Bowling Recertification is available to those coaches who have been previously certified in the Sport of Bowling. If you have not been to a coach's certification class in bowling 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.
Eligibility – Special Olympics Bowling 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 Practioner 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 Responsibilities – 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.
Divisioning – Special Olympics divisions athletes based upon their age, sex, 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, however, it could be a participation award.
Divisioning is also the reason that preliminary scores are so important. A bad preliminary score will make heats or divisions unfair to athletes. It is vitally important that coaches submit a good preliminary score each time they enter an event. Coaches sometimes ask “Where do I get a good preliminary score?” The answer is “At Practice”. Coaches should record all scores at every practice in order to present accurate scores for events.