The following courses can be taken in the preference of your own setting and schedule. The courses are all delivered through demonstrative videos and a series of PDF downloads. SOTX will not cover any course registration fee.
Special Olympics North America has partnered with American Sport Education Program (ASEP), National Federation of High School (NFHS) and West Virginia University Continuing Education (WVU) to offer online courses. These courses are for Special Olympics Coaches who are seeking advanced training or continuing education.
This 3-hour course is offered through American Sports Education Program for $16.95. It is a great course for new coaches in preparation for their first Special Olympics coaching role. This course prepares coaches to use their sport-specific knowledge in coaching athletes with intellectual disabilities. The course is made up of four different units: the Athlete, Teaching and Training the Athlete, the Coach-preparing for and coaching during Competition and Managing the Program. For veteran Special Olympics coaches, this course serves as a reminder of the essentials sometimes forgotten after years of coaching.
This course is equivalent to the classroom Level 1 - Coaching Special Olympics Athletes Course.
This 90-minute course is FREE offered through National Federation of State High School Associations. This course caters to both new and veteran coaches seeking continuing education. Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program that unites Special Olympics athletes and partners as teammates for training and competition. This course is based upon meaningful involvement for all team members and founded on Three Unified Programs: Unified Sports, Player Development and Unified Recreation. Coaches will learn how to build a successful team by the recruitment and assessment process and appropriate sport selection for athletes and partners. Please know, an individual will not be recognized as a Unified Sports Coach until completion of a Level 1 Sport Skills course; however, the sessions can be taken out of order.
This course is equivalent to the classroom Level 1 - Unified Sports course.
These 3-hour courses are offered through National Federation of State High School Associations for $50.00 - $75.00. These sport specific courses are recommended for those coaches who lack sport specific knowledge. Each course focuses on the basic skills, strategies and fundamentals in athlete development. Course units include basic competition levels and game fundamentals for each sport.
These courses are equivalent to the classroom Level 1 – Sport Skills Course.
The fundamental difference between Special Olympics competitions and those of other sports organizations is that athletes of all ability levels are encouraged to participate, and every athlete is recognized for his/her performance. Competitions are structured so that athletes compete with other athletes of similar ability in equitable divisions.
This video will help explain this concept in theory and practice: "Game On: A Quick Guide to Special Olympics Divisioning."
This 30-minute FREE training covers the SIG instructional piece for new SOTX Coaches as part of the Coach certification requirement to complete Level 1 certification. The training is based upon the SOTX Information Guide, which contains important information about the policies and procedures, sports rules, fundraising guidelines, financial requirements and communication strategies for Special Olympics Texas. The training is divided into ten different sections and separated with learning quizzes throughout. New Coaches accessing online training(s) must complete this training as part of the certification requirement. New Coaches attending face to face training(s) will receive the SIG instruction piece at the face to face training.
This 3-hour course is offered through United States Bowling Congress for $49.00. This is an entry level course for a new or veteran Special Olympics Coach seeking bowling certification. Coaches will learn basic fundamentals, sport safety and progression of skills from two-handed delivery to the basic four-step approach. Before taking this course, all users must first be approved through USBC’s Registered Volunteer Program. Once approved through the RVP, the user will be given access to purchase the course. Youth must be 13 years of age or older to take this course.
Prior to being given access to purchase the test coaches that are U.S. citizens 18 and older must go through the USBC background screening process -- The Registered Volunteer Program.
To access the USBC presentation and testing site, follow these instructions:
This 9-hour course is offered through West Virginia Continuing Education for $35.00. Coaches who have completed a Sport Specific Skills or Coaching Special Olympics Athletes Course may take this course to maintain or upgrade certification in their respective sports. This non-sport specific course is based on the sciences of successful coaching. This course is made up of five different units: Understanding the Special Olympics Philosophy, Sports Planning for the Coach, Coaching Sport Skills and Developing Sport Confidence, Sport-Specific Performance Training and Nutrition for Special Olympics Athletes, and Sport Safety and Risk Management.
This course is equivalent to the classroom POC course.
These 3-hour courses are offered through American Sports Education Program for $19.95 each. Coaches who have completed a Sport Specific Skills or Coaching Special Olympics Athletes Course may take any of these Coaching Youth Sport Courses to maintain or upgrade certification in their respective sports. These courses are for coaching athletes age 14 and under participating in a recreational, noncompetitive setting. Coaches will gain sport-specific skills and essential coaching concepts for youth sports. These sport-specific courses are based on tactic and skill instruction, coach responsibilities, effective communication, safety and fitness, rules and practice planning during season.
These courses are equivalent to the classroom Tactics course.
This three part course is offered through Special Olympics Virginia for FREE! As the diagnosis of autism is becoming more prevalent, it is important for coaches and volunteers to be trained to work alongside athletes who have Autism Spectrum Disorders. This training course gives an introduction to the disorder and also provides strategies for coaching athletes with Autism.
This is a supplemental training that can be credited for Continuing Education.
This FREE training is offered through the National Federation of State High School to help raise awareness and help minimize the risk of concussions. This training is for all new and current SOTX Coaches as part of the Coach certification requirement. All Users will receive a certificate of completion upon course completion. To receive credit, please forward all completion certificates to firstname.lastname@example.org. Current coaches are to complete training in congruence with Class A Volunteer Application. All coaches must take Concussion in Sports Training once every 3 years.
Once a course is complete, the user will receive an online course certification. Please forward a copy of the online course certificate to Director of Program Training, Molly Kuchar at email@example.com. A follow-up letter will be sent to recognize your course accomplishments as a new or returning coach for SOTX.
Prerequisites before completing online courses:
For more information, please visit the Next Steps page.
The NAYS Coach Training & Membership Program offers coach trainings in Basketball, Cheerleading, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball and Volleyball.
The training and membership fee is $20.
During the registration process, be sure to select “Special Olympics Texas” as the Member Organization.
Please contact Molly Kuchar if you have any questions about online training opportunities.