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2017 State Summer Games


Coach Handbook Missouri

May 16, 2017

Dear SOMO Coaches,

Thank you for taking the time to be a Special Olympics Missouri coach, for taking the time to train
your athletes, and for making it possible for them to attend the State Summer Games.

The following is a Coaches Handbook, which is full of information and details about the Special
Olympics Missouri State Summer Games. Please take the time to read it completely to ensure that
you are properly prepared for the games and to make sure your athletes have the best time
possible.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please contact any of the Games Management
Team (they will be wearing blue polo shirts during the event), SOMO staff members or anyone
working the Information tents.

Dont forget that when the athletes arent competing, there are plenty of other activities such as
the Healthy Athlete Park, Victory Village, Bingo and the Dance.

Our website, www.somo.org/summergames will have up to date information and maps. Also, use
the link on our site to reserve your vehicle from Enterprise. SOMO will benefit!

Thanks for being a SOMO Coach!

Sincerely,

Susan Shaffer

Susan Shaffer
Competition Director
2017 State Summer Games
Coach Handbook Missouri

Contents
REGISTRATION 4
COMMUNICATION DURING THE GAMES 4
DRIVING DIRECTIONS & PARKING INFORMATION (SEE MAP ON PG. 7) 5
MAP 7
AGENDA 8
COACHES MEETINGS 9
COACHES HOURS 9
COACH GUIDELINES & REMINDERS 10
EMERGENCY PLANS 11
FIRST AID 12
MEALS 12
HOUSING INFORMATION 13
OPENING CEREMONY - SOMO IN PARADISE 15
VICTORY VILLAGE 15
SOMO ATHLETE INPUT COUNCIL 15
DANCE, KICKBALL AND BINGO 15
HEALTHY ATHLETES PARK 16
CONCESSIONS AND MEALS FOR FANS 17
FANWEAR 17
VENUE LOCATIONS 17
AWARDS 17
SUMMER GAMES SPORTS COMMISSIONERS 18
GAMES RULES COMMITTEE 18
DISCIPLINARY ACTION 18
GENERAL COMPETITION RULES 19
COMPETITION UNIFORMS 20
SPORT- SPECIFIC RULES 21
TRACK & FIELD SCHEDULE - SATURDAY 24

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TRACK & FIELD SCHEDULE - SUNDAY 25


TRACK & FIELD LOW MOTOR & WHEELCHAIR SCHEDULE 26
SWIMMING SCHEDULE 27
POWERLIFTING SCHEDULE 28
VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE 28
SOMO CODE OF CONDUCT 29
ATHLETE CODE OF CONDUCT PLEDGE 30
COACH CODE OF CONDUCT PLEDGE 31
ATHLETE POLICY: ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT 32
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS 33

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REGISTRATION

FAMILIES & FANS REGISTRATION TABLE


As a service to our families and fans, we will have a fan table on Saturday June 3rd
Family & Fans Things to Know
How to stay connected during the games
Get your family wristband
Sign up for the NEW family e-newsletter

COACHES REGISTRATION HAMMONS STUDENT CENTER


Friday, June 2
VOLLEYBALL registration will begin at 10 a.m. prior to competition at Hammons Student Center
ALL OTHER SPORTS will also register at Hammons Student Center from 3-7 p.m. and then after
Opening Ceremony until 10 p.m.

Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4


Registration will be located in Hammons Student Center at the Operations Center beginning at 7
a.m.

Whats in your packet:


Athletics (Track & Field) must have Bib Cards which are necessary to compete.
Bracket Revisions
Meal information
Any last minute information
Last minute athlete Photo IDs
Wristbands for Chaperones
Coach Name Tags

COMMUNICATION DURING THE GAMES

Emergency Number
For all emergencies call 911 and then 573-489-4778

Website & Facebook


Any announcements during the Games will be posted on the website www.somo.org/summergames and
on the SOMO Facebook page at www.facebook.com/specialolympicsmo

Text updates
We encourage you to sign up to receive text messages throughout the games about urgent announcements.
To register;
Text SOMO to 51555.
Standard messaging rates apply.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS & PARKING INFORMATION (SEE MAP ON PG. 7)

Directions for those driving CARS AND VANS onto campus


Take Chestnut Expressway (west)
Turn Left onto National
Right onto Bear Blvd.
Check in at Hammons Student Center
Stop pick up packets and keys
unload athletes and luggage as directed
Athletes and coaches will be directed with assistance to their residence hall
Park in Lot No. 15(No. 7 on the map) East of Hammons Student Center and John Q Hammons Arena

Directions for BUSES onto campus


Take Chestnut Expressway (west)
Turn Left onto National
Right onto Bear Blvd.
Check in at Hammons Student Center
Stop pick up packets and keys
unload athletes and luggage as directed
Athletes and coaches will be directed with assistance to their residence hall
Park in Lot No. 44 (No. 1 on SOMO map)

Directions to Lot No. 44 (No. 3 on SOMO map) for bus parking


Head east to National and turn right
Right on Grand
Right on Kimbrough/Benton
Left on Elm
Parking in Lot #44(No. 1 on the SOMO map)
Please make sure to let the greeters know that your bus driver will need a shuttle ride if they are staying
on campus.

Day-of Athlete Drop off MSU CAMPUS


Athletes and Coaches coming in for JUST THAT DAY will drop off in lot 15 and park in lot 44

Drop-offs:
Take Chestnut Expressway (west)
Turn Left onto National
Right onto Bear Blvd.
Parking lot is on the right, pull into Lot 15 (No. 7 on SOMO map) unload

Parking:
Head east on Bear Blvd.
Turn left onto National
Turn left onto Elm into Lot 44 (No. 2 on SOMO map)

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Additional Parking Information

Day of Parking for Volunteers/Fans


Drop-offs:
Take Chestnut Expressway (west)
Turn Left onto National
Right onto Bear Blvd.
Parking lot is on the right, pull into Lot 15 (No. 7 on SOMO map) unload

Overflow Parking - Lot 25


Take Chestnut Expressway head west
Turn left onto National Ave
Left onto Bear Blvd/E Monroe St
Turn Left onto Holland

Lot Bear Park North:


Take Chestnut Expressway head west
Turn left onto National Ave
Turn right onto Bear Blvd.
Turn right onto John Q Hammons
Turn left onto Cherry and into Bear Park North(No. 2 on SOMO map)

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MAP

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AGENDA

Friday, June 2
10:00 am Volleyball Registration Hammons Student Center
10:30 am - 4:30 pm Volleyball Competition - Hammons Student Center
Noon - 12:30pm Pick up Lunches- Volleyball Venue
3:00 pm Torch Run-Downtown Springfield
3:00 pm-7:00 pm Coaches Registration Opens @Hammons Student Center
4:30 pm-6:30 pm Dinner - Blair-Shannon Hall
5:45 pm Celebration Torch Run - MSU Campus(Blair-Shannon)
6:30 pm Parade of Athlete Line Up Hammons Student Center
7:00 pm Opening Ceremony Hammons Student Center
Following Opening All Coaches Meeting Hammons Student Center WEST GYM
Ceremony
Coaches Registration will be open until 10 pm after Opening Ceremony

Saturday, June 3
6:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast for Athletes and Coaches Shannon Hall
7:00 am - 4:00 pm Coach Registration - Hammons Student Center
7:30 am 4:00 pm Track and Field Competition - Missouri State University Track & Soccer Complex
8:30 am Swimming Coaches Meeting/Warm up - Hammons Student Center
9:00 am Powerlifting Coaches Meeting Hammons Student Center North End
9:00 am - 3:30 pm Swimming Competition - Hammons Student Center
9:30 am 10:30 am Powerlifting weigh-in - Hammons Student Center - North End
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Victory Village Bear Blvd
10:30 am - 3:00 pm Powerlifting Competition Hammons Student Center
11:00 am - 4:00 pm Healthy Athlete Park Parking lot of MSU Soccer & Track Complex
11:30 am 1:00 pm Pick up Lunches Lunch Tent-Bear Blvd.
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Dinner - Shannon Hall
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Athlete Input Council - Shannon Hall Lobby Area, Outside dining hall
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dance, Bingo, Kickball - Hammons Students Center
7:30 pm Coaches Input Council - Hammons Student Center - East Side upper level

Sunday June 4
6:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast for Athletes and Coaches Shannon Hall
7:00 am noon Coach Registration - Corner of Bear Blvd and John Q Hammons
7:30 am - 1:00 pm Track and Field Competition-Missouri State University Track
NO LUNCH ON SUNDAY

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IMPORTANT COACH INFORMATION

COACHES MEETINGS
Please be sure to have a representative from each team at the coaches meetings to ensure you are well
informed.

ALL COACHES MEETING FRIDAY June 2 Following Opening Ceremony Hammons Student Center -
WEST GYM!

Swimming
o Saturday June 3 @ 8:30 am - Hammons Student Center -Pool

Powerlifting
o Saturday June 3 @ 9 am - Hammons Student Center-Upper level north side

Track & Field


o Friday June 2 @ 8:45pm Hammons Student Center-West Gym

Volleyball Hammons Student Center in the gym


o Friday, June 2 @ 10 am

COACHES HOURS
We appreciate all you do as coaches. By tracking the hours you spend coaching athletes, traveling to and
from competition and handling paperwork, SOMO is able to book this time as a contributed service. In
addition, any training facilities in which you utilize for free or get at a discounted rate is important to
capture as well as in kind services.

Please follow these simple instructions to capture your hours and training facility in kind contributions.

We are asking ALL coaches to please fill out your coachs hours and in kind facility info on line at
www.somo.org/coachhours.
Once on the coaches hours page, you will choose the summer games sports season to report your
hours.
There is a section for each sport. So if you coach multiple sports, you will need to fill out each section.
If you are unable to record your hours on line prior to the event, paper forms will be available on site
or you may turn in paper forms on site which is included in this packet.

We will have a report at coaches registration listing all coaches who filled out the information on line.

Coach hours must be received before registration packets will be given to the agencies.

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COACH GUIDELINES & REMINDERS


NO SMOKING (including Electronic Cigarette) ON MSU CAMPUS WHICH INCLUDES PARKING LOTS.
For the safety of our athletes and YOU, and to ensure everyone has a pleasant experience, please remember
to follow these guidelines:
Ensure you have copies of all physicals and release forms with you at all times. It is
recommended that you make copies of all physicals and releases for all coaches and
chaperones so each person has a copy.
Please ensure your athletes wear their IDs at ALL times when they are not competing.
Especially at Opening Ceremony and the Dance. This is so if they get separated from their
team, security can easily locate their coach or area staff.
YOU are responsible for your athletes from the time you leave home with them until you return
them to their homes, parents and/or guardians.
ONLY Unified Sports Partners, Coaches/Chaperones that are Class A volunteers, or Athletes may
stay or enter the residence halls.
All Coaches and Chaperones must be at least 18 years old with at least one Coach/Chaperone 21
years old or older for each agency.
There is a minimum of 1 Coach/Chaperone per 4 Athletes (Unified Sports Partners may act as
chaperones if they are 18 or older).
Athletes of the opposite sex will not be allowed to stay in the same room even if they are married.
Report all accidents, injuries or illness to medical first aid volunteers or SOMO Staff immediately.
Please report disorderly behavior, alcohol or drugs to any SOMO Staff member as soon as possible.
To ensure a positive experience for your athletes, please be sure they are at their scheduled
event(s) on time.
Please ensure your athletes are chaperoned at all times.
Any participant that causes a false fire alarm will be immediately dismissed, and it will be the
coach/parents responsibility to get the participant home.
Follow all SOMO, MSU and Drury Rules and Regulations at all times.
Make sure your athletes are wearing appropriate attire for the predicted weather for the day.
Make sure your athletes apply plenty of sunscreen and make sure to re-apply it as needed
throughout the day.
Encourage your athletes to drink plenty of liquids throughout the day. Try to limit their intake of
soft drinks especially before they compete.

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EMERGENCY PLANS

LOST ATHLETES
o During Competition
o Lost athletes will be taken to the Games Operations Center located in Hammons Student
Center
o Area staff will be notified and an announcement will be made asking for the coach to
meet the athlete at the Games Operation Center.
o Opening Ceremony, Dance or Victory Village
o Lost athletes will be taken to the Fanwear Center.
o Area staff will be notified and an announcement will be made asking for the coach to
meet the athlete at the Fanwear Center.
If you are unable to locate an athlete please call the emergency number
at 573-489-4778 before doing anything else.
RESIDENCE HALLS
o Be sure to familiarize yourself with the emergency evacuation plan for your residence hall.
o Determine and communicate a meeting location for your team/agency in the event of an
emergency that is near the residence hall and easy to find as a meeting point for your athletes and
coaches in case of an emergency.
o In the event an evacuation is necessary, you will be responsible for all of your athletes and will be
asked if all are present and accounted for.
o Coaches should take a head count and be prepared to give a count to their area staff.
o Severe Weather: move to the lowest floor possible and stay in the interior hallways.
o Fire Alarms: Use pre-determined and communicated location outside of the residence hall where
your group can meet.
o Dining Halls Return to your residence hall and follow guidelines for it.

WEATHER EMERGENCY INFORMATION


o It is strongly suggested that each agency pick a location near their dorm and near each venue for
their team to meet at in the event of an emergency.
o Each Agency should locate all of their athletes, coaches, and chaperones as quickly as possible
and take a head count.
o Stay in your designated area until you are told otherwise and remain calm. The best thing for you
to do is to stay out of the way and keep your team quiet and calm.
o In the event of EXTREME weather conditions during any of the events, ALL participants will be
sent back to their residence halls. If there is not enough time to safely return to the residence
halls then the following locations will be emergency shelters:
Opening Ceremony Hammons Student Center - follow the directions of the staff
Victory Village - Hammons Student Center - follow the directions of the staff
Track & Field - Hammons Student Center - follow the directions of the staff
Powerlifting and Volleyball - Hammons Student Center - follow the directions of the
staff
o In the event of light or moderate rain, everything will go on as scheduled unless deemed unsafe by
the facility managers.
o If there is a heavy downpour, all events will be postponed temporarily.
o If there is lightning, athletes and coaches at the track will take cover in Hammons Student Center
o In the event that it becomes necessary to cancel outdoor activities, all events will be cancelled.
o Check www.somo.org/summergames for any cancellations.

Text alerts will be sent to communicate weather situations. Please sign up by texting SOMO to 51555
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FIRST AID
o First Aid volunteers will be on site at all competition and special event venues. They will be
clearly identified in specified locations.

o Ambulance will be on site provided by Mercy Hospital and MSU trainers.

MEALS

o Meals will be provided beginning with Friday lunch (Volleyball teams) and ending with Saturday
dinner.

o Meals will be provided to athletes, Unified Partners, Coaches and Chaperones based on the meal
counts provided by the agency.

o Swimming lunches pick up on Bear Blvd.

o Volleyball lunches will be served at Hammons Student Center

o Track/Powerlifting lunches pick up on Bear Blvd.

o The Athlete/Head Coach ID cards will be your meal tickets and allow access to all venues. The
cards must be worn at all times except when competing.

o Chaperones will receive a wristband that must be worn at all times and will be their meal ticket.

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HOUSING INFORMATION

CHECK IN/CHECK OUT PROCEDURES


o Keys will be checked out at the Coaches Registration

o Upon arrival to your residence halls, utilize the room check list (provided at registration) to
note any damages that are in the room prior to SOMOs residence. Examples include, stains
on mattresses, damaged furniture, plumbing issues, etc. Return check list to Games
Operations Tent at the corner of Bear Blvd and Hammons Way on Saturday or Sunday.

o Any damages not reported upon check in, will be the financial responsibility of the
agency/team.

o Keys MUST be returned to the front desk upon checking out of the hall.

o A $15 fee will be charged for each key not returned to the desk clerk.

o All teams need to be checked out by Noon on your day of departure.

o Two room keys will be provided for each sleeping room. The doors for all Residence Hall
Sleeping Rooms lock automatically upon closing. It is recommended that the coach keeps
one key per room.

Please remember we are guests of the Missouri State University and to treat their facilities with respect.

WHAT TO BRING

Bed linens (sheets/blankets/pillow or sleeping bag)


Towels and wash cloths
Toiletries (shampoo/deodorant/soap)
Bag Chairs
Coolers are allowed for medication in dorms
Sunscreen
Rain gear (just in case)
Flip flops for showers

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RESIDENCE HALL RULES & REGULATIONS:


Security Coaches are encouraged to lock athletes valuables in the coaches room & keep
money out of sight. Missouri State University and Special Olympics Missouri are not responsible
for personal property.
Safety The fire extinguishers, exit signs, fire alarms, etc. have been placed on the floor for your
safety in an emergency. Please make sure these items are left untouched unless needed.
Room Assignments Your team has been assigned a specific block of rooms. Your own room
assignment is recorded at the front desk of your residence hall so we can reach you in case of
emergency. It is IMPERATIVE that you do not change room assignments. Failure to comply will
result in expulsion from Summer Games.
Refrigerators are NOT available in residence halls. Coolers will be allowed to keep medications
cool, but are subject to search.
Residence Halls All residence halls we are using are co-ed. Every other floor will have a
bathroom for Females and/or Males, so depending on your assignment your females or males
may have to go up or down a floor to use the bathrooms. This will allow you to more closely
monitor your athletes.
Alcohol Alcohol is not allowed on University property. We expect everyone to abide by these
rules and enforce them with other members of your group.
Smoking is not allowed in the residence halls or on the Campus of Missouri State University
this includes electronic cigarettes (vapors).
Firearms, weapons, ammunition, fireworks, explosives, or highly flammable materials are not
allowed anywhere on the University property.
Any guest identified by their room number as having removed their screen from their windows or
removing a window bar or throwing any objects or hanging items out of their windows will be asked
to leave.
Furnishings in the rooms, lounges, or other public areas may not be moved from their location.
Damages Check-in and check-out procedures include a check for damages prior to and after the
Games. Your team will be charged for any damage done during your stay.
Elevators Elevators are not toys! Misuse of elevators will lead to disciplinary action.
Lights Out In all halls, lights out is at 11:00 pm. Athletes should be in their own rooms. Coaches
should be with their athletes on their assigned floor at this time. *The lights out rule is to ensure
that teams who wish to get to bed early are not disrupted by noise from other teams. Please be
considerate and observe this rule. Athletes found at night alone in the residence hall with no
coach available will be subject to disciplinary action. During the Games you are responsible
for your team 24 hours a day.
Lockdown of Doors All outside entrance doors are locked at 11:00 pm. If you need to access a
building after this time, you must call the front desk by using the courtesy phone located in each
vestibule to contact and a staff member from your hall will let you in, but you will be required to
give your name and other identification before being allowed into the building
Hall Desk Hall desks will be staffed from 6 am 11 pm. There are phone numbers posted
throughout the building for staff after hours and on the voice mail message.

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SPECIAL EVENTS
OPENING CEREMONY - SOMO IN PARADISE
Friday, 7 pm, Hammons Student Center

oJoin us for a night at the beach as we celebrate the start of State Summer Games in Springfield
oA band will pump up the crowd with some beachy music. Its sure to be a good time for all.
oThe Parade of Athletes will begin lining up at 6:30 p.m. Hammons Student Center northeast entrance
at the corner of Harrison St and John Q Hammons Pkwy.
All athletes are invited to participate in the Summer Games Parade of Athletes.
Area signs will be posted along the Ramp and volunteers will be assisting athletes and
coaches as they get into position.
Athletes who use wheelchairs should line up on the ramp with everyone else. They will
have ramp access all the way to the building.
Athletes and coaches will be seated in the stands this year.
Please stay until the conclusion of the ceremony to see the arrival of the Law Enforcement Torch Run
Flame of Hope and the lighting of the cauldron.

VICTORY VILLAGE
Saturday, 10:00 am 3:00 pm, Bear Blvd
In the event of inclement weather, Victory Village will be inside Hammons Student Center

Celebrate your victories with a little fun and games. Inflatables, crafts, games, music, police cars, fire trucks,
food and mascots. It will be a paradise for fun-lovers!

SOMO ATHLETE INPUT COUNCIL


Saturday, 6-7 pm; Shannon Hall lobby area, outside dining hall

Because we very much value the input of our athletes in regard to the planning and execution of our events,
we are holding an Athlete Input Council.

EVERY SINGLE ATHLETE IN ATTENDANCE IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THIS MEETING. It is a time
for the athletes (please no coaches or parents!) to get together as a group and give SOMO feedback on what
went well at the 2017 State Summer Games and what improvements we can make for 2018. We know you
have opinions about our competitions, so make sure youre there and you bring several of your athlete
friends with ideas to share!

DANCE, KICKBALL AND BINGO


Saturday, 7 9 pm

Street Dance - Bear Blvd. outside Hammons Student Center


Bingo - Hammons Student Center South Gym
NEW THIS YEAR: KICKBALL! Hammons Student Center West Gym
NOTE: Parents and Fans will need to stop by the Family/Fan Center to get a wristband to be allowed into
the Dance/BINGO. Athletes and Coaches will be required to wear their IDs.

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HEALTHY ATHLETES PARK


Saturday, 10 am 3 pm, MSU Soccer & Track Complex Parking Lot

The mission of these screenings developed by Special Olympics, Inc. is to improve, through better health and
fitness, each athletes ability to train and compete in Special Olympics. All screenings are free. Find us under
the tents, in parking lot by Victory Village.
Coaches, please encourage the athletes to participate. A health card will be available to guide them to
the different health disciplines and checked off by our volunteer doctors and medical clinicians. Those
participating in all screenings, will be entered into a drawing to win prizes.

Special Smiles
Dentists and hygienists provide one-on-one instruction on proper tooth brushing techniques, an oral health
screening using tongue blades and flashlights(no treatment is given), and information on the value of nutrition
in maintaining good oral health. Thanks to the Missouri Dental Association and Jordan Valley Community
Health Center.

Healthy Hearing
Athletes are screened to detect any hearing problems. Conducted by trained audiologists, this screening will
alert the athlete to any hearing loss. Thanks to the Missouri State University Audiology Department.

FUNfitness
Physical therapists assess and record information on athletes about flexibility, functional strength and balance.
They test flexibility of the hamstring, calf, anterior hip and shoulder rotator muscles, functional strength of the
abdominal and leg muscles and balance. Thanks to the Missouri Physical Therapy Association.

Fit Feet
An evaluation of the ankles, feet, lower extremity biomechanics and proper shoe and sock gear. Thanks to Dr.
Scott Foster and Dr. Terry Sanders with Columbia Podiatry.

Health Promotion
Offers an overall health check, which includes a body mass measurement and bone density test to detect
osteoporosis (when available). Health Promotion teaches athletes and coaches how to make healthy choices
and also includes tobacco cessation and sun safety. Thanks to Lynn grant, R.D., L.D., CDE, Capital Region
Medical Center and Emily Phillips, RN, LD Southwest Foodservice Excellence, LLC.

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CONCESSIONS AND MEALS FOR FANS


o Concession stands with snacks and beverages will be available on the following days:
Friday & Saturday The Paddy Wagon will be on Bear Blvd.
o There are a multitude of restaurants located near campus

FANWEAR
A variety of SOMO fanwear, LETR shirts and much more, all ranging in price from $1-$40, will be available for
purchase during the following times:

o Friday @ Opening Ceremony


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Hammons Student Center
o Saturday
9:00 am - 2:00 pm Hammons Student Center
7:00 pm-9:00 pm - Hammons Student Center
o Sunday
8:00 am to Noon MSU Track & Soccer Complex

VENUE LOCATIONS

Swimming MSU Pool - Hammons Student Center


Athletics MSU Track & Soccer Complex
Powerlifting MSU Hammons Student Center
Volleyball MSU Hammons Student Center

AWARDS

Awards at Swimming will be presented right outside of the Swimming venue at MSU.

Powerlifting athletes will be presented awards at the MSU Track & Soccer Complex at the completion of
their events

Awards will be presented at the conclusion of each division for Track & Field in the awards area at the
MSU Track & Soccer Complex.

Volleyball awards will be presented at Hammons Student Center.

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SUMMER GAMES SPORTS COMMISSIONERS


These individuals are your point of contact for questions at the games:

Sport Name

Swimming Amy Wurst

Powerlifting Stan Smith

Track and Field Penny Williams/Genice Fisher

Volleyball Genice Fisher

GAMES RULES COMMITTEE

Sport Games Rules Committee


Swimming Amy Wurst, Peggy Llewelyn-Neff, Susan Shaffer
Powerlifting Stan Smith, Austin Rippeto, Susan Shaffer
Track and Field Genice Fisher, Penny Williams, Susan Shaffer
Volleyball Austin Rippeto, Susan Shaffer, Genice Fisher

DISCIPLINARY ACTION
The Games Rules Committee has the right to suspend any individual or team deemed guilty of violating
any rules and to evict them from them residence halls.
It will be the head coachs responsibility to make arrangements for the individual or team to be
transported home, should they be evicted from the Games.

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GENERAL COMPETITION RULES

Coaches, parents or fans are NOT allowed on the track or field, pool deck, volleyball court, soccer
field or powerlifting competition area unless an Exceptions Form has been completed and
approved. Event Managers will have these forms at their respective venues.

Examples of reasons for exceptions are:


o Due to a physical disability is unable to swim a stroke properly
o An athlete with a behavior disorder who needs a coach/chaperone with him/her at all times
o A powerlifting athlete has a physical disability that does not allow the athlete to make a proper
lift.

It is recommended that if an athlete needs constant supervision, it should be a coach or chaperone


that is not the parent of the athlete when possible.

For track and field, coaches and/or chaperones with the proper credentials will be allowed to take
their athletes to the staging area and pick them up from the awards pick up area after their awards
are presented.

Athletes may NOT wear medals or ribbons during competition.

Athletes may NOT wear any jewelry while competing, except Medic Alert necklaces or bracelets. The
Medic Alert necklace or bracelet MUST be taped down during competition.

Athletes may NOT wear any type of face painting or fake tattoos while competing.

Athletes MUST wear their bib cards on the front of their shirts.

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COMPETITION UNIFORMS

Swimming
All swimwear MUST be of one-piece.
All swimwear must be approved swimming attire.
The final authority will be the Swimming Sports Commissioner or a member of the SOMO Sports Team.

Track and Field


Athletes may wear: Athletes may NOT wear:
Shorts Shorts
-Running Shorts -Denim Slacks or Shorts
-Basketball Shorts -Casual Wear
-Biker Shorts -Dress Slacks or Shorts
-Sweatpants -Tennis Shorts
-Jogging Pants -Any Pants or Shorts with Buttons and/or Zippers

Shirts Shirts
-T-shirts -Button-down Casual Shirts
-Tank Tops -Golf Shirts
-Sweatshirts -Shirts with Collars

Footwear Footwear
-Athletic Shoes -Hard-soled Shoes
-Tennis Shoes -Sandals
-Basketball Shoes -Hiking Boot Style
-Running Shoes
-Cross-Trainers

POWERLIFTING
All powerlifters shall wear a one-piece, full length lifting suit of one-ply stretch material without
patches or padding.
A non-supportive weightlifting/wrestling type suit is also a legal suit.
The straps of the suit must be worn over the shoulders at all times while lifting in competition.
The lifting suit shall also be subject to the following requirements. (See Rule 2 Costume and Personnel
Equipment)
All powerlifters will wear belts while lifting.

VOLLEYBALL
All volleyball teams shall wear the MSHSAA approved uniforms.
ALL individual skills competitors shall wear any short that conforms to the Competition Uniforms Rules,
or sweat pants, a T-shirt, tank-top, or sweatshirt, and any footwear that conform to the Competition
Uniforms Rules.

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Coach Handbook Missouri

SPORT- SPECIFIC RULES

Swimming

Coaches may NOT be on pool deck during competition unless they have an Exception Form signed by
a Sports Team member or the Sports Commissioner.

The 25M Freestyle and 25M Backstroke are Low Motor Events. Athletes competing in these events
may ONLY compete in the following events: 15M Unassisted Swim or the 4x25M Freestyle Relay.

Athletes that swim Low Motor Events, which are 10M Assisted Swim, 15M Floatation Race, 15M Walk,
25M Floatation Race, 15M Unassisted Swim, 25M Unified Floatation Relay Race, or 25M Unified Walk
Relay Race, 25M Freestyle, and the 25M Backstroke may ONLY swim in 2 events and the 4x25M
Freestyle Relay.

During the 10M Assisted Swim, the assistant shall be positioned either behind the swimmer or to the
side of the swimmer, NOT in front of the swimmer.

ALL non-swimmers, which are by definition anyone unable to swim a 25M Freestyle or 25M
Backstroke, MUST be able to touch the bottom at all times during competition.

PFDs (Personal Floatation Device) used for Floatation Races MUST be Coast Guard approved. Belts
and/or arm floatation devices are NOT allowed.

The minimum pool depth for any dive starts either from blocks or the pool deck shall be 6 feet. For
any pool that does not meet this requirement, dive starts shall NOT be allowed.

Athletes may participate in 3 individual events and 1 relay as long as they are not swimming in a Low
Motor event.

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2017 State Summer Games
Coach Handbook Missouri

VOLLEYBALL

The following rule pertains to ALL Volleyball:


Special Olympics Missouri will disregard all rules pertaining to the Libero Player in the Official Special
Olympics Summer Sports Rules 2000-2003 Revised Edition.
Modified Team Volleyball:
Special Olympics Missouri will continue the use of side-out scoring Modified Volleyball competition.
This means that in order to score, a team must serve the ball.
Unified Sports Volleyball:
The service order and position of the players on the court shall be at the discretion of the coach.
There will be no limit to the number of serves made by any participant.
Unified-Modified Volleyball
The object is to help athletes learn the game. Coaches should make every effort to play the athletes as
much as possible. If it is deemed that a team is using this division to do anything else, the team may
forfeit, and there may be further sanctions.
All games will be played using alternative rules.
o The serving order and positions on the court at service shall be an alteration of athletes and
partners.
o Each player is allowed 2 attempts to serve the ball. Once they make a good serve, they are only
allowed one attempt for each point thereafter during that service. Unified Partners are allowed
two attempts as well.
o Once a server has served 3 consecutive points, the serving team shall rotate to the next server.
o There shall be free substitution in Unified-Modified Volleyball.
o Unified Partners shall be treated the same as athletes in the Unified-Modified Division of
Volleyball.
Rosters MAY consist of equal numbers of athletes and partners, however partners MAY NEVER
outnumber athletes.
Teams DO NOT have to be of equal abilities or similar ages.
SOMO shall use Lite-Flite Volleyballs in both the Modified and Unified-Modified Divisions of Volleyball

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2017 State Summer Games
Coach Handbook Missouri

TRACK AND FIELD

Coaches may NOT be on the field unless they have an Exception Form signed by a member of the SOMO
Sports Team or Sports Commissioner.

In the Tennis Ball Throw, ALL levels of Special Olympics Missouri will use a Tee Ball.

One-foot Long Jump

o Competitors shall start with both feet behind a designated take-off line and on the ground.
o When starting, competitor's toes shall be behind the take-off line.
o A competitor shall use one foot on the take-off.
o He/she may rock backward and forward lifting his/her heels and toes alternately, and he/she
may lift either foot clear off the ground.
o Each competitor shall be allowed three non-consecutive jumps.
o The athlete's best jump will be used for scoring. Distance will be measured from the closest
impression on the landing area made by any part of the body including arms or hands, to the
take-off line.
There shall be a minimum of 2 people per heat, as long as each heat is within the 20% range at ALL
events area-level and above.

The general rules allow for athletes to be moved up an Age-Group to maintain at least a 2-person
heat.

Athletes registered in a running event may not compete in a walking event of equal or less distance
(i.e. an athlete in the 100 M Run may not walk in any event less than 100M).

Any athlete registered in a relay may not compete in any running event shorter than the distance
they would run in the relay (i.e. an athlete in the 4 x 100 M Relay may not compete in the 50 meter).

Athletes may participate in 3 wheelchair races, but they must be in races that are consecutive
distances. Example an athlete may enter a 25M, 50M, and 100M Wheelchair Race, but NOT a 25M and
a 100M Wheelchair Race.

The jumping board for the Running Long Jump shall be marked at 50 cm from the end of the pit.

Athletes MUST jump a minimum of 1M to be eligible for the Running Long Jump.

The following are Low Motor Events:

o 50M Run (Plus all walks or distances less than this distance)
o Standing
o 1 Foot Long Jump
o Softball Throw
o Ball Throw

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TRACK & FIELD SCHEDULE - SATURDAY
Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games 2017
MSU Track & Soccer Complex
Please refer to your athlete bib cards for the official event times. Per the general rules, athletes can be moved up an age
division for better quality competition.

800M,
4X400
1500M, 4X100
METER
3000M, METER Running
100M Run 400M Relay & Mini High
EVENT 10000M 200M Run Relay & Long Shot Put
& Walk Run Unified Javelin Jump
Run/Walk Unified Jump
Relay
& 400M Relay
Walk

FLAG YELLOW-
COLOR Males
YELLOW ORANGE YELLOW YELLOW YELLOW PINK BLUE RED PURPLE
AGE & ORANGE-
SEX Females

811 7:30am 11:45am 12:05pm 1:30pm 2:30pm 3:25pm 8:50am 9:25am 10:35am 8:00am
Males
8-11 7:30am 11:45am 12:05pm 1:30pm 2:30pm 3:25pm 8:50am 9:25am 10:35am 8:00am
Females
12-15 7:30am 8:50am 12:50pm 1:45pm 2:30pm 3:25pm 9:25am 10:00am 11:45am 8:00am
Males
12-15 7:30am 8:50am 12:50pm 1:45pm 2:30pm 3:25pm 10:00am 10:35am 11:10am 8:00am
Females
16-21 7:30am 9:25am 1:05pm 2:00pm 2:55pm 3:25pm 8:00am 11:45am 10:00am 8:00am
Males
16-21 7:30am 9:25am 1:05pm 2:00pm 2:55pm 3:25pm 10:00am 8:50am 11:10am 8:00am
Females
22-29 7:30am 10:00am 12:20pm 2:15pm 3:10pm 3:25pm 11:45am 10:35am 9:25am 8:00am
Males
22-29 7:30am 10:00am 12:20pm 2:15pm 3:10pm 3:25pm 10:35am 8:50am 9:25am 8:00am
Females
30+ 7:30am 10:35am 12:35pm 2:30pm 3:10pm 3:25pm 10:00am 11:10am 8:50am 8:00am
Males
30+ 7:30am 10:35am 12:35pm 2:30pm 3:10pm 3:25pm 11:45am 11:10am 8:50am 8:00am
Females
Pentath- 11:10am 2:30pm 11:45am 9:25am 8:00am
Males
Pentath - 11:10am 2:30pm 11:45am 9:25am 8:00am
Females

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TRACK & FIELD SCHEDULE - SUNDAY

Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games 2017


MSU Track & Soccer Complex

25M 50M Standing Softball


EVENT
Run/Walk Run/Walk Long Jump Throw

FLAG
COLOR
YELLOW YELLOW PINK RED
AGE &
SEX
811
11:30am 8:00am 10:30am 9:00am
Males
8-11
11:00am 8:30am 10:00am 9:30am
Females
12-15
8:30am 9:00am 11:30am 10:30am
Males
12-15
8:00am 9:30am 11:00am 10:00am
Females
16-21
9:00am 10:00am 9:30am 11:30am
Males
16-21
9:30am 10:30am 9:00am 11:00am
Females
22-29
9:00am 10:00am 8:30am 11:30am
Males
22-29
9:30am 10:30am 8:00am 11:00am
Females
30+
10:00am 11:00am 9:30am 8:30am
Males
30+
10:30am 11:30am 9:00am 8:00am
Females
TRACK & FIELD LOW MOTOR & WHEELCHAIR SCHEDULE
Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games 2017
Missouri State University Track
Sunday

10M, 25M,
50M 25M 10M,
50M, & 30M
Motorized Motorized 25M Tennis
100M Motorized
EVENT Wheelchair Wheelchair & 50M Ball
Wheelchair Wheelchair
Slalom Obstacle Assisted Throw
Race Slalom
Course Walk
FLAG
COLOR GREEN GREEN GREEN GREEN GREEN GREEN
TIME
All Ages
All Ages & All Ages & All Ages & All Ages &
9:00am &
Genders Genders Genders Genders
Genders
Males
11:15am
All Ages

Females
11:30am
All Ages

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SWIMMING SCHEDULE
Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games 2017
MSU Pool Hammons Student Center
Saturday

8:30 am Coaches Meeting & Warm Up

9:15 am 10/15/25-Meter Floatation Race


10-Meter Unassisted/Assisted Swim
15-Meter Unassisted/Assisted Swim
15-Meter Walk
800/1500-Meter Freestyle

10:00 am 25 Meter Freestyle


25-Meter Breaststroke
25-Meter Butterfly
25-Meter Backstroke

10:45 am 50-Meter Butterfly


100-Meter Butterfly
200-Meter Butterfly

11:15 am 50-Meter Breaststroke


100-Meter Breaststroke
200-Meter Breaststroke

12:00 pm 400-Meter Freestyle

12:15 pm 50-Meter Freestyle


100-Meter Freestyle
200-Meter Freestyle

1:30 pm 50-Meter Backstroke


100-Meter Backstroke
200-Meter Backstroke

2:15 pm 100/200-Meter Individual Medley

2:45 pm 4x100-Meter Medley Relay


4x50-Meter Freestyle, Medley & Unified Relay
4x25-Meter Freestyle, Medley, Unified & Unified Medley Relay

Awards Presentations will follow each heat throughout the day.

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POWERLIFTING SCHEDULE
All powerlifting athletes need to weigh in 9:30 to 10:30 am. Competition is from 10:30 am to 3 pm.

VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE
Volleyball brackets are subject to change as teams may drop. Revised brackets will be available at venue when
you check in to ensure that you have the correct game times for your teams.

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SOMO CODE OF CONDUCT

THE PURPOSE OF THE SOMO CODE OF CONDUCT (THE CODE) IS TO ENCOURAGE ALL ATHLETES,
COACHES, FAMILY MEMBERS, SPECTATORS, CHAPERONES, VOLUNTEERS, MEMBERS OF THE SOMO
BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AND OFFICIALS PARTICIPATING IN A SOMO-SPONSORED ACTIVITY
(PARTICIPANTS) TO CONDUCT THEMSELVES IN A WAY THAT BRINGS CREDIT AND HONOR TO
THEMSELVES AND TO SOMO. THE CODE ALSO ESTABLISHES A UNIFORM PROCEDURE FOR RESOLVING
CONDUCT INFRACTIONS TO ENSURE THAT ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE TREATED FAIRLY.

Nothing in this Code will be deemed to restrict the individual freedom of a Participant in matters not affecting
SOMO, his/her status as a SOMO Participant or the well-being of the team. Participants will have complete
freedom in choices of appearance, life-style, behavior, or speech while not traveling or participating in a
SOMO-sponsored activity, provided their statements and actions do not adversely affect the name and
reputation of SOMO.

All SOMO Participants will:


1. Conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner at all times, showing respect for other Participants
through words and actions.

2. Respect the spirit of fair-play and non-violence, and behave accordingly in competition.

3. Maintain dignity at the Opening, Closing, and Awards Ceremonies at all SOMO activities.

4. Be responsible for their personal belongings at all times and assist in maintaining the cleanliness, safety,
and security of their assigned areas.

5. Refrain from smoking in competition or athlete training venues.

6. Fully abide by the rules of SOMO and the Games Management Team of any SOMO-sponsored activities.

7. Fully abide by the provisions of the Athlete Code of Conduct Pledge or Coach Code of Conduct Pledge, if
applicable.

SOMO Participants understand that if they violate the Code, they will be subject to the SOMO
disciplinary procedures, including being held financially and legally responsible for any damage that they
purposely or knowingly cause.

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ATHLETE CODE OF CONDUCT PLEDGE

Sportsmanship
I will practice good sportsmanship.
I will act in ways that bring respect to me, my coaches, my team and Special Olympics.
I will maintain dignity at the Opening, Closing, and Awards Ceremonies at all Special Olympics
activities.
I will not use curse words.
I will not insult other persons.
I will not fight with other athletes, coaches, volunteers or staff.
Training and Competition
I will train regularly.
I will learn and follow the rules of my sport.
I will listen to my coach and the officials and ask questions when I do not understand.
I will always try my best during training, divisioning and competitions.
I will not hold back in preliminary competition just to get into an easier finals competition division.
Responsibilities for My Actions
I will not make inappropriate or unwanted physical, verbal or sexual advances on others.
I will not smoke in non-smoking areas.
I will not drink alcohol or use illegal drugs at Special Olympics activities.
I will not take drugs for the purpose of improving my performance.
I will be responsible for my personal belongings at all times and will assist in maintaining the
cleanliness, safety, and security of my teams assigned area.
I will obey all laws and Official Special Olympics Sports Rules for my respective sport(s).

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COACH CODE OF CONDUCT PLEDGE
Respect for Others
I will respect the rights, dignity and worth of athletes, coaches, other volunteers, friends and
spectators in Special Olympics.
I will treat everyone equally, regardless of sex, ethnic origin, religion or ability.
I will be a positive role model for the athletes I coach.

Ensure a Positive Experience


I will ensure that for each athlete I coach, the time spent with Special Olympics is positive.
I will respect the talent, developmental stage and goals of each athlete.
I will ensure each athlete competes in activities that challenge that athletes potential and are
appropriate to that athletes ability.
I will be fair, considerate and honest with athletes, using simple, clear language.
I will ensure that accurate scores are provided for entry of an athlete into any event.
I will instruct each athlete to perform to the best of the athletes ability at all competitions (including
preliminary events) in accordance with the Official Special Olympics Sports Rules.
Act professionally and Take Responsibility for My Actions
My language, manner, preparation, appearance and presentation will demonstrate high standards.
I will display control, respect, dignity and professionalism to all involved in the sport (athletes,
coaches, opponents, officials, administrators, parents, spectators, media, etc), and encourage
athletes to demonstrate the same qualities.
I will not drink alcohol, smoke or take illegal drugs while representing Special Olympics at training
sessions or during competition.
I will refrain from any form of personal abuse towards athletes and others, including verbal, physical
and emotional abuse.
I will be responsible for supervising the conduct of athletes in my care at SOMO-sponsored activities.
I will be alert to any form of abuse from other sources directed toward athletes in my care.
I will be on hand and available at all times during any SOMO activity or event in which I have chosen
to participate, and will remain responsible for the athletes in my care from the time of my arrival
until the time of my departure.
Quality Service to the Athletes
I will seek continual improvement through performance evaluation and ongoing coach education.
I will be knowledgeable about the skills and techniques of the sport(s) I coach.
I will provide a planned training program.
I will keep copies of the medical, training, and competition records for each athlete I coach.
I will teach and follow the Official Special Olympics Sports Rules for the sport(s) I coach.
Health and Safety of the Athletes
I will ensure that the equipment and facilities at practice sites and SOMO-sponsored activities are
safe to use.
I will ensure that the equipment, rules, training and the environment are appropriate for the age and
ability of the athletes I coach.
I will review each athletes medical form and be aware of any limitations on that athletes
participation noted on that form.
I will encourage athletes to seek medical advice when required.
I will maintain the same interest and support towards sick and injured athletes.
I will allow further participation in training and competition only when appropriate.
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ATHLETE POLICY: ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
and/or Placement on Sex Offenders Registry Involving an Athlete
Board Approved April 28, 2007
Revised April 15, 2011

Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) wishes to provide a safe environment for participants at all SOMO events.

The following policy will apply to all athletes participating in SOMO.


For purposes of this policy, the term crime of a sexual nature refers, without limitation, to sexual acts and
sexual contact offenses and is meant to include all criminal offenses that have an element involving a sexual
act or sexual contact with another. The offenses covered include all sexual offenses whose elements involve:
(i) any type or degree of genital, oral, or anal penetration, or (ii) any sexual touching of or contact with a
persons body, either directly or through the clothing.
It also includes sexual trafficking or sexual exploitation of a minor, possession, importation, production,
distribution, or receipt of child pornography, manufacturing or promoting pornography for minors and
furnishing pornographic materials to minors as defined by Missouri or federal law.
The above definition although comprehensive, is not exclusive. SOMO, in its sole discretion, reserves the right
to consider and include other or additional acts, violations, or crimes not specified in this definition.
Any SOMO athlete who is or becomes aware of any athlete, volunteer, or other staff member who is alleged to
have committed, or is under investigation for committing a crime of a sexual nature or who witnesses or
observes any athlete, volunteer, or other staff member commit a crime of a sexual nature must notify SOMO
immediately in person, by telephone or in writing, to include email. Failure to perform the notification
obligation may be grounds for disqualification from the program or disciplinary action.
Anyone who has been alleged to have committed, or is under investigation for committing a crime of a sexual
nature will be suspended indefinitely from participating in any SOMO activity, pending resolution of that
allegation or investigation.
Any person who is required by state or federal law to register with any Sex Offenders Registry is permanently
barred from participating as an athlete in any SOMO activity. All athletes are screened against the Missouri
Sex Offenders Registry through the Missouri State Highway Patrol every three (3) years.
Any person who has been or is hereafter convicted of, been found guilty of, or pled guilty or nolo contendere to
committing, attempting to commit, or conspiring to commit a crime of a sexual nature, including the receiving
of a suspended imposition or execution of sentence following a plea or finding of guilty, is also permanently
barred from participating as an athlete in any SOMO activity. SOMO will aggressively pursue all legal remedies
available to it against any individual (or that individual's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) covered by this policy
who fails to comply with this policy's reporting and suspension requirements.

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