Current listing of all Certified SOGA Coaches. Are you here?

To become a SOGA Coach follow these steps:

1. Contact the Sports and Program Manager in your area about coaching opportunities and connect with your local program.

2. Fill out the appropriate paperwork:

Volunteer/Unified Partner Profile Form (PDF) download, complete, and print this form. Please provide all your information, as it is needed in order to perform a background check. Questions or concerns, please direct them to the Volunteer and Event Manager.

Coaches Code of Conduct download this form, review, and sign that will adhere to the Coaches Code of Conduct.

3. Submit completed Volunteer/Coach Profile form and signed Code of Conduct to your Sports and Program Manager.
After you’ve been through one of our mini-sports camps and completed your 10 hours of additional training, fill out the  Application for Certification and submit it to Kelli Britt in Atlanta.

4. Complete the Protective Behaviors online quiz

5. Complete the Coaches Concussion Training online

Coaches Mini-Sports Camps
-Get certified as a coach.  Find a Mini-Sports Camp near you and begin getting certified in some sports! Click here for more information.

Application for Certification fill this out after you’ve gone through one of our mini-sports camps and completed your 10 hours of additional training.

Unified Sports
(For individuals without intellectual disabilities, participating on a sports team with individuals with intellectual disabilities)
Unified Sports is a moving and exciting initiative for higher ability athletes of all ages, from youth to adults. Mixed teams provide the public direct opportunities to experience first-hand the capabilities and courage of Special Olympics athletes. By having fun together in a variety of sports ranging from basketball to golf to figure skating, Unified Sports athletes and partners improve their physical fitness, sharpen their skills, challenge the competition and help to overcome prejudices about intellectual disability.

Click here to learn more about Unified Sports training

Get Re-Certified

Click the sport or course below in which you would like to become re-certified:

Alpine Skiing 


Artistic Gymnastics






Coaching Special Olympics Athletes



Figure Skating

Flag Football

Floor Hockey 


Iced Speedskating




Principles of Coaching

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Roller Skating





Speed Skating

Table Tennis


Unified Sports


Take the Principles of Coaching Online Course!

The Online POC Course takes approximately 25 hours to complete, is only $35 to purchase, can be extended to 6 months to take and is designed for the next level beyond entry-level certification. Read this testimonial from Ed Speas of Forsyth, GA:

“I recently finished the Principles of Coaching for Special Olympics course. I have been coaching Special Olympics for almost 5 years, and was surprised to find out how much I could still learn. There was a lot of great information to read through, and then review while taking the quizzes. But my favorite part was that this course made me think. A large part of the written work I did made me analyze my own experience, and think about how I could improve. I want to thank my instructor, Sandy, and WVU for all of their hard work in putting this course together. Just like I do with my Special Olympics athletes, they made me work but it sure was a lot of fun. I would recommend this to any coach that wants to improve their skills and make everything we do, help our athletes want to keep coming back for more.” – Ed Speas, Coach, Forsyth County, SO Georgia.

Click the link below to register and get more information about this great opportunity:

 Click here for the General Orientation Test

 Please click here to view the General Orientation Power Point

Use this helpful tool when taking our General Orientation test on our website!

Coaching Strategy Guide

SOGA Sports Offered

Aquatics: Aquatics Quick Start Guide, Aquatics Rules, Aquatics Coaching Guide
Artistic Gymnastics: Artistic Gymnastics Rules
Athletics (Track and Field): Athletics Quick Start Guide, Athletics Rules
Badminton: Badminton Coaching Guide, Badminton Rules
Basketball: Basketball Coaching Guide, Basketball Quick Start Guide, Basketball Rules
Bocce: Bocce Coaching Guide, Bocce Quick Start Guide, Bocce Rules
Bowling: Bowling Coaching Guide, Bowling Quick Start Guide, Bowling Rules
Cycling: Cycling Coaches Guide, Cycling Quick Start Guide, Cycling Rules
Equestrian: Equestrian Rules
Flag Football: Flag Football Coaches Guide, Flag Football Quick Start Guide, Flag Football Official Signals
Floor Hockey: Floor Hockey Coaching Guide, Floor Hockey Quick Start Guide, Floor Hockey Rules
General Coaching Resources: Principles of Coaching, Basics of Special Olympics, Coaching Special Olympics Athletes, Preparing the Athlete for Competition
Golf: Golf Coaching Guide, Golf Quick Start Guide, Golf Rules
Ice Skating: Speed Skating Coaching Guide, Figure Skating Coaching Guide
Kayaking: Kayaking Rules
Powerlifting: Powerlifting Coaching Guide, Powerlifting Rules
Rhythmic Gymnastics: Rhythmic Gymnastics Coaching Guide
Roller Skating: Roller Skating Rules
Sailing: Sailing Coaching Guide, Sailing Rules
Soccer: Soccer Coaching Guide, Soccer Quick Start Guide, Soccer Rules
Softball: Softball Rules
Table Tennis: Table Tennis Coaching Guide, Table Tennis Rules
Tennis: Tennis Coaching Guide, Tennis Quick Start Guide, Tennis Rules
Volleyball: Volleyball Coaching Guide, Volleyball Quick Start Guide, Volleyball Rules

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