2020 Fall Basketball Challenge

With continuing concerns over COVID-19 across the country, and the current Phase 2 restrictions in Montana, SOMT will be altering the fall sport season. The 2020 State Basketball Tournament originally scheduled for November 5-7, 2020 in Butte will not be held. Instead, SOMT will offer the first ever individual skills Fall Basketball Challenge!

The Fall Basketball Challenge will allow teams to return to practice and competition, while keeping athletes in their home communities. and in groups of 50 or less. There will be no state level, in-person competitions this fall, but this competitive event is open to all registered teams and athletes across Montana. Competitions have been developed for athletes of all ability levels.

To launch the Fall Basketball Challenge, SOMT will once again be hosting “virtual” special events, most notably an Opening Ceremony on August 24th, 2020, at 5:30 pm, and a Closing Ceremony on November 5th at 5:30 pm. Both events will be aired on the Special Olympics Montana Facebook page and YouTube channel…be sure to tune in!

Games Information Packet and Roster Form

The Games Information Packet is intended to provide all the necessary information about the 2020 Fall Basketball Challenge.

The Roster and Final Scores Form is for registered LPCs to use to submit games-relevant information for their teams.

CLICK HERE for Roster and Final Scores Form Instructional Video

CLICK HERE for Practice Scores Tracker Form

Teams Participating in the Fall Basketball Challenge

Adult-aged

School-aged

COMING SOON!

Competition Levels

This competition is a great way for athletes to stay active, healthy, and engaged while practicing and competing either with their team or at home. There are five competition levels available. All levels are based on basketball skills, with levels getting progressively more difficult. They are as follows:

Compete From Home Level

This level occurs at home. It contains modified and traditional events. It is recommended for athletes who are at a higher-risk of contracting COVID-19 and are not competing in one of the other levels. It is open to any registered athlete, but athletes must coordinate with their LPC to register. Events include:

  • Pass
    • Traditional Wall Pass
    • Closer Stationary Pass
    • Stationary Pass
  • Dribble
    • Assisted Speed Dribble
    • Speed Dribble
  • Shot
    • Basket Shot
    • Garbage Can Shot
    • Spot Shot
  • Cardio
    • 20 Yard Roll or Coach Assisted Walk
    • 40 Yard Traditional Walk
    • 60 Yard Traditional Run

Level 1

This level occurs in a team practice and competition setting. It contains modified events and is for athletes who may require partial or full assistance to complete their events. Events include:

  • Closer Stationary Pass
  • Assisted Speed Dribble
  • Garbage Can Shot

Level 2

This level occurs in a team practice and competition setting. It contains traditional events and is for athletes with novice basketball skills and knowledge. Events include:

  • Stationary Pass
  • Speed Dribble
  • Spot Shot

Level 3

This level occurs in a team practice and competition setting. It contains traditional events and is for athletes with intermediate basketball skills and knowledge. Events include:

  • Movement Chest Pass
  • Agility Dribble
  • Mid-Range Shot
  • Free Throw Shot

Level 4

This level occurs in a team practice and competition setting. It contains traditional events and is for athletes with advanced basketball skills and knowledge. Events include:

  • Movement Bounce Pass
  • Agility Dribble
  • Mid-Range Shot
  • Three-Point Shot

Divisioning

Athletes will compete either at home or in a team practice and competition setting, depending on their level. How an athlete finishes in a division, based on their results from practice and competition, will determine what award that athlete receives. Athletes will be placed in a division of their peers for competition based on the following criteria:

  1. The athlete’s level. This will be submitted by the athlete’s LPC
  2. The athlete’s gender
  3. The athlete’s age

Levels and Events Instructional Videos

Thank you to the athletes and volunteers of Silver Bow DDC and the Great Falls Wild Hornets for assisting with the video examples! 

Stretches

Level 1

Level 3

Compete From Home Level

Level 2

Level 4

Important Dates

Adult Season

  • August 3rd- Registration Distributed
  • August 24th- Opening Ceremony
  • August 24th- Rosters Due
  • September 18th- Final Scores Due
  • Week of September 21st- Awards
  • November 5th- Closing Ceremony

School Season

  • August 3rd- Registration Distributed
  • August 24th- Opening Ceremony
  • September 28th- Rosters Due
  • October 23rd- Final Scores Due
  • Week of October 26th- Awards
  • November 5th- Closing Ceremony

Paperwork

All athletes who plan to compete will be required to have current paperwork, including an athlete medical, consent, and code-of-conduct. In addition, athletes and/or their guardians or caregivers will be required to review and sign the COVID-19 Code of Conduct and Participant Risk Assessment Form. This document only needs to be completed once.

All volunteers (area directors, local program coordinators, coaches, volunteers, etc.) will be required to have current paperwork, including a volunteer application and protective behaviors. They will also be required to review and sign the COVID-19 Code of Conduct and Participant Risk Assessment Form if they are coaching or assisting at team practices. This document only needs to be completed once.

Submit all paperwork to Lisa Romig at- Email at lromig@somt.org or -Fax at 406-770-4456.

Practices and Personal Protective Equipment

As teams return to activity, SOMT has developed protocols, guidelines, and recommendations for operating practices and personal protective equipment (PPE) that will be needed, based on the Special Olympics International Return to Activity Plan. A few of the protocols for operating practices include:

  1. All athletes and volunteers must be screened before entering practice. Screening includes a temperature check and answering specific survey questions.
  2. Practices sizes of 50 people or less.
  3. All sports equipment and shared surfaces must be disinfected between uses.
  4. No outside spectators will be permitted. This includes families, caregivers, etc.

To assist teams in returning to practice, SOMT will provide a portion of the personal protective equipment to each team, including:

  1. Thermometers for screening all participants who attend practice.
  2. Disposable facemasks for athletes (volunteers are asked to provide their own).

All teams must submit their PPE request to the state office by August 7th, 2020. Contact the SOMT Sports or Outreach Departments for the link to the PPE request form.

A complete list of details regarding the operation of practices and required PPE can be found in the 2020 Fall Basketball Challenge Games Information Packet

Screening Before Practice

Disinfecting Equipment

Remember to Stay Safe

Regular physical activity is vital for good physical, social and emotional health. While there is a risk of injury with any type of physical activity, the benefits of staying active far outweigh the risks.

You can reduce your risk of exercise injury by:

– Wearing the right shoes
– Using the correct equipment
– Drinking water and staying hydrated
– Warming up and stretching properly
– Being aware of your surroundings—always exercise and compete in a safe and level area clear of any obstacles or items
– Maintaining social distancing rules (stay at least six feet away from others)

Stop exercising and seek medical help if you experience symptoms such as:
– Discomfort or pain
– Chest pain or other pain that could indicate a heart attack, including pain in the neck and jaw, pain traveling down the arm or pain between the shoulder blades
– Shortness of breath
– A rapid or irregular heartbeat

Submit Your Photos & Videos

Teams are encouraged to submit photos and videos of athletes while at practice completing their activities.  Photos and videos may be submitted via Facebook Messenger, with the final scores, or emailed to info@somt.org.  The intent is to create an athlete highlight reel for the Closing Ceremony on November 5th.

FAQs

What is the duration of the Fall Basketball Challenge?

It depends on whether you compete with an adult or school team. For adults, the practice and competition season will be August 24th to September 18th. For schools, the practice and competition season will be September 28th to October 23rd.

Who can compete?

Any registered Special Olympics Montana athlete.

What if I do not have access to the internet or a computer? Can I still compete?

Yes. There are multiple levels you can compete in, either at home or in a practice and competition setting with your team. Make sure to communicate with your coach or LPC, as they can help you get signed-up and started!

Who am I competing with?

You are competing against other athletes all over the state, depending on your skill level, age, and gender.

Will I receive an award?

All athletes competing in the 2020 Special Olympics Montana Fall Basketball Challenge will receive an award.  Athletes who choose to participate in the Compete From Home Level will receive a challenge medal for completing all four activities or a participation ribbon for completing three or less of the activities.  Athletes who register for Levels 1 – 4 will compete for traditional medals (gold, silver, bronze) and ribbons (4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th).

Do I need specific equipment to participate in the Compete From Home Level?

No. The events do require equipment, but most items or similar items can be found around your home.

Does my Local Program Coordinator or Coach need to know I am competing?

Yes. In order to participate in the 2020 Fall Basketball Challenge, you need to communicate with your coach or LPC. They will be submitting rosters and registration, so make sure you’re included!

Do I need to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if I'm around others?

Yes. For more details, visit the Personal Protective Equipment section on this page.

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