Coach Education

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.


For any questions please contact your Local Program Coordinator or Sports Director, Bill Polk at or (406) 216-5327.

Coach Resources

Sport Certification


All new coaches must attend a coaches training session in whichever sport they would like to be certified in. These sessions cover all the basics you need to become a coach.


A new volunteer who completes this in-person course, and completes all necessary volunteer and coaching paperwork will be certified in their desired sport(s). All necessary forms can be found by clicking the button below.

Sport Re-Certification Quizzes


The re-certification quizzes are for coaches to re-certify in a sport, not to gain initial certification. Sports certification must be nearing expiration or expired by no more than one year. All questions must be answered to be re-certified. You can only miss ONE question to pass. Questions for the quiz come directly from the selected sport’s rule book, protest form, and coach resources. The quizzes can be taken multiple times until a passing mark is achieved.

Sport Re-Certification Quizzes

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.


Alpine Skiing
Cross-Country Skiing

Coach Education Courses

These courses are designed to enable a volunteer coach to progress through varying levels of involvement. A coach must complete the qualifications for each certification before moving to the next level. All coaches will need concussion training and a sport specific certification.  You are able to earn certificates as an Assistant coach (level one), Coach (level two), and Head coach (Level three). Confirmation of completion or copy of certificate of completion for these courses should be sent to:

Coach Education Courses

Assistant Coach (Level 1)

Coaches who wish to have the ability to protest at State level competitions need to complete one of the following courses:

-Coaching Unified Sports Course


Coaching Level 1 Sport Assistant


Coach (Level 2) – Assistant coach certification plus:

Level 2 Coaching Assistant

Coaching Special Olympics Athletes Course


Head Coach (Level 3) – Coach certification plus:

-Principles of Coaching Course

Level 3 Coach

and Choose 1 below

-Sports Nutrition

-Sportsmanship Course

-Heat Illness Prevention


Additional courses of interest


A Coach’s Playbook: An Introduction to Autism and Instructional Strategies for Coaching


Additional Coach Resources

These resources are intended to further your Special Olympics coaching knowledge.


Athlete-Centered Coaching Guide


Special Olympics Sport Sciences

Additional Forms & Resources