Become A Coach


Become a Coach Special OlympicsHow to Become a Coach








Beginning the Fall of 2015, Special Olympics South Dakota will be releasing a new Coaches Education mandatory training requirement. This update to Coaches Education is being done to not only meet standards set by Special Olympics International but to ensure our coaches are educated and trained to give the athletes the best quality of training possible. The certifications are broken down into levels. The requirement calls for all SOSD coaches to become Level 1 certified and all Head Coaches and HODs (Heads of Delegation)
to become Level 2 certified.



All coaches must meet there certification requirement by January 1st, 2016 in order to participate in future SOSD competitions. Recertification must be completed every three years.



All questions regarding Coaches Education can be directed to Chad VanderPoel at cvanderpoel@sosd.org.







Steps to becoming certified coach


1. Obtain Class A volunteer status


2. Obtain certified coach status by completing Level 1
  • All Head Coaches and HODs must complete Level 2 to be certified for those positions

3. Re-certify by following in the progression for certification of the next level





How to become a coach, Special OlympicsLevel 1


Required Courses:



General Orientation


Concussions in Sports

Gaining access and completing course:
1. Contact Chad VanderPoel at cvanderpoel@sosd.org with your course request

2. Provide name(s) and email(s) for course to be sent to. Each person must have separate email.

3. Each person will then receive an email asking to accept the course. That link will direct the user to the nfhslearn.com website to create an account.

4. After the course has been completed the user will need to download the certificate which will is accessible by clicking “Dashboard” and then “My Courses”.

5. Once certificate is saved it can be attached to an email and sent to cvanderpoel@sosd.org


Coaching Unified Sports
Note: Only required if coaching or playing a unified sport. Partners under the of age of 16 are not required to complete.

Gaining access and completing course:
1. Contact Chad VanderPoel at cvanderpoel@sosd.org with your course request

2. Provide name(s) and email(s) for course to be sent to. Each person must have separate email.

3. Each person will then receive an email asking to accept the course. That link will direct the user to the nfhslearn.com website to create an account.

4. After the course has been completed the user will need to download the certificate which will is accessible by clicking “Dashboard” and then “My Courses”.

5. Once certificate is saved it can be attached to an email and sent to cvanderpoel@sosd.org





Level 2


Required Courses:



Coaching Special Olympics Athletes



Note: 
Special Olympics South Dakota covers the cost of this course
.  All Heads of Delegations (HODs) and head coaches must be Level 2 certified.




Gaining access and completing the course:


1. Contact Chad VanderPoel at cvanderpoel@sosd.org with your course request.




2. A key code will then be given to you.




3. Go to the Human Kinetics Coaching Education Center at: www.asep.com




4. Create an account and then click on “Begin or Continue My Online Course”. Here you will find a link to click reading “Enter a key code”. Enter the given key code and the course should appear.




5. Upon completion you will need to click the “Print my Certificate or Transcript” link and then the printer icon to print your certificate. You fill find a check box reading “Print to file," check this. This will save the certificate and then it can be attached to an email and sent to cvanderpoel@sosd.org




Other required material:


10 practicum hours must be completed with a certified head coach
  • New coaches must record practicum hours to reach Level 2
  • Coaches with a history may be exempt from practicum hours and will be determined on a case-by-case basis
  • HODs do not need to complete practicum hours
  • Practicum hours are recorded on the Application for Coaches Training Certification
  • Upon completion the application can be faxed to 605-331-4328 or emailed to Chad VanderPoel at cvanderpoel@sosd.org

* It is strongly recommended that a sport-specific course is completed for head coaches (Level 3)




How to become a coach, Special OlympicsLevel 3


Required Courses:



A Sport-Specific Course in a current Special Olympics South Dakota offered sport



Select courses will be offered in-person at various locations at various times. Subject to availability.
  • See Course Offering Locations and Dates
  • An Application for Coaches Training Certification must be completed when taking an in-person sports-specific course.
  • Once completed, the application can be faxed to 605-331-5328 or emailed to Chad VanderPoel at cvanderpoel@sosd.org

Or courses may be taken online at a cost to the individual. SOSD does not cover the cost of online courses

Note: Other sports-specific courses from other sources can be taken for credit with approval from the State Office


The following are courses offered online:

Coaching Basketball
Coaching Basketball at nfhslearn.com or
Coaching Basketball at asep.com

Coaching Soccer
Coaching Soccer at nfhslearn.com or
Coaching Soccer at asep.com

Coaching Softball
Coaching Softball at nfhslearn.com or
Coaching Softball at asep.com

Coaching Swimming

Coaching Swimming at nfhslearn.com or
Coaching Swimming at asep.com

Coaching Track & Field (Athletics)
Coaching Track & Field at nfhslearn.com or
Coaching Track & Field at asep.com

Coaching Volleyball
Coaching Volleyball at nfhslearn.com or
Coaching Volleyball at asep.com




Level 4


Required Courses:



Principles of Coaching for Special Olympics
Principles of Coaching for Special Olympics through West Virginia University

Cost: $35



Level 5


Required Courses – 1 of the following:



A Sport-specific Course (See Level 3)



Teaching Sports Skills


Teaching Sports Skills at nfhslearn.com



Fundamentals of Coaching

Fundamentals of Coaching at nfhslearn.com



First Aid, Health, and Safety for Coaches

First Aid, Health, and Safety for Coaches at nfhslearn.com



Coaching Essentials

Coaching Essentials at asep.com



Coaching Orientation

Coaching Orientation



Coaching Principles

Coaching Principles





Training (Course Listings)



Level Course Available Location
Pre-Level 1 Protective Behaviors Online Protective Behaviors Training at specialolympics.org
Level 1 General Orientation
In-Person See Course Offerings Locations and Dates
Level 1 Concussion in Sports Online Concussion in Sports at nfhslearn.com
Level 1 - Unified Coaching Unified Sports Online Coaching Unified Sports at nfhslearn.com
Level 2 Coaching Special Olympics Athletes Online Coaching Special Olympics Athletes at asep.com
Level 3 Coaching Basketball (sport-specific course) Online, Various locations in-person Coaching Basketball at nfhslearn.com or
Coaching Basketball at asep.com
Level 3 Coaching Soccer (sport-specific course) Online, Various locations in-person Coaching Soccer at nfhslearn.com or
Coaching Soccer at asep.com
Level 3 Coaching Softball (sport-specific course) Online, Various locations in-person Coaching Softball at nfhslearn.com or
Coaching Softball at asep.com
Level 3 Coaching Swimming (sport-specific course) Online, Various locations in-person Coaching Swimming at nfhslearn.com or
Coaching Swimming at asep.com
Level 3 Coaching Track & Field (sport-specific course) Online, Various locations in-person Coaching Track & Field at nfhslearn.com or
Coaching Track & Field at asep.com
Level 3 Coaching Volleyball (sport-specific course) Online, Various locations in-person Coaching Volleyball at nfhslearn.com or
Coaching Volleyball at asep.com
Level 4 Principles of Coaching for Special Olympics Online Principles of Coaching for Special Olympics at wvu.augusoft.net
Level 5 & Above A sport-specific course

See Level 3
Level 5 & Above Teaching Sports Skills Online Teaching Sports Skills at nfhslearn.com
Level 5 & Above Fundamentals of Coaching
Online Fundamentals of Coaching at nfhslearn.com
Level 5 & Above First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches
Online First Aid, Health, and Safety for Coaches at nfhslearn.com
Level 5 & Above Coaching Essentials
Online Coaching Essentials at asep.com
Level 5 & Above Coaching Orientation
Online Coaching Orientation at asep.com
Level 5 & Above Coaching Principles
Online Coaching Principles at asep.com
Level 5 & Above Other SOSD approved courses


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