Each season Girls on the Run has a dynamic group of coaches that volunteer their time to guide and mentor girls so that they are prepared to become happy, healthy, self-confident adolescents and adults. Coaches need not be runners; they just need to be individuals that want to be a positive influence and who are committed to developing and celebrating the potential of our youth.
The roles for coaching include -
Head Coach - this person must be 21 years or older and be female. Head coaches oversee the coaching team at their site and are responsible for ensuring the coaching team is prepared for each lesson by either preparing or asking other coaches to prepare lesson materials and by assigning themselves and assistant coaches parts of the practice lesson to lead. They also manage the team's snack budget. They may purchase team snacks with the team card or assign another coach to do this. Head coaches are the primary contact between the team coaches and parents as well as the Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run Coach Coordinator. They will ensure all parents recieve important information related to their girl's team and team practices.
Assistant Coach - this person may be male or female and must be 18 years or older. Assistant coaches are responsible for being prepared to lead lessons at each practice by reading through lessons prior to practice. They are also responsible for helping to prepare lesson materials. If asked to do so, an assistant coach may purchase team snacks with the team card. All assistant coaches are responsible for assisting in the management and motivation of the girls on their team and play a vital role in mentoring them.
Junior Coach - this role is for youth volunteers ages 16-18 yrs. Junior coaches may help in leading lessons as directed by the head coach and assisting with lesson execution. They may also serve as mentors to the girls on their team.
Substitute Coach - if you can not commit to coach on a regular twice weekly basis and have a fairly flexible schedule this may be the position for you. Substitute coaches must be 18 yrs or older and available, with reasonable notice, to step in and help at team site when a team is short coaches due to regular coach absence. We normally ask that coaches give at least one day's notice so we can find a sub when a substitute is needed but there are some occasions when last-minute subs are required due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness or emergency. Substitute coaches will still need to complete coach training and will be given a curriculum guide but will not be assigend to any given team.