Big Blue Blowout – Coaches Training Weekend

What is the Big Blue Blowout?

This year’s Big Blue Blowout (BBB) Coaches Training Weekend will be hosted in Bloomington-Normal. BBB is an opportunity for coaches to attend multiple sport trainings and coach education courses in one weekend. It is a great opportunity to meet, network, and swap best practices with other coaches from around the state.

Through coach education and certification, coaches are able to enhance their skills while helping athletes reach their full potential. Certifications are valid for four years from the date of training.

  • A housing stipend will be provided to reimburse a portion of hotel expenses or any coach traveling more than 35 miles ($50 per night, two night maximum).
  • Meals provided: Dinner Friday (if attending Principles of Coaching), lunch Saturday, and dinner Saturday

Please dress to be active and participate in the sessions.

Event Details

Friday, September 29 – SOILL Headquarters, 605 E Willow St. in Normal

Principals of Coaching – 2:30 – 9:00 PM

Saturday, September 30 – Lincoln Leisure Center, 1206 S. Lee St. in Bloomington

Morning session: 9:00 – 11:30 AM

  • Athletics (ISU Redbird Track)
  • Tennis

Lunch and Learn – Intro to USA and World Games: Noon – 11:00 PM

Afternoon session: 1:00 – 3:30 PM

  • Golf
  • Snowshoe
  • Bowling (Pheasant Lanes)

Short Course – Unified Bags (Cornhole) 4:00-5:00 PM

Dinner and Bocce: 5:30 – 7:30 PM, SOILL Headquarters, 605 E Willow St. in Normal

Sunday, October 1 – Various Locations
Morning session: 9:00 – 11:00 AM

  • Basketball (Lincoln Leisure Center) – 9:00 – 11:00 AM
  • Sport First Aid (Lincoln Leisure Center)- 9:00 – 11:00 AM
  • Flag Football – 9:00 – 11:00 AM
  • Powerlifting (The PIT, Four Seasons II Health Club)

Afternoon session: 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

  • Unified Sports (Lincoln Leisure Center)


Register by September 8 to receive a t-shirt.

Supporting Documents

Memo and Full Course Description

Registration Form – Fillable PDF

Who We Are

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development. 

If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and Twitter. 

COVID Procedures

Unless a venue has specific COVID protocols in place, Special Olympics Illinois is following Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC COVID protocols and guidelines.  Please refer to event specific information or website page (if applicable) to determine if the venue has any specific COVID protocols. 

Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible.  While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority.  All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines. 

Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information.


Sep 29 2023 - Oct 01 2023


All Day




Lincoln Leisure Center
1206 S. Lee Street, Bloomington, IL 61701
Carolyn Cronin


Carolyn Cronin
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