Become a Coach
Coaching is one of the most rewarding ways to be involved with Girls on the Run. Working directly with a team of 3rd-5th grade girls, coaches teach healthy lifestyle lessons while training the team for the culminating Girls on the Run 5K. No prior experience is necessary: we provide a full training and all lesson plans and materials needed to be a successful coach.
Who is a GOTR Coach?
GOTR coaches are enthusiastic, dedicated, and positive volunteers of all different backgrounds! Some are athletes and some are not; most have never coached before. All are committed to empowering girls with valuable life lessons. Coaches must have availability on weekday afternoons, twice per week over a 10 week fall or spring season. Men and women are encouraged to apply.
- Build the girls' self-esteem and educate and inspire them to live healthy lives.
- Create a fun and uplifting atmosphere that inspires the girls to enjoy running and the lessons from the program.
- Get the girls to move their bodies! Running, walking, skipping, or leaping are all encouraged!
Details and Commitment
- Ten-week programs are offered each fall and spring.
- Practices are twice per week and last 75 minutes each.
- A program will consist of three coaches and 12 – 16 girls.
Coach commitment expectations are:
Prior to season start:
- Attend a comprehensive coach training before the start of program (See below for training dates)
- Two hours to meet with co-coaches and school/program site liaison
- Anticipate a time commitment of ~5 hours per week over the 10 week season for practices, lesson prep time, and commuting
- Facilitate each of the 20 lessons in an engaging and nurturing manner
- Model effective communication, problem-solving, and conflict negotiation skills
- Coordinate a group community service project
- Interact with parents as needed
- Attend a weekday evening mid-season meeting and the end-of-season Girls on the Run 5K with your team
- Inspire and motivate others to believe in the Girls on the Run mission
To Become a Volunteer Coach
- Review the details and level of commitment above and be honest with yourself and decide if you have the time to take on a GOTR coach position
- Complete and submit a coach application
- We accept coach applications year round. Applicants who apply after a season begins will automatically be entered into next season's applicant pool.
- After receiving your coach placement, you will need to:
- Complete a TB test if you haven't had one in the last 4 years (find local TB test site options here)
- Attend coach training (see below for dates)
- Undergo background check and fingerprinting at coach training.
- One coach per site must be CPR and First Aid certified. We provide a free online training for you to meet this requirement.
Fall 2018 Season Calendar
Now-Monday, August 6th, 2018
Submit Coach Application
August 18th, 25th
September 8th & 9th
Coach Training (choose one day)
Monday, September 24th
Season Start week
Sunday, December 9th
Girls on the Run 5k
All teams complete 10 weeks of lessons with a week off for Thanksgiving.