Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

Certification for SOBC Coaches

A. Certification checklist for coaches

B. Special Olympics coaching certification

C. Making Ethical Decisions online evaluation

D. Sport-specific coaching certification

        i. Summer sports

        ii. Winter sports

E. Active Start and FUNdamentals coach training

 

Please click here to see the current SOBC coach certification policy

 

A.  Certification Checklist for Coaches

Please click here for course requirements for coaches taking athletes to competitions

CHECK YOUR NCCP TRANSCRIPT ONLINE - you will need your CC number
If you were never issued one, request this from CAC via email coach@coach.ca
If you have forgotten your CC number, email Leslie Thornley for assistance.

Active Start

FUNdamentals

Sport Start

Traditional Sport Programs

Club Fit

Required:

  • CYA Leaders training (Coaching Young Athletes )
  • Special Olympics Canada Volunteer Orientation*

Recommended:

  • FMS - full day course

Required:

  • CYA Leaders training (Coaching Young Atletes)
  • Special Olympics Canada Volunteer Orientation*

Recommended:

  • FMS full day course 

Required:

  • Special Olympics Competition Sport Workshop
  • Making Ethical Decisions module (competition stream)
  • Complete the Making Ethical Decisions online evaluation
  • Special Olympics Canada Volunteer Orientation*

Recommended:

  • Sport-specific certification

Required:

  • Special Olympics Competition Sport Workshop
  • Making Ethical Decisions module (competition stream)
  • Complete the Making Ethical Decisions online evaluation
  • Special Olympics Canada Volunteer Orientation*

Recommended:

  • Sport-specific certification (becomes a requirement for coaches at National and World Games)

Required:

  • Special Olympics Competition Sport Workshop 
  • Special Olympics Canada Volunteer Orientation*


* Special Olympics Canada Volunteer Orientation can be found by clicking here
This interactive online orientation course will offer a thorough and interesting introduction to the world of Special Olympics, enhancing your ability to coach and support the SOBC athletes in your community and help them enrich their lives through sport.
New volunteers are required to complete the orientation within 30 days of registering with Special Olympics BC.

Instructions

  1. Click on create a new account
  2. Fill in the form and submit
  3. Wait for confirmation email, click on link
  4. Then you can enter site and find the volunteer training
  5. Click on British Columbia
  6. Click on Special Olympics BC volunteer orientation
  7. When you get to the first page of orientation, click on Part One Introduction and Overview, and then follow the modules

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B. Special Olympics coaching certification

Required within first year of coaching Special Olympics, except for Active Start and FUNdamentals coaches

Course Name

Description / Website / Contact information

Upcoming courses

Special Olympics Competition Sport Workshop (CSW)

One weekend (Sat & Sun)

~16 hours

Course fee⁺: $65

Other names referring to this workshop:

“NCCP-Special Olympics Canada Introduction to Competition Sport Workshop”
“Special Olympics Competition Coach”
“SOC Intro to Competition Sport Workshop"
“Special Olympics Competition Sport Workshop”
“Competition Sport Workshop” or “CSW”
“Special Olympics Level 1 Technical & Practical” (old NCCP name)

This course is specific to coaches of athletes with an intellectual disability. It is organized and offered by Special Olympics British Columbia.

Check for upcoming workshops via:

  1. Special Olympics BC event calendar
  2. SOBC Provincial Office contact: Email Leslie Thornley
    P: 250.317.1272
    Toll-free: 1.888.854.2276
  3. Your Local Coordinator


Note: Club Fit coaches may complete the Special Olympics COMMUNITY sport workshop when it is offered, in lieu of the COMPETITION sport workshop.

⁺ Fees for required courses may be sponsored by the local community.

Note to local executives: Locals can apply for a coaching grant with Special Olympics BC for all relevant coaching courses, except the Special Olympics Competition Sport workshop, Making Ethical Decisions workshop and first aid-related courses. Contact Leslie Thornley for more information.

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C. Making Ethical Decisions evaluation

Required within first year of coaching Special Olympics, except for Active Start, FUNdamentals, and Club Fit coaches

 

Course Name

Description / Website / Contact information

Upcoming courses

Making Ethical Decisions (MED) online evaluation

~4 hours

Stand-alone course fee⁺⁺: ~$65

All coaches (except Active Start, FUNdamentals and Club Fit) are required to complete the Making Ethical Decisions module and Online evaluation. Coaches need only complete the MED evaluation once.

 select e-learning to  complete "Make Ethical Decision Online Evaluation: Competition-Development")

This module is generic to all sports. The MED module is integrated into some sport-specific courses.

Click here to download instructions/information for taking the MED online evaluation

Updated links to come.


⁺⁺Course fees for required courses may be sponsored by the local community.

For courses other than the Special Olympics Competition Sport Workshop, coaches can try to apply for the Bob Bearpark bursary offered by the Coaching Association of BC (subject to CABC approval). New coaches must indicate that they do not have a NCCP or CC# yet and indicate name, date and location of NCCP workshop previously completed on the bursary application form.
Click here for more information and to download application form.

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D. Sport-Specific coaching certification

Sport coaches are recommended to complete sport-specific courses relevant to their coaching.
Sport coaches at National and World Games are required to complete relevant sport-specific certification.

i. SUMMER SPORTS

Sport

Course name / Website / Contact information

Upcoming courses

Aquatics

(Swimming)

“Swimming 101” (Fundamentals Coach training)

Click here and here for more info

Click here
(Select: “BC”; “Swimming 101”)

Contact: Chad Webb to register, Swim BC NCCP Coordinator. P: 604.376.8199

Athletics

(Track & Field)

Level 1 Technical “Sport Coach” workshop

Click here for more info

Click here

Basketball

Competition-Introduction (also “Introduction to Competition”)

Click here for more info

Click here

 

Bocce

None. Coaches at National and World Games should have had at least 125 coaching hours.

 

Bowling 10-pin

Community Sport Initiation course

Click here for more info

Contact: Special Olympics BC's Leslie Thornley
Contact: Kimberley Green, Director, 10-pin Bowling BC

 

Bowling 5-pin

Community Sport Initiation workshop

Click here for more info

Contact: Mickie, Program Coordinator

 

Golf

Special Olympics Canada PGA Golf Coach course

Click here for more info

Contact: Special Olympics BC, Shawn Fevens

 

Powerlifting

Special Olympics Canada powerlifting coach course

Contact Leslie Thornley

 

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Gymnastics Foundations

Click here and here for more info 
 

Training consists of 3 parts:

1)      Gymnastics Foundations Intro (Course #1)

2)      Gymnastics Foundations Theory (Course #2)

3)      Gymnastics Foundations Discipline (i.e. rhythmic gym) specific           course (Course #3)

For Intro (Course #1) and Theory (Course #2), click here (filter: “Coaching”).

Soccer

TO BE DETERMINED

Click here for more info

Click here

Softball

“Learn to Coach” clinic (Initiation coach; Community Sport Initiation)

Click here for more info 

Click here

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ii. WINTER SPORTS

Sport

Course name / Website / Contact information

Upcoming courses

Alpine Skiing

CSCF “Entry Level Coach Workshop(Instruction-beginner)”  OR CSIA Level 1

Click here for more info

Contact: BC Alpine

Click here or here

 

 

Cross-Country Skiing

TO BE DETERMINED
(Coaches will require at least the Intro to Community Coaching course)

Click here for more info

Click here

 

Curling

Community Sport: Ongoing – Club Coach (not to be confused with Club Coach YOUTH)

Click here for more info

Contact: Will Sutton, Educational Programs Manager

Click here

Figure Skating

CanSkate (for coaches of Special Olympics Level 1 & 2)

Primary STARSkate (for coaches of Special Olympics Level 3 to 6)

Click here for more info

Contact: Barb Stott, 604.205.6960

Click here

Floor Hockey

Special Olympics Canada floor hockey coaching module

Contact Leslie Thornley

Click here
Snowshoeing None. Coaches at National and World Games should have had at least 125 coaching hours.  
Speed Skating

Fundamentals Level

Click here for more info

Contact: Barb Beck

 

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E.  Active Start and FUNdamentals coach training

Required within 1st year of coaching Special Olympics for Active Start and FUNdamentals coaches

Course Name

Description / Website / Contact information

Upcoming courses

AS / FUN  Training program

~4 hours

Course fee: None

This course is specific to coaches of young athletes with an intellectual disability.

It is organized and offered by Special Olympics British Columbia.

Check next offering of workshop via:

1)      Special Olympics BC event calendar

2)      SOBC Provincial Office contact: E-mail Shawn Fevens | 
          P: 604.737.3055

3)      Your Local Coordinator

E-mail Shawn Fevens

P: 604.737.3055

High Five Training program (Recommended, not required training)

This course is targeted at BC's recreation and sport practitioners, aiming to help develop a high level of knowledge and expertise in child development and provide tools for enhancing and maintaining a high level of program quality.

It is organized and offered by British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association.

Click here for more info

Click here

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