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Get Involved

As a Coach

Coach a local Special Olympics team

When you become a Special Olympics coach or assistant coach, you will find the rewards go far beyond the finish line. You will help athletes discover their physical skills, self-worth, courage, and capacity to grow. Coaching is one of the most important and rewarding volunteer roles in Special Olympics. That is why 1,600 men and women in Massachusetts choose to donate their time and talents to the athletes of Special Olympics Massachusetts as coaches.

 

“I gave my medals to my coaches because THEY deserve to be medaled. I wouldn’t have my medals without them. If it wasn’t for coaches and volunteers, this wouldn’t be possible. They need to be recognized, too. I wanted to say thanks to them.”  – Athlete, Jen Harrington

Requirements

The age requirement for becoming a head coach with Special Olympics is 18 and 16 for an assistant coach. Just like any other sports organization, coaches are responsible for helping with all aspects of the team, including:

  • Attending pre-season coaches meetings.
  • Assisting with recruiting athletes, partners, and additional volunteers.
  • Maintaining athlete records and registrations.
  • Developing an 8-10 week practice schedule for the season.
  • Conducting well organized practices.
  • Attending sectional and state-level competitions with your team.
  • Have a working knowledge of your sport and abide by the sports rules of Special Olympics.

Athlete and coach talking.

All coaches are required to complete a Class A volunteer form. Individuals over the age of 18 are required to provide their social security number as they are CORI and background checked to ensure the safety and well being of Special Olympics athletes.

Individuals under 18 are required to have two non-family members write recommendations for them. These forms can be provided to interested coaches after we locate a coaching opportunity for them.

All additional Special Olympics MA coaching resources can be found on our Resources for Coaches and Local Programs page.

How to Get Involved

Please see our current and upcoming head coach and assistant coach volunteer needs in the two sections below.  If these positions don’t match your interests and availability, please complete the Volunteer Interest Form  and we will email you with additional volunteer opportunities in your area.

Head Coach and Assistant Coach Volunteer Positions: Winter Season (December-March)

Head Coach positions (must be 18 years or older)

Ten-Pin Bowling Head Coach Needed in New Bedford

  • Practices are Saturday afternoons from 2 pm – 3:30 pm in New Bedford
  • Season is November through March
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Basketball Head Coach Needed in North Attleboro

  • Needed for Junior’s team ages 8-15
  • Practices are Sunday mornings from 10:30 am – 11:30 am in North Attleboro
  • Season is December through March
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Basketball Head Coach Needed in Bridgewater

  • Needed for Junior’s team ages 8-15
  • Practices are Friday afternoons from 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm in Bridgewater
  • Season is December through March
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Floor Hockey Head Coach Needed in Auburn

Basketball Head Coach Needed in Auburn

Candlepin Bowling Head Coach Needed in Millis

  • Practices are Wednesdays 4:30pm to 5:30pm at Ryan’s Family Amusement in Millis
  • Season is December 4th through April
  • You must be 18 years or older to join this team
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Fitness Head Coach Needed in Newton

  • Sessions will take place on Sunday afternoons for an hour during 2pm-4pm (dependent on coach preference) at the West Suburban YMCA.
  • Session will take place January through the end of February
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Assistant Coach Positions (must be 16 years or older)

Ten-Pin Bowling Assistant Coaches Needed in New Bedford

  • Practices are Saturday afternoons from 2 pm – 3:30 pm in New Bedford
  • Season is November through March
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Basketball Assistant Coaches Needed in North Attleboro

  • Needed for Junior’s team ages 8-15
  • Practices are Sunday mornings from 10:30 am – 11:30 am in North Attleboro
  • Season is December through March
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Speed and Figure Skating Assistant Coaches Needed in Amherst

  • Practices are Sunday mornings from 10 am to 11:30 am in Amherst
  • Season is December – Early March
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Bowling Assistant Coaches Needed in Chicopee

  • Practices are Wednesday evenings from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm in Chicopee
  • Season is December – Early March
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Floor Hockey Assistant Coach with ASL Experience Needed in Belmont

  • Practices are Saturday mornings and Wednesday Evenings in Belmont, MA
  • We are looking for coaches with experience in American Sign Language
  • Season is Mid October – Early March
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Floor Hockey Assistant Coaches Needed in Auburn

Basketball Assistant Coaches Needed in Auburn

Alpine Skiing Assistant Coaches Needed at Nashoba Valley in Westford

  • Season is December through March
  • Practices are Sundays 2:00pm-4:00pm and/or Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm at Nashoba Valley Ski Ward. Only one practice per week is required, but you’re welcome to volunteer at both practices.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Alpine Skiing Assistant Coaches Needed at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton

  • Season is December through March
  • Practices are Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm at Wachusett Mountain
  • These positions will be teaching new and beginner athletes how to ski.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Assistant Coaches for new Developmental Sports Program in Hanover

  • Description: Introductory Sport and Skills program for children ages 6-12.
  • Meet for 6 weeks from September 28th – November 9th, each Saturday 10:00am – 11:00am.
  • Flyer with more details can be found HERE.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Candlepin Bowling Assistant Coach Needed in Millis

  • Practices are Wednesdays 4:30pm to 5:30pm at Ryan’s Family Amusement in Millis
  • Season is December 4th through April
  • You must be 18 years or older to join this team
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Basketball Assistant Coaches Needed in Lawrence

  • Practices are Mondays 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Arlington Middle School in Lawrence
  • Season is December 2nd through March 8th
  • You must be 18 years or older to join this team
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Basketball Assistant Coaches Needed in Milton

  • Practices are Sundays 10:00am to 11:30am at Milton Academy in Milton
  • Season is January 12th through March 8th
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Upcoming Head Coach and Assistant Coach Volunteer Positions: Spring Season (March-June) and Summer Season (June-August)

Head Coach positions (must be 18 years or older):

Golf Head Coach Needed in Sandwich

Golf Head Coach Needed in Wilbraham

Swim Head Coach Needed in Amherst

Assistant Coach Positions (must be 16 years or older):

  • Golf Assistant Coaches Needed in Sandwich

  • Tennis Assistant Coaches Needed in Worcester

  • Swim Assistant Coaches Needed in Worcester

  • Swim Assistant Coaches Needed in Amherst