Coaches play a vital role with The RAVE.  In addition to providing training and development of the sports skills needed for each sport, they promote the spirit and good sportsmanship that defines a true athlete; they are role models and character builders.  The coach provides The RAVE athletes with the immediate awareness of their own worth, ability, courage, and capacity to grow and improve.

Each sport is required to have level 1 and level 2 certified coaches.  Please check with the head coach of the sport in which you are interested to see if you should become level 1 or level 2 certified. All coaches working with athletes need to be Level 1 certified, which is good for 3 years.  Level 1 coaches may assist coaching any sport.

If you would like to become certified in a specific sport, Level 2 certification may be for you.  To become Level 2 certified, you must attend the training school for that sport.  We encourage all coaches to become Level 2 Certified for the sports in which they coach.  Level 2 certification is also good for 3 years.  You may check your coach certification status by visiting our Coach Certifications page.

Steps to Becoming a RAVE Special Olympics Coach

If you wish to become a certified coach or need to recertify, the process is easy; just follow the steps below or visit the Special Olympics Minnesota’s Coach Portal for simple instructions.  If you have any questions about coaching for The RAVE or need any assistance becoming a certified coach, please contact Dave Bodurtha at [email protected] or call (952) 432-9111.

Level 1 Certification/Recertification
    1. Complete the volunteer application
    2. Complete the online Level 1 training course
Level 2 Certification
    1. Complete Level 1 certification requirements above.
    2. Complete a sport-specific online training school.   Coaches become level 2 certified at the end of the training school.
Level 2 Recertification

Level 2 certification is good for three years. Coaches have two options to recertify.  Please see the Level 2 Recertification in Special Olympics Minnesota’s Coach Portal.