We will be continually updating this website page as the situation evolves. Last update: September 25, 2020
What’s happening right now
SOA is currently meeting with individual affiliates to determine a return to play plan that is right for their program, member and community. Plans, sports and timelines will differ affiliate to affiliate.
Our current sport level
Our Return to Play protocols have been approved and Special Olympics Alberta staff are currently working with each Affiliate and Community Program to determine what their plan will be for the fall.
While this announcement does not include a set return date, we are hopeful and excited for a successful return to play in many of our communities. We want to reiterate that each community’s return to sports will differ depending on their facilities, sports, and available volunteers.
We will still continue to provide virtual opportunities for athletes through our Healthy at Home newsletter and in collaboration with Chapters across the country.
Return to play is going to be an ongoing process, so we want to thank you for your patience as we continue to be conservative in our approach. Our priority is, and will always be, the health and safety of our athletes, volunteers, and coaches.
Click here for the full version of the latest Programs Update and Announcement.
SOA Return to Sport Guidelines
RETURNING TO SPORT & PROGRAMS
What to know before you return:
forms And Resources
Here is what all participants will need to fill out when their program restarts and they want to rejoin, as well as forms required for programs. These forms will need to be filled out before your first practice. The forms can be found in the plan above, and will soon be linked individually below. Specific Resources from the Return to Play Guidelines have also been individual share below under Resources.
All volunteers, coaches and Program Safety Volunteers are required to take RTP training.
For those volunteers who were unable to participate in our live training sessions on September 9 and 14 we have created a recorded version that you can take any time!
SOA Return to Play Volunteer Training Video: https://bit.ly/32FNJbP
After watching the training video please fill out the following form to complete your RTP training: https://forms.gle/wv329diTZMFLzBfC8
Sport-Specific Coach RTP Meetings
Sport specific coaches meetings are a mandatory part of Return To Play for Affiliates and Community Programs. Head coaches must be a part of a sport specific meeting prior to any program start. Assistant coaches and coaches that are planning a start date to still be determined, are welcome on these calls as well. If you are unable to participate in the scheduled call please reach out to Rochelle at email@example.com to make alternate arrangements.
Please click here for more information or to register.
After watching your sport-specific video training sessions please fill out the following form to complete your RTP training: https://forms.gle/cgxuxELxMLgCLhsM6
Alpine Skiing: Oct.5 - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Alpine RTP Coaches Training Video: https://bit.ly/3nyMJ1w
Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing: Oct.7 - 7:00-8:00pm
Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing RTP Coaches Training Video: https://bit.ly/3lr97YJ
Curling: Sept. 23 - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Curling RTP Coaches Training Video: https://bit.ly/3csKsja
Floor Hockey: Sept. 24 - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Floor Hockey Coaches Training Video: Click Here
Powerlifting: Sept. 30 - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
5-pin & 10-pin Bowling: Sept. 16 - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
5-pin & 10-pin Bowling RTP Coaches Training Video: https://bit.ly/3iKZ7IX
Swimming: Sept. 21 - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Swimming RTP Coaches Training Video: https://bit.ly/32TaaKH
All other sport-specific meetings dates are TBD.
The next pieces we’re working on right now
- Sport-specific safety requirements for all sports
- Return to in-person Fundraising
Resources for programs
SOA Covid-19 Program Updates & Announcements
PROVINCE OF Alberta
- Alberta Relaunch Strategy
- Government of Alberta Chief Medical Officer Updates
- Alberta COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool
- Prevent the Spread
- Physical Distancing
- Plain Language Guidelines
- Hand Washing
NON-MEDICAL MASKS AND FACE COVERINGS
FITNESS & STRONG MINDS RESOURCES
This email address will be monitored by Denise Fisher, Manager of Youth, Competitions, and Sport; Rochelle Chamczuk, Community and Volunteer Coordinator; and Kathy Urquhart, Executive Director Special Olympics Alberta-Calgary for timely responses.