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Coaches Training

Coaches teach the skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Coaches are role models and character-builders.

Special Olympics coaches go even further. They help athletes with intellectual disabilities find their own strengths and abilities. They also show them how to build upon those strengths and improve every day.

As a Special Olympics New Hampshire coach, you bring enthusiasm, commitment and a positive attitude to each practice, event and competition. You will enrich the lives of our athletes in many life-changing ways. The skills and confidence an athlete learns through sports have a long and lasting effect. You can help an athlete succeed in school or even find a job.

Special Olympics New Hampshire is committed to coaching excellence.  In a supportive learning environment, coaches work to enhance athletes’ sport techniques, tactics and fitness.  

Our athletes deserve the best coaches possible, which is why SONH has taken a comprehensive look into expanding our coaches education system!  We have increased the number of sport-specific trainings we offer and are providing opportunities for online coaches’ trainings.  

Our athletes deserve the best possible coaches and SONH is committed to supporting those coaches.  
Coaches need to become certified within two years of starting to coach a sport.  To become certified you will need to be:

  • A certified LPV
  • Take Coaching Special Olympics Athletes once
  • Take sport specific training based on the sport(s) you coach
  • Every three years take a concussion training course that lasts three years and at that point you will need to become re-certified.