The Sports Management Team (SMT) is an elected representative body that assembles quarterly to discuss competition and training issues that further the mission of Special Olympics Texas. The SMT continually addresses issues that face Special Olympics. This body is responsible for facilitating change and creating new strategies to better serve the athletes, coaches, volunteers and families of Special Olympics Texas by bringing issues to the table that are raised by their constituent groups (see Sport Rule Change Request Form).
Conducts area training; directs/manages certification/recertification; advises area training personnel; serves as technical advisor for training programs; reviews and proposes rules changes to chapter office and SOI; and mobilizes sports teams to evaluate area training programs.
Serves as technical advisor for area and chapter games; assists in the recruitment of area and regional games directors; conducts games director and competition director trainings; and mobilizes sports teams to evaluate area and state games.
Serves as technical advisor for training of officials at local, area and chapter competitions; represents SOTX to statewide officials' organizations for the purpose of recruitment, training and education; reviews and proposes ideas for rule changes to the chapter office and SOI; and assists games director and coaches education director by providing training of games director and training director as it relates to officials.
Provides input from parents, siblings and guardians, giving perspective on designing appropriate training and competition opportunities; assists in statewide games director trainings and if needed, training director training; appointed by the State Families Support Network Community to serve as liaison to that committee; and represents SOTX SMT to family groups.
Represents the metro area and local perspective on designing and implementing training and competition needs of the athletes; assists state staff in the establishment of area sports management teams; represents SMT ideas and initiatives to the area/local level; and assists in the statewide training of games director and training director when needed.
Provides input from coach's perspective on the training and competition needs of athletes and coaches; represents SOTX to coaches; and supports statewide coaches and games director training programs.
Provides input from the athlete perspective on training and competition; and assists with the evaluation of competition and events.
Provides input from trainers and coaches perspective on training and competition needs of athletes and coaches; and assists in statewide training of trainers when needed.
Provides input from constituent groups (TEA, MHMR, ARC, etc.) on designing and implementation of training and competition opportunities. Appointed by the State Outreach Committee to serve as liaison to that committee. Represents SOTX to constituent groups.
Represents the rural area or local program perspective on designing and implementation of training and competition needs of the athletes; assists the state staff in the establishment of area sports management teams; represents SMT ideas and initiatives to the area/local level; and assists in the statewide training of games director and training director when needed.
Serves as technical advisor for local, area and state Unified Sports® programs; represents Unified Sports® participants' perspective on training and competition opportunities; and assists the coaches education and games director team members by presenting Unified Sports® information at statewide games director and training director training events.
Represents SOTX sport director perspectives to the SMT; serves as a technical advisor for area and chapter games; suggests rule changes as generated from the sport development teams; and works with sport director to assist with the recruitment of qualified clinicians at designated training schools.
Represents program perspective on the training and competition needs of athletes, families and coaches to the Board of Directors; and informs and updates SMT on the directives and initiatives of the Board of Directors as they relate to program services and organizational issues, needs and concerns. This position is held by a current SOTX board member.
Represents program/area director perspective on the training and competition needs of athletes, as well as the considerations and ideas of the volunteers that implement the training, competition and development needs of the organization at the area level. This position is selected by the vote of SOTX area directors, and this position is held by a currently employed SOTX staff member.
SMT members are selected by a subcommittee of the SMT.
Individuals interested in applying should fill out the Chapter Sports Management Team Application/Nomination Form and return the application to the Director of Competition and Games. Applications are due by November 1.
Any active member of SOTX may submit nominations and applications.
The Senior Vice President of Field Services, Director of Program Training, Director of Competition and Games, and the Director of Games Management will serve as staff liaisons to the Chapter Sports Management Team.
The team members shall serve for a term that will last for a period of two years and may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
The termination of a team member for reasons other than expiration of his/her term shall be at the discretion of the board liaisons and in conjunction with the chapter staff.