Forms, Guides, and Information for Coaches

The key to improving athlete performance and well-being is based on the quality of sport training and experiences provided by the local Special Olympics coach.

"Coach" refers to an individual who assumes responsibility for athletes, actively trains athletes, and coaches them in competitions [the Class A Volunteer].

The Special Olympics North America Coach Education System identifies basic standards and competencies necessary and essential for being a Special Olympics coach."

- Special Olympics North American Coach Education System

Certified Coach Recertification

Special Olympics Connecticut coaches can get re-certified by completing one of the following:

Attend another Special Olympics Connecticut sports-specific Coaches Training School.

View Our Event Calendar

Register on the Special Olympics Online Learning Portal. Complete one of the approved trainings and submit proof the course was taken to

Visit Special Olympics Learning Portal

Note: You can access two additional accredited trainings (not on the portal), Coaching Athletes with Autism and Principles of Coaching Course below. Submit proof the course was taken to

Take Coaching Athletes with Autism Course

Take Principles of Coaching Course

For more information, contact Derrick Ford:

For the most current Coach Certification report click HERE

Not A Coach Yet?

Learn how you can become a Special Olympics Certified Coach and help our athletes achieve their goals!

Special Olympics Connecticut coaches help our athletes train for competitions and guide them in living healthy, active lives.

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Training for Coaches

View our upcoming training events for coaches:

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like additional information about becoming a Special Olympics Coach, please fill out our form below or contact Derrick Ford at or 203-230-1201 ext 272.

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