Athletics Recertification is available to those coaches who have been previously certified in the Sport of Athletics. If you have not been to a coach's certification class in athletics you do not qualify to re-certify. To Re-certify, a coach must make sure that the Volunteer application and protective behaviors training is up to date. You can check the list by clicking here. You cannot re-certify without an up to date volunteer application and protective behaviors class.
Re-certification should only be done when you are close to expiration of your original certification. Please do not take the course until you have less than 3 months to go on your certification. You can check the status of your certification by clicking here. Certification is good for 4 years.
After you have read all of the following materials, followed the link to the test, and successfully passed the test you will recieve an email confirming your completion of Recertification. You will not recieve a coach's card in the mail for recertification. Please check the website to confirm re-certification status.
Special Olympics Softball is available to all persons age 8 and above, having been identified by an agency or professional as having an Intellectual disability, or a closely related disability which means having functional limitations in both general learning and in adaptive skills (such as recreation, work, independent living, self-direction, or self-care), and having registered to participate in Special Olympics.
Application for Participation
The Application for Participation in Special Olympics is commonly referred to as the Medical Release. This form is good for a specific 3 year period. The dates of the forms effectiveness is printed on the top center of the form. It is only good for this time period. Example - September 1, 2010 through August 31, 2013. Coaches should make copies of this form after completing all information. Please do not leave off any information. If there is information that does not apply please write does not apply in that space. This form must be signed by a Physician, Physician’s assistant, Nurse Practitioner or a Clinical Nurse Specialist. It must also be signed by either an adult athlete ( with witness signature) or a Parent/ Guardian. Athletes will not be able to train or compete without the release. Coaches should have a copy of the medical release with them any time they have an athlete with them. Coaches are also responsible for updating the forms whenever a change has taken place, such as, medicine changes.
Coaches have a lot of responsibility. It is imperative that coaches find enough assistant coaches to help cover all of the duties of a coach. The following is a list of responsibilities of the coach. This list will not cover everything a coach has to do in order for the team to be successful.
1. Coaches must have enough help to supervise athletes at all times.
2. Coaches must have a proper practice facility that is both safe and meets the needs of the athletes.
3. Coaches must have medical releases with them at all times. Coaches must be aware of all medical issues of their athletes.
4. Coaches must know first aid and have a phone available to call for help if needed.
5. Coaches must train their athletes for no less than 8 weeks prior to competition. The training must be appropriate.
6. Coaches must select sports and events that are appropriate for their athletes age and abilities.
7. Coaches must ensure that all athletes are uniformed appropriately.
8. Coaches must know how to complete entry forms and do so on a timely basis.
9. Coaches will be a positive influence on their athletes.
10. Coaches must keep a written training plan for all of their practices.
Special Olympics divisions Athletes based upon their age, gender, and ability, with ability being the primary indicator. This aspect of Special Olympics is what separates Special Olympics from all other sports organizations. Every Athlete will receive an award. Athletes disqualified will receive a participation award.
All Special Olympics paperwork is now available on-line. Coaches may complete the entry forms, medical release, down’s addendum, and coaches card on-line, then print the forms and submit. The medical release and down syndrome addendum must be signed by an authorized person. All entry forms and medicals are due by the deadline that you will see on the schedule. Most can be mailed in but some must be hand delivered. You must pay attention to the directions in the schedule. The deadline is the date that paperwork must arrive, not when it is to be mailed. Mail your forms in time for the paperwork to reach the Event Director by the deadline.
General Rules for Athletics
Athletes must practice a minimum of 8 weeks prior to competition. Practice should consist of warm-ups, stretching, competitive experience and a proper cool down. Practices should be specific to build skills in the events that athlete will compete in.
Athletes must be appropriately dressed. They must be in Athletic wear. No Blue Jeans will be allowed. Athletes may compete in athletic shoes only. Track spikes less than 3/8 of an inch are allowed. No softball, baseball or Football cleats will be allowed. Uniforms are very important for the athlete’s self esteem.
It is the coaches’ responsibility to submit all forms required. If you do not understand please call your area director or the state office for help. Do not wait until the deadline to ask for help. Forms are due to the event director by the deadline. They are not to be mailed on the deadline.
Track events take precedence over field events. This means if an athlete has a track event and a field event scheduled at the same time they should do the track event first and then go to the field event. They should check in with the field event and let the venue director know what they are doing.
25 Meter Wheelchair Race
The 25 Meter Wheelchair race is a straight race 25 meters in length. Athletes can compete in a Manual division or an electric division. No assistance is allowed for forward progress of the chair. Athletes must propel the chair by themselves. Each chair is allowed two lanes for their race. There is a 5 minute time limit on the race. Race will be started by a whistle or dropped flag.
30 Meter Wheelchair Slalom Race
Cones are placed every 5 yards for the 30 Meter span for a total of 5 cones. Athlete must maneuver their chair around all 5 cones in a slalom fashion. Each chair is allowed 2 lanes for their race. There is a 5 minute time limit on the race. Race will be started by a whistle or dropped flag.
A walk is defined as having one foot in contact with the ground at all times. Athletes that gain an advantage by breaking into a run will be disqualified in their events. All disqualified athletes will receive a participation ribbon.
25 Meter Assisted Walk
Athletes may have a coach walk with them as a guide and support for 25 Meters. Athletes must stay in their lanes during the race. Coaches or guides are not allowed to initiate forward movement by pulling or pushing the athlete. All forward momentum must be generated by the athlete. Race will be started by a whistle or dropped flag.
25 Meter Walk
Athlete must walk unassisted with no other person providing assistance. Athletes may use walkers, crutches, or other adaptive equipment as needed. The athlete must remain in their lane for the full 25 meter walk. Race will be started by a whistle or dropped flag.
100 Meter Walk
Athlete must walk unassisted with no other person providing assistance. Athletes may use walkers, crutches, or other adaptive equipment as needed. The athlete must remain in their lane for the full 100 meter walk. Race will be started by a starter’s pistol.
400 Meter Walk
Athlete must walk unassisted with no other person providing assistance. Athletes may use walkers, crutches, or other adaptive equipment as needed. The athlete must remain in their lane for the full 400 meter walk, this is one lap around the track. The race will start with a staggered start, meaning that outside lanes will be ahead of inside lanes. Athletes that leave their lane for an inside lane will have walked a shorter distance and thus gained an advantage. These athletes will be disqualified. Race will be started by a whistle or dropped flag.
Blind or sight impaired athletes may have a guide. The guide may not provide any forward momentum.