CALENDAR

Coach Overview

by | Jul 7, 2016 |

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 Coaches Code of Conduct.  Special Olympics Kansas offers 20 sports.

 

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.

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.
  • Complete Adult 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, Coaching Special Olympics Athletes, first-aid and general health information.
  • Complete Sport Certification test (on-line training). Required every 4 years.
  • Sign Code of Conduct  on file with SOKS.
  • Local Program Coordinator approves the volunteer’s role as a Coach.
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.

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.

  • Complete Adult Class A Form (allows SOKS to perform 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

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.

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