   Rick McCauley– Venue Director
   Jim Chin – Umpire-In-Chief
   (Bev Funicelli – ASA Umpire – Alternate)
   Melissa Kelly – Sports Director, SOMD
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SOFTBALL SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

Monday, June 7
 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.        Coaches’ Meeting – online

Friday, June 11
 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Classification Round - Towson Varsity Softball Field (If needed)
 6:45 p.m.             Head Coaches’ Meeting - University Union, Room 306

Saturday, June 12
 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.   Competition Games – Loch Raven Fields, Burdick Field and Towson Varsity Softball Field
 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.   Individual Skills - Preliminary Competition – Burdick Field
 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Individual Skills - Final Competition – Burdick Field
 7:30 p.m.               Head Coaches’ Meeting - University Union, Room 306

Sunday, June 13
 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Final Games – Loch Raven Fields, Burdick Field and Towson Varsity Softball Field
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HEAD OF DELEGATION RESPONSIBILITIES

The Head of Delegation is the individual directly responsible for the coordination and management of the Program Delegation in
matters that affect the entire delegation. This responsibility includes the appropriate conduct of coaches and athletes from the
respective Delegation, meals, housing, transportation, entertainment and any other related duties. The HOD should review the Special
Olympics mission, philosophy, vision, values and codes of conduct with all coaches and athletes.

Responsibilities
 Read and understand all information contained in this handbook. Ask for clarification when necessary.
 Attend all Head of Delegation meetings. Disseminate all pertinent information to coaches, athletes, and family members.
 Supervise all activities of athletes, coaches and other representatives from your Delegation at all times. Make certain that all
    members of your Delegation follow all rules and policies of Special Olympics Maryland at all times.
 Activate alternates for the Games no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, at delegation registration.
 Register all members of your delegation upon arrival. Scratches will be accepted from the Head of Delegation on Friday, June
    11, until 4:00 p.m. at the Games Control Center. Alternates will not be accepted at this time* – only scratches. The HOD will
    receive a delegation-specific scratch form in their delegation registration packet; this is the only form on which on-site scratches
    will be accepted. Scratches will not be accepted from anyone other than the Head of Delegation.
 The exception to the above rules on activating alternates is for doubles/teams in Bocce and relays in Aquatics and Athletics.
              o If an athlete is scratched from teams/doubles in Bocce, an athlete may be activated from the alternate status if that
                  athlete was registered as an alternate for that team and that athlete is actively registered in other events within that
                  sport – not as an alternate. This activation must occur at Delegation Registration by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 11, at
                  the Games Control Center.
              o If an athlete is scratched from a relay team in Aquatics or Athletics, an athlete may be activated from the alternate
                  status if that athlete was registered as an alternate for that relay event and that athlete is actively registered in other
                  events within that sport – not as an alternate. This activation must occur at the Games Control Center by 4:00 p.m.
                  on Friday, June 11.
 Enforce the Special Olympics Maryland Codes of Conduct. Report all problems and infractions to the Games Control Center.
 Ensure that athletes are chaperoned by coaches from your Delegation. General volunteers may not be used to supervise your
    athletes except during competition.
 Assist the Games Management Team to make the Games a success.

HEAD COACH RESPONSIBILITIES

The Head Coach is the individual directly responsible for the coordination and management of those athletes from a Delegation
competing in a given sport. He or she is primarily responsible for ensuring that the athletes are at the various competition sites and
events and are properly equipped for that sport. Any problems related to a given athlete during the sports competition will be
addressed with the Head Coach. Each delegation shall have a Head Coach for each sport who will attend all Sport Coaches’ Meetings.
It is the responsibility of Head Coaches to communicate information presented in the meetings to athletes and coaches in that sport.

Any written protest from a delegation must be submitted by the delegation’s sport-specific Head Coach. Written protests received
from any other coach will not be recognized. The Head Coach should work closely with the HOD to ensure that information on the
Official Delegation Report has been verified. HOD’s will approve this report in advance of the Games. Head Coaches may want to
have this report available to them in case there is a question regarding registered event (s) or entry scores.

Adhere to the volunteer Code of Conduct at all times and enforce the Athlete Code of Conduct with athletes for whom you are
responsible.

COACH RESPONSIBILITIES AT COMPETITIONS

Coaches attending the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games must accept and carry out the following responsibilities:

   Be responsible for the safety and well being of athletes 24 hours a day.
   Be familiar with the Games site and its facilities. Know where activities will take place. Orient athletes to the sites.
   Be familiar with each of your athlete’s schedules. Make sure that they are on time for their events.
   Ensure that athletes are wearing their credentials at all times (except when they are actually competing).
   Ensure that each athlete has his/her personal needs met, both physically and emotionally.
   Ensure that each athlete is in appropriate attire for their sport whenever they are competing.
   Be familiar with the medical needs of each athlete, and have a copy of the medical form and release with you at all times. Know
     who to contact in the event of an emergency.
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 Ensure that your athletes get an appropriate amount of rest so they can compete at their peak. (Please note that for some athletes
   this may entail departing from social events prior to their conclusion.)
 Be responsible for any valuables an athlete may have.
 Check each room upon departure to ensure that nothing is left behind and the room is clean.
 Ensure all athletes are properly dressed for each day’s weather conditions. Have sunscreen on hand.
 Ensure that your athletes drink appropriate types and an appropriate amount of fluid throughout the Games.
 Encourage your athletes to participate in the clinics and recreational activities provided. Participate in these activities with your
   athletes.
 Assist the Summer Games Management Team in any way possible to make the Games a success.
 Ensure that athletes are chaperoned by coaches from your Delegation. General volunteers may not be used to supervise your
   athletes except during competition.
 Know the material in this Coaches’ Handbook. Ask questions if there is any unclear information.
 Be familiar with the rules of your sport. Have a copy of relevant sports rules with you in case it is necessary to file a protest (SOI
   Sports Rules and National Governing Body Rules).
 Adhere to the Volunteer Code of Conduct at all times and enforce the Athlete Code of Conduct with athletes for whom you are
   responsible.


PROTEST PROCEDURES

    Only an athlete’s certified Head Coach may file a protest on behalf of the athlete. No protests will be accepted from other
    coaches, chaperones, volunteers or family members. Protests may only be made on the application of sports rules, not on the
    judgment of officials.

    Protests must be on a Special Olympics Protest Form and must be submitted to the Control Center at the appropriate sports venue
    within 30 minutes after the completion of the specific competition in question (15 minutes for Bocce). For all sports except
    Softball, a specific competition is complete when the results for that competition (heat, flight or game) are posted at the venue.
    For softball, the end of a game will signify the “completion of the specific competition”.

    The Sports Rules Committee will rule on each protest within two hours of its receipt. The decision of the Sports Rules
    Committee may be appealed to the Games Rules Committee. Appeals must be filed within 24 hours after the coach receives
    notification of the protest ruling; appeals must be submitted to the Games Control Center (located in the Loch Raven Room in the
    University Union). The decision of the Games Rules Committee is final.

    The Games Rules Committee is listed below. Sports Rules Committees listings are included in each sport section. Protest and
    Appeals Forms will be available at the Control Center at each sports venue and at the Games Control Center.

    Games Rules Committee:
    Tommy George – Sports Director, SOMD
    Tami McClatchey – Competition Director
    Marva Davis – Director, Washington County
    Dave Gill – Director, Prince George’s County – Alternate
    At-large members who will convene on Code of Conduct issues:
    Erica Wheeler – Athlete, Carroll County
    Ben Collins – Athlete, Montgomery County
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ON-SITE REGISTRATION

Delegation registration will be held in the 2nd Floor Lobby of the University Union from 2:00 p.m. until 6: 00 p.m. on Thursday,
June 10. Heads of Delegation will pick up keys, credentials, registration information, etc. at this time. Delegation T-shirts for the
Opening Ceremony will be distributed at the time of registration.

Heads of Delegation are responsible for registering all athletes and coaches for their delegation. Individual athletes and coaches
should not be brought to the registration room.

Heads of Delegation must submit a list of scratched athletes, coaches and chaperones on the delegation-specific scratch form which
will be provided in the Head of Delegation registration packet. Scratches will be accepted from the Head of Delegation at the Games
Control Center on Friday, June 11, until 4:00 p.m. Scratches will not be accepted from anyone other than the Head of Delegation.

Heads of Delegation may activate alternates for the Games on-site no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, at the Games Control
Center using the delegation-specific alternate activation form which will be provided in the HOD packet*. When an alternate
activation form is submitted at the Games Control Center, the HOD will be given an initialed copy for their records.

* The exception to the above rule on activating alternates is for doubles/teams in Bocce and relays in Aquatics and Athletics.
     If an athlete is scratched from teams/doubles in Bocce an athlete may be activated from the alternate status if that athlete was
        registered as an alternate for that team and that athlete is actively registered in other events within that sport – not as an
        alternate. This activation must occur at the Games Control Center by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 11.
     If an athlete is scratched from a relay team in Aquatics or Athletics, an athlete may be activated from the alternate status if
        that athlete was registered as an alternate for that relay event and that athlete is actively registered in other events within that
        sport – not as an alternate. This activation must occur at the Games Control Center by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 11.

LATE ARRIVALS
   Delegations, Teams, or Athletes arriving after the announced close of registration constitute a late arrival and will be eliminated
   from competition, except under exceptional circumstances. Delegations, Teams or athletes arriving after competition has started
   will be eliminated from competition without exception.

ATHLETES NOT STAYING ON CAMPUS (DAY-OF ATHLETES)
   Athletes who are not being housed on campus are responsible for being at their venue at the designated staging time. No
   competition will be re-scheduled for any athlete who is late.

DELEGATION LISTS
   Each HOD will receive a draft copy of their delegation list prior to arrival. This list provides a roster of all athletes, unified
   partners, coaches and chaperones registered for their delegation. Review the information carefully to insure that all athletes,
   unified partners and coaches are registered and that athletes’ date of birth, gender, events and entry scores are correct. Each page
   of the report must be initialed and returned by noon on May 28.

    An updated Delegation List will be provided at registration, which will reflect all changes to that point. It is possible that,
    following registration and the recording of scratches, some athlete competition schedules will change. Significant changes will be
    reported to the Head of Delegation.

CREDENTIALS
   Credentials are provided for all registered athletes and delegation volunteers. These credentials are to be worn at all times. The
   only time athletes should not be wearing their credential is when they are in competition.

    Every effort should be made to ensure that credentials are not misplaced. In the event that a replacement is required, the Head of
    Delegation should report to the Games Control Center in the Loch Raven Room in the University Union.
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OPENING CEREMONY
   The Opening Ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening, June 11, and will end at approximately 8:30 p.m. The
   Ceremony will include the Parade of Athletes, Lighting of the Torch, National Anthem, Athlete / Coach / Official Oaths and
   official music. Numerous civic and sports personalities are scheduled to be in attendance and marching with delegations,
   including representatives from the American Legion, sponsors, SOMD Board of Directors and from Maryland’s state and local
   law enforcement departments. Delegations should arrive to parade formation in the uniform shirts distributed at registration.

    Parade Formation will take place in Lot 21 beginning at 6:45-7:00 p.m. All athletes should plan to walk in the parade.

CLOSING CEREMONY
   Each sports venue will host a sport-specific Closing Ceremony. At the conclusion of competition and awards presentations at each
   venue, a brief Ceremony will be held to bring closure to the Games.

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARDS
   Sportsmanship Awards will be selected following the Games and after all delegations have an opportunity to submit nominations.
   Please encourage coaches to nominate athletes deserving of recognition. Nominations should reflect an outstanding attitude,
   behavior or action demonstrated during the Summer Games. Forms will be available at Venue Control Centers and in your
   Registration material. Forms may be submitted to the Venue Control Center or mailed to SOMD following the Games.

OLYMPIC PARK & VICTORY DANCE
   Olympic Park and the Victory Dance will be held Saturday night June 12, in Lot 9 with entertainment beginning at 6:00 p.m. The
   dance will begin around 7:00 p.m. and conclude by 9:30 p.m. Music will be provided by the famous DJ’s Petie and Charlie Long.
   The theme for this years dance is “the 70’s” in keeping with our 40th anniversary celebration!

HEALTHY ATHLETES VILLAGE
   Our Healthy Athlete Village will be located in the Minnegan Room which is connected to Unitas Stadium:
   Saturday, June 12, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
   The Healthy Athlete disciplines include:
   Opening Eyes sponsored by Lion’s Club International – eye screening
   Special Smiles – dental screening
   Healthy Hearing – ear screening
   Health Promotions – nutrition education
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HOUSING

Registration
    Housing registration will take place during Delegation Registration. At that time, the HOD will receive room keys and meal cards
    for all registered athletes and coaches.

    Luggage drop-off zones will be set aside for each dorm. The delegation bus should report to the assigned dorm to drop off
    athletes and their luggage. Please adhere to the directions given by the Towson University Staff on duty at each dorm.

    There will be no nametags for each dorm room indicating who is housed in that room. If your delegation wishes to make and post
    their own signs, they may do so using blue painters tape (if other tape is used – the Delegation will be responsible for any and all
    damages). Tape must be removed before you depart on Sunday.

    Anyone seen removing screens or placing anything through an open window will be immediately sent home. All occupants of the
    room will also be sent home.

Athletes with Mobility Challenges
    Athletes with mobility challenges (athletes using wheelchairs or using other assistive devices) must not switch rooms. All
    athletes and coaches requiring accessible housing will be housed in accessible rooms. There is a chance these individuals may not
    be housed with the other members of the delegation, depending upon availability.

Room Changes
   There should be no room changes that are not of an emergency nature once delegations assign their rooms. Any such changes
   must be reported to the HOD and then to the Games Control Center. Every effort has been made to accommodate individuals
   who you identified on your housing forms as requiring accessible housing.

Keys
   Keys will be issued for all rooms assigned to a delegation. HOD and coaches should take the appropriate steps to ensure that keys
   to athlete rooms are not lost or misplaced. One key for each person assigned to a room will be issued. There will be a charge for
   each lost key.

Check-Out
   All keys for the entire delegation must be returned by the HOD to the front desk of your dorm by 12:00 noon on Sunday, June 13.
   Meal cards and lanyards may be kept.

Medical Rooms
   A medical room will be located in each dorm (exact room #’s TBD). Their location will be announced at the Head of Delegation
   Meeting. If a medical situation occurs, contact the front desk or Games Control Center and medical personnel will be dispatched.

Linen Package
    Includes per person: Pillow with case, sheets, towel, soap and cup. These will be distributed to each room for use during the
    event. The linens should be placed back in the appropriate room to ensure the proper count is taken per room. Lost linens
    charges will be assessed to delegations who do not return the number of linens originally distributed.

Security
    Security will be provided by Towson University Campus Police. In addition, there will be a volunteer Security Team working the
    Games. Please immediately notify the security team or Control Center of any safety or security issues which arise during the
    event. They can be contacted through the front desk or through the Control Center.

Fire Safety
     It is imperative that fire evacuation procedures be reviewed by coaches with all athletes. Your cooperation with these safety
     measures is requested and greatly appreciated. In the event of an evacuation, do not use elevators.

    There will be a fire alarm practice run on Friday, June 11, around the time leading up to dinner. This is mandated by the Fire
    Marshall and your cooperation is appreciated. This drill is to acclimate all individuals that will be housed on campus to the
    process of the evacuations from the facilities.
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Off-site Housing
    For Family members and other guests of the event, there are hotels near the campus of Towson University that have provided
    special rates. These locations are listed below:

    The Marriott Burkshire       (Across the street from campus)
    10 West Burke Avenue
    Towson, MD 21204
    PH: 410-324-8100
    www.burkshiremarriott.com

    Holiday Inn – Towson Place (About fifteen minute drive to campus)
    1100 Cromwell Bridge Road
    Towson, MD 21286
    PH: 410-823-4410
    www.holiday-inn.com/towsonmd
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MEALS

Athletes and Coaches
Official delegates staying on-campus throughout the weekend will be provided dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on
Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Athletes registered as day-of participants will receive a lunch ticket for Saturday and
Sunday.
Breakfast and dinner will be served in the Susquehanna Dining Room on the second floor of the University Union. Athletes and
coaches will use their dorm access card as a meal card. You must have this card with you to be admitted to breakfast and dinner. Lost
meal cards must be reported to the Games Control Center (second floor – University Union – Loch Raven Room).
Box lunches will be served on Saturday and Sunday. Registration packets will include meal tickets to be used for lunch. There will be
2 tickets per official delegate, one for Saturday and one for Sunday.
For Aquatics and Softball teams at Burdick Field– Box lunches will be distributed in the Susquehanna Dining Room on the second
floor of the University Union.
For Athletics, Bocce and Softball teams at the Towson U Softball Field – Box lunches will be distributed on the concourse of Unitas
Stadium.
For Softball teams off-site – Box lunches will be served at the softball fields.
Athletes and coaches who are spectating at a venue other than their own, select the location most convenient.


Meal Schedule *

           Friday Dinner             4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Delegations have determined whether they wish to eat at the Block Party or
                                             the Dining Hall.

           Saturday Breakfast        6:15 a.m. – 7:15 a.m. Shift 1 – Athletics and Softball
                                     7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Shift 2 – Aquatics and Bocce
           Saturday Lunch            11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
           Saturday Dinner            5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Shift 1 – Athletics and Softball
                                      7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Shift 2 – Aquatics and Bocce

           Sunday Breakfast          6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Shift 1 – Athletics and Softball
                                     7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Shift 2 – Aquatics and Bocce
           Sunday Lunch              11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

           *Meal schedules will be extended if necessary.

Families
Family members and guests may purchase tickets at the Family Registration locations for Saturday and Sunday lunch. Breakfast and
dinner will be available to families in the University Union and payment may be made at the entrance. Families may choose to eat at
the Block Party or at the dining hall on Friday dinner. There will be no charge at the Block Party!

Meal prices are: Breakfast - $6, Lunch - $8, Dinner - $10.

Box lunches can be obtained at any of the distribution sites listed above. Family members are also encouraged to support the
community by visiting local establishments and sharing information regarding Special Olympics.
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TRANSPORTATION

Transportation will be provided by a shuttle bus route with designated stops at the sport venues, dorms and other primary stops.
Shuttle buses will run on Friday for athletics and softball preliminaries, Friday afternoon and evening for the Block Party and Opening
Ceremony and continuously throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.

Off -Campus Venues *
      Transportation to Loch Raven Field for Softball competition will be provided Saturday and Sunday.

Bus Routes/Stops and Schedules will be available at the Head of Delegation Meeting.

Lift Buses for individuals using wheelchairs or walkers are available. Contact the Games Control Center at least one hour in advance
of need. Please provide the individual’s name, departure location, and the destination.

FAMILIES

Families are the cornerstone of any Special Olympics program and Special Olympics Maryland encourages all families to attend
Summer Games. Family activities planned for this year include our Block Party prior to the Opening Ceremony, a Family Reception
and Family Registration. Families and guests are invited to enjoy the atmosphere in Olympic Park as well.

Family Registration Schedule/locations
       Friday, June 11        1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.            University Union
       Saturday, June 12      9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.            Aquatics, Athletics, Bocce, Softball (tentative)
       Sunday, June 13        9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.           Aquatics, Athletics

    When a family registers, they will receive information on the competitions and activities of Summer Games, family credentials
    and resource materials. All families should wear their Family credentials in order to gain access to various activities.

    Family members and guests may purchase tickets for lunch at the Family Registration locations. See information under Meals.

Family Reception
   Family members and guests are invited to attend a Family Reception on Saturday evening from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the
   Patuxent Room in the University Union and will include desserts and an Auction. Families are responsible for their own
   transportation to this event. Following the reception we invite all family members to join us for the Victory Dance in Olympic
   Park.
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MEDICAL INFORMATION

Medical Personnel will be present at all venues and activities throughout the Games. They can be identified by their red Special
Olympics Medical Shirts. Medical will also be available in each dorm. Call the Games Control Center or front desk of the dorm for
medical assistance and the closest medical person will be dispatched to your location.

Health Preparation Checklist

    ·   Medications – Each athlete or delegation member who is taking medication should have a supply of medications for the
        duration of the Games. It is important that those individuals who are taking medication also bring an accurate list of
        medications taken, as well as a schedule indicating the exact dosage. Should an athlete or delegation member require
        assistance, the medical staff must have accurate information regarding that person’s medication in order for proper treatment
        to be provided. All medications must be in their original prescription containers.

    ·   Personal Health Items – An athlete should have good sunscreen and lip balm in addition to the usual toiletries. Each athlete
        should try the sun screen before the Games to be sure that it does not cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction. Remember,
        everybody burns regardless of skin pigmentation.

    ·   Diet – A balanced diet is essential to an athlete’s performance at the Games.

Common Medical Problems

    ·   Muscle Cramps: These cramps usually involve the arm, leg, or abdominal muscles. An athlete experiencing muscle cramps
        should be taken to the nearest medical station for care. Treatment for muscle cramps consists of fluid replacement with water
        or a weak salt solution. An athlete who is treated for muscle cramps should have extra rest and plenty of fluids.

    ·   Seizures: Most seizures are self-limited and last two to four minutes. First aid for seizures consists of gently protecting the
        individual from injury, gently turning the individual’s head to the side so that any saliva and vomit drains from the mouth,
        calling the nearest medical station and remaining with the individual.

    ·   Sunburn: All participants should worry about sunburn even on cloudy days. Protect athletes and yourself by using a
        sunscreen applied several times each day. Medical stations will not have sunscreen to distribute because of the chance of
        allergic reactions.

    ·   Heat Exhaustion: Heat exhaustion occurs when the body is unable to adjust to the heat. Some of the signs and symptoms are
        cold and damp skin, profuse sweating, headache, weakness, dizziness, nausea, listlessness, dim or blurred vision,
        apprehension, irritability and/or mild muscle cramps. Preventative measures include ensuring your athletes get enough fluids
        and wearing clothing that is light, loose, and well ventilated. If your athlete does begin to show signs of heat exhaustion, take
        him/her to the nearest medical station.

    ·   Heat Stroke: Heat stroke occurs when an individual is exposed to high temperatures, intense sunshine and/or poor ventilation
        in association with strenuous exercise for prolonged periods. The body is unable to regulate itself and the following signs
        and symptoms will appear: weakness, muscle cramps or twitching, anxiousness, listlessness, sudden loss of consciousness,
        high fever and/or flushed, dry, hot skin. If your athlete begins to show any of the above, take him/her IMMEDIATELY to
        the nearest medical station.

        Liquids: Each athlete should drink extra fluids with meals and at regular intervals at the sports venues.

    ·   Special Needs: Coaches should know each of their athlete’s needs for protective or special athletic equipment.

    ·   Athlete Medicals and Releases: Coaches must carry a copy of each athlete’s medical and release at all times.
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EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

Emergency fire exit procedures are posted throughout the dorms. Upon arrival, become familiar with these procedures and also
instruct athletes. Please instruct athletes, in case of emergency evacuation, to grab a towel, shoes and leave other belongings behind.
STAY OFF ELEVATORS.

In case of fire in the venue sites, become familiar with the emergency exits and make sure your athletes know what to do.

Missing Athlete Policy
If at any time an athlete is separated from his/her coach, the following steps should be followed:
          1. Identify the following basics:
                   ·    Athlete’s name
                   ·    Athlete’s assigned group
                   ·    Physical description (age, gender, height, weight, race, hair
                             color, attire, distinguishing features)
                   ·    Physical disabilities (wheelchair, cane)
                   ·    Last time and place athlete was seen
                   ·    Next event for athlete
                   ·    Name of person reporting athlete missing
              DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY INFORMATION OVER THE RADIO!
          2. Notify security, SOMD staff or a Games Management Team Member.
          3. Enlist all available personnel in the immediate area to help conduct an initial search (it helps to have people who know
              the athlete to help with the search).
          4. If unable to locate the athlete after the initial search, the Control Center will initiate an “event-wide” announcement of
              the missing athlete and broader search procedures will ensue.
          5. Once the athlete is located, the HOD should call the Games Control Center to end the search.

Games Control Center
   The SOMD Summer Games Control Center will be located in the Loch Raven Room in the University Union. This will be the
   main communications center throughout the Summer Games and will be staffed from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. For overnight
   emergencies, the dorm security/staff person can contact the Games Control Center Staff. Important Phone numbers are listed on
   the inside cover.

Lost and Found
    All items lost or found should be reported to the Games Control Center in the University Union – Loch Raven Room. SOMD
    will collect all items found after the Games and hold them for 30 days. After that, all items become the property of SOMD.
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RAIN PLAN

Rain plan actions will only be called by the Games Director, the Competition Director and Venue Directors for Aquatics, Athletics,
Bocce or Softball. Rain plan actions will not be called unless there are torrential storms throughout the day or thunderstorms where an
emergency rain plan will be followed. A light rain will not stop sporting events. Updated schedules will be posted in the Games
Control Center and the Venue Control Centers. The rain plan will be as follows:

Friday, June 11
    ·    Softball – Classification games held Saturday morning at the Towson Varsity Softball Field.
    ·    Athletics – Preliminaries scheduled for Friday will be cancelled. Athletes in the 100 M, 200 M, Long Jump and Mini-Javelin
         will be divisioned based upon entry scores.
         Opening Ceremony – Athletes will be escorted directly into the Towson Center from the shuttle buses.

Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13
    ·   Aquatics – If there is thunder/lightning, the pool will be cleared and competition will resume 30 minutes after the last
        thunder/lightning. Events will continue in the same order as originally scheduled. Saturday events may possibly be
        rescheduled for Sunday.

         Athletics – Postponed until rain clears. When rain clears, the schedule will resume at the point at which the postponement
         was declared. Saturday preliminaries for the relays may be cancelled and teams divisioned based upon entry scores. Events
         will continue in the same order as originally scheduled. Saturday events may possibly be rescheduled for Sunday. Buses will
         be rerouted to the track to pick up athletes and deliver them to the dorms. All athletes and coaches should report to the
         concourse to wait for buses. Some events may be canceled due to time constraints.

          Bocce - Postponed until rain clears. Please refer to the Games Control Center for an updated schedule. Athletes and
         coaches should report to the Towson Center or to Unitas Stadium.
    ·
         Softball – Postponed until rain clears. At Loch Raven Field, athletes and coaches should report to the bus/buses in the event
         of severe weather and wait for the weather to clear or be transported back to the dorms. At the Towson Varsity Softball Field
         athletes and coaches should report to the Towson Center. At Burdick Field, athletes and coaches should report to the
         University Union or their dorms. Please refer to the Games Control Center for an updated schedule.

    ·    Olympic Park – In the event of severe weather, athletes and coaches should report to the University Union or to the dorms.
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GAMES EVALUATION

The Summer Games Organizing Committee is constantly looking for ways to improve the Summer Games for future years. Towards
that end, two formal evaluation processes have been instituted to gather feedback and recommendations.

Evaluation Team

The Evaluation Team consists of several individuals whose purpose is to observe and evaluate the 2010 Summer Games. The
Evaluation Team will make specific comments and suggestions for improvement. The final report produced by the team will be a
team effort and will be utilized to make the Summer Games even better.

The Evaluation Team has been entrusted with a weighty responsibility. Please give the members every assistance to ensure that they
have a clear understanding of your roles and your opinions of the Games. It is only with your assistance that the team will be able to
develop an accurate, objective and helpful evaluation of the Games.

Games Evaluations

SOMD would also appreciate your direct feedback on the Games, both strengths and weaknesses. To this end, there is a Games
Evaluation Form which will be available. Please consider, while your numerical scores are important and helpful, your specific
comments and suggestions are the most important aspect of the evaluation. Use additional paper, if necessary. Coaches with athletes
finding the form difficult to complete are encouraged to assist the athlete in completing the evaluation (ask the questions, record the
responses, etc), as long as it is the athlete’s own opinions which are recorded on the form. Please complete and return forms to an
information station or the Control Center prior to leaving Towson University. You may also mail your form to:

         Summer Games Evaluation
         Special Olympics Maryland
         Attn: Tommy George
         513 Progress Drive / Suite P
         Linthicum, MD 21090-2256
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CODES OF CONDUCT

Preamble

Each person who participates in Special Olympics shall conduct him/herself at all times and in all places in a manner that befits
worthy representatives of Special Olympics. The Codes of Conduct apply to all athletes, coaches and volunteers whenever:

    1. They are representing or participating in a Special Olympics sponsored and/or sanctioned activity. These activities shall
       include, but are not limited to, travel to and from training sessions, competitions and/or events at the local through international
       levels.
    2. Their conduct would impact upon the Special Olympics Maryland program and/or its athletes, coaches, volunteers, participants,
       and staff.

These Codes define what is expected of all participants in the Special Olympics program. Anyone witnessing a violation must report
it promptly to the appropriate authority. Failure to adhere to the Codes can result in disciplinary action.

Special Olympics Maryland, Inc. has established guidelines to help define inappropriate behavior and how to handle violations. It is
imperative for everyone to use their best judgment in addressing situations involving the violation of the various Codes of Conduct
within these guidelines. There will be situations that officials, coaches, volunteers, athletes or SOMD staff can handle without the
need to go through a formal complaint and review process. However, there are also situations in which the infraction is so inherently
dangerous or contrary to Special Olympics principles as to warrant immediate action and suspension. Therefore, Special Olympics
charges everyone responsible for the safety and well being of athletes, other participants, and the public to take reasonable action
necessary to protect these diverse constituencies. Any immediate action taken will be binding on the alleged offender until the
appropriate Conduct Committee reviews the situation and renders a final decision. Special Olympics Maryland has established
procedures to ensure fairness in handling violations of the Codes of Conduct.

Athlete Code of Conduct
An athlete shall:
1. Adhere to the Athlete Code of Conduct.
2. Maintain high standards of moral and ethical conduct that includes self-control and responsible behavior. An athlete should consider the
    physical and emotional well-being of others and display courtesy and good manners. An athlete shall not engage in any sexual activity.
3. Avoid profane or abusive language and disruptive behavior including behavior that is dangerous to self or others including acts of violence,
    physical or sexual abuse, or harassment.
4. Abide by the rules of competition especially the Official Special Olympics Sports Rules.
5. Abstain from transporting, storing, and/or consuming alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and/or illegal substances when participating in any
    Special Olympics sponsored or sanctioned activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, training/practice sessions and competition
    events.
6. Abstain from all illegal activity.
7. Honor the Special Olympics Athlete Oath.

Volunteer Code Conduct
As a Special Olympics Maryland, Inc. volunteer, I agree that while serving as a volunteer, I will:
1. Provide for the general welfare, health and safety of all Special Olympics Maryland, Inc. athletes and volunteers.
2. Dress and act in an appropriate manner at all times.
3. Follow the established rules and guidelines of Special Olympics Maryland, Inc., Special Olympics, Inc. and/or any agency involved with Special
     Olympics Maryland.
4. Report any emergencies to the appropriate authorities after first taking immediate action to ensure the health and safety of the participants.
5. Abstain from transporting, storing, and/or consuming alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and/or illegal substances when responsible for the
     safety and well being of athletes. Special Olympics Maryland, Inc. prohibits consumption of alcohol and tobacco during events (24 hours a day)
     by athletes and by anyone with athlete responsibilities at a Special Olympics event. Consumption of alcohol, tobacco and/or illegal substances
     shall not be permitted at any Special Olympics competition venue or training site.
6. Not engage in any inappropriate contact or relationship, including but not limited to any sexual contact or sexual relationship with any athletes,
     volunteers or other participants of Special Olympics Maryland, Inc..
7. Honor the Special Olympics Coach Oath.
8. For coaches, adhere to the Coaches’ Responsibilities as established by Special Olympics Maryland, Inc.

This is an excerpt from the Special Olympics Maryland Participation Policy. A complete copy of the policy is available from the SOMD State Office
or any Area/County/City Director. Additional information is available in the SOMD Volunteer Handbook.
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Codes of Conduct Infractions

Special Olympics Maryland has sole and absolute discretion as to any disciplinary actions to be taken if a person violates the Codes of
Conduct. Any action taken is predicated with the good faith belief of Special Olympics Maryland that the disciplinary action is
appropriate. Any disciplinary action that is taken can be appealed through either the SOMD Conduct Committee or the Area/County
Conduct Committee. An appeal should be directed to the SOMD Office or the Area/County Director.
The following disciplinary actions may be taken:
   1.   Issue a warning;
   2.   Place the individual on probation;
   3.   Suspension from further participation in any Special Olympics Maryland programs or activities; or
   4.   Expulsion from further participation in any Special Olympics Maryland programs or activities.
Immediate Suspension
A person may be subject to immediate disciplinary action, including suspension, for conduct which in the sole and absolute discretion
of Special Olympics Maryland, is so inherently harmful or egregious as to warrant immediate action. Immediate disciplinary action,
including suspension, may be imposed for any of the following:
   1. Illegal Activity. Engaging in any illegal or criminal activity when Special Olympics Maryland and any Conduct Committee has
      a good faith belief that there has been illegal activity, whether or not there has been a formal charge made.
   2. Behavior Problems. Any person behaving in a manner that is inherently dangerous to him/herself or others. This includes any
      violent acts, harassment, or any behavior which impacts the integrity of Special Olympics Maryland programs.
   3. Alcohol or Illegal Substance. The use or consumption of alcohol or illegal substances when:
        a. As a volunteer, the person is responsible for the safety and well being of athletes. This includes but is not limited to all
           training/practice sessions, the duration of competition events, or any other Special Olympics sponsored or sanctioned
           activity in which athletes are present.
        b. As an athlete, participating in any Special Olympics sponsored or sanctioned event including but not limited to
           training/practice sessions and competition events.
   4. Abuse. Any person accused or suspected of abusing (physical or sexual), molesting, assaulting, or harassing another person.
This is an excerpt from the Special Olympics Maryland Participation Policy. A complete copy of the policy is available from the
SOMD Office or any Area/County Director. Additional information is available in the SOMD Volunteer Handbook.


AGE GROUPING/DIVISIONING FAQ’S

AGE GROUPING: WHAT IS IT and WHY DO WE DO IT?
 From a backyard summer camp to a global movement, Special Olympics has been changing lives for over forty years – all thanks to the courageous
efforts of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. With a vision all her own, she saw beyond every horizon to create new opportunities for people with intellectual
disabilities. And through Special Olympics, her dream was realized. With over 3 million athletes and a program that reaches into 180 countries,
Special Olympics is well-known and well-respected around the globe.

Yet the disability community still remains one of the most under-served and certainly most misunderstood populations. The same misconceptions and
stereotypes that created barriers to participation four decades ago are still believed by some to be true today, and the real gifts and skills that persons
with intellectual disabilities have to share are still to be discovered.

It is with that in mind that we would like to take the opportunity to share with you and all of our constituents the background and rationale
surrounding the age grouping rule that SOMD recently took steps to enforce, beginning with the summer sports season. While grouping athletes
together by age was always part of Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s philosophy for the Special Olympics movement and is a part of the Sports Rules set out
by Special Olympics, Inc, it is because of the growth and success of SOMD that we recently took steps to ensure that we are adhering to this policy at
all levels of the organization. Noted as a positive development by numerous parents who had valid concerns about allowing their younger children to
compete against older, larger and more experienced athletes, it has also been met with some resistance – resistance that seems to be largely rooted in
common misconceptions about Special Olympics athletes. It is our hope that by explaining the principles behind this ruling and attempting to dispel
some of the misinformation and misunderstanding that support those who do not believe in it, that the age grouping policy will be seen as a positive
part of our ever-expanding movement.

To explain it briefly, age grouping simply means that athletes in specific age ranges should be playing with and/or competing against athletes of a
similar age. This is the standard in all other sports programs, be they purely recreational or competitive leagues. In fact, this is a non-issue for all
other sports programs, as parents, athletes, coaches, and supporters intuitively understand and accept the notion that age-appropriate teams are
formed, and that this is in the best interest of the athletes involved. It is also safe to say that most parents would question a program that would allow
an 8 or 9-year old to participate alongside and compete against 15 and 16-year olds.

What Special Olympics Maryland is enforcing is no different. What is different, of course, is the population we are serving. However, we reject the
notion that age doesn’t matter when it comes to persons with intellectual disabilities, because to do that would be to validate the old stereotype that
all people with intellectual disabilities can be lumped together and treated the same – as if they have no contributions to make, no skills and no talents
of their own. Quite the opposite, we are here to champion the athletes we serve as the strong, capable individuals that they are. Therefore, we do not
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believe that just being an SOMD athlete is enough of a reason to deny any of our participants a normal, positive sports experience alongside their
peers. The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have long
stressed the importance of normalized social relations and interactions.

We do not pity the athletes we serve, we celebrate them. So to bend or break the rules for them because they have disabilities runs counter to our very
mission.

Unfortunately, in a few isolated cases around the state, this has proven to be a very emotional issue, having affected the playing status of some
athletes. While we are equally disappointed that enforcing this policy has negatively affected these athletes and their families, we stand firmly behind
our decision to enforce this age grouping rule, as it is in the best interest of Special Olympics Maryland as a whole.

It is equally important to note that the age grouping policy was not designed to exclude a particular athlete or athletes – quite the opposite; its intent is
to create a positive experience for all of the SOMD athletes involved. There are very real reasons why we deem it necessary to adhere to these age
guidelines that are the norm for sports programs, including:
          The Health and Safety of the competitors. We place this above all else. The parents demand it, the athletes demand it and our Insurance
           carrier demands it.
               All sports come with risk of injury due to collision or other factors, and if the size and stature of one player is proportionately smaller
                or larger than another, the risk of serious injury increases to a non-acceptable level
               A player with 20+ years of playing experience is not at the same level of skill as a player in his or her teens, and such a match-up does
                not create an optimal competition environment

              While we are a sports organization, the benefit to those participating does extend beyond the playing fields, offering much-needed
               social opportunities to a population that largely remains isolated. To that end:
                   Athletes should be developing friendships with other athletes their own chronological age, not with athletes 25+ years older or
                    younger. Their social, emotional, and increased years of experience are not a match even if their I.Q. and sport skills level is a
                    match.
                   A team member well above or well below the age range of the rest of the team will be automatically excluded from social
                    opportunities that arise by virtue of their interests, and/or simply by virtue of being under the age of 21.

It is also important to note Special Olympics Maryland serves individuals with intellectual disabilities of ALL ages. Enforcing age grouping as a
means of determining teams and competition brackets is in no way, shape or form restricting the overall organization to a more narrow age range. In
fact, thanks to the addition of the Young Athletes Program several years ago, we are now reaching children as young as 2, introducing them and their
families to the concept of Special Olympics, and providing early intervention tools that are helping to maximize their physical, cognitive and social
development. And at the other end of the spectrum we are happy to point out that at last year’s Summer Games, the oldest competitor was a 73-year-
old woman.

However, this does not mean that every athlete involved with SOMD is entitled to whatever sports experience he or she wants. Ideally, there would
be age-appropriate teams at every age level in every sport. Realistically, this simply isn’t the case. Of our established team sports, softball has the
lowest participation of high school age students. This means that a youth player interested in playing softball isn’t likely to find a team within Special
Olympics.

What we can and will do as we enforce the age groups is to increase our outreach efforts and work with local management teams and families to
identify those areas where interest exists, and where an all-call to the community to get a team together within a particular age range – be it
traditional or Unified – will result in an even better experience for all involved.

In closing, we want to remind everyone that SOMD is a SPORTS organization whose goals include fostering age-appropriate friendships and
increased self-esteem in persons with intellectual disabilities through their efforts on the playing fields. By adhering to rules that are the norm in the
larger sports community, we are in fact validating their overall experience, and preserving the dignity of all players involved.


What is divisioning?
Divisioning is the practice that meets the Special Olympics Operating Policy #11:
Special Olympics believes that every athlete deserves an equal chance to excel during competition. Thus, each competition division
within a given event must be structured so that every athlete/team in the division has a reasonable chance to excel during competition.
This must be done by placing athletes/teams in divisions according to accurate records of previous performance or trial heats and,
when relevant, grouping by age and gender.

How are athletes divisioned?
Section V of the Official Special Olympics Sports Rules puts forth the procedures for divisioning. In essence, an athlete’s ability is
the primary factor in divisioning Special Olympics competition. The ability of an athlete or team is determined by an entry score from
a prior competition or is the result of a seeding round or preliminary event (qualifier). The team Head Coach is responsible for
ensuring that the athlete score utilized for divisioning most accurately reflects the true ability of the athlete. Other factors used in
establishing competitive divisions are age and gender.
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Ideally, competition is enhanced when each division accommodates at least three and no more than eight competitors or teams of
similar ability. In some cases, however, the number of athletes or teams within a competition will be insufficient to achieve this goal.
Specific divisioning rules are at the end of this section.


If each division should have between 3 and 8 athletes/teams, then why are there single person divisions sometimes?
Single person/team divisions are not desirable, since they offer no competition. However, sometimes an athlete’s/team’s ability is so
far to the extreme (greatly exceeds the 15% guideline) of all other athletes/teams’ abilities that it is unfair and possibly unsafe to
include them in a division. Doing so would also violate the Founding Principle of every athlete/team in a division having the chance
to excel. There may also be a single-athlete division competing alongside another division (i.e. in swimming, track, etc.) so that a
competitive environment is provided for the athlete. This may occur only if there is no risk of injury due to the discrepancies in ability.

So why can’t all divisions have only three athletes/teams thereby ensuring everyone gets a medal?
Manipulating divisions to ensure everyone receives a medal is contrary to the Special Olympics Founding Principles and Operating
Policies: Special Olympics celebrates and strives to promote the spirit of sportsmanship and a love of participation in sports for its
own sake (Founding Principle #6) by stressing and celebrating the importance of, and personal achievement associated with, each
athlete’s participation and personal effort in Special Olympics, regardless of comparative ability (Operating Policy #12).

The Founding Principle does not say that we strive for an athlete’s self-esteem to be dependent on their place of finish. In addition,
the Operating Policy does not say that every athlete receives a medal.

There are three reasons why this can’t/shouldn’t be done.

First, it violates the rules of the International Olympic Committee who grant us permission to use the word “Olympics” in our name.
In granting this permission, Special Olympics is required to follow certain Olympic standards. Awarding medals to the top three
finishers in each division is one of the standards.

Second, and more importantly, by “fixing” divisions or giving medals indiscriminately, you diminish a medal’s value and
effectiveness as a tool in teaching athletes how to compete. Competition must be learned. Special Olympics athletes learn it best
through frequent competitive experiences. Learning how to compete is a prerequisite step to developing a sense of self-satisfaction
from doing one’s best, regardless of place of finish. Special Olympics believes that challenging oneself on the field of play makes one
a winner, regardless of place of finish. Hence, all athletes who start a competition are to be rewarded and acknowledged for their
efforts. That is each athlete receives an award from first through eighth places when they successfully complete a competition.
Participation ribbons are awarded all who start a competition but for any number of reasons, don’t complete the competition.
Awarding medals indiscriminately teaches athletes that they don’t need to do their best during competition. Since everyone gets a
medal regardless of their performances, the medals lose their value and therefore their effectiveness as a tool in teaching athletes how
to compete.

Third, and most importantly, the ultimate goal of Special Olympics sports training and competition is to develop the love of
participation in sports and the desire to always do your best. Hence the athlete’s oath, “Let me win; But if I cannot win; Let me be
brave in the attempt”. This is a personal growth process that develops over numerous competitive experiences; it is vital to the
athlete’s ultimate sense of self. Athletes need to feel good about themselves because they gave their best efforts (they truly were brave
in the attempt), regardless of their place of finish. It is important for both the coach and the athlete’s family to celebrate the athlete’s
participation regardless of the place he/she finished in competition. The desired goal is that self-esteem is tied to satisfaction with
one’s performance. Self-esteem that is dependent on an extrinsic reward (medal or ribbon) is not desirable. Efforts can be controlled;
outcomes cannot because other athletes may perform at their personal bests and be better that particular day.

But my athlete(s) is so disappointed when he/she doesn’t get a medal; why can’t athletes receive medals instead of ribbons for
4th –8th places?
Currently, the Special Olympics rule governing awards states, At all U.S. Program Games, National Games, Regional Games, World
Games and any other Games or events sanctioned by SOI medals shall be presented to the first, second, and third-place winners in
each event, and ribbons shall be presented to athletes who finish in fourth through eighth place. … Medals shall not be awarded to
athletes placing fourth through eighth within a division. Special Olympics has written procedures for amending and modifying
Special Olympics Sports Rules. Anyone within the Special Olympics Movement may submit proposals to the Sports Rules Committee
regarding new rules, amendments, modifications, or deletions to the Sports Rules. A proposal for a new rule, amendment,
modification…may be submitted in writing at any time to the Chairperson of the Sports Rules Committee, using the Official Proposed
Amendments, Modifications, and Deletions Form… Contact your Area/County Director or District Director for a copy of this form,
which is in Appendix B of the Official Special Olympics Sports Rules.
Special Olympics uses sports as the vehicle to help athletes prepare for life. Special Olympics athletes and their families face more
challenges and disappointments in their lives than most others face. Special Olympics celebrates athletes and their families and the
divisioning system and awards system is designed to celebrate all athletes achievements regardless of their ability level. It is the only
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sports organization in the world that provides awards for every place and divisions athletes by their ability. There are so many life
lessons to be learned through Special Olympics’ system of sports training and unique competition. Among those life lessons are
successfully handling the challenges and disappointments that come our way and sportsmanship in victory and defeat. Through
Special Olympics sports, we have an opportunity to learn from our efforts (both good and bad). If we fall short, we identify the “why”
and work to correct or improve that aspect. If we succeed, we also identify the “why” and reinforce their success. Competition serves
as both a measure of our continued progress as well as a touch point of an athlete’s and a coach’s preparation to date. It is not the
challenges and disappointments that are key; it is how we handle them that truly allows each of us to learn, grow and become a
productive citizen.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS RULES FOR DIVISIONING COMPETITIONS

        Individual Sports:
              b) Step one: Divide athletes by gender, unless:
                      1) The sport specifically allows co-ed events (equestrian, bocce)
                      2) There are only two male or two female athletes within an event. These athletes may compete against one
                           another or be divisioned with athletes of the opposite sex who are of similar age and ability
                      3) There is only one male or one female athlete within an event. This athlete shall be divisioned with
                           athletes of the opposite sex who are of similar age and ability
                      4) There is only one athlete, male or female and of any age or ability, registered to compete in an event.
                           This athlete shall be allowed to compete in a single person division in that event
              c) Step Two: Divide male and female athletes into the following age groups: ages 8-11; 12-15; 16-21; 22-29; and
                  30 years and over.
                      1) Athletes shall compete against other athletes within the same age group, unless there are less than three
                           competitors within an age group. These athletes shall compete in the next oldest age group. That age
                           group shall then be renamed to accurately reflect the entire age range of competitors.
              d) Step Three: Divide athletes by ability.
                      1) In events that are measured in time, distance or points, and in events that are judged and when
                           preliminary events will be conducted during the competition:
                                 i. For both genders and all age groups, rank athletes in descending order based upon submitted
                                    entry scores or preliminary events.
                                ii. Group as many of these ranked athletes so that the highest and lowest scores are as similar as
                                    possible (highest and lowest scores within that division should not differ by more than 15%) and
                                    the number of competitors does not exceed eight.
                               iii. In situations where the highest and lowest scores within a division are extreme, the age group
                                    may be broadened and athletes within the new age group should then be re-ranked and grouped
                                    into divisions. This process should be repeated until the highest and lowest scores within each
                                    division are as similar as possible. Also, athletes may be individually reassigned to another
                                    division that is more similar to their own ability, regardless of age group.
                      2) In events that are judged and when preliminary events will not be conducted during the competition:
                                 i. The nature of judging precludes the use of scores from prior competition(s) in divisioning.
                                    Without scores from preliminary competition, performance level remains as the only criterion of
                                    athlete ability.
                                ii. For both genders and all age groups, identify athletes within each performance level.
                               iii. If more than eight athletes are in the same gender and age group of a performance level, group
                                    athletes into divisions of no less than three and no more than eight competitors.

Team Sports
               b) Team sports are first divided by gender and then age. Mixed gender teams shall compete against other mixed
                  gender teams or, if there are not enough mixed gender teams, against male teams.
                      1) If there is only one male or one female team within the competition, that team shall be divisioned with
                           teams of the opposite gender who are of similar age and ability.
                      2) The age group of a team is determined by the age of the oldest athlete on that team on the opening date of
                           the competition.
                      3) Divide male and female teams into the following age groups: ages 15 and under; 16-21; and 22 and over
               c) Divide Teams by ability
                      1) All Special Olympics team sport competitions shall utilize the sports specific skill assessment tests and a
                           preliminary seeding round to assess the level of ability of the participating teams
                      2) Group teams according to ability based upon the skills assessment tests and results from the preliminary
                           seeding round.
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3) Create divisions of no more than eight teams by applying age groups to the teams within each ability
   group.
4) Within each ability group, age groups may be combined to create divisions
5) If there are only two male or two female teams within the competition, these teams shall compete against
   each other.
6) If there is only one team within an age or ability group, that team must be divisioned with other teams,
   regardless of age or ability.
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PROTECTING SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETES

To achieve the mission of Special Olympics, those responsible for supervising Special Olympics athletes in both training and
competition must take positive steps to protect athletes as well as other participants.
Screening of staff and volunteers is but one part of our responsibility to protect Special Olympics athletes. Screening is never 100%
reliable, therefore, we need to institute additional measures designed to protect athletes while they are in our care.
Below are suggestions for strategies to protect athletes when participating in Special Olympics activities. These procedures are
founded in common sense. You will also note that in most respects they reflect the same precautions that would need to be taken to
protect any group of vulnerable individuals irrespective of whether they have developmental disabilities.
Preventing Physical Abuse
       Corporal punishment including spanking, hitting, slapping, or other forms of physical discipline will not be used by Special
         Olympics staff or volunteers.
       When assisting athletes with bathing or showers, volunteers and/or staff will check the temperature of the water to ensure that
         it is not too hot.
       Coaches and volunteers will not withhold water or food from athletes as a form of punishment. Water should be available for
         athletes during strenuous practice sessions and during competitions to avoid dehydration.
       Only medications that have been prescribed by an athlete’s physician will be dispensed to that athlete as indicated on his or
         her consent form signed by either a parent or legal custodian.
Preventing Emotional Abuse
       At no time will coaches or other volunteers use profanity or otherwise curse at athletes for their performance or behavior
         during competition or practices.
       Special Olympics staff and volunteers will treat all athletes with courtesy and respect. It is not in keeping with the purposes
         of Special Olympics to use denigrating or demeaning nicknames for athletes or to permit their use by others.
       Special Olympics athletes will not be threatened or intimidated for any purpose including attempts at improving athletic
         performance or for controlling behavior. Discipline techniques will be constructive and positive.
Preventing Sexual Abuse
       Whenever possible, in order to protect both athletes and volunteers, there should be at least two adult volunteers present to
         supervise activities such as changing into team uniforms, showering, and toileting. When it is necessary for a staff member
         or volunteer to speak privately to an athlete, they should find a place out of earshot, but within sight of others for their
         conference.

     Physical contact is important for normal human development. Hugs can be especially important to reinforce the positive
        nature of athletic competition for those who come in first as well as last. Hugs between Special Olympics athletes and
        volunteers should be open (not secretive) and respect the limits set by the athlete. Any resistance by the athlete to physical
        contact must be respected by the staff and volunteers.
       Remember that hugging is an activity involving more than one person and respect for boundaries must be mutual for all
         parties. There may be times that volunteers or staff feel uncomfortable with physical contact with an athlete. Often, this
         discomfort has nothing to do with the athlete, but more to do with the amount of physical contact and expressions of affection
         to which the individual is accustomed and comfortable.
       Special Olympics staff members and volunteers should avoid touching areas normally covered by swimming suits: breasts,
         buttocks and groin. Kissing on the lips and seductive massaging is not permitted (massaging pursuant to an injury or strain is
         permitted, but should be subject to observation by others).
       Special Olympics staff and volunteers should be positive role models and help Special Olympics athletes develop appropriate
         boundaries for physical contact. There may be times that an athlete will attempt inappropriate physical contact with a
         volunteer, staff member or another athlete. In such cases, the volunteer or staff member should identify the objectionable
         behavior, explaining that it makes the volunteer feel uncomfortable and that a better way would be to shake hands, do “high
         five,” or use some other more socially acceptable form of expression. Staff and volunteers need to be very specific about
         both the behavior that is troublesome as well as alternate ways to express the emotions that the athlete feels.
       When Special Olympics events require athletes to stay overnight, sleeping arrangements should take into consideration the
         gender and developmental levels of the athletes. Male and female athletes require separate accommodations. Athletes should
         also be assigned sleeping rooms with athletes of similar size and intellectual functioning.
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       In Partners Clubs and Unified Sports programs, athletes normally are assigned to share sleeping quarters with their partners
         or counterparts. To compensate for the increased opportunities for inappropriate conduct, Special Olympics suggests that all
         athletes in these situations be educated about inappropriate physical contact and whom to inform if infractions occur.
       In order to monitor Special Olympics athletes anytime they are in their quarters, hall monitors should be assigned on a
         rotating basis. They are responsible for keeping athletes in their own rooms, addressing needs of athletes that may arise and
         keeping unauthorized individuals out of athletes’ sleeping quarters. Room checks should be on a random basis so that
         Special Olympics athletes will not recognize a pattern.

     Consideration should be given to assigning teams consisting of male and female staff or volunteers as hall monitors, with
        men responsible for checking the rooms of male athletes and women responsible for the female athletes. Each team should
        work for an hour or two before being relieved by the next team.
       Special Olympics staff, with the assistance of volunteers, should know where athletes are at all times while the athletes are in
         the care and custody of Special Olympics.
       Special Olympics personnel should clearly explain the rules of behavior to the athletes before each road trip. Language used
         should be simple but explicit.


                                              Responding To Signs/Allegations Of Abuse


Any reasonable suspicion (one based upon observation or disclosure) of any form of abuse or neglect must be immediately reported to
Special Olympics Maryland’s President and CEO (1-800-541-7544 or 410-789-6677). The State of Maryland has an immunity
provision for people who report suspected abuse which is based upon observation or disclosure.
You will be asked to complete a Special Olympics Incident Report as soon as possible. Special Olympics Maryland will contact the
police and/or Child/Adult Protective Services.
Special Olympics Maryland will immediately suspend the alleged abuser’s contact and involvement in all Special Olympics activities
until the allegations are investigated. If you are contacted by the media, refer them to the President and CEO of Special Olympics
Maryland. Do not comment to the media or anyone else about the alleged incident.
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PROTEST FORM

Must be submitted to the Sports Rules Committee at the Venue Control Center by the sport-specific Head Coach of the Delegation no
later than 30 minutes after the completion of the specific competition being protested. Additional blank copies of this form may be
obtained at the Venue Control Center or the Games Control Center.

Date: _______________________________

Time Submitted: _______________________________

Sport: _____________________ Event: ___________________________

Age Group: ___________ ___        Division/Heat: ____________________


Athlete’s or Team’s Name: _________________________________________

Delegation: _____________________________________________________

Reason For Protest:




Signature of Sport Head Coach: ______________________________________

Decision of Jury/Referee:




Protest Approved: _______________          Protest Denied: ______________

Signed: _________________________________           Time: ______________
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                                                  Our Mission

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of
 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities
 to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and
              friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.


                                                   Our Vision

  Special Olympics Maryland will be the leader in life-long and unified sports programs for individuals with
intellectual disabilities, empowering athletes to be valued members of their community and respected members
                                                    of society.




                                                   Our Values

                                      Community connections and bridges
                                              Friendships for life
                                      Integrity by “doing the right thing”
                                              Opportunity to excel
                                              Quality in all we do
                                       Sportsmanship and fairness for all

				
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