2018 Team Alberta Selection

Selection Criteria

For all our athletes, competing at the Special Olympics Alberta Provincial Games is an achievement that should be celebrated…no matter the results on the field of play.  It is the philosophy of Special Olympics Alberta (SOA) to ensure every athlete, whatever their ability, has the opportunity to participate at the Provincial Games level.

Provincial Games are qualifying events for the Special Olympics Canada Games.  The athletes on Team Alberta will be selected based on their athletic performances at these games.  Every athlete competing, no matter their ability, has the opportunity to be selected to Team Alberta.  

However, the National Games experience is different from that of a Provincial Games; it is out-of-Province, requires air travel to attend, and involves being away for 7 nights and rooming with other athletes under the sole supervision of Provincial Team coaches.  

The very nature of a National Games means that is it not an experience that is necessarily right for everyone.

The following, outlines the process and policies that will be used to select Team Alberta.  The Provincial Sport Council of the Board will complete selection as outlined in Section M-3000 of the SOA Policy Manual.  

Athlete eligibility for Team Alberta selection is as follows:

  • Thirteen (13) years of age as of the first day of the national competition year (January 1, 2018);
  • Registered with Special Olympics Alberta and a member in good standing in an accredited SOA affiliate or community program;
  • Full attendance at the SOA qualifying event, including staying overnight under affiliate or community program supervision (1:4 coach to athlete ratio) at the event accommodation;
  • Appropriate maturation based upon the following:
    • ability to cope with pressures involved in competition
    • ability to cope with the travel requirements
    • ability to cope with being out of usual environment
    • ability to work with individuals who are unfamiliar (new coaches, new athletes)

Additional support workers are not permitted and provided for in the Provincial Team quota set by Special Olympics Canada; therefore to be endorsed for selection, athletes must be able to fully participate within the 1:4 coach to athlete ratio and 1:5 coach to athlete ratio for 5-Pin Bowling. 

The next page outlines how athlete athletic performance is used to select Team Alberta.  Just as important to selection is the athlete endorsement process which involves consulting with affiliates, coaches, support and family members to determine if the athlete meets the criteria listed above.

Selection Process

Alberta bases its selection criteria on the Special Olympics Canada National Team selection policies and eligibility criteria.  The selection process is overseen by the SOA Board of Directors through the Provincial Sport Council.

Team Alberta Size

How big Team Alberta will be, is determined by Special Olympics Canada.  They award “Quotas” to each province for each sport based on national registration numbers.  For example if Alberta has 10% of the countries speed skaters, we will in turn get 10% of the National Games speed skating sport quota.

 

Team Alberta Gender Breakdown

The gender breakdown for Team Alberta each is determined by Provincial Games registration.  If a sport had 60% females and 40% males then that sports team for provincials would be made up of the same ratio.  

Timed Sports: Athletics and Swim 

Athletes will be awarded points based on their performance at the Provincial Games as follows:

1st place 10pts    2nd place 8pts        3rd place 6pts
4th place 4pts    5th place 2pts        6th – 8th place 0pts

Point scores will be accumulated and divided by the number of events the athlete is entered in. If an athlete cannot compete in an event(s) for medical reasons, that event(s) will not be used in the calculation (medical scratches must be approved by a Doctor designated by the Games Committee).  Scores will be ranked from highest to lowest. Athletes will be selected based on their ranking.

Team Sports: Basketball, Soccer, and Softball 

First place teams in all divisions will be considered.

  •  If the quota allotted is one team, first place teams in all divisions will be considered.
  • Each team would be allotted the following points (3, 2, 1) respective of win, tie, and loss for each game played in their division during the tournament.
  • The total allocated points achieved will be divided by the number of games played, to determine the average points allocated per game.
  • The team with the highest average will be selected to advance.
  • If the quota is greater than one (1), the above process will be followed until all quotas are filled.

TIE BREAKING:

The first place teams with the lowest "goals against" divided by the "number of games played in
the tournament" will be selected. If the tie is not broken in the above step, a draw will be conducted made by the President& CEO of Special Olympics Alberta or designate not on the Selection Committee.

Bocce

To be eligible to qualify for Team Alberta, athletes must win their division at Provincial Games 

a.    If the quota given to Special Olympics Alberta is less than the number of 1st place athletes from each division, the process for selecting athletes for advancement will be as follows:

  • The first place athletes with the lowest "points against" divided by the "number of games played at the Provincial Games/Championships" will be selected.
  • If there is a tie in the above step, a draw will be conducted made by the Director of Sport Development with Special Olympics Alberta or designate on the Selection Committee.

b.    If the quota given to Special Olympics Alberta is greater than the number of 1st place athletes from each division, the process for selecting athletes for advancement will be as follows:

  • The second place athletes with the lowest "points against" divided by the "number of games played in the Provincial Games/Championships" will be selected.
  • If there is a tie in the above step, a draw will be conducted made by the Director of Sport Development with Special Olympics Alberta or designate on the Selection Committee.

Golf

To be eligible to qualify for Team Alberta, athletes must win their division at Provincial Games and must have an average of 70 or below (9 hole competition)

If a there’s a tie:

  • The player with the best score for the last 9 holes takes the lead over the other athlete(s) 
  • The player with the best score for the last 6 holes takes the lead over the other athlete(s) 
  • The player with the best score for the last 3 holes takes the lead over the other athlete(s) 
  • The player with the best score for the last hole takes the lead over the other athlete(s) 

b.    In the event that the total number of quotas given is less than an equal distribution among eligible athletes who have the same placing, the process for selecting athletes for advancement will be by ranking averages from lowest to highest. 

c.    In the event that the total number of quotas given is greater than the number of spots available, selection will be based on the next lowest score of the 2nd place winners with the most competitors in a division.

Rhythmic Gymnastics

SINGLES COMPETITION:

The quota allotment to singles competitors will be as follows:
•    First place amongst all ability levels.

1st place 10pts    2nd place 8pts        3rd place 6pts
4th place 4pts    5th place 2pts        6th – 8th place 0pts

a.    Scores will be ranked highest to lowest within each division. Athletes will be selected using their rankings starting with the athlete with the highest points in each level. 

b.    If the quota given to Alberta is greater than 4, 2nd place finishers with the highest points (across levels) will be selected.

If there’s a tie:

  • The athlete with the most 1st place finishes will be selected; if there is still a tie,
  • The athlete with the most 2nd place finishes will be selected; if there is still a tie, 
  • The athlete with the most 3rd place finishes will be selected; if there is still a tie, 
  • The athlete with the next highest ranking will be selected

Powerlifting

The point and averaging system does not apply based upon the technical realities of this sport, and therefore the athletes quantitative score (ranking) will be based upon their points awarded as per the Wilkes Formula for both male and female athletes.

Deadlift and Bench Press portion of the competition are the lifts that shall be used as the basis for an athlete’s quantitative score. 

5 Pin Bowling 

Gold medal winning teams will be ranked in order of highest pins over average to lowest pins over average. Teams will then be selected based on rankings. The team(s) with the highest pins over average score will be eligible to advance on to National Games. 

10 Pin Bowling 

Athletes will be ranked based on their flat (scratch) score for all games at the Provincial Games. Athletes will be selected based on their rank.

If you have any questions regarding the Team Alberta selection process, please do not hesitate to contact Jill Moore at 780.644.1296 or jmoore@specialolympics.ab.ca