Resources for Volunteers and Coaches

Our Volunteers Enrich Lives

At Special Olympics Newfoundland & Labrador we want to help our coaches and volunteers become the best they can be.  To help YOU reach this we offer the following resources to our amazing coaches and volunteers:

National Games Coaching Certification Requirements Coming Soon - Under Review

Coaches Handbook Coming Soon 

NCCP Code of Ethics

National Coaching Certification Program - Find the full list of Requirements for Coaches and Volunteers.

How to access coach and volunteer courses?

SOC VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION ELEARNING MODULE

When: Ongoing (Only required to be completed once by each registered volunteer)

Timeline: registered volunteers should complete within the first year of becoming a volunteer with SONL

Required by: all volunteers in any role since 2014 (all members encouraged to take as a Professional Development (PD) opportunity)

Event Location: Special Olympics Canada's Online Volunteer Orientation

This course is targeted as a basic introduction to Special Olympics in Canada. It covers;

  • Overview and Introduction to Special Olympics
  • Risk Management
  • Working with Special Olympics athletes

Coaches and volunteers can take the course online at the Special Olympics SOLearn platform. The course is free but coaches will need to create a login.

How to:

  1. Create an account at: https://solearn.ca/login/index.php
  2. Follow the instructions in the registration confirmation email that you receive) ALL READY REGISTERED? Sign In and proceed to step 3
  3. Go to "All Courses"
  4. Select "Canada"
  5. Select "Volunteer Training"
  6. Select "Volunteer Orientation - Click to enter this course" 
  7. Select Enrol me
  8. Complete each module
  9. Click SOC Volunteer Orientation Certificate
  10. Click red button "Get your certificate"
  11. Follow the directions of your community club as to printing/emailing certificate and where to send it

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making ethical decisions (MED)

Module: Making Ethical Decisions (MED) and Online Evaluation

When: Ongoing (Only required to be completed once by each registered volunteer or coach)

Required by: EVERYONE (within 2 years registering with SONL - Required prior to attending Provincial Games)

Event Location: MED Module See Coaching NL Calendar for both in-person and virtual / MED Online Evaluation is completed online only.

Important: This course is included as a requirement to complete the Special Olympics Canada Sport Workshop and Sport Technical for Curling, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Cross Country Skiing, Alpine Skiing, Basketball, Softball, 5-pin and 10-pin Bowling, Rhythmic Gymnastics, and Swimming.

Evaluation: Once the MED Module is complete you are required to complete your evaluation online to complete the certification; follow the steps below:

You will need to Log-in to The Locker (if you need your NCCP# and password, email our Program Director) and:

  1. Complete Login with your NCCP# or email and password.
  2. Find the "Home" section or click the Home icon beside the red Profile Tab
  3. Select the "eLearning" option from the main screen under the navigation section.
  4. Select "Making Ethical Decisions (MED) online Evaluation" from the list on the left-hand side.
  5. Select "Continue" below the Frequently Asked Questions.
  6. Select "Begin" on the bottom right
    1. If you previously took MED: You will have unlimited attempts at obtaining a passing grade of 75%
    2. If you have not taken MED: There will be an $85 charge and you will have 2 attempts. We highly recommend taking the MED Course and completing the evaluation at no cost.  SONL will NOT reimburse for cost of evaluation.

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Safe Sport Training

Note: If you hold multiple roles with Special Olympics NL and have any contact with athletes in one of those roles, please complete the Safe Sport training module Direct Athlete Contact.

When: Ongoing 

Event Location: Online

Released in April 2020, this free online training on harassment and abuse is for everyone involved in sport: decision-makers, those with direct athlete contact (including caregivers), and those with no direct athlete contact. Certified coaches are also eligible for Professional Development points toward the maintenance of their certification.

 This course will help you:

  • Understand that everyone has a role to play in keeping sport safe, how the misuse of power leads to maltreatment and the principles of the Universal Code of Conduct.
  • Understand the various types of maltreatment, the conditions that enable them, and how to recognize signs that they may be happening.
  • Know what to do if you suspect maltreatment, and how you can create a culture that protects all participants.

This can be found at https://thelocker.coach.ca/ under the eLearning tab. You will need an NCCP number to access but this can be created at no cost. If you have an NCCP number and need your password, please contact our Program Director 

 A step by step example is below:

  1. Complete Login with your NCCP# or email and password.
  2. Find the “E-Learning” section from the list of Profile Tabs.
  3. Select “Safe Sport Training” from the list on the left-hand side
  4. Select the Role(s) for which you hold in sport. Your selection should automatically trigger the appropriate version of the training.

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making headway

Module: Making Headway

When: Ongoing

Required by: Coaches, Volunteers with direct athlete contact and Club Executive Members (within 2 years registering with SONL)

Event Location: Online

Important: 

Making head way is the national coaching certification program’s (NCCP) free, online answer to the prevalence and ambiguity of concussion in sport. parents, coaches, and athletes all benefit from knowing as much as possible about concussion and this online learning tool is designed to help coaches gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of their athletes. the making head way NCCP module covers: what to do to prevent concussions, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, what to do when you suspect an athlete has a concussion, and return to play and return to learn protocols.

The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and the NCCP strive to ensure that the making head way resource is an industry-leader in providing Canadians with the latest information from the international community on concussion in sport. the latest version of making head way has been updated to reflect the international consensus on concussion in sport at the 5th international conference on concussion in sport held in berlin, October 2016. for more information, visit coach.ca/concussion.

You will need to Log-in to The Locker (if you need your NCCP# and password, email our Program Director) and:

  1. Complete Login with your NCCP# or email and password.
  2. Find the "Home" section or click the Home icon beside the red Profile Tab
  3. Select the "eLearning" option from the main screen under the navigation section.
  4. Select "Multi-sport" from the drop down menu
  5. Select "NCCP Making Headway" from the list on the left-hand side.
  6. Select "Sport (Generic)" if the specific sport you coach is not listed otherwise select the sport you coach.
  7. Select "Begin" on the bottom left

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leading a return to sport participation

Module: Leading a Return to Sport Participation

When: Ongoing

Required by: Coaches and Volunteers prior to returning to in-person programming as part of SONL's Return to Program Plan.

Event Location: Online

Important: 

The process of restarting sport activities presents significant challenges for coaches and participants. After an extended period of restricted training and competition, participants may experience a variety of physical and psychological effects that will influence their return to sport participation.

Coaches play an important role in providing a supportive environment for participants during this transition period. This eLearning module provides guidance and resources to help coaches create a safe and adaptable return-to-sport plan.

After completing Leading a Return to Sport Participation, you will be better prepared to:

  • Identify the physical and psychosocial effects participants may be experiencing
  • Understand the role of a coach in facilitating the return to sport participation
  • Design a plan to return to sport participation during COVID-19
  • Lead and communicate with empathy

Coaches who are maintaining their NCCP Certification will earn one NCCP PD point upon completion of this module. This eLearning module will take approximately 45 – 60 minutes to complete. You may complete the module in multiple sittings. Once you have completed Leading a Return to Sport Participation, the module will appear in your coach transcript in the Locker.

You will need to Log-in to The Locker (if you need your NCCP# and password, email our Program Director) and:

  1. Complete Login with your NCCP# or email and password.
  2. Find the "Home" section or click the Home icon beside the red Profile Tab
  3. Select the "eLearning" option from the main screen under the navigation section.
  4. Select "Multi-sport" from the drop down menu
  5. Select "Leading a Return to Sport Participation" from the list on the left-hand side.
  6. Select "Begin" on the bottom left

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COACHING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA additional elearning MODULES

There are a number of modules, developed by Special Olympics Canada and/or Coaching Association of Canada that have been launched on the Locker.                    Upon completion, it will be recorded on your coach’s NCCP transcript. Not Required but suggested resources for managing risk at program and competitions.

You will need to Log-in to The Locker (if you need your NCCP# and password, email our Program Director) and select the e-learning tab. Some modules are listed on the drop down menu under "Multi-sport" and others are listed under "Special Olympics".  There is no fee for those listed under Special Olympics.  Other modules may or may not have a fee associated with them.

Coaching Athletes with Down Syndrome:
Special Olympic Canada’s Coaching Athletes with Down Syndrome eLearning module is designed for those who coach athletes with Down syndrome. In this module coaches learn how to empower athletes with Down syndrome to become active and successful participants in sport. This module will take you approximately 20‐30 minutes to complete.

Coaching Athletes with Autism in a recreational setting:
In this module coaches will receive additional training regarding autism, specific to sport and coaching. The four sections will introduce coaches to autism and what it looks like in a recreation setting, 1:1 strategies for supporting individuals with ASD, and group coaching strategies for supporting individuals with autism. This module was developed in collaboration with the Canucks Autism Network. This module will take you approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Diversity and Inclusion in Action:
The Diversity and Inclusion in Action eLearning module is designed for volunteers, coaches, staff, board members, and/or other stakeholders of your organization. In this module, you will learn how to contribute to the success of an organization that reflects, respects, and promotes diversity and inclusion. This module will take you approximately 30‐40 minutes to complete.

Mental Health in Sport:
Mental health impacts the quality of life and performance of both sport participants and coaches. This eLearning module was developed to educate coaches about mental health to empower them to effectively play a role in supporting the well-being of the participants in their sport program, while also supporting their own mental health. 

Sport is linked to a range of positive outcomes, including improved mental health and well-being. Coaches have a great deal of influence over participants’ mental health.  

After completing the Mental Health in Sport eLearning module, you will be able to:  

  • Describe the foundations of mental health
  • Recognize and understand your role in promoting coach and participant well-being
  • Understand the importance of self-care  

Coaches who are maintaining their NCCP trained or certified status will receive 1 Professional Development (PD) point upon completing this module.  

This eLearning module will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete, and is available free of charge in the Locker. 

Support Through Sport Series:
Did you know 80% of teens reportedly experience some form of teen dating violence? As a coach, it’s important to be equipped with tools to understand and recognize the signs. The CAC’s new Support Through Sport eLearning series was designed to empower coaches to recognize and take action when it is suspected that a teen sport participant is involved in an unhealthy dating relationship. 
 
Understanding Teen Dating Violence is the foundational module in this series and focuses on creating healthy environments for sport participants between the ages of 11 and 24 years. Coaches will learn to identify elements of healthy relationships, define teen dating violence, and take action when teen dating violence is suspected or known. 
 
The 30-40 minute module is now available for free in the eLearning section of the Locker. Visit for more information, including reference materials, advocacy resources and other information.

Sport Nutrition:

Good nutrition is important for both athletic performance and maintaining a healthy lifestyle outside of sport. By helping their participants make good nutrition choices, coaches not only empower them to perform their best, they help them to establish positive dietary habits that can last a lifetime.

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Sport Nutrition module provides coaches with education about basic sport nutrition principles. This eLearning module will provide an understanding of how to support athletes and their parents or caregivers to make effective nutrition choices.

After completing NCCP Sport Nutrition, coaches will be able to:

  • Explain the basic nutritional needs of an athlete.
  • Take appropriate measures to ensure that athletes stay hydrated during exercise.
  • Educate athletes on the use of nutritional supplements and sports drinks.
  • Encourage a positive body image in athletes.
  • Identify the different types of disordered eating.
  • Support athletes with special nutritional needs.
  • Identify common food allergies and intolerances.
  • Provide accurate guidance to athletes and their parents or caregivers on nutrition before, during and after exercise.
  • Provide accurate nutritional guidance to athletes and their parents or caregivers before and during travel.

Coaches who are maintaining their trained or certified status will receive 5 Professional Development (PD) points upon completing this eLearning module. This module may also be required as part of a coach training or certification pathway for sports. For more information, find your sport here.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

RESPONSIBLE COACHING MOVEMENT - RULE OF TWO

When: Ongoing - Online
The goal of the Rule of Two is to ensure all interactions and communications are open, observable, and justifiable. Its purpose is to protect participants (especially minors) and coaches in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring more than one adult is present. There may be exceptions in emergency situations. Not Required but suggested resources for managing risk at program and competitions.
More Details: Visit the CAC Responsible Coaching Movement website 
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RESPECT IN SPORT

When: Ongoing - Online 
Not Required but suggested resources for managing risk at program and competitions.
More Details: Visit http://respectgroupinc.com/ website for courses
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EMERGENCY FIRST AID, CPR, AND AED TRAINING

When: Ongoing
Event Location: Check in your local area to see if you can enrol in a course
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coaching association of canada (the locker) CALENDAR ( for IN-PERSON module)

https://thelocker.coach.ca/calendar

1. Select the month, year and province.

2.Select either all Sports or a specific sport to view what workshops are being offered in your area or online

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SOC athlete leadership facilitator training

When: Ongoing 

Timeline: registered volunteers should complete within the first year of becoming a volunteer with SONL

Required by: 

Special Olympics NL asks that all Athlete Leadership Facilitators complete Special Olympics Canada's Core Training module for Facilitators.  As the Athlete Leadership program continues to grow in Canada there is a need to ensure that delivery of the content and workshops is of high quality and consistent across the country.  

The module is designed to help facilitator candidates develop the required skills to successfully facilitate courses in Special Olympics Canada's Athlete Leadership Program.

Once this module is complete, learning facilitators will be able to:

  • Describe the Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Program in Canada
  • List the key steps in preparing to facilitate an Athlete Leadership course
  • Explain the characteristics and skills of an effective facilitator
  • Describe approaches for managing challenging scenarios in the classroom

This module take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete and is delivered as an online course.

If this is your first time signing in to the Volunteer Orientation Platform please follow instructions below.

Leaning Facilitator Pathway

STEP 1 - Completion of Core Training for Athlete Leadership Learning Facilitators (online)

STEP 2 - Participate in course content training or a train the trainer workshop (for each specific ALPS course)

STEP 3 - If possible, co-facilitate specific athlete leadership course to athletes

STEP 4 - Independently, facilitate specific athlete leadership course to athletes

Event Location: Special Olympics Canada's Online Volunteer Orientation

This course is targeted as a basic introduction to Special Olympics in Canada. It covers;

  • Overview and Introduction to Special Olympics
  • Risk Management
  • Working with Special Olympics athletes

Coaches and volunteers can take the course online at the Special Olympics SO eLearn platform. The course is free but coaches will need to create a login.

How to:

  1. Create an account at: https://solearn.ca/login/index.php
  2. Follow the instructions in the registration confirmation email that you receive) ALL READY REGISTERED? Sign In and proceed to step 3
  3. Go to "All Courses"
  4. Select "Canada"
  5. Select "Volunteer Training"
  6. Select "Volunteer Orientation - Click to enter this course" 
  7. Select Enrol me
  8. Complete each module
  9. Click SOC Volunteer Orientation Certificate
  10. Click red button "Get your certificate"
  11. Follow the directions of your community club as to printing/emailing certificate and where to send it