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Coaches teach the skills, attitude, values and spirit that define a true athlete. They are role models and character-builders both on and off the field of play.

As a Special Olympics coach, you bring enthusiasm, commitment and a positive attitude to each practice, event and competition. You will enrich the lives of your athletes in many life-changing ways. The skills and confidence that an athlete learns through sports have a long and lasting effect. They can help them succeed in school, get a job and find confidence in social situations and in life.

Coaches Education

Ongoing coaches education is the most significant factor in the improved training of athletes.

Special Olympics provides our volunteer coaches with the basic principles, techniques and tools to effectively coach Special Olympics athletes. Coaches education is necessary and mandatory. Our athletes deserve the most knowledgeable coaches who are trained, who can access sport-specific coaching guides and rules, who provide the safest environment in which to train and compete and who receive ongoing education.

Get Started

To volunteer as a Coach or Unified Partner, complete this form and submit to your Head of Delegation (if assigned to a team) or Area Director.

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Online Training

The following online trainings are required. Please click on the links at the top of each column to access each training.

WhoVolunteer FormGeneral OrientationProtective BehaviorsConcussion TrainingUnified Sports
Head of Delegationxxxx
Head Coach (traditional)xxxx
Head Coach (unified)xxxxx
Assistant Coachxxxx
Unified Partner (adult)xxx
Unified Partner (under 18)x

Upon completion of trainings, submit your certificates for your Protective Behaviors, Concussion, and Unified training (if applicable) to your Head of Delegation (if assigned to a team) or Area Director.

Certified Coaches

To become a Certified Coach, you must complete all trainings and attend a coaches clinic. Coaches training are
valid for 3 years. The list below indicates all coaches with a valid Class A Form. If you are not on the list, please contact your Area Director with an updated Class A Form.


For more information about coaching within the Special Olympics Hawaiʻi program please contact an Area Director near you.

Forms & Resources

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