Coaching Special Olympics Athletes
Coach and athlete interacting and smiling with one another.
Special Olympics Coaches are the heartbeat of our movement. Without coaches, we have no sports programmes for the more than 6 million Special Olympics Athletes and Unified Partners who train and compete every day, all around the world.

We know that you, the coaches, always strive to provide the best possible opportunities for your athletes and on this page we share all the resources, tools and guides which have been created to support you in your vital role.
Coaching Guides
Over half a million people around the world are engaged as Special Olympics Coaches. These short guides will help support you as you coach Special Olympics athletes. The short guides on this page are suitable for coaches of all sports, while Sport Specific Coaching Guides can be found here. These guides contain sport technical and tactic guidance for coaches and many include sample training sessions, season plans and lots of great coaching tips and strategies!
Online Learning
Special Olympics Online Learning Portal can be found here. The online learning portal hosts a number of coaching courses which are available in multiple languages and free of charge. To learn more, visit our Online Learning Portal information page

Additional courses available outside the Special Olympics Online Learning Portal include:
Coaching Special Olympics Athletes course hosted by Human Kinetics
Principles of Coaching Special Olympics hosted by Coach Tube
The Coach & Competition Series
Learn About Coaching Videos
Special Olympics is a sports organization, but it's also far more. Through a variety of innovative programs and the involvement of passionate volunteers, Special Olympics transforms lives.
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Vicky Matarazzo talks about the Special Olympics athletes she’s coached for 17 years and how their example inspired her after she was diagnosed with cancer.
Award-winning video showing what it's like to be a Unified Sports football coach during a big Special Olympics Games. 10 minutes. DOWNLOAD (86.3 MB) MP4
Join Cristoph Scheurer, Special Olympics Alpine Skiing coach for Team Germany and member of the Alpine Skiing Sport Resource Team, as he takes you through a "day in the life" of an alpine skiing coach at World Winter Games. DOWNLOAD (128 MB) MP4
This video is designed for use in coach education seminars with specific chapter headings, and it can also be used for general viewing. It's 8:29 in length.
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An in-depth overview of the Unified Sports competitive, player development and recreational models. The video is 8:11 minutes long.
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This video covers how to assess the ability of basketball players. This "grading" video is a useful tool to assess and keep track of each player's improvement over time. DOWNLOAD MP4