Coach Certification F.A.Q.

  • What happens if a Head Coach resigns?
    • If a Head Coach resigns, the most experienced or qualified Assistant Coach may assume the role of Head Coach for the remainder of the season. The Assistant Coach should make the best attempt to complete the requirements of a Certified Head Coach prior to submitting final competition registration.

 

  • What happens if an Assistant Coach wants to become a Head Coach but hasn’t completed any continuing education courses?
    • The Assistant Coach would need to have been active in their role as Assistant Coach and must complete the Principles of Coaching course. If the Principles of Coaching course has already been completed, another approved continuing education course will be selected by the coach and approved by the SOVT office.

 

  • How long does a coach have to become a Certified Head Coach?
    • The Coach Classification & Certification Policy will be enforced as of December 31, 2016. It is highly recommended that current coaches (Head and Assistant) take advantage of every coaches training and continuing education opportunity.
    • Specifically regarding Concussion Training, all coaches must complete the “Concussion in Sports” training by December 31, 2015 per Special Olympics Inc. rules.

 

  • Can an Assistant Coach complete and submit education courses prior to the one-year mark?
    • Yes! It is encouraged that Assistant Coaches complete the requirements prior to their first year of involvement. In addition, any coach can submit continuing education courses at any time to fulfill the continuing education requirement and further their own professional development.

 

  • What is classified as a continuing education course? Where can I find pre-approved courses?
    • There are many opportunities for continuing education courses that will help further develop coaches and provide better sports experiences for our athletes, as well as improve their health and wellness. Courses should relate to health, sport, coaching or working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. Pre-approved courses can be found on the SOVT website under the “Become a Coach” tab. Coaches can also utilize the Training Waiver Form to request approval for courses that are unlisted before taking them. Courses can be in-person, online or through attendance at a conference.

 

  • If there is a cost associated with coaches training, who pays?
    • Coaches’ trainings are provided at no fee to coaches by SOVT. There are also pre-approved online courses for continuing education at no fee. If a coach wishes to attend a conference or other training outside Special Olympics Vermont trainings, the fees and expenses associated with that training are the sole responsibility of the coach. Exceptions to this rule will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the Sports and Competition Manager.

 

  • What is the Training Waiver Form and where do I find it?
    • The Training Waiver Form is used to provide an easy way for coaches to seek approval for and report completed continuing education courses. Coaches can also use the form to request approval for prior knowledge and experience to fulfill a coaching requirement.   The form can be found on the SOVT website under the “Become a Coach” tab.

 

  • Why do coaches have to provide their social security number and submit to a criminal background check?
    • In order to ensure the safety of our athletes and participants and to comply with risk management policy, Special Olympics Inc. (SOI) requires all Class A volunteers to have a criminal background check on file. Although some coaches may have a background check through another organization or school, SOI requires all affiliate programs run their own checks through approved vendors, keep an accurate record, and renew them every three years.

 

  • Can two Assistant Coaches take the place of a Head Coach?
    • Two or more Assistant Coaches cannot take the place of a Head Coach. In the event a Head Coach is unavailable, the SOVT office should be notified immediately. Moving forward, one Assistant Coach may assume the role of Head Coach and must make the best attempt to complete the Head Coach Certification requirements.

 

  • Can you have more than one Certified Head Coach per team?
    • Yes! It is highly encouraged that teams have more than one Certified Head Coach. Programs should work towards having all coaches achieve Certified Head Coach status.

 

  • If a parent is providing one-on-one support for their child during a practice, does that classify them as Program Support? What about a personal care assistant (PCA)?
    • If a parent or personal care assistant is working only with the athlete they are solely responsible for, they are not classified as Program Support and do not need to meet the outlined requirements. If at any time the parent or PCA is in a supervisory position or an authority figure for other athletes, they become Program Support and must meet the outlined requirements. It is important to note, if you think a parent or PCA may become Program Support anytime through the course of the season, it is better to have them complete the necessary Class A paperwork in advance to avoid any liability.

 

  • If a parent is serving as a chaperone for a competition are they classified as Program Support?
    • Yes! All chaperones, in any circumstance, are considered Program Support and need to complete the outlined requirements prior to being a chaperone.

 

  • What if a coach misses the scheduled training and still wants to be a Certified Head Coach?
    • If a Head Coach misses a scheduled training and currently does not meet the Certified Head Coach requirements, they can complete the requirements concurrently during the sports season as outlined in the Certified Head Coach policy. Sport specific training should take place prior to beginning practices. Sport Specific training timeline must be approved by the SOVT office and is done on a case by case basis. The Class A volunteer form and Concussion Training MUST be completed prior to attending any practices.

 

  • What if a new Head Coach does not complete the Certified Head Coach requirements prior to registering the team for competition?
    • If a new Head Coach does not complete the Certification process prior to the Final Registration due date, the team/program will not be able to participate in that competition

 

  • How many Head Coaches do you need if your program has more than one team?
    • There should be a minimum of one coach per team. A Head coach can oversee a maximum of two teams in one program. For instance if Franklin County had seven soccer teams, they need a minimum of four Head Coaches and three Assistant Coaches.