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We want to challenge our coaches; both new and seasoned members of our team. The newly developed SOPA Coach Training and Progression Plan will guide coaches through our education system and provide them the opportunity for additional education and new skills.

The journey begins with the basics in the Certified Coach Level. In these level, coaches complete three basic trainings: Protective Behaviors, General Orientation, and Concussion Training followed by completing the skills training of their chosen sport. 

The Bronze Level provides the next level of training. This includes the course Coaching Special Olympics Athletes and implementing Fit 5 during athlete training sessions. The Silver Level will build upon the Bronze level and include the Principles of Coaching and Coaching Unified SportsĀ® courses as well as athlete goal setting and year round training. The Gold Level will build upon the Silver level and the coach will learn advanced tactics for their sport of choice and work with their athletes on tracking and achieving their personal best performance goals.

As the coach completes the bronze, silver and gold levels, they will receive a lanyard in the color of their level as well as a laminated name tag with their status on the front. Gold Medal coaches will also receive a gold lapel pin. This new training plan is designed to inspire and encourage coaches to continue their education in order to be the best coach they can be and in turn provide the athletes with a better experience and a desire to be the best athlete they can be. View our Coach Recognition Levels flyer.

For more information on each level requirements, visit the Training & Continuing Education page of the SOPA Website.