SOHC Return to Play Plan in Phases
At this time, we are only cleared to return to play in fall sports – golf, softball, flag football, soccer and equestrian. With the guidelines from our facilities and the number of athletes that participate with us, the SOOH guidelines allow us to start in the following phases:
Phase 1 – SOHC Unified Golf will return with restrictions. SOHC office will contact current players and partners directly. Athletes must sign in when they arrive and it is also advised that temperatures be taken before every practice (includes coaches).
Phase 2 – SOHC flag football and softball will return with restrictions. Softball will only return practices for traditional teams, NOT unified softball league. All current flag football and traditional softball players will be contacted by SOHC office before August. All athletes must sign in upon arrival.
Phase 3 – SOHC equestrian (per Winton Woods Riding Center) will begin after labor day. Soccer will also return with restrictions. All players currently participating in these two sports will be contacted by SOHC office. Also, all athletes must sign in when they arrive.
We hope from now until October, we will be able to provide more online tools to participate in if you are not a part of these sports! We will work towards getting our year-round sports running soon!
Special Olympics Ohio Return to Play Guidelines
After reviewing the current guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Governor of the State of Ohio, and the Ohio Department of Health, Special Olympics Ohio has made the difficult decision to continue the suspension of all State and Regional competition events through the end of 2020. The fall sporting events include Softball, Golf, Equestrian, Soccer, and Flag Football.
Beginning on July 6, 2020, Special Olympics sports programming at the local level may resume with the return to play restrictions outlined in the phased approach below. We will continually assess and consider what facility, equipment, and event modifications will be made to create a medically safe environment for our athletes to practice, train, and compete. Special Olympics Ohio’s primary concern is the health, safety, and well-being of our athletes, coaches, families, and volunteers.
During the first 3 phases of the return to play timeline, we will only be endorsing competition on a practice and head-to-head competition level. We will not be hosting any regional or state-level competitions. Any local program that wishes to participate in competition and training should adhere to the guidelines described in the resources below.
*ANY COUNTY THAT REACHES A LEVEL 4 (PURPLE) HEALTH ADVISORY MUST STOP ALL PROGRAMMING UNTIL THAT COUNTY RETURNS BACK TO A LEVEL 3 (RED) ADVISORY*