Region I Volleyball
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 Volleyball facility 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.
Please check with your Region staff on the status of spectators attending competitions. With a few exceptions, only registered athletes, coaches and partners are allowed at these events. It is very important you relay to all parents and guardians the importance of only allowing registered persons into the event.
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:
What is Volleyball?
Volleyball provides the opportunity for athletes to learn the sports skills of the game as well as working with others. Individuals who wish to participate in volleyball can compete in Individual Skills Competition to develop basic volleyball skills. Athletes also have the opportunity to compete with their non-disabled peers on teams in Unified volleyball.
As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.
Individuals and teams in Illinois who participate in volleyball compete locally at Region Qualifying events. They are then eligible to advance to state Championships at the Fall Games held in Rockford in October.
Volleyball Events Offered in Illinois
- Team Volleyball
- Modified Team Volleyball
- Unified Team Volleyball
This event is a team competition with the teams divisioned and scheduled to play at certain times. Teams consist of traditional, modified and unified divisions. We try to follow the schedule as closely as possible, but please arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time.
The Workman complex is providing three indoor courts for our competition. Bathrooms will be open to the spectators/teams/volunteers and the locker rooms will be open to the athletes. Parking is available on both sides of the facility.
9am – Registration
10am – First three matches start
1145am – Opening Ceremonies
12pm – Lunch (TBD)
*Matches are set to play every hour from 10am-3pm, but this schedule may change depending on scratches and Covid – 19.
Teams should bring their own water bottles and mask.
Awards will be presented once the divisions have completed their matches. Registration paperwork will be turned in by those teams that receive gold. Fall Games paperwork will be located in your coaches packet.
We will have water on site, as well as water fountains that athletes can refill their personal water bottles. Lunch is TBD.
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.