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Coach Training Information

Below are the requirements to become a Certified Coach, Assistant Coach or Program Assistant.  As a reminder, teams can be comprised of all three.  SOKS encourages every local program has at least one volunteer who is a certified coach per sport that is offered.  If the sport has individual teams (ie. basketball,soccer, volleyball) one certified coach is encouraged for each individual team.  If you have any questions, please contact Chris Burt at burtc@ksso.org

 

Special Olympics Kansas is constantly looking to improve our policies and procedures to better serve our constituents. We have listened to the concerns and questions posed by our Local Programs, coaches and athletes regarding the coaches training policy. To that end, we have revised what we are now calling the Coach Training System to make it more flexible, accessible and sustainable given the realities of our organization.

Special Olympics Kansas Training System

To view the major changes to the new Coaches Training System, please click here  Please note:  The General Orientation now includes a box to check acknowledging your acceptance of the Coaches Code of Conduct.

Steps to become a Certified Coach
  • Contact a Local Program near you and inquire about volunteering at their practices- be sure to ask when/where they practice and what sports they offer.
  • Complete Class A  Form (allows SOKS to perform background check).  Please complete the Class A form & submit prior to completing the rest of the requirement.
  • Complete Protective Behaviors training (on-line training regarding Abuse & Neglect). Documentation must be on file at SOKS. Renewed every 3 years rounded to the end of the year.
  • Concussion Training —  Please choose either the CDC Concussion Training or the NFHS  Concussion Training.  Documentation must be on file with SOKS. Renewed every 3 years rounded to the end of the year.
  • General Orientation (on-line training) One-time only. Includes: Principles of Coaching, General Orientation to Special Olympics, and Athlete Centered Coaching Guide.
  • Complete Sport Certification test (on-line training). Required every 3 years.   Click Here for more options on Sport Specific Training.
Steps to become an Assistant Coach
  • Contact a Local Program near you and inquire about volunteering at their practices- be sure to ask when/where they practice and what sports they offer.
  • Complete Class A Form (allows SOKS to perform background check).  Please complete the Class A form & submit prior to completing the rest of the requirement.
  • Complete Protective Behaviors training (on-line training regarding Abuse & Neglect). Documentation must be on file with SOKS. Renewed every 3 years rounded to the end of the year.
  • Concussion Training —  Please choose either the CDC Concussion Training or the NFHS  Concussion Training.  Documentation must be on file with SOKS. Renewed every 3 years rounded to the end of the year.
Steps to become a Program Assistant
  • Contact a Local Program near you and inquire about volunteering at their practices- be sure to ask when/where they practice and what sports they offer.
  • Complete Class A Form (allows SOKS to perform background check).  Please complete the Class A form & submit prior to completing the rest of the requirement.
  • Complete Protective Behaviors training (on-line training regarding Abuse & Neglect). Documentation on file with SOKS. Renewed every 3 years rounded to the end of the year.

GENERAL ORIENTATION

To become a Certified Coach, the SOKS General Orientation must be completed. The SOKS General Orientation is a 1 time only training.

Please review the documents below to answer the questions on the General Orientation Quiz.

General Orientation 
Athlete Centered Coaching Guide
Principles of Coaching

CONCUSSION TRAINING

American Specialties (Special Olympics insurance broker) and SOI require states to implement a Concussion Policy. The Policy includes a mandatory on-line concussion training for all Special Olympics Kansas coaches. Upon completion of the training, a coach must submit their certification of completion to SOKS. Please print out the certificate and send completed certificate to kso@ksso.org or fax 913-236-9290.  Documentation must be on file with SOKS.  Renewed every 3 years rounded to the end of the year.  Please keep a copy of the certificate for your records. Contact SOKS if you have question.

Two available options:

CDC –  Concussion Training – On-Line Course 

NFHS – Concussion Training – On-Line Course

Sport Specific Certification

 

Sports certification expires every four years.  If your certification has expired or is about to expire, click on the sport listed below for the on-line sports training.

 

Current Local Program volunteers click here to view your local programs current volunteer status.  For questions, please contact SOKS at kso@ksso.org.