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 connected with a program, please complete the below requirements. Coach requirements must be retaken every three years to maintain coach eligibility.

1. Class A Registration

Send your full name, email and Local Training Program (team name) to volunteer@sonj.org. Upon sending, you will get an email detailing the next steps.

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.

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 complete. Follow the step-by-step instructions.

Next Step: Get Certified!

Once the 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 contact Volunteer Services at volunteer@sonj.org.