Resources for Coaches & Local Programs
- Becoming a Certified Special Olympics Coach
To become a Special Olympics Massachusetts Coach you must complete the following:
- Complete a Class A Application Form
- Complete the online Protective Behaviors Course.
- Complete Concussion Awareness Training thru the NFHS (note: you will need to list “Special Olympics MA” as your Organization name under your account for SOMA to internally track results) OR the Concussion Awareness Training thru the CDC (this one is more user friendly, but you will need to email SOMA a copy of your completion certificate as we do not internally track results.
- Complete the online SOMA General Orientation Course.
Beyond the role of Coach, you can become a Head Coach by completing the following:
- Complete a Unified Sports Course to coach a Unified Sports team here (note: you will need to list “Special Olympics MA” as your Organization name under your account)
- Complete the SOMA Sport Specific Certification:
Sports Specific test is intended to be informational and provide sport specific information and links to help coaches become better informed. This is good for Special Olympics Massachusetts Sport Specific Head Coach Certification Coaches must receive a 90% passing grade and can take the test multiple times if needed. Certification is good for three years within a particular sport
Find your sport specific test:
- Helpful Coaching Resources
Below are some links to websites that Special Olympics Massachusetts have found to be helpful and educational for all coaches. These resources will help our coaches become more knowledge and better coaches thus allowing our participants to grow to become better athletes in their sport of play.
If you know of other resources please let us know so we may share them with all our coaches.
- Complete a Coaching the Special Olympics Athlete Course here
- Sports National Governing Body (NGBs) Coaches Trainings. (i.e. Mass Youth Soccer, etc.)
- American Sport Education Program (ASEP) ONLINE COURSES.
- Positive Coaching Alliance – DOUBLE GOAL
- Jr. NBA – Skills and Drills videos and resources
- Autism and Instructional Strategies for Coaching
Special Olympics Coaches Guides
Special Olympics International provides all coaches with thorough, practical and informative tools and guides. The information provided assists with everything from sports rules, 8-10 week training guides, practice schedules, unique sport specific information and general coaches’ enrichment. Coaches guides are updated periodically to ensure new and interesting articles and tips are available. Up to date coaches guides can be found here.
- Special Olympics Massachusetts Modified Rules and Video Tutorials
Note all S.O. rules are based on National Governing body rules and NGB rules shall be employed unless in conflict with Special Olympics and Special Olympics Massachusetts modifications
- Track & Field (Athletics) rules modifications here
- Flag Football Rules HERE
- Soccer Rules: Special Olympics Massachusetts Modifications & Highlights Here
- Flag Football Rules – Video Tutorial here
- Differences between Unified Sports and Unified Sports Player Development Levels .
- Summary of suggestions for coach education here
- Sport Safety
- If there is an injury at practice fill out the Special Olympics Incident report and return to Special Olympics Massachusetts Business Operations department email@example.com
- Here is a great resource for all coaches and programs to read and have from the Center of Disease control when it comes to treating, reacting and dealing with an individual who is having a seizure. CDC 1st aid for seizures
- A Coaches Aid to First Aid by David Paterson. This in depth article provides coaches on the appropriate steps to follow and links to resources to a variety of different first aid situations you may encounter on the playing field, from head injuries, bleeding, heat issues, sprains & strains
- Staying Healthy & Avoiding Injury In Sports. This easy read website explains the symptoms of different injuries and tips on how to treat them
- Coming Soon SOMA Sport Safety power point / overview
- Resources for Local Programs
Financial Management Guidelines
2016 Financial Management for Local Programs
Uniform Guidelines & Logos
- A guide for local programs concerning team uniforms can be found here
- For logos and other graphic resources please contact your Community Development Manager
Special Olympics MA Codes of Conduct
Special Olympics General Rules
- Health Resources for Programs
For programs that have athletes with vision issues visit the following sites are dedicated to raising awareness of resources for individuals with vision impairment, legal blindness or deaf/blindness and intellectual disability.