Volunteer Descriptions

CLASS “A” VOLUNTEERS

Head Coach - must be at least 18 years of age

What's it like to be a Special Olympics coach?

The head coach is responsible for a team -- and all aspects of it -- just like in any other sports organization. SODE requires that all head coaches become certified in the sport (each team attending an event must have at least one certified coach on its coaching staff).  Commitment is 1-2 hours per week for an 8-10 week training period plus competition days.

  • In addition, head coaches are expected to ensure the following responsibilities are carried out:
  • Attend all sports meetings pertaining to specific sports.
  • Maintain athlete records and complete registration process for competition.
  • Assess each athlete to determine appropriate skill level for competition and training.
  • Develop an 8-10 week training program for the team (or each athlete for skills events) including fundamental skills, conditioning, and rules.
  • Conduct well-organized practices, utilizing assistant coaches.
  • Have complete knowledge of and abide by all Special Olympics rules.
  • Attend competitions with the athletes.

 

 Assistant Coach - must be at least 16 years of age

  • Assist in assessing each athlete to determine skill level for competition and training.
  • Assist in developing 8-10 week training program for each athlete including fundamental skills, conditioning and rules.
  • Attend competitions with the athletes.
  • Have knowledge and abide by all Special Olympics rules.
  • Commitment is 1-2 hours per week for an 8-10 week training period plus competition days.

 

Practice Volunteer - must be at least 14 years of age

Practice volunteers assist coaches at weekly practices. Roles may include assisting with uniforms, taking attendance, set-up and clean-up, as assisting with athletes. Commitment is 1-2 hours per week for an 8-10 week training period. Practice volunteers are not credentialed for events.

 

Unified Partner

Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an initiative that brings together Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners (athletes without intellectual disabilities) on sports teams for training and competition. The matching of athletes and partners by age and ability is defined on a sport-by-sport basis, and includes team and individual sports as well as Young Athletes and Motor Activity Training Program participants. Commitment is 1-2 hours per week for an 8-10 week training period plus competition days.

 

 CLASS “B” VOLUNTEERS

Committee Members - (18+ years of age)

 

Event Volunteers (who have fiscal responsibilities) - (16+ years of age) At many of the Special Olympics Delaware sport and fundraising events, volunteers are asked to perform roles such as selling souvenirs or taking registration payments for fundraising event participants.

 

CLASS “C” VOLUNTEERS

  • Event Volunteer - (14+ years of age)
  • Official/Referee -(16+ years of age)
  • Healthy Athletes - (16+ years of age)
  • Medical Team - (18+ years of age) Must have a medical background (MD, RN, EMT, etc.)
  • Photographer/Videographer -(14+ years of age)
  • Professional Services - (16+ years of age) (e.g. Technical Support, Musician, Graphic Design).

 
For more information about volunteer roles with Special Olympics Delaware, please complete the VOLUNTEER INTEREST FORM and email to Carly Thompson at cthom@udel.edu.