Soccer Recertification is available to those coaches who have been previously certified in the Sport of Soccer. If you have not been to a coach's certification class in soccer 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 Soccer 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 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.
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.
Soccer Divisioning is done through a bracket system. The type of bracket will be determined by the event director. The bracket will be a form of a round robin or double elimination type of tournament. Every team will be guaranteed at least two games. The sport of Soccer may not allow the event director to split Athletes by age and sex, which is acceptable. The numbers of teams will determine how divisioning will take place.
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’s 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 carried. 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 Unified Soccer
Special Olympics Oklahoma offers Unified 5 vs 5 Soccer. Unified sports are sports, in which, half of the team is made up of Special Olympics athletes and the other half with non- disabled partners. In Unified 5 vs 5 Soccer each team must have 3 athletes and 2 partners on the field at all times. You cannot have more athletes or more partners on the field. Team rosters will be limited to 10 players; 6 Special Olympics athletes and 4 partners. If you have more athletes and partners you should form a 2nd team. Two levels of play are offered, Intermediate or High division of play. The coach must determine which level best suits the team. If the team understands the rules, can pass the ball effectively, and work together, that is probably a high level team.