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Coach Education Program

A positive sport experience starts with the coach
 

This program has been developed to further foster the SOKY mission of providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

This program also adheres to the quality standards and competencies outlines by Special Olympics, Inc. that are necessary and essential for being a Special Olympics Coach.

Coach refers to an individual who assumes responsibility for athletes, actively trains athletes, and works directly with athletes on the field of play.  Coaches not only provide skills training for athletes but they are also role models and character builders.  Coaches give Special Olympics athletes the most immediate awareness of their own worth, ability, courage and capacity to grow and improve.

HEAD COACH: Assumes overall responsibility for the delegation, team, etc. He/She must be at least 18 years of age and a responsible individual who can commit time on at least a weekly basis throughout the respective sport season.  (Sport Training Certification is required.)

ASSISTANT COACH: He/She must be at least 16 years of age and a responsible individual who can commit time on a least a weekly basis throughout the respective sport season.  (Sport Training Certification is required.)

Coaches must achieve the beginning certification level (Level 1) by the conclusion of the second sports season upon entering Special Olympics Kentucky.  In order to maintain and/or upgrade coach certification, a coach continues approved coach education.  Each coach is required to upgrade their knowledge and experience at least once every three years.

Persons not adhering to these guidelines will not be eligible to coach a Special Olympics Kentucky athlete/team.  Our athletes are very important to us and they deserve a well-educated coach.  We believe the better the coach, the better the experience for the athletes.

PREREQUISITES

  • Fill out a volunteer background form.
  • Complete the Volunteer/Coach Orientation and Protective Behaviors courses and submit the accompanying training quizzes from each section. (Courses available on-line)
  • Pass a criminal background check and become an Approved Class A Volunteer.
LEVEL 1
  • Coach has fulfilled prerequisites.
  • Participated in a Coaching Special Olympics Athletes Course.
  • Signed the Coaches Code of Conduct.
  • Filled out and submitted an Application for Sports Training Certification.  Including a completed 10-hour practicum in each sport. (Coaches will be required to be certified in each sport they coach.)
  • Any Coach coming into the SOKY Coach Education Program upon completing the CSOA course is able to obtain any sports certification within 12 months of course completion, by fulfilling the 10 hour Coaching practicum in each sport.  Course practicum hours must be done for each sport within 12 months of completing the class portion.

/OR/

  • Coach has fulfilled prerequisites.
  • Participate in a Sports Specific Skills Course
  • Signed the Coaches Code of Conduct.
  • Filled out and submitted an Application for Sports Training Certification Including completed 10-hour practicum in each sport. (Coaches will be required to be certified in each sport they coach.)
  • Course practicum hours must be done within 12 months of completed class portion.

Once a person has completed all level 1 requirements within the Coach Education Program they are considered to be a certified Special Olympics Coach.  From this point forward in order to remain certified a coach must maintain/or/upgrade their current level of certification through continuing their education using approved curriculum.

LEVEL 2

  • Coach has fulfilled all Level 1 requirements.
  • Coach has completed a CSOA course
  • Complete Principles of Coaching Course. (Online through WVU)

LEVEL 3

  • Coach has fulfilled all Level 2 requirements.
  • Complete a Tactics Course in the sport being coached OR complete an ASEP Online Course.
    • For courses that are currently approved please contact the state office. 

LEVEL 4

  • Coach has fulfilled all Level 3 requirements.
  • Complete a Comprehensive Mentor Program
  • Turn in a completed and signed program log.

APPROVED RECERTIFICATION CURRICULUM

  • Coaching Special Olympics Athletes (If not used to obtain a Level 1 certification)
  • Skills Course (preferred method)
  • Unified Sports Training (NEW)
  • Coaching the Train Method (NEW)
  • First-Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Course
  • National Governing Body Courses
  • Positive Coaching Alliance – Double Goal
  • Upgrade – from Level 1 to Level 2
  • Upgrade – from Level 2 to Level 3
  • Upgrade – from Level 3 to Level 4

* Any coach taking approved courses that are not offered through the Special Olympics Kentucky State Office must submit documentation confirming your attendance.  (i.e. - If a quiz/test is given, SOKY requires a copy)

Special Olympics Kentucky Coach Education System

Training and Certification
Building Blocks of Knowledge and Experience

Certification Level

Certification Components

Certification Duration

Foundation

Background Check

3 years

Foundation

General Orientation

Lifetime

Foundation

Protective Behaviors

3 years

Level 1

Track One
Individuals without Prior Coaching Experience

Track Two
Individuals with Prior
Coaching Expereince

  1. Sports Specific Skills course
  2. Coaching Special Olympic Athletes course
  3. Unified Sports Training
  4. Coach the Train Method
  1. Coaching Special Olympic Athletes course
  2. Sports Specific Skills course
  3. Unified Sports Training
  4. Coach the Train Method

3 years

Level 2

Principles of Coaching (Online)

3 years

Level 3

Tactics Course

3 years

Level 4

Comprehensive Mentoring

3 years

 

* Coaches may no longer take the Coaching Special Olympic Athletes Course more than once for certification credit. 
**  New Coaches taking the Coaching Special Olympic athletes may complete the 10 hour practicum to gain multiple certifications.  (all must be completed in the following 12 months)
*** Coaches taking the Coaching Special Olympic athletes for the first time may use the course to renew certification in one sport but may also gain certification in additional sports with completion of the 10 hour practicum.  (all must be completed in the following 12 months)
**** Coaches completing the Principles of Coaching Course will be automatically renewed in all sports to which they have been previously certified.  NOTE: Must have completed the Coaching Special Olympics Course prior to taking this course.

 

 

 
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