Posted by: sonewjersey | March 26, 2013

Expanding Coaching Resources

by Casey Henderson, Coach Services Manager

Over the past two months that I’ve been here, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several of our coaches at competitions and events. My experience with Special Olympics began as a coach in Virginia, so I’m thankful and excited that I get to work with people that share my passion!

Coaches learned shot put at the Athletic Field Events Clinic last weekend.

Coaches learned shot put at the Athletic Field Events Clinic last weekend.

The Special Olympics New Jersey coaching education system is beginning a new chapter of expansion. As our coaches put in the time and energy to help athletes reach their maximum potential, SONJ understands the need to bolster coaching resources and abilities.

With the growth of new sports this year such as baseball and the indoor triathlon, as well as the exciting opportunity to compete as the “Home Team” at the 2014 Games next year, it’s important that we maintain high-quality coaching and improve our offerings in coach training.

We want our coaches to keep learning their sport and gathering new information in coaching. Just last weekend, about 25 coaches came together for an Athletics Field Events Clinic to learn more about the mini javelin, shot put, long jump and high jump.

We plan to offer more sport-specific training clinics in the coming months, which will educate coaches in techniques and strategies. We will also provide additional learning opportunities for coaches who are already certified. Our expectation for these clinics is that, no matter how much coaching experience one has, each attendee will be able to take away at least one concept to use in training and competitions.

Parents, thank you for your commitment to making sport a priority for your children. We will continue to make your children our focus as we plan and prepare coach trainings.

To our coaches, I sincerely hope that you take advantage of this unique opportunity that New Jersey provides its coaches to learn from the best. Thank you for all you do for SONJ athletes!

Coaches learning to throw the mini javelin at the Athletic Field Events Clinic last weekend.

Coaches learning to throw the mini javelin at the Athletic Field Events Clinic last weekend.

To our parents, athletes and supporters, I welcome your feedback.

Casey Henderson
Coach Services Manager
csh@sonj.org

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Responses

  1. Thanks for your hard work Casey! You have an overwhelming task to help our coaches. Let us all know if we can help.


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