13 Aug 2021 Fall Basketball Challenge
TO: SOMT Constituents
FROM: SOMT Leadership Team
SUBJECT: Special Olympics Montana Committed to Providing Quality Programming
DATE: August 13, 2021
With the fall basketball season right around the corner SOMT is thrilled to launch the 2021 Fall Basketball Challenge. This year’s Fall Basketball Challenge will be a skills‐based competition that will include several team options for participation.
The last month, SOMT staff has been reviewing and understanding the recently released Return to Activity guidelines provided by Special Olympics International, as well as monitoring the Covid‐19 case numbers across the state. Please feel free to review the Return to Activity protocols by clicking here.
With our provided Covid‐19 protocols, the current case rates in each county, and a large majority of the counties in Montana falling into the “significant” risk category, it has become clear that team play basketball will not be feasible for a state competition. Hence, the launch of the 2021 Fall Basketball Challenge.
The 2021 Fall Basketball Challenge will allow athletes to compete from practice as individuals, pairs, teams of 3, or in teams of 5. Unified options will be available for all doubles and team levels. The SOMT Sports team is putting together a games information packet and roster/registration form that will be released the week of August 23rd. The SOMT Sports and Outreach teams will once again host Local Program Coordinator (LPC) meetings to introduce the fall basketball competition. Those will be offered on August 24th at 6:00 PM and August 26th at 12:00 PM.
SOMT has decided to adjust the season to run from September 7th to November 12th, when final scores for the state-level competition will be due. Athletes will be competing for medals and ribbons and will be divisioned against athletes from across the state. New for 2021, athletes may compete in up to 2 events. One individual event and one doubles or team event.
SOMT will continue to offer a “compete from home” option for any athletes unable, or uncomfortable, returning to group practices.
Conversations are also underway with individual areas about small in‐person events hosted at the area level. More information will be coming about these possible events.
SOMT is proud to have continued programming throughout the pandemic to keep athletes active and engaged, competing each season in a variety of sports and skills‐based competitions. We remain committed to providing safe training and competition opportunities in the spirit of being responsible community partners