Coaches play a unique and indispensable role in Special Olympics. They provide the sport skills and spirit that define the true athlete. In addition, coaches are role models and character builders. Coaches give Special Olympics athletes the most immediate awareness of their own worth, ability, courage, and capacity to grow and improve. The key to improving athletic performance and well being is based on the quality of training and experiences provided by the Special Olympics coaches.
The SOME Coach Education Program offers a series of coaches trainings and seminars to assist the Special Olympics coach in gaining the skills to provide quality coaching to their athletes. Included in the Coach Education Program are a general orientation into Special Olympics, sports specified courses, and general coaches such as Principles of Coaching and Coaching the Special Olympics Athletes.
"The better the Coach, the better the experience, the better the Athlete!"
Each team MUST have a minimum of one coach in sport of competition
at all state/area* level competitions (as well as Androscoggin,
Oxford, Penobscot/Piscataquis local competitions).
Unified Sports® is a rapidly growing program that involves students and adults with intellectual disabilities with their non-disabled peers through sports.
Unified Sports® brings together an approximately equal numbers of athletes with and without intellectual and other closely related development disabilities, of similar age and ability, on teams that compete against other Unified Sports teams.
Unified Sports® is a unique and influential program because it: - Expands sports opportunities for athletes seeking new challenges - Dramatically increases inclusion in the schools and community - Allows athletes to develop sports skills and prepares them for participation in other community sports - and at a faster rate - Offers a positive foundation for activity between special education and general education students and between adult athletes and volunteers.
Special Olympics Maine currently offers Unified opportunities in the following sports:
Golf -One Athlete and one Unified Partner
Bocce -One Athlete and one Unified Partner on a doubles team
Bowling -Two Athletes and two Unified Partners on a team
Basketball - Two Athletes and one Unified
Partner (Three-on-three) or three Athletes & 2 Unified Partners (5-on-5) Football (Soccer) - 3 Athletes and 2 Unified Partners (5-on-5)