Now that you have filled out an application
Complete coaching requirements below
Complete the necessary requirements to become a Certified Coach. It is required that these forms be completed before working with athletes. We recommend that you be connected with a local program/team before filling out the paperwork.
HOW TO BECOME A CERTIFIED COACH
A Certified Coach is a volunteer for the local program who has met the SOKS requirements to become a coach. The coach provides athletes with sports training and competition opportunities.
REQUIRED: Complete Class A Form (allows SOKS to perform background check). Please complete the Class A form & submit prior to completing the rest of the requirements. Renewed every 3 years rounded to the end of the year.
REQUIRED: Concussion Training — Complete the “Heads up Coaches Concussion in Youth Sports” – free through Special Olympics North America. Documentation must be on file with SOKS. Renewed every 3 years rounded to the end of the year.
REQUIRED: General Orientation (on-line training) One-time only. Includes: Principles of Coaching, General Orientation to Special Olympics, and Athlete Centered Coaching Guide.
Recommended: Review additional coaching resources below.
CERTIFIED COACH RESPONSIBILITIES
Time commitment is usually 8-12 weeks per sport. Certified Coach are required to attend weekly practices (usually 1 hour per week) in addition to 2 competitions which are roughly 6 hours each.
Note: Some state competitions are more than 1 day thus requiring travel and overnight stay. A certified coach is required to be “on the bench” during competitions.