Unified Champion Schools Unified Bowling – Northern Competition
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 bowling 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. The decision on allowing spectators is based on the facility being used for the competition, the rules they have and the amount of people above the number of registered athletes and coaches they can safely accommodate. It is very important you relay to all parents and guardians if spectators will be allowed at this competition.
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 Unified Bowling?
In the Special Olympics context, the term “Inclusive Sports” has two distinct but closely intertwined meanings. One refers to giving people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in sports – that is, to enable them to be included in the life experience of being an athlete. The other refers to sports activities that athletes of all abilities participate in together – inclusively. Unified Champion School’s Inclusive Sport component covers both in a youth centered framework. This Unified Bowling competition pairs people with and without disabilities on the same teams to foster inclusion and equity.
This event is Unified Bowling Team Competition for Unified Champion Schools teams from Middle School, High School, and Colleges within the Central and Southern Regions. Teams will be divisioned based on their team 3 game average and age group. Teams will then play 3 games on site for competition. As full divisions finish their bowling, final places will be decided and awards will be presented.
Proper ball rolling will be enforced at this bowling event. The facility has stated that “lofting” the ball and other actions that can be considered unsafe will not be tolerated and are grounds for disqualification.
Stardust Lanes is open to the public and we have access to the entire facility.
9:00 – 9:30am – Registration
9:30am – Bowlers Report to Lanes
9:45am – Bowlers Begin Practice
10:00am – Competition Begins
Middle Schools Bowls 2 Games
High School Bowls 3 Games
Awards will be given immediately following competition and score tabulation.
Stardust Lanes has a limited number of small size shoes and lightweight balls. Please bring your own balls and shoes if possible. Stardust Lanes will require each individual needing bowling shoes to leave one of their own personal shoes as a deposit while they bowl. When an athlete returns their bowling shoes, the lanes will return the individual’s shoe. RAMP BOWLERS MUST BRING THEIR OWN RAMPS.
There is no food allowed on the lanes. Athletes and Unified Partners should bring their own water bottles.
Awards will take place immediately following the competition. In case of protests, awards for the division in question will be presented once the protest is adjudicated by the Rules Committee. Medals are awarded to all athletes who finish first, second or third and ribbons are awarded to 4-8 place finishers. In cases of disqualification, athletes will receive a participation ribbon. Please do not delay awards presentations for picture taking. In cases of ties, awards will be presented using the Olympic format, i.e., 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th.
Concession stands will be open during the competition.
Lunch will not be provided for this event. A snack bag and bottle of water will be provided to each athlete as they leave the bowling alley. If an athlete requires a special diet, it is the responsibility of the coach to provide for the athlete’s needs. Provisions for special dietary needs of athletes or coaches cannot be made by Special Olympics Illinois.
Special Olympics Illinois will post results on the Special Olympics Illinois website at www.soill.org. Go to the results table to secure a team’s scores or place of finish; do not ask event officials or awards presenters; this will delay the process of presenting awards to Special Olympics athletes.
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.