This Web page provides a comprehensive summary of the SONC Eastern Basketball Tournament. There are several links to more detailed documents. You may not need to read all of this information because you are already familiar with it, but you are responsible for knowing it.
If you have questions about this info, if you need help, if you get lost, if you are running late, whatever it might be – call us.
You can call your area director or
A’Lisa Tello, 910-612-2542, or
Kelly Vaughn, SONC Staff, 919-818-7321
What’s New This Year?
We are very excited to return to Johnston County. The gyms that will be used for the event are located in Kenly, Micro, Selma and Smithfield. The longest driving distance is twenty minutes so they are all very conveniently located near each other.
We have changed a few things with venues. North Johnston High School will be used for 5-on-5 team competition this year (it was 3-on-3 last year) and 3-on-3 team competition will be held at Smithfield Selma High School and Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center; these are located right next to each other.
Healthy Athletes screenings will be offered at the eastern tournament this year. This is a great opportunity for athletes to get screenings and education at no cost that they may not receive otherwise.
- At individual skills, Health Promotions will provide education and games on healthy lifestyle choices and screening such as bone density 12:30-3:30pm.
- At Smithfield Selma High School, FitFeet will conduct screening and advising athletes on proper footware 11:00am-3:00pm.
Souvenirs and concessions will be sold at all venues. The most extensive selection of souvenirs will be available at Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center but limited souvenirs will be available at all location.
General Tournament Information
This document has the street addresses for each venue; very convenient if you’re using a GPS system. Please be sure to still reference our direction for specifics on parking, which entrances to use, etc.
5-on-5 – North Johnston Middle School, 301 East Main Street, Micro, NC 27555, Venue Manager Tyson Stauffer
5-on-5 – Selma Elementary School, 311 W Richardson St, Selma, NC 27576, Venue Manager Maureen McCarthy
5-on-5 – Selma Middle School, 1533 US Highway 301 N, Selma, NC 27567, Venue Manager Crystal Buehler
3-on-3 – Smithfield Selma High School, 700 Booker Dairy Rd., Smithfield, NC 27577, Venue Manager Lori Abbott
3-on-3 – Smithfield Recreation & Aquatic Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Rd., Smithfield, NC 27577, Venue Manager Carolyn Stafford
5-on-5 – North Johnston High School, 5915 US 301 North, Kenly, North Carolina 27542, Venue Manager Zac Fagan
Individual Skills – Smithfield Middle School, 1455 Buffalo Rd., Smithfield, NC 27577, Venue Manager Kim Palmer
There is no formal family registration process although we will ask them to sign-in at the information table so we can acknowledge their joining us.
One suggested hotel very convenient to the venues is listed below:Comfort Inn 170 South Equity Dr., Smithfield, NC 27577 (919) 938-4444 Rate: $79.99, Mention Special Olympics
When: Saturday – remember that check-in opens at the time below; you have until the start of the coaches’ meeting to check-in. The doors to the gym will not open until the check-in time listed below.
8:40 Basketball Individual Skills
8:45 5-on-5 Basketball Team
9:00 3-on3 Basketball Team
Where: At each competition venue
Who: Only the head of delegation and/or one coach should come to the Head Coach Check-In area to prevent congestion. Please direct the rest of the delegation to be seated in preparation for the Opening Ceremonies.
- Confirm possession of all athlete participation forms.
- Record scratches/no-show’s.
- Pick up arrival envelope containing welcome information and all nametags for the delegation.
- Confirm that you have all nametags at that time.
- Proceed to the coaches’ meeting and direct all athletes and other coaches to the Opening Ceremonies area. This will immediately follow the coaches’ meeting.
Meals and Housing
If your delegation is arriving on Friday night, separate correspondence has been sent to the head of delegation regarding housing arrangements.
SONC will provide lunch at all venues for delegations (registered athletes, coaches, chaperones, etc.). Family members are not included in these meals. An announcement will be made when lunch is available and each delegation is asked to only send a representative or two to pick up lunch for the entire team/delegation. Specific menus are still being determined.
We have made attendance by at least one coach or representative from each local program at the coaches meeting mandatory. Valuable information and updates are provided during these meetings. If the coach or a representative from the local program does not attend, that program is subject to penalty, including losing the ability to protest for the duration of the tournament. Call Andrea Stamm at 919-818-4520 if someone is unable to attend due to circumstances beyond their control.
Coaches Meetings Schedule
9:30 Basketball Individual Skills
9:25 5-on-5 Basketball Team
9:45 3-on3 Basketball Team
Basketball Sports Information - this includes information about rules and uniforming.
Basketball Individual Skills Preliminary Round Shift Assignments
Delegations have been assigned a shift for the preliminary (divisioning) round of Basketball Individual Skills competition. All of the individual skills athletes in your delegation will compete during the assigned shift.
Shift #1 @ 10:20am: Brunswick, Dare, Caswell Center, Johnston, Onslow, Orange, New Hanover
Shift#2 @ 11:40am: Gates, Harnett, Hoke, Nash, Pitt, Vance, Wake, Wayne, Wilson
Awarding for Basketball Team Divisions
Awarding in a three team division:
The overall record will determine which place a team is awarded. If a team has a 2-0 record they will receive the gold medal, a 1-1 record will receive the silver medal and a 0-2 record will receive the bronze medal.
If all three teams finish with a 1-1- record the following tie breakers will be instituted:
- The team who has allowed the fewest points will be awarded the gold medal, the second fewest points the silver medal, and the team that allowed the most points will win the bronze medal.
- If there is a tie in the most points allowed, the head to head game will be used to break the tie.
Team Record Points Allowed
A 1-1 45
B 1-1 54
C 1-1 31
Team C will be given the gold medal, Team A Receives the silver medal, and Team B receives the bronze medal.
Awarding in a four team division:
Four team divisions will play in brackets. The winners of the first game will advance and play for the gold medal. The teams who lose their first game will play each other for the bronze medal.
We are continuing to work on better recycling water bottles at lunch time. Please help remind all members of your delegation to be conscientious about disposing of these bottles in the right container.
We have a fantastic group of Games Management Team volunteers who have stepped up to run this Tournament. They will be supported by hundreds of day-of volunteers. Please know that they are there to help you and let them know how much they are appreciated.
General Special Olympics North Carolina Event Information
Here are some links to documents available for every event if you need a refresher or if this is your first event.
Head of Delegation Responsibilities
Here is an overview of what an HOD should do for their delegation.
Local Program Preparation Checklist
This can help you ensure you’ve thought of everything.
Sample Packing List
This is an example of a letter to delegation members provided by Colleen Lanigan, Special Olympics Orange County.
This document can provide an approximation of how far your drive will be to Raleigh.
General Policies & Procedures
Make sure you are familiar with SONC’s policies about medical transports, use of 15-passenger vans, smoking &alcohol, etc. You are responsible for being familiar with and helping to enforce these policies.
Competition Policies & Procedures
Here is where you can learn about filing protests, familiarize yourself with the athletes & coaches’ codes of conduct, etc. Information regarding sport rules committees is also available online.
Event Services Summary
This is a summary of the various services at the event including information services, transportation and medical.
Thank you for all the hard work you and all the coaching staff have already put into this basketball season not to mention the hours of training the athletes have gone through. We look forward to hosting the athletes at the state-level event and ensure that it is a great experience for all involved. We will send out an online survey at the conclusion of the Tournament to find out just how good you times were! Feedback is always appreciated so we can continue to improve on events.