Sport Assistant Certification:
(Minimum requirements to become a Special Olympics Volunteer)
Volunteer A Form – Download and complete the Volunteer A form. Once completed please send a copy to your local coordinator. This form should be completed by every SOOH Coach and renewed every three years.
General Orientation – This is a general introduction to Special Olympics and any new volunteer or coach should take this training prior to working with athletes. Review the general orientation participation guide, and then complete the general orientation quiz.
Protective Behaviors – Online Training that must be completed every three years. Available by clicking here, this training must be completed by all new and existing Class A volunteers prior to working with Special Olympics athletes.
Concussion Training – Online Training that must be completed every three years. This training must be completed by all new and existing coaches prior to working with Special Olympics athletes.
Level 1 Requirements:
Coaching Special Olympics Athletes – This 3-hour course is offered through American Sports Education Program for $16.95. It is a great course for new coaches in preparation for their first Special Olympics coaching role. This course prepares coaches to use their sport-specific knowledge in coaching athletes with intellectual disabilities. The course is made up of four different units: the Athlete, Teaching and Training the Athlete, the Coach-preparing for and coaching during Competition and Managing the Program. For veteran Special Olympics coaches, this course serves as a reminder of the essentials sometimes forgotten after years of coaching.
Coaching Unified Sports – This 90-minute course is offered FREE through National Federation of State High School Associations. This course caters to both new and veteran coaches seeking continuing education. Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program that unites Special Olympics athletes and partners as teammates for training and competition. This course is based upon meaningful involvement for all team members and founded on Three Unified Programs: Unified Sports, Player Development, and Unified Recreation. Coaches will learn how to build a successful team by the recruitment and assessment process and appropriate sport selection for athletes and partners. Please note, an individual will not be recognized as a Unified Sports Coach until completion of a Level 1 Sport Skills course, however, the sessions can be taken out of order.
Level 2 Requirements:
Sport Specific Course – These sport specific courses are offered through Special Olympics Ohio throughout the year. Reach out to Avery Reinwald, Manager of Coaches Education, for a specific sport course. Avery Reinwald – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Level 3 Requirements:
Principles of Coaching Special Olympics Athletes – This course is a level 3 coaching requirement. This 9-hour course is offered through West Virginia Continuing Education for $35.00. Coaches who have completed a Sport Specific Skills or Coaching Special Olympics Athletes Course may take this course to maintain or upgrade certification in their respective sports. This non-sport specific course is based on the sciences of successful coaching. This course is made up of five different units: Understanding the Special Olympics Philosophy, Sports Planning for the Coach, Coaching Sport Skills and Developing Sport Confidence, Sport-Specific Performance Training and Nutrition for Special Olympics Athletes, and Sport Safety and Risk Management. (World Games and USA). Contact Avery Reinwald to access this course.