Fall Games

Fall Games Day 2 Live Stream – Starts at 8 AM

Fall Games Day 1 Footage

COVID Procedures

All participants should self-screen prior to arriving at this event and should remain home if feeling unwell or displaying coronavirus symptoms.

All athletes, coaches and spectators are required to wear a mask while inside the Equestrian and Volleyball facilities regardless of vaccination status. All athletes and Unified Partners are required to wear a mask indoors while they are competing.

Unless fully vaccinated, participants who are medically able should continue to wear a mask at outdoor venus the majority of time while at Special Olympics Illinois activities.

Athletes and Unified Partners do not have to wear a mask while competing in outdoor competitions.

Vaccination is not required to attend in person events.

Special Olympics Illinois will not be providing masks.  Athletes and coaches must bring their own.

SOILL will have hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes/spray and other cleaning/sanitizing products on-site.

Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible.  While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority.  All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines. 

Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information:



Due to facility issues, no spectators will be allowed to attend the Volleyball portion the 2021 Fall Games.  

Spectators are allowed to attend the Equestrian portion of the 2021 State Fall Games if they sign the COVID Code of Conduct Form. Spectators are encouraged to complete the form on-line using this link https://www.soill.org/event-spectators/  

Spectator access to the building will be monitored to ensure all spectators have signed the COVID Code of Conduct. Those unwilling to sign the form will not have access to the building. 

Live Streaming

Due to facility issues, no spectators will be allowed to attend the Volleyball portion of the 2021 Fall Games.  However, Special Olympics Illinois will be providing LIVE streaming so you won’t miss any of the competitive action.  You can watch by tuning into the SOILL Facebook Page and Fall Games section on the SOILL website.

What is Fall Games?

Fall Games is one of 11 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those winning a gold medal at a Region Tournament in Volleyball and those participating in Equestrian. More than 700 athletes compete in this tournament.

Competition Information


Do you love horses? Then Equestrian is the sport for you. The Equestrian competition will be conducted at BraveHearts at the Bergmann Centre in Poplar Grove. Athletes registered to compete in Dressage, English Equitation, Showmanship, Stock Seat Equitation and Working Trails will compete on Saturday.  No Equestrian competition will happen on Sunday.


Volleyball is a fantastic sport to play. Special Olympics Illinois team competition brings the best teams in the state together in an exciting event.  Team competition is offered for both traditional and Unified. Unified teams will participate in screening games prior to final divisions being determined. Games will start as scheduled and IHSA rules will govern all tournament play. Athletes competing in volleyball team competition will be required to wear appropriate attire. No jeans or jean shorts will be allowed.

Athletes may also compete in Volleyball skills. Skills competition will be on Saturday, at Harlem High School. Competition will begin at 9am on Saturday and awards will be presented after all skills competitions are completed. Athletes competing in skills will be required to wear appropriate attire. No jeans or jean shorts will be allowed for any athlete in skills competition.

Tentative Competition Times

All times listed below are tentative and subject to change once event specific schedules are determined. For a final schedule please check the Supporting Documents section close to competition day.


  • Saturday, 9am-5pm
  • Sunday, 8am-3pm


  • Saturday, 8am-4pm

Facility Information

SITE: Rockford, Illinois

  • Equestrian – BraveHearts at the Bergmann Centre, Poplar Grove
  • Volleyball – Harlem High School, Machesney Park

Volunteer Information

We are looking for volunteers to help at the Volleyball venue on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday and Sunday.  If you are interested in volunteering, please use the link below:


Opening Ceremony

A small Opening Ceremony will be offered in the morning at Equestrian.  No Opening Ceremony will be offered at volleyball at Harlem High School. 


Souvenirs are available by pre-order only.  Orders will be available for pick-up at your tournament specific venue on Saturday only.  If you are unable to pick-up your items at the event then you can pay to have them shipped to you.  To order, please click on the link:  www.soillstatestore.com


Due to COVID- 19, no spectators will be allowed at Harlem High School for the Volleyball portion of the 2021 Fall Games. 

Families Registration/Hospitality is open for families and friends attending the Fall Games Equestrian competition.  

Families should stop by Families Registration at the Equestrian venue to pick up an event packet, giveaway and free tickets for the family raffle. Local refreshments and donuts will also be available as well as visitors’ information for the Rockford area. A food truck will be at the Equestrian venue Saturday from 11:00am-4:00pm.

The Family Registration area will be open at the following times:

Saturday – 7:30am – 1:30pm 

Victory Dance

Due to COVID 19, no dance will be offered at the 2021 Fall Games. 

Text Alerts and Event status Updates

Please set up your text alert by texting “fallgames” to 844-393-0980.



Lunch for the Volleyball venue is served in the Harlem High School commons area.   Lunch for the Equestrian venue is served at Bergmann Centre.   

Due to COVID-19, Special Olympics Illinois is not offering dinner at the school.  Each agency will be responsible for their own Saturday dinner.  A food stipend of $15 will be available for each athlete, Unified partner and coach.  SOILL will only authorize stipend payment for those officially registered and approved to participate in the tournament.  Stipends are not available for any extra staff or participants an agency may bring to the event or for any athletes, Unified Partners or coaches who scratch or do not participate in their registered events.  Agencies can apply for reimbursement after the tournament by submitting the 2021 Stipend Form and an itemized receipt. 

Supporting Documents

Fall Games Event Handbook

Fall Games Event Handbook Memo

Fall Games Schedule Memo

Fall Games 2021 Volleyball Venue Map

2021 Final Volleyball Schedule

2021 Final Volleyball Divisions

Special Olympics Illinois State Equestrian Class List 2021

2021 Equestrian Schedule

2021 Equestrian Schedule Additional Information

Fall Games Menu

Fall Games Coach Proof Report 2021

Fall Games Agency List with Divisions

To see a complete list of all State Championship Competitions, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, who support Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.

For assistance in securing a hotel room for this event please visit: https://www.gorockford.com

Who We Are

Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world.  Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities.  Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life.  Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.


Oct 23 - 24 2021


8:00 am - 6:00 pm




BraveHearts at the Bergmann Centre
4950 IL-173, Poplar Grove, IL 61065

Location 2

Harlem High School
9229 N Alpine Rd, Machesney Park, IL 61115
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