The 5 C’s
Communication is key to becoming a successful coach. Special Olympics
coaches should apply The Five C’s when communicating with athletes and be:
Clear • Concise • Consistent • Concrete • Command-Oriented
Preparing for and Coaching in Competitions
This unit covers strategies to improve the quality of an athlete’s competition
experience. A Special Olympics athlete can benefi t from many aspects of
a competition along with the sport itself, including meeting new people;
participating in the festivities of the Opening Ceremony and other social events;
traveling to new places; staying away from home; and more.
Managing the Program
Special Olympics coaches are responsible for managing their own local programs
and for coordinating with SONC staff . This unit provides the guidance needed to
run and/or assist with a program and the necessary steps involved.
Special Olympics coaches help athletes prepare for life through sports and work
with them to develop lifelong traits of independence, confi dence, accountability
Learn more and become a Special Olympics coach!