BECOME A COACHING VOLUNTEER
Thank you for your interest in becoming a coaching volunteer with Special Olympics Manitoba.
BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING WITH SOM
Special Olympics Manitoba is a volunteer-based organization. Currently over 800 coaches, officials, fundraisers, and administrators provide support to our over 1900 athletes and make a difference in their lives.
Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Without your time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm, who take a little time out of your busy schedules to make the world a better place, we would simply not exist. Our success depends on the dedication and skills of our many volunteers.
Benefits of Volunteering and Becoming a Coaching Volunteer with SOM
- Help athletes with an intellectual disability achieve their goals and reach their full potential
- Improve your coaching and/or administrative skills for personal and professional development
- Build your resume
- Have the opportunity for travel and to experience competitions from the Regional to the International level
- Build friendships and make networking connections
- Pursue training and continuing education
- Stay active in sport and in your community
- Use your skills to help others
- Gain volunteer hours for school programs
- Participate in recognition events
- Most importantly, experience the joy of working with our athletes and capture the spirit of Special Olympics!
BECOME A COACHING VOLUNTEER – ONBOARDING PROCESS
Step 1: Fill out application form
In order to get started with us, enroll through our registration portal. Once we receive your application, SOM will contact you within seven days about the next steps in the onboarding process.
Step 2: Volunteer forms and screening
All volunteers are required to complete the Volunteer Orientation and screening, including a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check. The level of screening in the volunteer onboarding process varies according to the level of responsibility in each volunteer position. This is for risk management purposes to ensure all volunteers and athletes are safe and protected.
Step 3: Volunteer Placement
After submission of all volunteer forms and approval of your application, SOM will contact you and offer a volunteer position if a successful match is made between your abilities, skills, and an available position. If you decide to accept the offer, a start date will be discussed with you. You will then receive information on the next steps for training.
Step 4: Training and Development
Coaching volunteers have the opportunity to take advantage of many training and educational opportunities.
Special Olympics Manitoba offers a number of training sessions throughout the year, including the Special Olympics Canada Competition Coach Workshop. More information about training can be provided by contacting the SOM provincial office.
For more information about volunteering, contact Lesley Camaso-Catalan, Manager, Program Services, at 204.925.5625 (toll-free 1.888.333.9179) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COACHING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES & DESCRIPTIONS
Join the team of program volunteers and coaches who directly provide training for athletes in eighteen different sports. They work with athletes to improve basic motor skills and teach sport-specific skills. They prepare athletes for competition. The time commitment is one to two sessions each week for 1 to 2 1⁄2 hours. Some weekends are required for competition. Be a part of athletes achieving their goals and capture the spirit of Special Olympics!
Registering as a Coaching Volunteer
- Open the following link in a new tab: https://portal.specialolympics.ca/registration
- Input relevant personal identification. Press 'Register - Validate Member'. If you have previously been with Special Olympics. An email will be sent to you advising you of your validation number. Insert it in the appropriate spot and proceed with your enrollment. This keeps all your records together.
- Complete the portal registration. Once this is completed you will be able to access your file on the portal to enroll in future years and update items such as your address.
- Confirm if you are your own Legal Guardian
- Press 'Next Step- Waivers'
- You must accept the first three waivers fields, and complete all four, to move forward. If you have concerns about accepting these waivers, please contact SOM at email@example.com. The next three fields, including the 'Media Release Waiver' are up to you, When finished, press 'Next Step - Program Search'.
- Use the Chapter, Region, and Sport boxes and the 'Search' button to see what programs are available in your community. Select a program using the checkbox on the left side of the page.
If you are unsure which program you would like to help with, simply fill in any program and then provide us with further information as to what opportunities you are looking for in the note section when you reach it.
When finished press 'Next Step- Member Profile'. *Please note that you can only add one program at a time.
- Fill in as many fields as you can. If you do not identify as either male or female, mark 'x' and use 'gender identity' to provide further clarification. When finished press 'Next Step- Address'. Please note that you will not be able to continue is you leave any fields marked with a red asterick blank.
- Fill in address information. If you split time between two addresses, you can use the 'Secondary Address' section. When finished, press 'Next Step- Criminal Record'.
- Use the 'Add' function to input Criminal Record Check information. All volunteers with SOM are required to have a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check that is dated within the last 6 months. You will then be required to renew that check every 3 years. When finished, press 'Next Step-Medical Information'.
- Fill in Medical Information. Remember that here in Manitoba, we have two medical numbers. Please include both with a space between. This information is requested to ensure we have the information should a medical emergency arise while you you are volunteering. When finished, press 'Next Step- Emergency Contacts'.
- Use the 'Add' button to input emergency contact information. When finished, press 'Next Step- Member Training'.
- Use the 'Add' button to input any training courses, such as NCCP, leadership or CPR, that you have taken. When finished, press 'Next Step- Volunteer Profile'.
- Fill in volunteer information. Use the 'Add' button to input reference information. Checking references is a vital part of the screening process for Coaching Volunteers. Please provide us the names and contact information (including email addresses of at least 2 individuals who are not related to you). This screen also gives you the opportunity to tell us more about yourself and explain further about the volunteer opportunity you are looking for.
When finished, press 'Next Step- Enrollment Details'
- Review Enrollment Details and use the 'Category' field to select your volunteer role (Coach) and organization role (Head or Assistant Coach). When finished, select 'Next Step - Submit Enrollment'.
- If you want to enroll in more clubs, click on 'New Enrollment' and enroll for the second club and so forth.
- If the club you are volunteering for does more than one sport (for example the EK Rascals), you will have to enroll for each sport the club does (EK Rascals - Snowshoe; EK Rascals - Track)
- Within 1 week, you will receive an email from the SOM office with any other screening steps needed.