State Soccer Finals
State Soccer Finals- October 18-19, 2013
Halmich Park in Warren
The State Soccer Finals is one of nearly a dozen state-level competitions held annually for SOMI athletes. There are also more than 440 annual local and regional competitions.
This event offers a wide variety of opportunities to the media. Special Olympics Michigan athletes, volunteers and coaches will be available for interviews and photographs. Soccer competition begins at Halmich Park located at 3001 E. 13 Mile Rd., Warren. (Located off of 13 Mile Road between Ryan and Dequindre).
- FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 - SOCCER
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Arrival & Registration Halmich Park Pavilion
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Souvenirs Halmich Park Pavilion
2:30 p.m. - Coaches Meeting Halmich Park
3:30 p.m. - Soccer Competition Begins Halmich Park
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Dinner GM VEC Building
7:30 p.m. - Opening Ceremonies GM VEC Building
8:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. - Victory Dance GM VEC Building
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 - SOCCER
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Soccer Competition Halmich Park
9:00 a.m. - Skills Registration Halmich Park Pavilion
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - FUNfitness Program Halmich Park
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Special Events Halmich Park
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Souvenirs Halmich Park Pavilion
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Individual Skills Test Halmich Park
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Young Athletes TM Program Halmich Park
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch Halmich Park
It is recommended that spectators bring lawn chairs for seating purposes. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a wide variety of opportunities to the media. Special Olympics Michigan athletes, volunteers and coaches will be available for interviews and photographs.
- SOCCER COMPETITION
a. This tournament will include 11-a-side; 7-a-side and 5-a-side traditional and unified play, along with Soccer Skills. Please refer to page 30 of the 2013 SOMI Program Guide for roster limitations. For unified rosters, teams must register at least 7 athletes and 5 partners for 11-a-side, 5 athletes and 4 partners for 7-a-side and 4 athletes and 3 partners for 5-a-side.
b. Divisions are based on roster information sheets, last year's results, results from the three games required, and information received from the initial division feedback. All preliminary games scores must be into the state office by October 4. If three (3) game scores are not turned in, the team will play for participation (please note new format for game scores).
c. Please note 7-a-side play this year will consist of two 17 minute halves.
- SOCCER SKILLS COMPETITION
The individual skills contest is a competition designed for lower ability athletes. It is not for athletes who have the ability to play in a team situation. Areas are asked to evaluate their athletes' abilities based on the attached skills score sheets and enter that score into their GMS program along with the team registration. If not submitted at registration time, these scores should be received on or before October 4 so that athletes may be placed in appropriate divisions. The sample skills score sheet is attached. At competition each athlete will have one attempt at each of the skills.
1. Competitors will be placed in divisions by gender, age, and skills test scores.
2. Skills scores must be turned in by the correction date October 4, 2013.
3. There must be at least 20 registered participants for this event to take
4. Registration will be at 9:00 a.m. in the Park Pavilion
- FUN FITNESS
This program was developed by the American Physical Therapy Association and will be staffed by trained professionals. The APTA and Special Olympics International will chart information gained for educational purposes. This testing will be done from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at Halmich Park. Please reference the attached form.
- Interested in volunteering at the State Soccer Finals? Signing up is easy! Just click on the link below, make an account and choose which volunteer activities you're interested in.
The following volunteer positions are available for the State Soccer Finals:
- Field Manager (1 per field): The duty of a Field Manager is to work with the officials for each game and to bring the scores from the officials back to the information tent. Immediately after a game is complete the field manager confirms the score with officials and quickly runs the scores in to the information tent so they can be recorded and awards can be completed. If short on scorekeepers, you may also be asked to keep track of the score during the game.
- Scorekeeper (2 per field): Scorekeepers will get the scoresheet from the coach and keep track of the score throughout the game. At the end of the game, scorekeepers will give their scorecard to the field manager for it to be brought to the information tent
- Ball Retriever (2 per field): The Ball Retrievers will be on opposite side or end lines and as a ball travels out of bounds they will quickly retrieve the ball so play can remain in a timely manner. Coordinate with the refs on balls out of play.
- Dishwasher (8): Dishwashers will assist with washing dishes and clean-up of the dining area after dinner.
- Dinner Escort (12): Assist the athletes to a table, some athletes may need help carrying their food or drink.
- Buffet (12): Serve and prepare food for the athletes as they come through the dinner line.
- Table Busser (8): Assist athletes when they are done eating in cleaning up their area, bussers will also help clean tables and the dining area.
- Dance (6): Dance volunteers will assist with clean up in the dance area and will also make sure water is available for athletes. You may even be able to get out and show off your dance moves with our athletes.
- Tent/Clean up (6): Volunteers will assist with clean up and break down after the event. Volunteers will assist in cleaning up soccer fields and the information/meal tent as well.
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