Coaching Resources

Online applications only will be accepted starting January 1, 2021.

Coach Education

Ongoing coaches education is the most significant factor in the improved training of athletes. The goals of Special Olympics’ Coaches Education program are:

  • To provide every coach working in a sport with a basic knowledge of that sport (events, rules, basic skills and how to teach those skills).
  • To provide all coaches with knowledge about Special Olympics, its history, philosophy and goals.
  • To provide all coaches with knowledge about persons with intellectual disabilities and the current trends in this field.
  • To provide coaches with information on sports injury, risk management and providing a safe environment.
  • To provide a practical experience coaching Special Olympics athletes, in order to put into practice information provided by the Coaches Education Program.
  • To provide coaches with general knowledge about the art and science of coaching sports.

Special Olympics provides our volunteer coaches with the basic principles, techniques and tools to effectively coach Special Olympics athletes. Coaches education is necessary and mandatory. Our athletes deserve the most knowledgeable coaches who are trained, who can access sport-specific coaching guides and rules, who provide the safest environment in which to train and compete and who receive ongoing education. Click below for the coaches training sessions near you!

Upcoming Coach Training Sessions

Practice drills




Online Class Options

Coaching Unified Sports– FREE
Fundamentals of Coaching
Coaching Special Olympics Athletes
Coaching Athletes with Autism Spectrum Disorder – FREE
Sports Nutrition – FREE

Coach Handbook

Click below to find the most up to date rules and regulations for events.

Coach Handbook – General
Coach Handbook – By Sport
Special Olympics International Sports Specific Training

Resources by Region

For calendars and special information unique to each of our four regions, click below.

Resources by Region

Other Resources

Fundraising Ideas and Resources
Coaching Special Olympics Athletes
Basics of Coaching
Links to SOI Study Guides
TRAIN Home Exercises
Unified Champion School Resources
Fit5 Program
Coaches Summit Health, Fitness and Wellness Presentation
Fitness – Weekly Challenge Examples and Weekly Tips
Before, During and After Competition Nutrition and Hydration

Media Resources

Below are two zip folders containing our Brand Guidelines and Media Kit. Enclosed, you’ll find logos for Special Olympics, as well as for our major events.

Brand Guidelines

Media Kit