Become a Coach

Why Coaching Matters 

Coaches are vital to the success of the Special Olympics. They teach our athletes new skills and help them take their abilities to new levels. Coaches also exemplify good sportsmanship and model character traits to enhance the sports experience for our athletes. The lessons our athletes learn from coaches – teamwork, self-discipline and confidence – impact them on and off the playing field. 

Coaches Training Requirements 

Tier 1 – Sports Volunteer / Chaperone 

The first level in our Coaches Education program is the Sports Volunteer or Chaperone role for a team/program. Any prospective coach needs to complete the following requirements to be cleared to chaperone a team or an athlete. These are the basic forms that screen our coaches to ensure our athletes’ safety, which is our number one priority. These items will only need to be completed once and should take less than 30 minutes in total. In addition, all Tier 1 and Tier 2 volunteers must undergo a background check.

Tier 2 – Head Coach / Assistant Coach 

The next step in our Coaches Education program is Head Coach/Assistant Coach level. Anyone who wants to be a Head or Assistant Coach must complete all the requirements under Tier 1 and all of the items listed below. 

Tier 2 requirements are tailored to specific sport needs and require in-person training. The in-person trainings allow for the development of skills and drills for a sport that coaches can bring back to their practice and games. The online training sessions will take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete. The in-person trainings will be 3-4 hours depending on sport and venue availability. In addition, all Tier 1 and Tier 2 volunteers must undergo a background check.

Coaches / Coordinator Resources 

Region Sports Webpages 

Southwest Region Sports Page 

Northwest Region Sports Page 

East Region Sports Page 

Codes of Conduct

Coaches Code of Conduct 

Athlete / Unified Partner Code of Conduct 

Family Code of Conduct 

Violation Report 

Suspension Policy 

General Registration Forms 

Registration Portal 

Athlete Registration Form 

Unified Partner Form 

Covid Waiver  

Additional Resources 

Article 1 

Incident Form 

Protest Form 

Special Olympics Washington Fundraising Event Form 

Check Request Expense Form