Coaching Opportunities

We offer 22 official sports! Individuals with or without prior sports experience can get certified to be a coach. There are opportunities to coach as a head coach, assistant coach, fitness coordinator and more. We can help find the best role that works for you.

Certified Coach

  • Agrees to and abides by the Coach Code of Conduct
  • Has complete knowledge and abides by Sports Rules of Special Olympics.
  • Completes coaches registration process (Class A).
  • Ensures athletes and volunteer coaches have current paperwork and sports physicals.
  • Primary contact person for sport.
  • Works collaboratively with Special Olympics Colorado staff to organize and schedule practices.
  • Assesses each athlete to determine skill level for competition and training.
  • Develops eight-week training program for each athlete including fundamental skills, conditioning, and rules.
  • Attends competitions with the athletes.
  • Completes classroom and hands on training and certification process within one year of becoming involved as a coach, designed specifically for the needs of athletes with intellectual disabilities.
  • Liaison for upcoming Coaches Training and Certification, and encourages volunteers to become certified coaches.

Sport Volunteer

  • Is not required to become certified, helps out with practices.
  • Assists coach with assessing athlete skills.
  • Not necessarily trained in the sport, but comes to practice 75% of the time.
  • Does not travel to competitions unless asked by coach.
  • Completes coaches registration process (Class A).

Learn more about becoming a Certified Coach