SOA Coach Development Program
Special Olympics Alberta invites you to take part of an on-going coach development program which will focus on providing education, support, and services to Special Olympics coaches in Alberta. We have partnered with regional Alberta Sport Development Centres (ASDC) to bring you various workshops to help you on your journey of professional development.

The workshops are open to any and all coaches who want to expand their coaching toolkit as we expect Special Olympics coaches to meet standards that will help raise the quality of our programs, and ultimately the success of our athletes.
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Session schedule is as follows:

- Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
Personal Communication – effective verbal and nonverbal communication

This session will focus on learning how effective both forms of communication can be when interacting with athletes, parents and other coaches. Coaches will leave this session able to recognize and identify different situations or contexts in which to use these powerful forms of communication. Coaches will also have an opportunity to practice the skills and strategies discussed in this workshop.

- Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
How to Build an Effective Coaching Staff

Participants in this workshop will discuss what steps are needed to build a coaching staff that can lead, work together and ultimately support athletes in their athletic ambitions. Elements of this workshop will include building robust relationships among staff, selecting appropriate assistant coaches based on experience, individual personalities and creating a supportive team culture.

- Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
Training Athletic Abilities in all of our Athletes

The focus of this session will discuss how to identify and evaluate your athlete’s athletic abilities, prescribe appropriate training prescription and how to establish basic principles of monitoring training loads.

- Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
Understanding the Impact Mental Skills has on Performance

Participants will learn from a Mental Performance Consultant how an athletes (or coach) mental skills can positively or negatively impact their performance. Coaches will learn how to use skills such as positive self-talk, visualization and goal setting to help them reach their coaching objectives. Coaches will also learn how to incorporate mental skill training into their technical training sessions so that athletes are able to expand their mental skills which may lead to greater performances.

- Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
Coach Presentations

This session allows coaches to share what they have learned over the past 4 workshops and how it will affect their coaching philosophy, program delivery and ultimately how they lead their athletes in competition. Each coach will have 5 -10 mins to share their new learnings with their colleagues.


Mount Royal University (Recreation)
U281 (Physical Literacy Lab)
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW

University of Alberta (Saville Sport Centre)
Tennis Side Room
11610 65 Ave NW
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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