CALENDAR

Certified Coach Policy

by | Jun 28, 2017 |

Certified Coach Policy

 

The Certified Coach Policy will become effective August 1, 2017.  Any individual who wishes to coach a sport must be sport certified in every sport they coach.   Each sport in which a Local Program trains and competes must have at least one (1) Certified Coach in the sport prior to their Delegations participation in the competition.  The Certified Coach must attend the majority of practices and is listed on the Games Registration Form.  The Games Registration Forms are due by the registration deadline for the first competition of the sport season.  If the sport in which the Local Program is participating is a team sport, each team of their Delegation must have a Certified Coach prior to training and competing.  Example:  The Mud Hens Special Olympics Delegation has 4 basketball teams.  Each team must have a Certified Coach or rather, the Mud Hens will need 4 Certified Basketball Coaches.

 

Requirements to be a Certified Coach (per SOKS policy to be effective August 1, 2017

1.)  Class A

2)  Protective Behaviors- needs to be renewed every 2 years rounded to the end of the year.

3)  Concussion training (documentation of completion on file with SOKS) – needs to be renewed every 2 years rounded to the end of the   year.

4)  General Coach Training (on-line training). One-time only.

Includes:

→   General orientation to Special Olympics & SOKS

→   Principles of Coaching

→   Coaching Special Olympics athletes

5)  Attend a Sport-Specific Training School (specific to sport they are wanting to coach).  The training is face-to-face. This is a requirement of volunteers seeking Certified Coach Status after August 1, 2017.  Current sport-specific coaches (in system prior 08/01/2017) are required to attend face-to-face training school at time of re-certification (required every 4 years).  Once a coach has attended a training school he/she may renew his/her coach certification on-line by completing the sport-specific quiz.  Note: Coaches must attend a face-to-face training school every 12 years.

6)  Approval of Local Program Coordinator- Local Program Coordinator sees no reason this volunteer shouldn’t be classified as a Coach.  SOKS is responsible for this step in the certification process.

7) Signed Code of Conduct to be kept on file with SOKS

 

 

 

6/8/2016

Volunteer Categories

Certified Coach– A volunteer for the local program who has met the SOKS requirements to become a coach.  The coach provides athletes with sports training and competition opportunities.

Steps to becoming a Certified Coach:

  • Complete Class A Form (allows SOKS to perform background check)
  • Complete Protective Behaviors training (on-line training regarding Abuse & Neglect). Documentation must be on file at SOKS. Renewed every 2 years rounded to the end of the year.
  • Concussion Training (on-line training).  Documentation must be on file with SOKS.  Renewed every 2 years rounded to the end of the year.
  • General Coach Training (on-line training) One-time only. Includes: Principles of Coaching, General Orientation to Special Olympics, and Coaching Special Olympics Athletes.
  • Complete Sport Certification test Required every 4 years.  This requirement will change August 1, 2017 (see Certified Coach Policy).
  • Sign Code of Conduct on file with SOKS.
  • Local Program Coordinators must approve volunteers wishing to become Certified Coaches.  SOKS is responsible for this step in the certification process.  Once a volunteer completes the previous steps SOKS will request the Local Program Coordinators approval.

 

Assistant Coach– A volunteer who assists the Certified Coach during practices and at a Regional/State competition.  It’s recommended that they have some sport knowledge but it’s not mandatory.

Steps to becoming an Assistant Coach:

  • Complete Class A Form (allows SOKS to perform a background check)
  • Complete Protective Behaviors training (on-line training regarding Abuse & Neglect). Documentation must be on file with SOKS.  Renewed every 2 years rounded to the end of the year.
  • Concussion training (on-line training). Documentation must be on file with SOKS.  Renewed every 2 years rounded to the end of the year.
  • Signed Code of Conduct on file with SOKS.

 

Program Assistant– A volunteer who assists the Local Program in ways other than coaching.  Roles may include but are not limited to:  Chaperone, tracking physicals, assisting with financials, van driver, etc.

 

Steps to becoming a Program Assistant:

  • Complete Class A Form (allows SOKS to perform a background check).
  • Complete Protective Behaviors training (on-line training regarding Abuse & Neglect). Documentation on file with SOKS.  Renewed every 2 years rounded to the end of the year.