Principles of Coaching for Special Olympics

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Since the introduction of the Special Olympics training school for coaches in 1980, more than 265,000 volunteer coaches have been trained in seminars or courses conducted around the world. In reviewing the evaluations of these coaches'training seminars, a comment appeared repeatedly of the wish that more time could have been spent in the seminar. West Virginia University Continuing & Professional Education, College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, and Special Olympics can now offer this online course as a result of those repeated requests.

Cost: $35. Average completion time for the course is 25-30 hours.



By completing the course, the student will learn to:

Course Structure and Schedule

Module 1:  Understanding Philosophy
Module 2:  Sports Planning for the Coach
Module 3:  Coaching Sport Skills and Developing Sport Confidence
Module 4:  Sport-Specific Performance Training and Nutrition for Special Olympics Athletes
Module 5:  Sport Safety and Risk Management

This is a non-credit course, and the student can register at any time during the year.  Average completion time for the course is 25-30 hours. The course cost is $35 per registration, and a certificate for course completion will be issued to the student based on instructor approval.


It is recommended that coaches have Special Olympics Skills Course certification (entry-level certification) or a coaching or competition background of five or more years at the high school or college level.

Computer Requirements

(Free software plug-ins are available in the "Getting Started" area of the course.)

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The Principles of Coaching for Special Olympics Coach Workbook is provided for the course as well as other resources. There is no required textbook.

Registration Information 

Select the "Add to Cart" option and register through our secure server. You will be receiving email with your online course access information within five working days. Please check your spam or junk folder in case the confirmation email was misplaced there. Call 1-800-253-2762, or email if you have any questions. Major credit cards are accepted.

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  • Develop an understanding of Special Olympics and identify a coaching philosophy.

  • Apply the sport management team approach in recruiting athletes, volunteers, and family members and in developing training plans for conducting sport-specific training programs for Special Olympics athletes.

  • Identify practical methods for enhancing Special Olympics athlete performance by developing sport confidence through effective coaching techniques.

  • Apply the principles of strength, endurance, coordination, agility and flexibility training and nutrition to enhance sport-specific performance as they apply to the Special Olympics athlete.

  • Provide the safest environment for Special Olympics athletes during training and competition

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Course Reviews
"The Principals of Coaching for Special Olympics was amazingly easily accessible and an excellent source of information once I was able to overcome the challenges of taking an online course. This course made me think, but I was able to fully recognize how important a coach's approach and techniques mattered when training athletes. Kudos to the instructor and the Support Team for their unwavering patience, assistance, and the major role they played that enabled me to complete the course which I highly recommend."
“This is a must take class for anyone that is involved in Special Olympics. This online class has been an excellent resource for me to refresh and re-learn some of the principals that are used daily in Special Olympic coaching. This is one of the best on-line classes I have ever taken. Thank you very much for offering such a class!”

"I completed the Principals of Coaching for Special Olympics online training course. The course was easy to access and complete and ideal for me as a busy working mom since I could move through the modules at my own pace as I had time. Most importantly the course is a helpful learning tool which I would recommend for all Special Olympics coaches."

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Class Details

184 Sessions
Online 24/7


Annette Lynch 



Registration Closes On
Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
5/1/2017 - 10/31/2017 Online 24/7 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM TBD Annette Lynch 

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