As a Special Olympics coach, you bring enthusiasm, commitment, and a positive attitude to each practice, event, and competition, enriching the lives of the athletes you meet.
In return, you develop relationships with athletes who inspire you with their dedication, perseverance, and courage. You learn new skills, meet new people, and gain unique experiences, enriching your own life in turn.
Special Olympics BC volunteers can fill the following coaching roles:
The Head Coach is ultimately responsible for all actions within his/her sport program. She/he determines and develops the yearly goals, seasonal plans, and budgets along with the assistant coaches; regularly communicates with assistant coaches, program volunteers, athletes, parents/caregivers, and Local Committee members; serves as the voice/spokesperson for the athletes/team; facilitates practices; ensures attendance, training, and safety of athletes at practices; ensures all athletes attend a minimum of one competition; and delegates to assistant coaches/program volunteers. Must be 19 years of age or older, and must complete proper certification within first year.
The Assistant Coach helps Head Coach with all duties; assists with training and supervision of athletes at practices and competitions; and regularly communicates with Head Coach. Must be 16 years of age or older, and must complete proper certification within first year.
A Program Volunteer assists the coaches with training at practice and regularly communicates with Head Coach. Must be 12 years of age or older.