Coaching is one of the most rewarding ways to be involved with Girls on the Run!
In working directly with a team of 3rd-5th grade girls or team of 6th-8th Grade Girls, coaches teach healthy lifestyle lessons while training the girls for the culminating Girls on the Run 5k.
Who is a GOTR COACH? GOTR coaches are enthusiastic, dedicated, and positive women of all different backgrounds! You do NOT have to be a runner to be a coach! Some are athletes and some are not; most have never coached before. All are committed to empowering girls with valuable life lessons.
AVAILABILITY: Coaches must have availability on weekday afternoons, twice per week over the span of 12 weeks in the Spring from February 19th to May 18th. Practices are 1.5 hours each. Our programs meet directly after school. We do NOT meet on the weekends. Reviewing the lessons for each week ensures coaches are ready to lead with confidence each practice.
Assistant coaches who are unable to make both practices per week, will still be considered and often utilized as a third coach. If you'd like to coach but are unable to commit to the level of above, consider being a substitute coach for our sites if you think you could fill in a few times over the season. Substitutes help to ensure our program continues even if a regular coach must be absent.
Another option would be to become a Run Buddy. Run Buddies are another critical role fulfilled by volunteers. Run Buddies are cheerleaders for our girls and encourage them with weekly notes of support (mail or email) and attend 4-6 practices over the season to be a cheerleader for their assigned girl. All run buddies attend the practice 5K in November and run the celebratory 5K at the end of the season with their GOTR participant. Our 5K is tentatively scheduled for the May 19th.
Please fill out our volunteer application on our website to be paired as a Running Buddy this season. http://gotrrichmond.org/get-involved/volunteer/
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, skipping, or leaping!
Achieve 100% participation rate at season culminating 5k.
Engage parents and community of the site to build greater GOTR support and awareness.
DETAILS AND COMMITMENT Ten-week program in the Spring (February-May). Practices are twice per week and last 1:30 (one hour and thirty minutes) each. A team will consist of three coaches (at least) and 10 – 15 girls. Commitment and consistency are critical to the success of the GOTR program.
COACH COMMITMENT AND EXPECTATIONS:
Prior to season start: All of our coach preparation is done in advance of the season and includes:
Completion of online modules
This is a new training platform developed to help prepare coaches deliver the curriculum with confidence and to work through some of the standard procedures prior to our "in person" training. Your "in person" training will then be more focused on content, delivery and coaching logistics.
In Person Coach Training- Six hours of mandatory coach training for all new GOTR coaches (based on GOTRI® curriculum) will be held on Sunday, February 3rd 8:30-2:30 in Richmond at Wells Coleman, LLC.
Team Meeting- Meet with co-coaches and school/program site liaison.
CPR and First Aid certification - All coaches are to obtain this individually if not already currently certified. Check out the YMCA's website for great local offerings. Also many times teachers can get this through their employee staff development offerings.
Background Check- Complete and pass background check. The link will be emailed to you once your application is completed and accepted.
During season: Roughly 30 hours of practice over a ten-week period.
(About one hour per week of lesson prep and 1/2 hour per week communicating the lesson topics (prepared by GOTR) via the Parent Guide with parents via email. About five hours for the Girls on the Run end of the season 5k.)
Assistant coaches who are unable to make both practices per week but can commit to consistently coaching one day a week, will still be considered and often utilized as a third coach.
If you'd like to coach but are unable to commit to the level of above, consider being a substitute coach for our sites if you think you could fill in a few times over the season. Substitutes help to ensure our program continues even if a regular coach must be absent.
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.
If you need more information to decide or have questions- email us!
Ready to Coach? Complete and submit a coach application.