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.

1

Get Connected

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.

2

Requirements

Complete the necessary requirements listed below.

Complete the necessary requirements listed below for the position that you are wanting to fill. 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.

1

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.

2

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.

3

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.

4

General Orientation (on-line training) One-time only. Includes: Principles of Coaching, General Orientation to Special Olympics, and Athlete Centered Coaching Guide.

5

Complete Sport Certification test (on-line training). Found with each sport listing here. Required every 3 years.

6

Recommended: Review additional coaching resources. COMING SOON

CERTIFIED COACH RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities: SOKS will provide materials and/or hands-on training to explain the responsibilities below. We will answer any questions the coach may have.

TIME COMMITMENT

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.

HOW TO BECOME AN ASSISTANT COACH

An Assistant Coach is a volunteer who assists the Certified Coach during practices and at a Regional/State competition.  It’s recommended that they have some sports knowledge but it’s not mandatory.

1

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.

2

Complete Protective Behaviors training (on-line training regarding Abuse & Neglect). Documentation must be on file with SOKS. Renewed every 3 years rounded to the end of the year.

3

Concussion Training — Please choose either the Concussion Training on the Special Olympics Learn platform. Documentation must be on file with SOKS. Renewed every 3 years rounded to the end of the year.

4

Recommended: Review additional coaching resources

ASSISTANT COACH RESPONSIBILITIES

TIME COMMITMENT

The time commitment is usually 8-12 weeks per sport. Assistant coaches are encouraged to attend weekly practices (usually 1 hour per week) in addition to 2 competitions which are roughly 6 hours each.

HOW TO BECOME A PROGRAM ASSISTANT

A Program Assistant is a volunteer who assists the Local Program in ways other than coaching. Roles may include but are not limited to: Chaperone, tracking physicals, assisting with financials, van driver, etc.

1

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.

2

Complete Protective Behaviors training (on-line training regarding Abuse & Neglect). Documentation on file with SOKS. Renewed every 3 years rounded to the end of the year.

PROGRAM ASSISTANT RESPONSIBILITES WILL BE DETERMINED BY YOUR LOCAL PROGRAM COORDINATOR

TIME COMMITMENT

Dependent on the Local Program needs. They could be seasonal by sport (example-just attending a particular competition) if chaperoning.

Or they could be year-round volunteers. It simply depends on the role being filled.

"As coaches, instructors and teachers, we can support students in pursuing opportunities and help them develop their skillsets accordingly."

- Geoff Garfinkle

STILL NEED HELP?

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.