Coach's Corner

Special Olympics Coach Oath

"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 train opportunities you may need as a coach during your sport season. Additional coaching resources are available on the Special Olympics Inc. website.

Coach Resources

Coach Code of Conduct
Special Olympics coaches and assistant coaches should model respectful behaviors 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
Our Class A Volunteer application and Event Volunteer release forms can be found in our Volunteer Resources section.

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

State Games Resources
Find forms, letters, and policies regarding your delegation’s trip to one of our state-level games on our State Competitions section.  Find

Area Games Resources
Find forms, letters, and policies regarding your delegation’s trip to one of our area-level games on our Area Competitions section.

Coach's Training Schools & Coach Certifications

Coach Certification Process
Find out how to become a Special Olympics certified coach.

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.
Online Training & Quiz

Concussion Safety & Awareness Recognition
Click here to complete the NFHS Concussion Awareness Course or
Click here to complete the CDC Concussion Awareness Course

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.

Contact Us

For more information, contact your Area Manager or:

Sports & Competition Director
Lauren Lessard
207-879-0489 x 13

Training Director
Ian Frank
207-879-0489 x 14