Training Schools & Webinars
If you have been looking for an opportunity to coach Special Olympics Athletes, start the process by becoming a certified coach. Familiarize yourself with Steps for Becoming and Staying a Certified Coach.
- General Orientation – Click here for Online Training. This is a general introduction to Special Olympics and any new volunteer or coach should take this training prior to working with athletes.
- Protective Behaviors – Online Training that must now be completed every three years. Available by clicking here, this training must be completed by all new and existing Class A volunteers (16 years of age and older) prior to working with Special Olympics athletes.
- Concussion Training - Online Training that must now be completed every three years. This training must be completed by all new and existing Coaches prior to working with Special Olympics athletes.
- New Coach (skills) - Specific to your Sport Training Schools. Sports Training Application*Please note: There is no online training available for new coaches.
- Coaching Special Olympics Athletes- this course is an overview of four components: athlete, coach, training and competition. If you are a new coach with sport experience you are encouraged to take this course instead of a basic Skills Course. Pre-approval is required. Track 2 Application
- Continuing Education Training - this training is for certified coaches. Coaches must receive continuing education training every 3 years to maintain their certification. Without this training coach certification expires which means the coach would need to take the new coach skills course over again. For a complete list of courses which will meet the Continuing Education requirement of the SOPA Coach Education Program, please click here. To submit for continuing education, download the Continuing Education Training Application.
UPCOMING TRAINING SCHOOLS:
1. Saturday, February 23 - Basketball Skills Training in Washington, PA (Washington, South West)
- Location: Washington High School, 201 Allison Ave., Washington, PA 15301
- Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2. Saturday, March 9, 2019 – Multi-Sport Training in Erie, PA (Erie – North West, PA)
- Events Offered: Athletics, Basketball, Gymnastics, Softball and Swimming
- Time: 10:00 am
- Location: Strong Vincent Middle School, 1330 W. 8th Street, Erie, PA 16502
3. Saturday, March 9th – Multisport Training school in Elizabethville, PA (South Central, Area M)
- Sports Offered: Athletics, Softball and Swimming
- Location: Northern Dauphin County YMCA, 500 N Church Street, Elizabethville, PA 17023
- Time: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
4. Friday, March 15th Gymnastics Skills Training School (South East – Lebanon)
- Location: Paramount Sport Complex, 21 Landings Dr. Annville, PA 17003.
- Click here for directions.
- Time: 4:30 PM
5. Saturday, March 16th – Multi-Sport Training in Greensburg, PA (South West, West Moreland)
- Sports Offered – Athletics, Softball and Swimming
- Location: Greensburg YMCA, 101 South Maple Ave, Greensburg, PA 15601
- Time 12 - 3
6. Sunday, March 24, 2019 – Athletics Skills Training – Montgomery County (South East)
- Location: Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, 201 E Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
- Time: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Help Wanted: The success of a training school is measured by the quality of instruction. If you are very knowledgeable about your sport including successful experiences as a coach, teacher and presenter please consider volunteering to be a Special Olympics Sport Clinician. Click here for Clinician Application
Any questions, call 1-800-235-9058, ext. 245. Join the team of Special Olympics Heroes!
Tell us in what sports areas your coaches need to receive training, and we will work to create training opportunities. There is no guarantee that the training will be held in your county, but the training will be offered in the surrounding area. Please click on the link below to complete the Coaches Skills Certification Request Form for your desired sport and sports season – prior to the established due date.
Trainings Offered: October - January (Due Date: August 31, 2018)
Associated Sports: Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Speed Skating, Snowshoeing, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey
Trainings Offered: January - March (Due Date: December 3, 2018)
Associated Sports: Athletics, Swimming, Basketball, Golf, Softball, Gymnastics, Equestrian, Tennis
Trainings Offered: Late July - September (Due Date: June 29, 2018)
Associated Sports: Soccer, Volleyball, Powerlifting, Bocce, Bowling, Roller Skating, LDR/W
- There is no guarantee that the training will be offered in your county, but within the surrounding area.
- Current Coach Training School dates and locations are listed above.
- Training School Fees are $10.00 per coach.
- SOPA reserves the right to cancel a sport or the entire training if there are less then 2 volunteers registered.
If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Tresp at firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit Training Numbers to: email@example.com
2019 Due Dates:
- Program Review Period: December 28, 2018 – January 11, 2019
- Allocations for 2019 Fall Festival: January 19th
Training attendance records are detailed Excel spreadsheets that maintain your training sites’ attendance for athletes and coaches. The athlete Excel spreadsheet requests information such as gender, age, attended practices, events attended, and the medical expiration date. The coach Excel spreadsheet requests information such as certification date, completion of concussion training, general orientation, protective behaviors, events attended and attended practices. The primary goal of these attendance sheets is to ensure your coaches can submit exactly what is needed to complete your programs training numbers.