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The 2023 Special Olympics Oregon Summer Regional Games Bocce competition at Hamlin MS in Springfield on Sunday, July 16, 2023.

2023 Regional Competition Bocce Springfield

The weather forecast calls for very hot temperatures in the afternoon (potentially reaching the mid-90s).  Therefore, Special Olympics Oregon will be adjusting the competition schedule to finish before the hottest part of the day.  These changes are intended to reduce the overall time spent in the sun and heat while still allowing for competition to safely take place.

Below and attached is IMPORTANT UPDATED information to assist you with your planning.  Please review this memo and attachments carefully and share this with your coaches, athletes, Unified partners, and supporters.  If you have any scratches or questions, please let Mark Hanken know ASAP by sending an email to mhanken@soor.org or text to 971.404.1322 (mobile).  NOTE: Scratches have already and will continue to impact the schedule and may also require divisioning adjustments.

Participating Programs: Benton, Cottage Grove, Eugene/Springfield, High Desert, Lincoln, Linn

  1. 2023 SOOR Summer Regional Athletics + Bocce Springfield VENUE MAP
  2. UPDATED 2023 SOOR Summer Regional Bocce Springfield – Divisions & Schedule as of 12july2023 (Excel Doc – 3 tabs)
    1. Divisions & Match Schedule – Please review closely as times have changed.
    2. Master List by Delegation
    3. Master List by Event by Division
  3. 2023 SOOR Bocce Rules and Guidelines

 

COMPETITION FORMATS

  • Match Length/Time Limits – Each match will now have a 20-minute time limit if a score of 12 (doubles) or 8 (singles) is not achieved by one team/player prior to that.
  • Divisioning – Divisions were created using thoughtful consideration of the level information and team rankings within each Local Program that was provided during the registration process.  Genders and levels have been combined in some divisions in some events due to smaller participation numbers and to create more meaningful competition opportunities and variety outside of one’s own Local Program.
  • The T at the start of a division means it is a Traditional Doubles team – athlete + athlete
  • The U in front means it is a Unified Doubles team – athlete + Unified partner.
  • For Half-Court Singles, there are two distinctions – HC will be used for half court.  If it is a ramp division, an R was also added.

How to read the match schedule:

  • Find the team/player
  • Find the Division, Match, and # assigned to that team/player name – that is how they are ordered within each division.

o   For example:

Division TMC

2  – ES Kellis/Kellis  = Male Traditional Doubles team of Kellis/Kellis from Eugene/Springfield.  To find them in the schedule, look for TMC matches and then the 2 designation to see what time, which court, and against whom will be playing throughout the tournament. TMC 1 (indicates match # for that division) 1 v 2 (indicates the two teams competing).  2 = ES Kellis/Kellis:

NOTE:  The schedule has been color-coded by event type (Half-Court Singles, Traditional Doubles, Unified Doubles) to assist in finding your matches.

  • 3- Team Divisions (HCA, TFA, TMA, TMC, TMD, TME, UFA, UFB, UMB, UMC, UMD, UME)Each player/team will play a round robinNo playoffs.
    • Awards Tie-Breaker Hierarchy:
      • Overall Record
      • Head to Head Competition
      • Fewest Points Allowed
      • If still tied, then award same place
  • 4-Team Divisions (TMB, UFC, UFD, UMA) – Each team will play a round robin (3 matches total).  There will be no playoff round.
    • Awards Tie-Breaker Hierarchy:
      • Overall Record
      • Head to Head Competition
      • Fewest Points Allowed
      • If still tied, then award same place

VENUE 

Hamlin Middle School

326 Centennial Drive

Springfield, OR 97477

 

Below is an UPDATED general schedule of events to help you with your travel plans.

7/16/2023 – UPDATED BOCCE GENERAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – subject to change

8:45am                                  Bocce Coach/Team Check-in Begins at Bocce HQ Tent

9:15am                                  Bocce Head Coaches Meeting at Bocce HQ Tent

9:35am                                  Brief Opening Ceremony – NOTE:  Bocce competitors for first matches should already be at their courts

9:45am                                  Bocce First Matches Start

11:30am                                Lunch Distribution Begins in Hamlin MS Commons

11:50am              `                 Bocce Last Matches Start

Approx. 12:30pm                Awards will take place at conclusion of the competition inside the Hamlin MS Commons

Merchandise

  • Events by Idea will be on site printing custom SOOR branded gear.

Bocce Uniform Reminders

  • Please reference the 2023 SOOR Bocce Rules and Guidelines for appropriate attire (emphasis on no denim) – see attached.
  • Reminder – No open-toed shoes or bare feet permitted in the bocce competition area.

Bocce Team Tents

  • Teams will be able to set up along the fence area or on the grass outside the fence.  Staff and event volunteers will assist with guidance when you arrive.

 

Heat + Health & Safety Reminders:

  • With temperatures expected to be in the 90s on Sunday, Special Olympics Oregon will continue to monitor conditions and make decisions about changes to the current schedule accordingly.
  • Special Olympics Oregon uses the Oregon Scholastic Activities Association (OSAA) Heat Index Guidelines to help inform decisions about when to change schedules or cancel events.
  • There are many factors that go into final decisions and some changes may be made as late as the day of event – if conditions warrant.
  • We will have medical volunteers on site to help support any general injuries, illness, or heat-related issues.
  • SOOR will consult with our medical teams, facilities representatives, and sport officials when making on-site heat-related decisions that may impact the schedule.
  • We will also keep open communication with coaches throughout the days leading up to the event and during the event.
  • Water will be available throughout the event, but teams are encouraged to bring additional water bottles, coolers, and cooling towels to help stay hydrated and safe.
  • Please continue to hydrate in the days leading up to the event.

SOOR STAFF ON SITE AT EVENT:

  • Mark Hanken, COO – 971.404.1322 (mobile) – lead staff
  • Curtis Everetts, Director of Sports – 503.931.0953 (mobile)
  • LouAnne Tabada, Sr. Director of Program & Volunteer Services – 503.319.1182 (mobile)
  • Taylor Strain, Director of Program & Volunteer Services – 937.417.4455 (mobile)

Good luck to athletes, Unified partners, and coaches with your final preparation for this competition.   Safe travels!  We look forward to seeing everyone in person.