Dear Special Olympics Idaho Family,
Unfortunately Special Olympics Idaho is being impacted by the lack of snow as are many other organizations, businesses, and individuals in Idaho. Due to the lack of snow throughout the state of Idaho and the lack of snow forecasted for the remainder of the winter season Special Olympics Idaho is canceling State Competition for snow sports (This includes Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing, and Alpine Skiing).
Unfortunately, due to the lack of snow athletes statewide will not have the proper conditions for training as required by Section 7.05 of the General Special Olympics Rules, which states that "Accredited Programs should offer athletes who are preparing for competitions at other levels within Special Olympics, such as for National Games, U.S. Program Games or Sub-Program Games (e.g. local, area, community), the same training and competition opportunities as are offered by that Accredited Program to athletes who participate in Regional, U.S. Multi-State and/or World Games." There is also a strong possibility that our venue for state competition will lack the adequate snowfall to host a quality competition.
Special Olympics Idaho will attempt to make arrangements for a State Floor Hockey Competition to be hosted in the Boise area on March 3rd 2012. More information on this will follow as we assess the availability of venues and lodging.
Area Competition will still be held for all sports (Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing, Alpine Skiing, and Floor hockey) for those teams that can meet the minimum 4 weeks of required of practice. Your Area Director will contact you with more information concerning and changes to Area Games.
2012 is a qualifying year for the 2013 Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Since Winter State Competition will not be held this year, we have received approval from Special Olympics Team USA to use 2011 State Games results as a qualifier for the 2013 games. As a result any athlete that received a gold medal at the 2011 State Winter Games will be eligible to apply for a spot on Team USA for the 2013 Games. This process will be discussed in further detail as we get closer to the 2013 games.
If you have any questions about the changes to State Competition feel free to contact me at the phone number listed below.
Sports & Training Manager Phone: (800) 915-6510 ext. 21
Special Olympics Idaho Fax: (800) 915-6510