Unified Flag Football
Flag football is the newest sport offered by Special Olympics Minnesota. Flag football is offered as a Unified Sport, which means individuals with and without a disability are on the same team. Those who have participated on a flag football team -- athletes and unified partners alike -- have said it's a blast.
The Flag Football season runs from August to mid October. Teams are formed only when there are enough athletes and unified partners to meet the Special Olympics required ratio -- and -- we have enough coaches to work with the athletes.
Practices will held Sunday afternoons at the West St. Paul Sports Complex. Some days maybe be “Bad Weather Days.” Please check our website at southregionstars.com for cancelled practices due to the weather.
All Unified Partners must be registered with SOMN as a Level 1 coach. This entails completing an application, reviewing an online PowerPoint presentation, and taking a brief on-line quiz about the material reviewed. http://specialolympicsminnesota.org/who-we-are/coaches/
Registration is now openfor the 2016 Unified Flag Football season. Don't forget that we need each participant to fill out the Registration Form (COMPLETELY). If participating in the state tournament, make sure to attach a $25 registration fee.
Coaches and Partners
If you have an interest in coaching Flag Football or becoming a Unified Partner, please contact Marcie Padgett by emailing her at MPadgett@ci.apple-valley.mn.us. Currently we are apprising the number we need based on athlete registration.
- Eligibility: Athletes cannot be allowed to practice or compete unless they have an up-to-date application and physical on file with Special Olympics of Minnesota.
- Check Conflicts: Please add the competition schedule to your calendar so that if you are planning a vacation, you can try to work around these dates. Keep in mind that athletes must compete at the area tournament in order to compete in the state competition.
- Remain on Site: If you are sending an athlete who is a beginner; requires one-on-one attention; or has a behavioral issue, the athlete must be accompanied by a responsible adult who is to remain with the athlete.
- Group Homes: Out of respect for all athletes who want to participant, we ask that you provide us with one Level 1 coach when bringing three or more athletes to practice and competition. We are required to document a specific ratio of athletes to coaches; if we can't meet our ratio, some athletes may not be able to participate.