Happy September!!! My name is John Wysocki and I recently joined the staff as the Special Olympics Ohio Director of Coaches Education and Sports Resources. I developed this newsletter to keep our registered Volunteer Coaches informed and aware of the training and support available to them through their affiliation with Special Olympics Ohio. I will also highlight all of our sports offered through Special Olympics Ohio and hints and tips at keeping our athletes healthy and fit year round, not just during competition season.
The 2017 Equestrian State Games took place on 19-20th of August in Northern Cincinnati at the Winton Woods Riding Center. The event featured almost 100 athlete-riders in 48 competition classes and was organized by Rachel Neumann, who is the Manager at the Winton Woods Riding Center, and the official event judge was Rhonda Kieffer. The athletes (and horses) performed admirably and we are in the process of introducing regional qualifying events to our Equestrian sport next year with the hope we continue to see growth in local program involvement. If you would like to learn more about starting an Equestrian program, please contact Rachel at email@example.com.
September Events—State Softball Tournament (16th) William P. Coontz Recreation Complex in Oregon // State Golf Tournament (19-20th) at Meadow Links Golf Academy, Cincinnati.
Flag Football – First State-Level Games coming up on November 4, 2017, taking place in Madison County (510 Elm Street, London OH) and hosted by the Madison County Board of DD. I will provide an overview of the event in the December Coaches Newsletter. It does not require a lot of equipment but does require a lined field. If you are interested in starting up a flag football team this fall, you are running short on time, so please contact the state office for assistance.
Try this… (P.S.S.-After Meals) 10 Push Ups, 20 Sit Ups, 30 Squats…this is a great way to squeeze in some strength and conditioning to your average day. Short workouts such as this are always better than skipping workouts and can help you and your athletes to stay focused on fitness!
Consider investing some time in self-development, building your knowledge base (and coaching résumé) with the following online resources:
To receive Special Olympics head coach certification, an individual will:
The goals of the 4 criteria are to provide the coach with a general understanding and knowledge of Special Olympics; teaching and coaching the Special Olympics athlete; general and Special Olympics sport rules and coaching pedagogy; and personal character. Get certified!
Healthy Eating While Traveling- (think, bus trips!)
Many athletes and teams travel to sports events to challenge themselves with quality competition. It is important to maintain good nutrition and hydration while traveling to an event, before, during and after the competition. The coach should plan with the team what foods to take while traveling and what foods and beverages to take to the competition site. The coach should check with the athlete’s family or care giver on food preferences and special diet needs.
Coach’s planning for Healthy Eating on the Road
Eating Out During Travel
Remember to ALWAYS have your Athlete’s and Partner’s Application for Participation and Release Forms in your possession while training, traveling and/or competing. Should a medical event occur, those forms will be necessary for the athlete to receive treatment!