The better the coach, the better the opportunity, the better the athlete!
In the name of all coaches, we shall follow written and verbal instructions of Special Olympics officials at all times, have our athletes at the appropriate events and activities at the proper time and abide by the rules and policies, in the spirit of sportsmanship.
Some Special Olympics coaches have coaching experience; some don’t. Some have experience with individuals with intellectual disabilities, some don’t. A coach can be a teacher, family member, or someone simply charged up to change others’ lives and their own!
To get connected as a new volunteer coach, first find Special Olympics near you and contact your Area Manager.
Below, you can find forms, information and training opportunities you may need as a coach during your sport season. Additional coaching resources are available on the Special Olympics Inc. website.
- Coach Code of Conduct – Special Olympics coaches and assistant coaches should model respectful behavior and good sportsmanship. The standards of behavior in our Coach Code of Conduct help us oversee quality training and competitions along with creating a positive environment for our athletes, volunteers, fans, and families.
- SOMaine Volunteer Registration Packet – Our Class A Volunteer application and Event Volunteer release forms can be found in our Volunteer Resources section.
- Protective Behaviors Training and Quiz – The Protective Behaviors online training course and quiz gives guidance on how to treat our athletes respectfully and how to identify potential signs of abuse. Coaches are required to complete this training and quiz every three years.
- Concussion Awareness Training – The Concussion Awareness & Safety Recognition online training courses and quiz gives guidance on how to help minimize the risks for concussion or other serious brain injuries. Class A volunteer ages 16+ are required to complete this training and quiz every three years. Class A volunteers must complete one of the following Concussion Awareness & Safety Recognition training:
- Sport Rules & Coaching Guides – Download rules & coaching guides for every sport in Our Sports section. We offer tools for planning a training season, teaching sports skills, and following the rules, protocol, and etiquette of each sport
Coach’s Training Schools & Coach Certifications
- Coach Certification Process – Find out how to become a Special Olympics certified coach.
- SOME – Coach Education System 2019 – The key to improving athlete performance and well-being is based on the quality of sport training and experiences provided by the local Special Olympics coach. Special Olympics Maine’s Coach Education System identifies basic standards and competencies necessary and essential for being a Special Olympics coach.
- Upcoming Coach’s Training Schools – Coach’s Training Schools are an integral part to Special Olympics Maine’s Coach Education System. Coach’s training schools are part of the Head Coach certification process which are designed to educate coaches in sports Special Olympics Maine offers along with the importance of training for competition.
- Coaching Special Olympics Athletes Online Course – Through this three-hour course, you will develop a better understanding of how people with intellectual disabilities learn and how they participate in sports. The course offers a solid overview of the coaching principles involved in working with Special Olympics athletes, as well as practical ideas that you can immediately use in your teaching and coaching. The cost for the course is $16.95.
- Strategies to Improve Learning & Performance – This is a general guide to coaching adults and children with intellectual disabilities (ID), focusing on some behaviors or characteristics commonly associated with ID.
- Coaching Unified Sports® Online Course Online Course – While many of the coaching challenges are similar – defining roles in line with ability and fostering teamwork – coaching a Unified Sports team is unlike any other coaching position. Goals, motivations and even the meaning of winning are different. With an introduction by Brenda and Kurt Warner, this NFHS course will help you understand and implement the most successful coaching strategies for this very special mix of teammates. This course is free.
- Principles of Coaching Online Course – Through this West Virginia University credited course, you will develop your understanding of coach philosophy, sports planning & coaching sport skills and development. The cost for the course is $35.00.
- A Coach’s Playbook: An Introduction to Autism and Instructional Strategies for Coaching – As the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is becoming more prevalent, it is important that our coaches are trained to work with athletes who are on the autism spectrum.
Director of Training
207-879-0489 x 14