HOW TO BECOME A COACH

Welcome to Special Olympics Southern California! A Special Olympics coach will serve an integral role in transforming the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through sports training and competition. Special Olympics Southern California provides opportunities to train and compete in 12 Olympics-style sports.

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SPORTS & SEASONS

Spring/Summer Season: Athletics (Track & Field), Aquatics, Basketball, Bocce, Golf, Gymnastics

Fall Season: Bowling, Floor Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

COACHING POSITIONS

Sports Assistant, Coach, or Head Coach.

STEPS TO BECOME A COACH

STEP 1

Look over information about each position


This position is for individuals who want to be out on the practice field or court, ready to help the athletes with drills and skill development, but not quite ready to take on a leadership position. It is helpful to have some sports knowledge but not a requirement. SOSC will provide sports training opportunities for individuals interested in this position. Sports Assistants are responsible for assisting coaches with sports training and competitions as assigned by the coach.
Requirements:
Age 14 years and older
This position requires 2+ hours per week of a 8-10 week season.
Pre Application:
Submit a Volunteer Interest Form
If Approved:
Submit an Online Volunteer Application
Attend General Volunteer Orientation
Recertification Required every 3 years

This position is for individuals that will work with the Head Coach during all practices and competition. Coaches are responsible for assisting with the training plan, skill development, athlete/team evaluations and competitions. It is recommended that a coach have some knowledge of the sport. Special Olympics Southern California will provide sports training opportunities for individuals interested in this position.
Requirement:
Age 18 years and older
This position requires 4+ hours per week of a 8-10 week season.
Pre Application:
Submit a Volunteer Interest Form
If Approved:
Submit an Online Volunteer Application
Attend General Volunteer Orientation
Complete Coaching Special Olympics Athletes (CSOA), Sport Specific Training
Recertification Required every 3 Years

This position is for individuals who want to lead a team of athletes through training and competition. Head coaches create training plans, oversee practice and work with other coaches and sport assistants to create a positive and fun environment for all athletes. It is recommended that a Head Coach have knowledge of the sport. Special Olympics Southern California will provide sports training opportunities for individuals interested in this position.
Requirement:
Age 18 years and older
This position requires 6+ hours per week of a 8-10 week season.
Pre Application:
Submit a Volunteer Interest Form
If Approved:
Submit an Online Volunteer Application
Attend a General Volunteers Orientation
Complete Coaching Special Olympics Athletes (CSOA) Sport Specific Training
Recertification Required every 3 years

Head Coaches are appointed by the Region/Area.

STEP 2

Express interest in a position


After reviewing the general exceptions and time requirements of a Special Olympics coach and you have decided to take the next step, please complete and submit the online volunteer interest form.


Volunteer Interest Form