Presentation on theme: "Functional Area Lead Team Members: Kirk Miles – Vice President Competition, Ceremonies & Events Steve Bennett – Sr. Director Sports Operations & Competition."— Presentation transcript:
Functional Area Lead Team Members: Kirk Miles – Vice President Competition, Ceremonies & Events Steve Bennett – Sr. Director Sports Operations & Competition Venue Management Directors of Sports Operations & Competition Venue Management: Jason Balkenhol – Cross Country Skiing, Jesus Cabrera-Floor Hockey, Jackie Woodland-Figure Skating, Erin Roper – Snowshoeing, Steve Trimble-Alpine Skiing, Mike Massett-Speed Skating, Ashley Crawford-Snowboarding 2009 World Winter Games PDL: Volunteer Services Overview/Purpose: The Sports Operations & Competition Venue Manage Department is the cornerstone of the bi-annual World Games. The purpose of the department is to design and develop a world class competition for all participants at the games. Goals & Objectives: The goal of the Sports Operations & Competition Venue Management Department is to host an athlete centered, world-class athletic event, showcasing the athletic skills and achievements of athletes with intellectual disabilities, leaving them, their families, friends and spectators with a lasting and memorable experience of the 2008 Special Olympics Invitational Winter Games and the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. This department will also develop standardized policies and procedures pertaining to the efficient, safe and excellent administration of the sports competitions at the Games. While developing the Plan, the focus will be on the athlete experience as paramount. Venue management will be designed to provide effective, integrated operations at each competition venue with athlete experience paramount. Coordination with each functional area (FA) through an appointed venue-specific commissioner to the Venue Management Team will provide the basis of a successful competition venue. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: The Sports Operations & Competition Venue Management Department is responsible for the following: Implementation of the Sports Operations Plan Implementation of the Competition Venue Management Plan Administration and competition implementation Assistance in the procurement of sports equipment Implementation of sports staging for competition Consultation of the set-up and build out of the competition venues focusing on the field of play (FOP) and support services for the athletes, coaches, and officials Identification, implementation, communication, and enforcement of relevant SOI policies and procedures Implementation of SOI divisioning process Development of appropriate training and warm-up opportunities for competitors Implementation of world class award ceremonies Sports clinics, demonstrations and exhibitions Operation of timing/scoring/results process Identification, recruitment and management of sports officials including the Special Olympics Officials Program for Athletes (SOOPA) Sports Information Desks/Support services for athletes, coaches, and officials Schedule and host daily coach and official meetings Coordinate with SOI to ensure the successful development and implementation of the Games Management System (GMS) Key Interfaces: SOI World Games/Sports Staff SOI appointed technical delegates for each sport Delegation HOD/Asst. HOD Coaches/Athletes Competition Committees Officials (International & SOOPA) Various GOC Functional Area leadership Legacy: A world class standard was established at these games. Competition at each venue was world class in execution and in the consistent and inspiring LOOK developed at each venue. The training of key competition volunteers and officials, utilization of SOI appointed technical delegates for each sport, SOI appointed officials (International & SOOPA), and professionally produced and executed awards ceremonies set a standard for subsequent GOC’s to immolate. A number of locally utilized officials and SOOPA officials were trained and will provide ongoing sports expertise to SO Idaho. Events: Seven (7) Official Special Olympics Winter Sports and two (2) demonstration sports were provided at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Official Sports and actual number of athletes and coaches at each competition: Alpine Skiing (284 athletes & 84 coaches) Cross-Country Skiing (286 athletes & 83 coaches) Figure Skating (153 athletes & 47 coaches) Floor Hockey (750 athletes & 188 coaches) Snowboarding (64 athletes & 25 coaches) Snowshoeing (266 athletes & 54 coaches) Speed Skating (147 athletes & 48 coaches) Demonstration Sports: Motor Activities Training Program (MATP) Young Athletes Program Clinics: Curling clinic provided on practices rink at Speed Skating venue Unified/VIP Floor Hockey Unified Snowshoeing relay Cross-Country Skiing Technique Clinic Cross-Country Celebrity relay race Figure Skating – Skate with a Celebrity sessions Schedules/Timelines: February 4-6, 2009 – Host Town Program February 7, 2009 – Opening Ceremony February 8-13, 2009 – Sports Competition and other games related activities February 13, 2009 – Closing Ceremony Successes: LOOK - by utilizing the services of professional vendors with experience in developing look at world class events we were able to provide the highest level of pageantry, consistency and magnitude inherent to any world-class sporting event. The GOC was able to combine the role of sports director and venue director and utilized key volunteer structures to effectively operate a world class event while reducing the GOC staffing budget significantly. The GOC was able to work with SOI to identify and utilize international and SOOPA officials, insuring world-class officiating, while instituting cost containing measures as related to travel. Each GOC Sports Director was successful in working closely with GOC development staff to identify and secure needed sports equipment on a VIK or loaned basis, at a great savings to the GOC. They also were able to develop close relationships with the facility representatives and ownership resulting in the use of FF&E that was already in place, again resulting in great savings to the GOC. Challenges: Providing key SOI sponsors with the level of recognition expected at competition venues Delays in getting registration and travel information from participating delegations severely affected the GOC planning process resulting in a potential reduction in the ability of the GOC to provide all participants with an exceptional experience. Due to an extremely tight economic environment it was determined that a cost savings could be realized by shortening the length of the games by one day. This cost savings was estimated at approximately $1million US. Shortening the event by one day resulted in less time to compensate for training time, assessments and divisioning practices, and preliminary and final competition. Securing sports equipment for athletes that came to the games without necessary equipment. This was especially acute with athletes in Floor Hockey, Speed Skating, and Snowshoeing (approximately half of the athletes participating in Speed Skating competed in hockey skates). Key Learnings: The high level of success in conducting a world class competition for the Special Olympics athletes in attendance is attributed to the level of ownership, guidance, and leadership provided by SOI. Communication between SOI and GOC leadership was initiated early in the planning process, was consistent, ongoing and thus constructive relationships were developed. This strong leadership, utilization of Technical Delegates, and the model of support provided should be replicated throughout the SOI/GOC planning process. There should be a direct line of responsibility and authority provided for all functional areas, activities, and programs that are part of each world games portfolio whether initiated by GOC or SOI. Another concrete example of highly effective utilization of resources is the extended assignment of a SOI staff representative to work at the GOC along with the GMS system. This type of support should be expanded across the spectrum of support to subsequent GOC’s. Difficulty in staging successful assessments in Floor Hockey and Figure Skating during the HTP timeframe Competition staging area at Cross-Country Skiing should be expanded to a minimum of 50’x50’ tent. Recommendations: Prior to bid being awarded to a community insure that clean venues for existing SOI sponsors can be provided and that concession issues are addressed and agreed to. An earlier registration deadline should be established and adhered to – the World Games is not the time nor place for a program to “launch” their Special Olympics imitative by sending untrained athletes to the World Games …it is not fair to the programs and athletes that have trained throughout the year and met registration deadlines. SOI should develop, on a regional basis, a template training implementation plan and schedule that would be overseen and enforced by each regional sports manager. SOI should develop a plan to insure that each delegation attending the games has necessary sports equipment for their competition. The GOC should solicit from each delegation their need for sports equipment needed so that adequate sales or rental vendors can be on hand to supply competitor needs. The lack of equipment was most significant among athletes/delegations competing in Speed Skating, Snowshoeing, and Floor Hockey. Expanded language support should be provided to support coaches meetings at each sport as well as at each Sports Information Desk (this will also be discussed in Delegation Services PDL). Continue practice of providing medals for 1 st to 3 rd, while providing 4 th thur 8 th place participants with a ribbon similar to the ribbon utilized for 1 st to 3 rd medals. The utilization of a large pin with the Games logo was highly effective and appreciated by athletes, coaches, and family members. Change Sports Information Desk to “Coach & Official Area” and completely differentiate the functions of the Information Desk (general information & results for public) and an area where coaches and officials only can conduct business and exchange information critical to the sports competition. Develop ongoing relationship with vendor(s) providing playing surface for Floor Hockey. SportCourt and/or key competitor SnapCourt should be approached for sponsorship relationship of both Winter and Summer games as well as the Special Olympics Sports Experience. Don’t underestimate the need for carpet and/or non-skid surfaces for staging areas, awards areas, etc. at all outdoor competition venues. Provide protective covering and non-skid surface for awards podium at Figure Skating/Speed Skating that will protect blades from damage. Improve process for involvement of SOI guests/VIP’s in demonstrations, clinics, and special events at the competition venues Continue the promotion of Curling and interface closely with the International Governing Body of Curling for possible inclusion as an Official Sport for future Special Olympics World Winter Games. Clarify inconsistencies regarding stipends and reimbursements for the Figure Skating officials as mandated by ISU rules. This is inconsistent with GOC policy and the level of service provided to officials in other sports. Manage expectations thru early and clear communication to all officials of the GOC policy on sharing rooms and what stipends, if any, are provided. Provide dedicated vehicles to International & SOOPA officials. It is recommended that 1 dedicated vehicle be provided for each 3 officials. Create a position within the department to oversee professionalism, LOOK, and consistency of daily coaches meetings. I. PlanII. DoIII. Learn
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