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Coach Overview

Coaches and Assistant Coaches play a unique and indispensable role in Special Olympics Kansas. They provide the sports skills and spirit that define a true athlete and serve as role models and character builders. Coaches are asked to adhere to the Code of Conduct – Coaches  which must be completed and submitted to Special Olympics Kansas.

SOKS offers Coaches Training Schools throughout the year.  Please visit the SOKS Calendar of Events for dates and locations or contact Chris Burt at burtc@ksso.org.

Special Olympics Kansas offers 20 sports.

Listed below are specific coaching needs that teams have open. As always volunteers are needed to coach athletes year-round.

Pleasant Ridge Middle School is looking for two head coaches for their Unified Basketball teams for the 2018 fall season. The team practices on Sundays at PRMS from 4-5pm. The team will compete in two competitions (October 20 and November 3) in the Kansas City metro area. Contact Pam Cowen at cowenpam@gmail.com if you are interested.

Special Olympics Kansas is always looking for individuals  throughout the state to volunteer with Local Programs.  Please click here to check out Local Programs in your region.

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.

How to Become a Certified Coach

Is 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.

  • 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.

Responsibilities: SOKS will provide materials and/or hands-on training to explain the responsibilities below. We will answer any questions the coach may have.

  • To know and understand the rules of the sport being coached: Special Kansas Modifications to rules; Official Special Olympics Sports Rules; National Governing Body Rules; Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA). This includes knowing the order in which they will be followed.
  • Attend Coaches Training Schools and other training opportunities.
  • Evaluate athletes’ abilities according to the Special Olympics standards. This includes conducting Skill Assessment tests when required.
  • Ensure athletes participate in an eight week training period prior to competing. It’s understood due to weather or facility issues 8 weeks of training isn’t always possible however every attempt should be made to meet the 8 weeks of training guideline.
  • Provide a safe environment for athletes to train and compete.
  • Know emergency procedures- this would include weather safety, basic first aid, etc.
  • Ensure athletes have adequate and properly fitted equipment. Example- Athletes should not be wearing jeans when competing in athletics.
  • Work with Local Program Coordinator to ensure athletes Medical/Release forms (physicals), Health Information Update Forms, and Down Syndrome Addendum Forms are taken to training locations and competition sites.
  • Plan and organize practice sessions.
  • Maintain communication with Local Program Coordinator, athletes, and their families.
  • Work with Local Program Coordinator to be sure accurate assessment information is recorded on registration materials and submitted by regional or state deadlines.
  • To execute the moral and ethical responsibilities of a Coach.
  • Follow Coaches’ Code of Conduct.
  • Time commitment is usually 8-12 weeks per sport. Certified Coach are required to attend weekly practices usually 1 hour per week in addition to 2 competitions which are roughly 6 hours each. Note: Some state competitions are more than 1 day thus requiring travel and overnight stay.  A certified coach is required to be “on the bench” during competitions.
How to Become an Assistant Coach

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

  • 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.

Rsponsibilities:

Attends weekly practices and Regional/State competitions.

  • Duties are assigned by the Certified Coach or Local Program Coordinator. They may include but are not limited to:  playing catch, equipment manager, working one-on-one with athletes, etc.
  • Follow Coaches’ Code of Conduct.

The time commitment is usually 8-12 weeks per sport.  Assistant coaches are encouraged to attend weekly practices (usually 1 hour per week) in addition to 2 competitions which are roughly 6 hours each.

How to Become a Program Assistant

Is 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.

  • 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.

To be determined by Local Program Coordinator

  • Dependent on the Local Program needs. They could be seasonal by sport (example-just attending a particular competition) if chaperoning.
  • Or they could be year-round volunteers. It simply depends on the role being filled.

For more information on Sports Specific Certification, click here

For more information about your Region/Local Program, click here