Becoming a Certified Special Olympics Coach

Becoming a Certified Special Olympics Coach

Laurene & her coach at World Games in 2015.

The goal of the Special Olympics Massachusetts coaches education system is to provide all our coaches with the tools needed to properly coach the athletes on their team in their sport of choice, as well as to continually challenge both the coach and the athlete to always improve on their performance and grow as an athlete and coach.

Special Olympics Massachusetts, in accordance with Special Olympics North America guidelines, has developed the following criteria in order to become a Special Olympics MA coach.  All coaches are required to renew their status every three years.

Level One – Required for all Coaches

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  • Through NFHS, in person SOMA training, Red Cross, or through locally certified organization

Level Two – Core Coaching Knowledge

  • All Level One requirements
  • Complete the Unified Sports Course
    • Required of all coaches that coach a Unified sport
    • Please note you must list Special Olympics MA as your Organization name under your account
  • Coaching the Special Olympics Athlete
    • Online via Human Kinetics
    • Through Special Olympics MA coach college offered course
    • Licensed professional in field of special education or similar field

Level is required for all coaches attend a USA Games

Level Three – Advanced Coaching Knowledge

  • All level two requirements
  • Principles of Coaching

Required for all World Games Coaches