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What it means to be a Special Olympics Coach

Was there a mentor, teacher or coach who made a difference in your life? The one who gave you the courage and determination to strive to be your best? The one who helped shape both your performance and your character? You can be that important person in someone else's life.

Coaches teach the skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Coaches are role models and character-builders. Special Olympics coaches go even further -- they help athletes find their own strengths and abilities. They also show them how to build upon those strengths and improve every day.

What is the mission of a Special Olympics Coach?

As a Special Olympics coach, your mission is to bring enthusiasm, commitment and a positive attitude to each practice, event and competition. You will enrich the lives of our athletes in many life-changing ways. The skills and confidence an athlete learns through sports have a long and lasting effect.

A SOLA Certified coach undergoes classroom and hands on training, and certification process designed specifically for the needs of a developmentally disabled athlete. For complete details on the certification process, please contact your designated Area Team Leader

What are my responsibilities as a Special Olympics Louisiana Coach?

Primary contact person for sport.

Maintain athletes' sport and medical records and submit athlete competition registration to your Area Team Leader.

Works with Special Olympics staff to select training site and time.

Organizes practices with other coaches and all athletes.

Attends competitions with the athletes. Liaison for upcoming Coaches Training and Certification schools, encourages assistant coaches to become certified.

How do get certified as a Special Olympics Coach?

The Coaches Certification Program is a process designed to train volunteers who wish to develop their coaching skills and become certified Special Olympics Louisiana coaches.  Coach’s certification is for anyone who plans to coach Special Olympics Louisiana athletes.

What Are the Steps to Becoming A Certified Coach?

Complete the General Session Training online or in person.

Complete the Protective Behaviors Training online or in person.

Complete Criminal Background Check.

Complete the Concussion in Sports Training.

Attend a sport specific coaches training offered through Special Olympics Louisiana in your area.

Review the Coaches Handbook.


Volunteer Delegates

Volunteer delegates work closely with athletes and may serve as additional assistants to our certified coaches, adapted physical education teachers, para professionals, and/or caretakers to provide necessary supervision. For safety reasons, these delegates must adhere to the same requirements as coaches including a background check, Protective Behaviors Training, Concussion Training, and General Sessions Training.


To register as a coach or volunteer delegate, please complete the General Volunteer Interest Form on our website, and complete a Background Investigation on Verified Volunteers' secure website.  There is no charge for this service, and paper forms are available upon request. Once you complete these requirements, please visit the requirements section on the right to complete the remaining trainings.

Directions to Submit a Background Investigation using Verified Volunteers

First, you will need to create an account by clicking Create an Account under the Volunteers section of their website. You will choose a username, password, and security questions (optional) for the account.

Once you create a username and password, enter the Good Deed code th492yn (on the left hand side) to link your account to Special Olympics Louisiana. Please ignore the right hand side.

Then, fill out the required information and click Next Step. Be sure to choose the "Advanced Criminal Locator Search", from the drop down menu if you are prompted to do so. For step 4, please use your legal name and most current address.

Please be sure to click Next Step after each section and click Submit after step 5 to finish submitting the background investigation. You'll receive an email from Verified Volunteers when the investigation completes. It may take up to 4 days. During this time, there is no further action required. You are free to work on the other coaching/ volunteer delegate requirements found here.

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