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Volunteer at Area 3 Tennis

Registration opens May 7 and closes July 7, 2019.

Like mainstream tennis, Special Olympics Minnesota tennis gives athletes the opportunity to learn and perform a variety of skills that can be played throughout life. In addition to offering traditional singles and doubles events, SOMN offers individual skills competition to allow athletes to train and compete in basic tennis skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to match play. These skills include forehand volley, backhand ground stroke, serve-deuce court, serve-advantage court and alternating ground stroke with movement.

Athletes can also participate in Unified Sports doubles events. Special Olympics Unified Sports is a program that assigns athletes with and without (partners) intellectual disabilities to the same teams for training and competition. In Unified Sports tennis, a doubles team would consist of one Special Olympics Minnesota athlete and one partner.

As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender.

Facts at a Glance

Tentative schedule

3:30-4 p.m. – Delegation registration
4 p.m. – Coaches meeting (location TBD)
4:15 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
4:30 p.m. – Competition Begins: Individual Skills; Singles; Unified Doubles; Doubles
6:30 p.m. – Meal & awards presented after competition

Events

Short Court Individual Skills (ISC Level 1)
Individual Skills (ISC Level 2 or 3)
Short Court Singles (Match Level 2)
Singles (Match Level 3, 4, or 5)
Doubles (Match Level 3, 4, or 5)
Unified Doubles (Match Level 3, 4, or 5)

Sport-specific guidelines

1. Athletes may participate in an Individual Skills event or a Singles event and one Doubles Event.
2. Please use the 2019 SOMN Tennis Competition Levels to help determine which events and levels an athlete should be registered for. These levels are based on ball type and court size. The Competition Levels along with Qualifying Scores will be used in the divisioning process and will indicate which ball and court size will be used in competition.
3. At competitions, we will be using the low compression red felt balls rather than the foam balls for Individual Skills Level 1 and Short Court Singles Level 2. Per USTA recommendations, the red foam balls are recommended for practicing in a gymnasium, and the red felt balls are recommended when practicing and playing on a traditional tennis court.
4. For Unified Doubles teams, the expectation is that the athlete and Unified partner train and compete together throughout the season. Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.