Coaches are role models and character builders. Coaches give Special Olympics athletes the most immediate awareness of their own worth, ability, courage and capacity to grow and improve.
1. Are you new to Special Olympics Minnesota?
If you’re interested in being a coach and have not been in contact with a delegation or team, please complete our coach interest form.
2. Are you connected with a Special Olympics Minnesota team? Are you an existing coach? Do you need to update your Level 1 certification?
All coaches who work with athletes need to be Level 1 certified. Level 1 certified coaches can coach any sport.
Step 1: Complete the online volunteer application
You’ll receive an email from eServices@geninfo.com (General Information Services (GIS)) to complete your background check. If you need a printable PDF, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2: Complete the online level 1 certification course and quiz
This training is designed for new and returning coaches who need to renew their Protective Behaviors training. General Orientation, Protective Behaviors and Concussion are all included in the Level 1 training.
3. Do you want to become level 2 certified in a specific sport? Do you want to renew your level 2 certification?
Option 2: Attend an in-person training
Special Olympics Minnesota has a brand new Sports Academy. Check back soon for more info!
Additional training and resources
Coaches who are level 2 certified in multiple sports can get recertified for all of their sports at the same time. To do this, coaches must complete one recertification course and take a recertification quiz for each sport. Please visit our Coach Resources page for more continuing education courses. Additional training opportunities and level 3 certification courses are offered at ALPs University.