Our head coaches are certified in their respective sports, and are supported by a cast of knowledgeable assistant and athlete coaches. Each head coach is tasked with designing and maintaining a standard training regimen for their sport. These training programs consist of ways to introduce new athletes and volunteers to a sport, develop required mental and physical skills, learn the rules and regulations of the sport, and safely train them for competition.
Our assistant coaches are essential to our program. The assistant coach works hand-in-hand with each athlete to ensure they are learning all aspects of their respective sport. The assistant coach is knowledgeable enough in their sport to assist athletes and volunteers with learning the required skills to compete. Assistant coaches are not required to be certified in their sport, but it is recommended and encouraged.
Athletes that demonstrate an excellerated understanding of their sport, a desire to help their fellow athletes, and assist the coaching staff, are selected as Athlete Coaches. This is an additional method of acknowledging the superb efforts our athletes put forth, and gives them the opportunity to accel at a higher level of responsibility. Athlete coaches are not certified in their respective sport.
Certification is required to be a Head Coach in Special Olympics. Certification includes focused training in each sport to include: current Special Olympics International rules, coupled with the latest techniques and tools for training, all from local Nebraska Coaches Association certified coaches.