Floor hockey was first introduced as a Special Olympics sport at the 1970 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Floor Hockey events combine both team and individual skills competitions. It is the only team sport among the Special Olympics Winter Sports. Floor Hockey training season is usually from November to March.

Details for Delaware County Program

SOPA Season: Winter (Nov – Mar)

Head Coach: Armand Mazzella

What to Expect: Athletes compete in 6v6 (5+goalie) environment with a large, soft puck. Skills training and competition is also available (shooting, passing, stickhandling).

Training Specifics: Thursday from 6-8pm at Academy Park HS in Sharon Hill starting on November 14, 2019. Training will run through Indoor Winter Games on Mar 7-8, 2020.

Competition Dates: (1) Berks County Competition @ Palmyra Area HS on Jan 5, 2020. (2) Area M Invitational @ Susquenita Schools on Feb 1, 2020. (3) Indoor Winter Games @ York County Expo Center on Mar 7-8, 2020. Athletes participating in Indoor Winter Games will be housed for 1 night, along with coaches, at a ratio of 4 athletes per coach.

Equipment: We will provide all the required equipment.

Uniform Requirements: We will provide athletes with a uniform. Athletes are responsible for all other athletic apparel. Sneakers must be worn.

**IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS** 

ALL athletes must have a current medical (on Special Olympics PA medical form) that runs through the end of the season. If the athlete medical is not up-to-date, athletes WILL NOT be able to participate. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this rule since it poses a safety risk to the entire program. An up-to-date medical must always be on file with the coach as well as sent to the program manager for filing.

ALL athletes must attend at least 8 trainings and participate in qualifiers to be eligible to compete in State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).

ALL athletes can participate in multiple sports during the same season, but must declare a primary sport for State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).