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There are many resources available online to help you prepare for success as a Special Olympics coach. You will find below a selection of the top resources that you should be aware of.  If there are others resources out there that have been a big help to you as a coach please let the sport department know so that we can share them.

Special Olympics Alberta (SOA) Staff

The SOA sport department is a resource for coaches.   If you have questions, ideas or just want to talk about your sport please contact us.  Our main priority is ensuring that you have the resources to coach to the best of your abilities.  We can do this by accessing training opportunities, connecting you with technical experts or providing you with new resources.  We can also just be there to talk…we love hearing from our coaches.

Special Olympics International Coach Resources: SPECIALOLYMPICS.ORG is a host to many excellent resources that will be helpful to coaches at all stages.   You will find coaches guide, program startup guides and program planning resources for each of our official sports.

Special Olympics Rules and Competition Structure: SPECIALOLYMPICS.CA

You can visit Special Olympics Canada's website to review the rules that officially govern Special Olympics competition within Canada as well as out National competition structure.

Alberta Sport Development Centres: ASDC.CA

The ASDC network is an a great resource for for coaches.  Many offer seminars and professional development opportunities that can be accessed locally.  The main purpose of the ASDC network is to coordinate and enhance services available to Alberta's emerging athletes and coaches.  These regional centres provide services to athletes and coaches residing in rural and urban areas allowing athletes to develop and train at a high level without leaving home.

Coaching Association of Canada:  COACH.CA

Canada is renowned around the world for it coach training and certification program.  You can visit the Coaching Association of Canada's site for many interesting articles and background on the coaching program.


This site provides excellent resources for coaches that can help open your eyes to many different hot topics in the sport and recreation worl today.  Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. CS4L links sport, education, recreation and health and aligns community, provincial and national programming. LTAD is a seven-stage training, competition and recovery pathway guiding an individual’s experience in sport and physical activity from infancy through all phases of adulthood. CS4L, with LTAD, represents a paradigm shift in the way Canadians lead and deliver sport and physical activity in Canada.


An organization dedicated to supporting, connecting, developing, informing and advocating for coaches in Alberta.