What happens at practice? Each practice is primarily skill building. We participate in the regional and State Special Olympic tournaments. If you know your athlete will not compete in tournaments, please let the coach know asap early in the season. First practice is primarily an info session where the head coach gives an overview of the season and the athletes work on some basic skills. Your key contact for all team information during the season is the Team Rep.
My child has never bowled. I’m wondering if this may be too high level? You will be in good company at Northstars! Very few of our athletes have done any group or competitive sports before Northstars. They just don't have those opportunities through other channels and that's why Northstars was started and is so popular. We have athletes at all levels of skill and ability and there's no pressure to "win". We hope you'll come with your athlete and check us out see if it might be a fit.
Do you need volunteers to help with the teams? Yes. Bowling is a popular sport and we have lot of athletes and teams. A big need is unified partners who are typical peers of our athletes. Unified partners play alongside our athletes and help them with skill building, building friendships and having fun with the game. UPs include siblings, friends, classmates, relatives and neighbors.
When are tournaments? The regional tournament is typically early November on a Saturday (morning/afternoon) in the Raytown area. State Games in 2020 are being held in St. Charles MO. Teams come from across the State to participate.
What's the cost to register for bowling?
Weekly fee to bowl (including shoes) is $3 per athlete.
There's no cost to participate in Special Olympics.
Athlete and unified partner families are asked to join the Northstars Booster Club so we can continue to offer these opportunities.
Family membership is $30 calendar year with options for higher levels of support. See details here.
What's the cost to compete in the SOMO State Games?
The NKC School District provides funding for District students who participate in Special Olympics
For athletes and unified partners who are non-NKC District (school-age and adults) and participate in SOMO State Games, there is a $30 SOMO fee that's due right before State competition. If staying overnight in the dorm, an additional $20 fee applies.
If this is something you need help paying, please contact your coach immediately. We're here to help.