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 (February - June)

Athletics (Track & Field), Aquatics, Basketball, Bocce, Golf, Gymnastics

Fall Season (August - December)

Bowling, Floor Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

COACHING POSITIONS

Sports Assistant, Coach, or Head Coach.

STEPS TO BECOME A COACH

STEP 1

Look over the information for the position(s) that you are interested in.


This position is for individuals that will assist the Coaches during all practices and competition. It is helpful to have some sports knowledge but not a requirement. Special Olympics Southern California will provide sports training opportunities for individuals that may be interested in becoming a 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
- Re-certification required every 3 years

This position assist the Head Coach with sports training and competition. Coaches are responsible for assisting with the creating, organizing and conducting a comprehensive sports training program. Knowledge and/or coaching experience in the sport that you are coaching is preferred. Special Olympics Southern California will provide sports training through our Coaches Education program for individuals interested in this position.
Requirement:
- Age 18 years and older with a valid driver’s license
- One weekday or weekend (approximately 2-3 hours) for practice during an 8 (minimum) to 12 (maximum) week season and 2-3 weekends for athlete competitions during the season
Pre Application:
- Submit a Volunteer Interest Form
If Approved:
- Submit an Online Volunteer Application that will include a background check, an online Protective Behaviors Training course, and an online Concussion Training course
- Complete the Training Special Olympics Athletes (TSOA) course and the General Volunteer Orientation
- Beginning in 2017, Complete Sports Specific Skills Training
- Re-certification required every 3 years


POSITION DESCRIPTION


This position is for individuals who want to lead a team of athletes through training and competition. Head Coaches assist with the recruitment of Athletes, Coaches and Sports Assistants. Head Coaches create, organize and conduct a comprehensive sports training program training program. Special Olympics Southern California will provide sports training through our Coaches Education program for individuals interested in this position. Head Coaches are appointed by the Region/Area.
Requirement:
- Age 18 years and older with a valid driver’s license
- Must have knowledge and/or experience in the sport that you are coaching
- One weekday or weekend (approximately 2-3 hours) for practice during an 8 (minimum) to 12 (maximum) week season and 2-3 weekends for athlete competitions during the season
Pre Application:
- Submit a Volunteer Interest Form
If Approved:
- Submit an Online Volunteer Application that will include a background check, an online Protective Behaviors Training course, and an online Concussion Training course
- Complete the Training Special Olympics Athletes (TSOA) course, Sports Specific Skills Training, and the General Volunteer Orientation
- Re-certification required every 3 years


POSITION DESCRIPTION


STEP 2

View the Regions where we are currently recruiting volunteer coaches.


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STEP 3

After reviewing Step 1 and Step 2 and you decided to take the next step and express interest, please visit the Volunteer Interest website, select Inside of Sports, and complete the form.


Volunteer Interest Form