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.

Special Olympics Kansas is always looking for individuals throughout the state to volunteer with Local Programs.

There are two main steps to becoming a coach:

Step 1 – Get connected with a local program in your city/county.

Option 1: Fill out this coach interest form and we will contact local programs in your area and find the right fit.

Option 2: Click here to find contact information for Local Programs in your area to contact them directly.

Step 2 – Complete the necessary requirements listed below for the position that you are wanting to fill. It is required that these forms be completed before working with athletes. We also recommend that you be connected with a local program/team before filling out the paperwork.

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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.

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.


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.

  • 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.