Become a Certified Coach

Our Coach Certification program prepares and educates Special Olympics coaches who want to improve their coaching skills, and better understand how to lead and support Special Olympics athletes.

To get connected as a new volunteer coach, first find Special Olympics near you and contact your Region Director or Area leadership.

Coach Certification Process

  1. All coaches must complete the Special Olympics Volunteer Orientation training and the post-training quiz.. The Volunteer Orientation can be taken online. After completing the orientation, please be sure to take the quiz to receive credit.
  2. All coaches must take the Protective Behaviors Training. The Protective Behaviors training can be taken online.
  3. All coaches must take Concussion Training. The Concussion Training can be taken online. After completing the training, please send your course completion certificate to SOVA Volunteer Manager, 3212 Skipwith Rd., Suite 100, Richmond, VA 23294.
  4. Coaches with no sports background take a skills course in the sport that they coach OR coaches with sports background take our Coaching Special Olympics Athletes course. Codes to take this training for free are available by contacting Val Reinford.
  5. Coaches submit a completed certification form to their Region Director.
  6. Coaches receive a certification card valid for three years and a Special Olympics Virginia souvenir voucher.
  7. To maintain certification, coaches must take one of the courses listed below every three years.

Revised 8/15/2014