Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) is continuing its gradual return to practice/play plan.
The return to play process remains on a per-Area basis, pending approval of the SOMI state office. Step 1 of the plan is based on education, where coaches and volunteers will receive training focused on a return to practice/play. Once an area/program has completed Step 1, it will request approval from the SOMI state office to move into Step 2, which allows for a phased-in return to sport activities as outlined in the return to practice/play plan. Until the area/program has completed Step 1 and received approval from the Special Olympics Michigan state office to move Step 2, all in-person sport activities will remain postponed for that area/program.
In-person Sports Offered at the Current Time
The return to practice guidelines are valid for athletics running events (100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m), athletics field events (shot put, long jump and mini jav) and bocce. No team or indoor sports are allowed during this time. However, at-home individual training is also available.
Return to Play/Practice Trainings and Resources
According to Michigan Department of Health and Human services guidelines, all participants will wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of social distance at all practices and competitions.
- COVID-19 Participant Code of Conduct and Risk Assessment Form (online form with electronic signature)
- Return to Activities (online training)
- Coaches Return to Play Checklist (Word document)
- Volunteer & Chaperone Return to Play Checklist (Word document)
- Coronavirus Outbreak: What you need to know (online training)
- How to Find and Complete Online Trainings (PDF how-to guide)
- SOMI Return to Play/Practice Guidelines - effective before July 12, 2021 (PDF)
- SOMI Return to Play/Practice Guidelines - effective after July 12, 2021
- Return to Play Webinar (YouTube Video)
- Practice Sign-In Sheet (PDF)