Coaches play a unique role in Special Olympics, working hands-on with athletes to provide the sports skills and spirit they need to compete. A coach can be a teacher, family member, or someone simply who wants to change others’ lives and their own. Below, you can find forms, information, and training you may need as a coach during your sport season.


SOWI has adopted a four (4) phased approach to return to activities. As of August 1, 2020, we are in Phase 1 – Small Group Activities:

  • Shelter in place is lifted; restriction on size of mass gatherings (10 people)
  • Activities may resume if they adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols
  • No direct or indirect contact (e.g. through a ball in the hand) should take place
  • Training activities may include only be pre-approved SOWI COVID-19 sports

For more information including Coach Resources, visit our Return to Play page.

Return to Play Information

Request a Training School



General Coaches Certification – Watch the video and take the quiz to become a certified coach for SOWI.


  • Competition Guide – Access the competition guide, which includes all important dates (registration deadlines, medical deadlines, tournament dates, and scratch deadlines).
  • Fit5 Guide – Use this guide to achieve fitness and personal best with physical activity, nutrition, and hydration.
  • Fit5 Fitness Cards – Use these easy to follow fitness cards to teach your athletes about physical activity outside of practice.
  • Athlete Profile Form – Use this worksheet to track an athlete’s behaviors and the best strategies to teach and work with that athlete.
  • Special Needs Form – Use this form to relay important information to event volunteers about how to best work with athletes with special needs (i.e. communication limitation, hearing or visual impairment, special equipment adaptations or behavioral needs).
  • Divisioning – View this educational video for a quick peak into the process of divisioning.
  • SOI Sports Rules – View and download PDFs of sports rules changes made this year for each sport.
  • Concussion Card – View this informative flyer on concussion awareness including: signs and symptoms, return to play policy, and more.

In the name of all coaches, we shall follow written and verbal instructions of Special Olympics officials at all times, have our athletes at the appropriate events and activities at the proper time and abide by the rules and policies, in the spirit of sportsmanship.

– Special Olympics Coach Oath

Upcoming Events

Event Date / Time Event Name Upcoming Deadlines Volunteer
October 5, 2022
8:00am - 9:00am
Coach Webinar Series
October 12, 2022
8:00am - 9:00am
Coach Webinar Series
October 19, 2022
8:00am - 9:00am
Coach Webinar Series