Become a Volunteer
Volunteers are the backbone of the Special Olympics movement. They are coaches, trainers, officials, event organizers, fundraisers, and managers. They can also be unified partners, playing alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities, or fans cheering in the stands. There are many ways volunteers can support the movement.
The requirements to become a volunteer for the Special Olympics Alberta Program include:
Working with clubs PA takes steps to protect our volunteers, staff and participants through our vulnerable sector screening process. Members who will be volunteering to work with youth or vulnerable adults in coaching, training or leading sessions for play organized by PA or an affiliate club must pass a vulnerable sector check (VSC). To start the process, members complete the application / consent for VSC screening online at: https://forms.gle/RVTKfn3sT3ow5bvm7
The PA Screening Committee (PASC) will review the information and email a letter to the member that they will take to their local police department to request a VSC check and confirm the next steps. Each police department has their own process to complete these checks and while it generally takes a couple of weeks it could be longer or shorter.
All communication and records for VSC screening applications are maintained by the PASC on a confidential drive that only members of the Screening Committee can access. As an example, the Red Deer RCMP prefer you to use the online application at www.reddeer.ca/check with the letter you received from Pickleball Alberta titled “Request for Vulnerable Sector Check” attached. Once the RCMP have completed their check they will notify you to pick up your VSC at the RCMP detachment where you will be asked for ID. Some volunteers may be finger printed.
Coaches are asked to take the SAFE SPORT training module at https://safesport.coach.ca which will help anyone involved in sport identify and prevent situations of maltreatment making the sport safe for everyone. Once these two components are completed, sign up as a volunteer on the Special Olympics Alberta website https://www.specialolympics.ca/alberta/volunteers. Click on Get Involved, Become a Volunteer, and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Register to Volunteer.
NCCP Instructor 1: Introducing Pickleball
Consider taking this in-person community coaching 1.5-day session. It is not currently mandatory for SOA coaches, but strongly suggested.
Ensure that your location has an Emergency Action Plan and that you are familiar with it. You can take the NCCP Emergency Action Plan through the Coaching Association of Canada (https://coach.ca/nccp-emergency-action-plan) which takes about 15 minutes to complete.