Resources for Volunteers and Coaches

Our Volunteers Enrich Lives

At Special Olympics NL we strive for coaching excellence. Providing up-to-date support and resources to our coaches and volunteers.

Coaching Tools


Competition Manuals

Summer Sports

  • Ten Pin Bowling (in development)
  • Athletics (Track & Field)
  • Aquatics (Swimming)
  • Bocce
  • Golf
  • Powerlifting (in development)
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball (in development)

Winter Sports

  • 5-Pin Bowling
  • Curling
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Figure Skating
  • Floor Hockey
  • Snow Shoeing
  • Speed Skating

Coach & Volunteer Onboarding

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Required by all volunteers.
Mandatory for all staff, coaches and volunteers.
Mandatory for all coaches within 1 year of onboarding.
Required by all coaches before returning to in-person programs and competitions.











This page is currently being REVIEWED AND updated.


NCCP Making Headway 

Recommended for: Coaches & Volunteers with direct athlete contact.

Location: Online


Making headway is the national coaching certification program’s (NCCP) free, the online answer to the prevalence and ambiguity of concussions in sport. parents, coaches, and athletes all benefit from knowing as much as possible about concussions 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 headway 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 headway resource is an industry leader in providing Canadians with the latest information from the international community on concussions in sport. the latest version of making headway 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

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



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. The below modules are not required but suggested, as they are resources for managing risk at programs 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 sports 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 sports 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 but also 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.




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 programs and competitions.
More Details: Visit CAC Responsible Coaching Movement 


Not Required but suggested resources for managing risk at programs and competitions.
More Details: Visit 


Event Location: Check your local area to see if you can enrol in a course

coaching association of canada (the locker) CALENDAR ( for IN-PERSON module)

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


SOC Athlete Leadership Facilitator Training

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 the 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 takes 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 the 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 courses for athletes

STEP 4 - Independently, facilitate specific athlete leadership courses for athletes