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2019 State Flag Football Live Scoring


 

 

Stay up to date with the 2019 State Flag Football games on Saturday, November 2nd and Sunday, November 3rd.

Through our live scoring page you can see how the teams progress during the day! Follow the link to the appropriate division and tune in!

 

                Traditional Division Matches: 

https://www.soill.org/joomsport_season/traditional-division/?action=calendar


Unified Soccer State Tournament


 

WHEN: November 2, 2019
WHERE: Schaumburg Indoor Sports Center 1141 Il-19, Schaumburg, IL 60193
CONTACT: Jennifer Marcello jmarcello@soill.org 630-200-7693

 

State Rosters 

2019 State Game Grid And Divisions 

 

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 2nd.  If your athletes are not playing until later in the day, you can register your team closer to your scheduled game time.  (Please allow at least ½ hour).

 

Schedule for the Day:

8:30am – 1:00pm:  Team Registration

9:00am: First Set of Games

11:00 – 12:00pm:  Lunch Available

4:00pm: Final Awards

 

All games will take place inside the Sports Center.  All fields are turf.  Cleats or athletic shoes are permitted.  Only registered athletes, partners and coaches will be allowed in the competition area.  All spectators are asked to stay off the field and outside the competition area. There is a spectator section.

 

Please make sure that you allow ample time to register, warm up and make your scheduled game time.  Once teams take the field, games will start immediately to ensure we stay on schedule.  Teams not ready to play at the end of 10 minutes from their scheduled game time will forfeit that game.  Should the field be available and teams be ready, we will start games early.

 

Lunch will be provided to all registered athletes, Unified Partners, Coaches and volunteers. Lunch will consist of a Subway sandwich, chips, cookie and bottle of water.  If you have any dietary restrictions, you are responsible for providing your own meal.


Rikki Kirsch Honored for Dedication and Passion to the Law Enforcement Torch Run to Support Special Olympics Illinois


 

The 2019 Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference took place in Aurora, Colorado last month. The conference was particularly extraordinary for one Special Olympics Illinois athlete, Rikki Kirsch.

Rikki was announced as one of the three recipients of the 2019 LETR International Athlete of the Year Award.

The LETR International Athlete of the Year Award, recognizes athletes for their efforts in athletics, work, and involvement with LETR. The award builds on the commitment of law enforcement officers by recognizing a Special Olympics athlete who has gone above and beyond in their efforts to support law enforcement.

Across Illinois, Rikki is known for her unwavering courage and passion for competing in Special Olympics

Illinois events. Rikki also has an inside track to law enforcement, as her father works for the Sheriff’s office.

Rikki goes above and beyond when it comes to LETR and Special Olympics. She invites officers out to events and encourages them to get involved with Special Olympics. She has made a point to connect with other law enforcement families who have children who may be eligible to compete with Special Olympics Illinois.

Throughout her term as the first athlete ambassador to serve on the Law Enforcement Torch Run state committee, Rikki has opened doors with law enforcement to increase awareness about Special Olympics athletes.

“Rikki has become engaged in the Torch Run movement. She is a fixture at various Torch Run events,” said Katie Risley, Director of Development for LETR.

“It has been an honor to watch her grow and develop into a young leader, and it has been remarkable to observe Torch Run leadership in Illinois truly embrace Rikki as one of their own.”

Rikki and her family have attended and actively participated in hundreds of Torch Run fundraisers and activities. She has taken on the responsibility of traveling to many police departments throughout the state. There, she would talk about why police officers need to be involved with the Torch Run. She is so inspiring, many of those departments have become active for the first time or re-energized to do more.

Rikki is an exceptional and dedicated athlete who believes in the Torch Run and Special Olympics, there could not be a more deserving recipient.

“If you look up ‘ambassador’ in the dictionary, you will see a picture of Rikki Kirsch.”


State Flag Football


 

Avanti’s Dome: 3401 Griffin Ave, Pekin, IL 61554, USA

November 2-November 3

Nate Henry
309-888-2574
nhenry@soill.org

What is State Flag Football?

State Flag Football is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in Flag Football. State Flag Football is hosted at the Avanti’s Dome in Pekin.

Competition

State Flag Football is a stand-alone competition and serves as a showcase for our Flag Football athletes to demonstrate the skills they have learned throughout the year. Everyone is encouraged to attend this premiere state tournament so make sure you don’t miss this great event!

Volunteers

Volunteers are needed in a variety of roles at our State Flag Football competition. Please click on the link below to check out all the available shifts and register to volunteer!
Volunteer SaturdayVolunteer Sunday

Tentative Competition Times

All times listed below are tentative and subject to change once event specific schedules are determined. Times only reflect actual competition times and do not include time frames for coach meetings, team registration, etc. For a final schedule please check the Supporting Documents section close to competition day.

  • Saturday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sunday: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony will take place at the Avanti’s Dome on Saturday evening.  More details will be shared closer to the event date.

Families

Stop by the family registration located in the main lobby to receive you event packet and a raffle ticket for the FREE Raffle. Don’t forget to wear your credentials.  If you don’t have family credentials, you can order them at the event – these are FREE to families. Hours are as follows:

Hours:                       10:30am – 3:00pm

Souvenirs

Souvenirs will only be sold on Saturday. Souvenir hours are 10:00am – 3:00pm.  Items range from $1 to $55 and will include clothing and other traditional souvenir items. The vendor will sell State Flag Football Tournament specific t-shirts and sweatshirts.  Cash and most major credit cards will be accepted for souvenir sales.  CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.  Souvenir items are offered by Minerva Promotions and a percentage of sales are given to Special Olympics Illinois.

Receive 15% off of all preorders when you spend $50 or more.  You can save time and pre-order items and pick them up on-site.  If you want to personalize any items then you must pre-order them.  On-site customization is not offered at the tournament.  Please click here: (Flag Football Interactive Souvenir Flier Interactive SO FLAG FOOTBALL 2019 LINK or go to www.soillstatestore.com to view items and submit your preorder.

Weather

Please sign up for the text alert.  This alert will send you any last minute changes in the Flag Football schedule.  To register, please text FlagFootball to the number 844-393-0980.

In case of inclement weather, check the website at www.soill.org for schedule changes or cancellations.

Supporting Documents

2019 Flag Football Event Handbook Memo

2019 Flag Football Event Handbook

2019 Flag Football Agency List For Coach Proof

Flag Football Souvenir Flyer

Family Information 2019

Flag Football Map to venue

2019 Flag Football Menu

2019 Flag Football Agency List With Final Divisions

2019 Flag Football Schedule And Divisions

2019 Flag Football Schedule Memo

Flag Football Brackets


2019 Fall Games


 

What is Fall Games?

Fall Games is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those winning a gold medal at a local event in Volleyball and those participating in Equestrian. More than 700 athletes compete over this weekend and bring the joy of sport to Rockford!

Volleyball 2Location

SITE: Rockford, Illinois

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

Volunteer

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 click on one of the links below for the date you want to register for and you can sign up online. If you want to register for more then one shift, then once you are logged into our system you can pick the next date and venue from the drop down menu.

 

Volunteer Friday - Volleyball Set Up               Volunteer Saturday - Volleyball               Volunteer Sunday - Volleyball

 

Competition

Equestrian

Do you love horses? Then Equestrian is the sport for you. The Equestrian competition will be conducted at BraEquestrian 1veHearts at the Bergmann Centre in Poplar Grove. Athletes registered to compete in Dressage, English Equitation or Showmanship will compete on Saturday.  Stock Seat Equitation will compete on Saturday or Sunday. Those athletes registered for Working Trails will compete on Sunday. Equestrian patterns will be sent out at least 2 weeks before the competition

Volleyball

Volleyball is a fantastic sport to both watch and play. Special Olympics Illinois team competition brings the best teams in the state together in an exciting event.  Competition is offered for both traditional and Unified teams. 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. Times only reflect actual competition times and do not include time frames for coach meetings, weigh-in times, etc. For a final schedule please check the Supporting Documents section close to competition day.

Volleyball

  • Saturday, 9am-4pm
  • Sunday, 8am-3pm

Equestrian

  • Saturday, 8am-4pm
  • Sunday, 8am-4pm

Families

Families are always encouraged to attend Special Olympics Illinois events to watch their athletes compete. Families Registration/Hospitality is open for all families and family members attending the Fall Games competition. Families should stop by Families Registration at both the Volleyball and Equestrian venues 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. Concessions will be available at Harlem High School for families to purchase snack and lunch items.

The hospitality areas will be open at the following times:

Saturday

  • OC 1Equestrian –  7:30am – 1:30pm
  • Volleyball –  8:00am – 3:00pm

Sunday

  • Equestrian – 7:30am – 11:00am
  • Volleyball – 7:30am – 11:00am

Families are also invited to attend the Family Dessert Reception immediately following Opening Ceremony from 7pm – 8:30pm at Harlem High School. We hope you will join us for some delicious desserts, snacks and fun while the athletes are enjoying the dance.

Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony will start at 6:30pm on Saturday in the Harlem High School main gymnasium. Areas will be assigned seating in the main gymnasium. Agencies may begin seating for Opening Ceremony at 6pm as there is no parade of athletes at this event.

Dance 2Victory Dance

Everyone loves the victory dance and the Fall Games dance is especially fun thanks to all the athletes and coaches who come dressed in costume! This year the dance will take place at Harlem High School after Opening Ceremony on Saturday. The dance will be from 7-8:30pm in the main gymnasium. So make sure to wear your best dancing shoes and everyone is encouraged to come in costume if they so desire.

Souvenirs

Souvenirs will only be sold on Saturday at both venues. Items are sold at Harlem High School from 8:00am – 3:00pm and at the Equestrian venue 8:00am – 2:00pm.   Items range from $1 to $55 and will include clothing and other traditional souvenir items. Cash and most major credit cards will be accepted for souvenir sales.  CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.  Souvenir items are offered by Minerva Promotions and a percentage of sales are given to Special Olympics Illinois.

Receive 15% off of all preorders when you spend $50 or more.  You can save time and pre-order items and pick them up on-site.  If you want to personalize any items then you must pre-order them.  On-site customization is not offered at the tournament.  Please click here: (Fall Games Interactive Souvenir Flier  Interactive Souvenir Flier or go to www.soillstatestore.com to view items and submit your preorder.

Text Alerts & Event Status Updates

In case of inclement weather, schedule changes or cancellations check the website here for updates. Please sign up for the text alert.  This alert will send you any last minute changes in the Fall Games schedule.  To register, please text “FallGames” to the number 844-393-0980.


Supporting Documents