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WHAT IS YOUR SPORT?

 

Winter Season December 1- March 1

 

Basketball  - Need for Assistants at most levels and Skills Level 1 Head Coach

Game Play - There are currently 5 levels of game play teams who will be divisioned against teams of similar ability.

Individual Skills Level I - For athletes needing one on one assistance to manage the ball.

Individual Skills Level II - For athletes who are learning to manage the ball, but not ready to play with and against other athletes.

Skills Team - A slow paced demonstration of skills done as a team, but not in direct competition.

 

Ski and Snowboard - Need for Assistant Snowboard Coaches and a One on One Ski Coach to guide a visually impaired athlete.

The Team starts conditioning by hiking Badger Mountain in November and December. 

Most practices are Saturdays at Bluewood in January and February. 

Coaches must commit to 80% of practices.

 

Figure Skating - No current needed, but more coaches are welcome if interested.

Certified US Figure Skating Coaches provide direct instruction.

Special Olympics coaches should have some basic skating ability to provide support on and off the ice.

Figure Skate Team practices year round.

 

Speed Skating

This program has not been started.  If you are qualified to coach speed skating and would like to start a program, please let us know.  

 

Cheerleading

This is a demonstration program only, not a competative program.  It has not been started in the Tri-Cities.  Qualified Coaches interested in running a cheerleading program would need to have access to a reliable and affordable practice space.

 

 

Spring Season March 2 - June 7

 

Cycling - Assistant Coaches needed for Park Team.

Advanced Team - Rides 2 days a week including a long ride on Saturday.

Park Team - Rides 2 days a week in Columbia Park.

 

Track and Field

Assistants needed for current team practicing 2 days a week in Pasco.

Opportunity to start a  second team if interested.

 

Swimming

Current need for coaches for a 2nd team.

 

Powerlifting

Assistant Coach position available.

 

Soccer

Coaching positions open at game play and individual skills levels.

 

 

 Summer Season June 8- August 23

Golf

Skills Coaches are needed to support athletes who are not ready for course play.  Athletes practice and compete in putting, chipping, and driving.

Unified Partners are needed to play with athletes who are too advanced for skills team, but not ready to play the whole course on their own. Because they compete, Unified Partners are technically not coaches. However, they should have a mastery of the game, so they can help their athlete partner advance to independent game play.

Softball

Coaching positions open at game play and individual skills levels.

Bocce 

Bocce is the fastest growing sport for Special Olympics Washington, but we do not have a coach here in the Tri-Cities.  This is the only coaching position where experience is not required.  If you are interested in starting a Bocce program, we will help you get the training you need.

 

Tennis

This program has not been started.  If you are qualified to coach tennis and would like to start a program, please let us know.  

 

Paddle Boarding

This program has not been started.  Qualified Coaches interested in running a paddleboarding program would need to have access to affordable equipment.

 

 

Fall Season August 24- November 22

 

Bowling - Coaches needed for starting a 3rd (and possiby 4th) team.

Our most popular sport locally and state wide.  Our bowling teams have the worst athlete to coach ratio, limiting the opportunity to help athletes develop skills.  Coaching positions available to start new teams or provide support to current teams.

 

Volleyball

New in 2019, coaching opportunites will become available as athlete numbers increase.

 

Flag Football

New in 2019, coaching opportunites will become available as athlete numbers increase.

 

Gymnastics

This program and has not been started in the Tri-Cities.  Qualified Coaches interested in running a cheerleading program would need to have access to a reliable and affordable practice space.

 

 

Please complete the following steps to register as a Special Olympics coach. 

Step 1: Register online and complete SOWA trainings.

 

 Step 2: Contact Ken Martinson at kenm@arcoftricities.com to let him know what sports you are interested in coaching and set up a meeting

 

Step 3:  Meet with Ken to decide the best way to get started.

 

 

Tournament events and locations can be found at SOWA East Region Sports

 

 

SOWA Coach Manuals: 

SOWA Article 1

SOWA Coach Hanbook 

SOWA Volunteer Handbook

SOWA Coaches Resources

SOWA Sport Rules:

Bowling

Track & Field

Soccer

Cycling

Youth Flag Football

Tennis

Powerlifting

Skiining & Snowboarding

Basketball

Swimming