In addition to building on the core understanding of Special Olympics provided by Coaching Special Olympics Athletes, Principles of Coaching combines knowledge of sports and disabilities and focuses on the following areas:

  • developing a coaching philosophy
  • building a successful program
  • enhancing athlete confidence
  • incorporating fitness and nutrition
  • using effective training strategies
  • understanding sport and risk management

Course completion will give coaches a gold level certification in the Coach Education System.

Taking the Course

Coaches may take the course in person or online. It is recommended to take the course in person but coaches may choose which option suits them best.

In Person

Visit the Events page and filter by Training to see if there are upcoming in person course trainings in your area.

Special Olympics New Jersey provides the in person course to coaches free of charge and encourages coaches to participate in this option for the benefit of discussion and learning from instructors and fellow coaches.


Follow the steps on the course instructions to access. Please note there is a $35 payment for the course.

The online course is self-guided and may be completed over multiple sittings. Please note there is a deadline to complete the course based on your enrollment date. Coaches pay for the online option themselves.


For any questions about the Principles of Coaching course or becoming a coach, please contact Volunteer Services at