To be a Special Olympics coach, you don’t have to have prior experience – we provide the necessary training. What you do need is the enthusiasm and desire to make a positive impact on the lives of athletes. Use the drop-downs below to see what you need to become a coach, to see the online re-certification quizzes and coach resources, and to see other resources and coach courses available.
We are in need of coaches in a multitude of sports all over the state. If you are interested in becoming a coach, fill out the form below and our staff will contact you shortly.
Coaches who wish to be a certified Special Olympics Montana (SOMT) coach, must complete the following steps in order to become certified (click on the red letters to be taken to the link).
Click on the links below; they will take you to the quiz. All questions must be answered to be re-certified. You can only miss ONE question to pass. Read carefully. Questions for the quiz come directly from the selected sport’s rule book, protest form, resources as listed below, and basic SOMT knowledge and sportsmanship. The quizzes can be taken multiple times until a passing mark is achieved.
If you do not qualify for or do not pass the quiz(zes) you take, you will be notified within approximately 1-2 weeks by email. If you pass the re-certification quiz, you will not be notified, but your certification dates will be updated. Ask your Local Program Coordinator to check the “coaches green-list” they receive quarterly to make sure your dates have been updated. If you re-certify around games time, be prepared for certification processing to take a few weeks due to the high volume of games planning, so even though you passed, your dates may not be updated with every “coaches green-list.”
Rules and Resources
Special Olympics International official rule books
Special Olympics Montana basketball modification rules
Special Olympics Montana bowling modification rules
Special Olympics Unified Models
How To Score Bocce
2020 SSG Information Packet
Special Olympics International Coaching Guides and Resources
Starters Guide To Practice
Score Submission Guide
*These courses are currently not required to become a certified coach*
Coaching Unified Sports Course: Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program that unites Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) as teammates for training and competition. This course will help you understand and implement Special Olympics Unified Sports in your school. Cost: Free.
A Coach’s Playbook: An Introduction to Autism and Instructional Strategies for Coaching: Offered through Special Olympics Virginia, this course offers an introduction to autism and general strategies for coaching athletes with autism. As the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is becoming more prevalent, it is important that our coaches are trained to work with athletes who are on the autism spectrum. Cost: Free.
Coaching Special Olympics Athletes Course: Through this three-hour course, you will develop a better understanding of how people with intellectual disabilities learn and how they participate in sports. The course offers a solid overview of the coaching principles involved in working with Special Olympics athletes, as well as practical ideas that you can immediately use in your teaching and coaching. Cost is $16.95.
Sportsmanship Course: The NFHS developed this free course to give you a better understanding of sportsmanship, how it impacts the educational process and identifies your specific role in modeling it at all interscholastic athletic events. Insight is shared throughout the course from fans, players, parents, teacher-coaches and officials. This course will help provide schools a more positive game environment. Cost: Free.
Sports Nutrition– Proper nutrition is key to optimizing health and athletic performance. This course presents guidelines for the diet needed to be ready for athletic practice and competition, and how to refuel afterwards. It gives tips on how you can influence your students’ eating habits outside of the school environment. Specific examples are provided for what types of foods students should and should not eat to replenish their bodies between activities. Cost: Free.
Athlete-Centered Coaching Guide: This guide is a general introduction to coaching adults and children with intellectual disabilities. This guide also includes a section focusing on some behaviors commonly associated with intellectual disabilities and effective strategies to improve athlete learning.
Special Olympics Sport Sciences: Sport Psychology for Coaches : This guide dives into how athletes learn, what motivates them, how to develop communication skills, and the psychological considerations for training and competition.
SO Learn is a coach education platform maintained and updated by Special Olympics International. Special Olympics Montana accepts and recognizes the certificates earned by completing the Protective Behaviors, Concussion Awareness, and Coaching Unified Sports courses offered by SO Learn. Upon completing the courses, SOMT is automatically notified, so make sure that, if you choose to utilize this option, you list your true name and email address, so we can give you credit for completing. A step-by-step instructional on how to register is in the slideshow. If you questions about this option and how it relates to your current SOMT certifications, contact SOMT Sports Director, Scott Held, at the contact information at the bottom of the page. If you’re having trouble reading the sliding photos, click on one of the photos. It will automatically pop open into a smaller, more legible window, and you can change pictures on command.