Special Olympics International mandates that all coaches complete basic requirements before they begin coaching. These requirements must be completed by individuals who know what athlete(s) or team they will be coaching. If you have not yet been connected to a program, visit the Become A Coach page. If you are ready to start coaching, please complete the below three requirements.
1. Class-A Registration
Send your full name, email and Local Training Program (Team Name) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon sending, you will get an email from Docusign to complete.
2. Protective Behaviors Course
This online course takes no more than 10 minutes. Its purpose is to prevent sexual, physical or emotional abuse of Special Olympics athletes. This course must be retaken every three years.
3. Concussion Awareness Assessment
This online video is 35 minutes long. After viewing, you will need to pass the assessment in order for the requirement to be considered completed. This assessment must be retaken every three years. Follow the step-by-step instructions.
Next Step: Get Certified!
Once these above requirements are complete, you are cleared to participate as a coach. All coaches are encouraged to earn official coach certifications provided through Special Olympics New Jersey’s nationally-accredited Coach Education System for free. In this System, coaches will learn about the basics of Special Olympics New Jersey, coaching expectations and responsibilities, sport technicalities, the athlete population, adaptive training and coaching sciences.
If you have questions regarding clearance through the basic requirements, contact email@example.com.
For questions or information regarding coach training and certification, contact Casey Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.