Coaching Opportunities

Head Coach

Undergoes classroom and hands on training and certification process, within one year of becoming involved as a coach, designed specifically for the needs of an intellectually disabled athlete.

  • Primary contact person for sport.
  • Maintains athletes’ records and completes registration process for competition.
  • Works with Special Olympics staff to select training site and time.
  • Organizes practices with other coaches and all athletes.
  • Attends competitions with the athletes.
  • Liaison for upcoming Coaches Training and Certification schools, encourages assistant coaches to become certified.

Assistant Coach

  • Undergoes one-day certification within his/her sport within one year of becoming involved as a coach.
  • Assesses each athlete to determine skill level for competition and training.
  • Develops eight-week training program for each athlete including fundamental skills, conditioning, and rules.
  • Has complete knowledge and abides by Sports Rules of Special Olympics.

Sport Volunteer

  • Is not required to become certified, helps out with practices.
  • Assists coach with assessing athlete skills.
  • Not necessarily expert in sport but comes to practice 75% of the time.
  • Does not travel to competitions unless asked by head coach.

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