“I’m stuck at work, our first practice is tonight and I won’t have time to get home to grab my coach’s binder and make it to the gym in time to go over the new rules for this year and share everything my athletes and coaches need to know for this year! What am I going to do?”
Has this ever happened to you? Assistant coaches aren’t around? Not sure what to do?
SONC Sports - At your Fingertips
Simply go to www.sonc.org/sportsoffered for a list of all the sports we offer and to view the current SONC and National Governing Body Rules, information about becoming certified and more!
Certification - Build your Expertise
Every Special Olympics program across the country has a Coaches Education System (CES), where coaches are required, encouraged and incentivized to partake in a variety of training courses designed to improve coaching and the experience for the athletes.
If you are a registered coach, you can become certified in as many sports as we offer. There is also an online Coaching Special Olympics Athletes (CSOA) course that qualifies for certification.
Certification - What’s New
Beginning January 2018, the following requirements will be in effect:
Re-Certification - Easier than Ever
If you’re currently certified in a sport, or it has been less than a year since your certification expired, it is easy to renew your certification. There are three options:
Visit www.sonc.org/coacheseducation for more information about the various courses offered and other information about SONC’s Coaches Education System.
More Resources are Available
In addition to the above, the new Coaches Resources page at www.sonc.org/coachesresources has a number of avenues you can explore:
Looking for Contributors
In 2018, we aim to build our Coaches Resources for all coaches, including information related to:
If you have resources you use, or you have a special interest to contribute towards this effort, please reach out to Jeff Ruthenberg, Vice President of Sports Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t Miss Out on the Action
Make sure to check out our Competition Calendar for the latest on Regional Competitions in your area as well as Summer Games!