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 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

COACH POSITIONS

Sports Volunteer, Assistant Coach, or Head Coach.

Review the How to Become a Coach Guide for information.

DOWNLOAD THE COACH GUIDE

STEPS TO BECOME A COACH

STEP 1

Review Job Descriptions

JOB DESCRIPTIONS PDF

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 Volunteers are responsible for assisting coaches with sports training and competitions as assigned by the coach.
Requirements:
This position 2+ hours per week of a 8-10 week season.
Pre Application:
Submit a Coaches Interest Form
If Approved:
Apply as a Class A Volunteer
Attend General Volunteer orientation
Attend Coaches Meeting

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

Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches with five (5) or more years of experience and that meet all certification requirements are eligible to apply for National Games and World Games coach positions.

This position is for individuals who want to lead a team of athletes through training and competition. Coaches create training plans, oversee practice and work with other coaches and sport volunteers 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:
This position requires 6+ hours per week of a 8-10 week season.
Pre Application:
Submit a Coaches Interest Form
If Approved:
Apply as a Class A Volunteer
Attend a General Volunteers Orientation
Complete CSOA, Sport Specific Training & Principles of Coaching Training
Recertification Required every 3 years
Apply as a Class A Volunteer

Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches with five (5) or more years of experience and that meet all certification requirements are eligible to apply for National Games and World Games coach positions.

STEP 2

Complete a Coach Interest Form

After reviewing the general exceptions and time requirements of a Special Olympics coach and you have decided to take the next step, please contact us at volunteer@sosc.org.