Category: Floor Hockey

2020 Floor Hockey Championship Recap

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Special Olympics Southern California's Floor Hockey Championship had inspiration from start to finish Saturday at the Kern County Fairgrounds. The event featured 15 teams and 240 athletes, with teams split into the Pacific, Central, Metropolitan and Atlantic divisions. Teams played games in the morning before being seeded based on record in the ...

2020 Floor Hockey Coach of the Season

Jaime Rutiaga was presented with the Special Olympics Southern California Floor Hockey Coach of the Season award Saturday during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2020 Floor Hockey Championship event at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield. A coach in the Santa Barbara County region for more than 13 years, Jaime puts his athletes first and ...

INSIDE SOSC: Competition Breeds Friendly Rivalries

Special Olympics Southern California competitions throughout the year often lead to familiarity among the teams. Think about it: Year-round sports, often featuring the similar groups of athletes in each region, create a bond over time. A case can be made that it's no more apparent than in the winter floor hockey season. Nine teams featuring ...

INSIDE SOSC: Beth Selbe Lends More Than a Hand in San Diego Area

Beth Selbe does more than just coach Special Olympics Southern California athletes in the San Diego area. She’s also helping mold the next wave of athlete advocates. Beth is the mother to 26-year-old Thomas Selbe, a floor hockey and basketball player. Nearly a decade of Special Olympics memories in Thomas' time includes the floor hockey ...

INSIDE SOSC: Looking Back on the First Half of 2019

Six months sure did fly by, didn’t it? Special Olympics Southern California, its athletes and supporters have celebrated the organization’s 50th anniversary in grand fashion, to this point. Here’s a look back at some of the key moments and stories from the first half of the year: 2019 Floor Hockey Championship The first championship event ...

INSIDE SOSC: 2019 Floor Hockey Championship Recap

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Kern County proved to be a tremendous host, as its athletes and coaches put on quite the performance Saturday at the Special Olympics Southern California Floor Hockey Championship. Kern County was one of the four gold medalists, as 16 teams battled it out in four divisions at the Kern County Fairgrounds. The ...

Mike Higgins: 2019 Floor Hockey Coach of the Season

Special Olympics Kern County's Mike Higgins was named the 2019 floor hockey coach of the season. Higgins, a floor hockey coach the past three seasons, first got involved when his son became an athlete in 2007. Two years later, he started coaching basketball. When his son's interests started to turn to other sports, so did ...

INSIDE SOSC: Floor Hockey Championship on Horizon

Special Olympics Southern California athletes got in one last competition before this weekend's floor hockey championship. Eleven teams battled it out in three divisions at the Northern Santa Barbara regional floor hockey competition on Feb. 23 at Santa Maria High School. Gold medal winners included the Santa Barbara Dolphins (red division), Santa Clarita Valley Great ...

INSIDE SOSC: Thriller in the OC

By Kelsey Lewis HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — More than 50 athletes and 40 volunteers were in attendance as four teams clashed in the 2019 Orange County Regional floor hockey competition at The RINKS in Huntington Beach on Feb. 9. The competition made for a busy bracket with each team playing at least two games throughout ...

#SundaySpotlight: David Amavisca

David Amavisca’s involvement with Special Olympics Southern California started as a parent, like many. David and his wife, Yndira, then branched out into volunteering, and specifically coaching. David’s impact has reached far more than just his son, Elias, as he was named the 2018 Floor Hockey Coach of the Season. David, a Santa Maria resident, ...