Become a Coach
United through Coaching.
Coaches and Assistant Coaches play a unique and indispensable role in Special Olympics Kansas. They provide the sports skills and spirit that define a true athlete and serve as role models and character builders. Coaches are asked to adhere to the Code of Conduct – Coaches which must be completed and submitted to Special Olympics Kansas.
Special Olympics Kansas is always looking for individuals throughout the state to volunteer with Local Programs.
Steps to get started.
Get connected with a local program in your city/county.
Option 1: Fill out this coach interest form and we will contact local programs in your area and find the right fit.
Option 2: Click here to find contact information for Local Programs in your area to contact them directly.
Complete the necessary requirements listed below.
Complete the necessary requirements listed below to become a Certified Coach. It is required that these forms be completed before working with athletes. We also recommend that you be connected with a local program/team before filling out the paperwork.
COACHING CODE OF CONDUCT
All coaches are asked to adhere to the Code of Conduct. Click here to download the Coaches Code of Conduct.
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 requirement. Renewed every 3 years rounded to the end of the year.
REQUIRED: Complete Protective Behaviors training (on-line training regarding Abuse & Neglect). Documentation must be on file at SOKS. Renewed every 3 years rounded to the end of the year.
REQUIRED: Concussion Training — Complete either 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: Complete Sport Certification test (on-line training). Found with each sport listing here.
Recommended: Review additional coaching resources. COMING SOON
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.
"As coaches, instructors and teachers, we can support students in pursuing opportunities and help them develop their skillsets accordingly."
- Geoff Garfinkle
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