Unified Sports Fall Coaching Workshop

unified1To kick off the 2015-16 season, the Unified Sports staff hosted a workshop for coaches at the CAS-CIAC offices in Cheshire. Below is the complete presentation which includes lots of helpful information for new and returning Unified coaches along with administrators. Additional information is presented below including a timeline of topics covered in the workshop and additional links.

We apologize for the audio away from the microphone being inaudible, hopefully the video is still valuable. If you have questions about things not covered in the presentation contact George Synnott at gsnnottatcasciacdotorg. A full PDF of the presentation is available here: http://www.casciac.org/pdfs/FallCoachesTraining2015.pdf. And here is a handy rules matrix chart for Unified Soccer: http://www.casciac.org/pdfs/UnifiedSoccerRulesMatrix.pdf.

Topics covered in the presentation:
0:01 – Welcome from George Synnott.
1:42 – Information on Special Olympics Connecticut Pathways Program.
6:54 – Video featuring highlights of Unified Sports events.
11:30 – General information/overview of Unified Sports programs, including sports offered and dates and explanations for other events held throughout the year.
23:00 – Navigating the Unified Sports section of CIACsports.com including the process of submitting tournament entries for Unified events.
34:30 – Highlighting the intent to enter dates for 2015-16 Unified tournaments.
36:10 – Certification requirements for Unified Sports coaches. Additional information about coaching certification can be found at http://www.ctcoachinged.org/ or by e-mailing Fred Balsamo at fbalsamoatcasciacdotorg. You can also contact the Unified Sports staff for questions about certification.
53:15 – Specifics on Unified Sports soccer rules, including roster makeup, game rules, etc.
1:03:15 – Suggestions on how to run practices for Unified Sports soccer.
1:07:30 – Determining a team’s competition level.
1:14:10 – Modifications for soccer for wheelchair athletes.
1:15:56 – Fundraising opportunities and conclusion

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