Become a Coach

Girls on the Run of the Northwoods is a volunteer-based organization.  Our program would not be possible without the amazing volunteers who donate their time and talent.  Volunteers provide invaluable support to help our organization grow and touch the lives of girls across the counties of Forest, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida and Vilas. Volunteer coaches work directly with 3rd – 5th grade girls to deliver the Girls on the Run. Coaches lead the girls through fun and active lessons while helping them prepare for the Girls on the Run 5K run/walk at the end of the season. You can help educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living!

 How do I become a coach?                 

1) Read through the coach job descriptions and find out which role  would be a good fit for you
2) Attend one of the Coaches Summit sessions
3) Complete the coach sign-up form online
4) Start impacting the lives of young girls!

 

 Volunteer Coach Job Descriptions

Please review the volunteer job descriptions to see what would be a good fit for you!

Frequently Asked Questions About Coaching

Scroll down for answers to the following FAQs.

Do coaches have to be runners? * When is the program offered and how long is the program? * How many girls and coaches are on each team? * What is the expected time commitment for coaches? * What are the requirements and responsibilities for coaches? * What if I am only able to attend practice one time per week? * How do I become a coach? * Do I have to attend training?

Do coaches have to be runners? 
No, coaches do not have to be runners. Anyone, woman or man, who lives a healthy lifestyle and is committed to improving the lives of girls can serve as a coach.

When is the program offered and how long is the program? 
We offer the program once a year for 10 weeks in the Spring.  Practices are usually held after school in the 3 – 5 p.m. timeframe, twice a week, beginning in March and ending with the end of the school year.

How many girls and coaches are on each team?  There are 8 – 20 girls per team and at least 2 trained coaches present at practice for each team, THREE coaches if the number of girls is greater than 15. Junior Coaches (high school juniors or seniors) are also available, depending on their schedules.

Where does the program take place?
The majority of our programs are school based. In 2016 Girls on the Run of the Northwoods will have programs at North Lakeland Elementary School, Lac du Flambeau Elementary School, Arbor Vitae Woodruff School, Minocqua Hazelhurst Lake Tomahawk Elementary School, YMCA of the Northwoods (Rhinelander), and Franklin Elementary School in Wausau, WI.

What is the expected time commitment for coaches?
During the season, coaches should expect to volunteer an average of 2 – 6 hours per week (the time commitment depends on if you attend practice once or twice per week). This includes: each practice is about an hour and a half, time on-site before and after practice, curriculum preparation, snack purchasing/preparation, as well as communication with other coaches, girls’ families and GOTR staff.

What are the requirements and responsibilities for coaches? 
Coach requirements and responsibilities can be found above. Coaching roles include Head Coach, Assistant Coach and Junior Coach.

What if I am only able to attend practice one time per week?
It’s not a problem if you are unable to commit to attend practice two days a week. We have many volunteers who are only able to attend practice  once a week.

How do I become a coach? 
1) Read through the coach position descriptions and find out which role would work best for you
2) Complete the coach registration form online. (Registration opens soon.)
3) Attend one of the New Coaches Training sessions (Coaches training sessions are typically held in  January/February prior to the spring season.)

Is there any training? 
Yes. Site Liaisons, Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches who have not previously attended a New Coaches Training session, are required to attend the 6-hour session prior to the start of the season.   If you are a new coach who is not affiliated (parent or teacher) with a GOTR site you are required to attend the New Coaches Training.  Returning trained coaches will be required to attend “Coaches Summit” to find out what’s new with GOTR and meet the other coaches.
Training/Summit Dates in 2016-
Please plan to attend ONE of the following: Dates Coming SOON!

 

CPR Certification – At least 1 coach at every practice must have CPR certification and have First Aid knowledge.  Often this is fulfilled by the Head Coach.

CPR Certification Course has been made available for GOTR Coaches through a generous donation by Marshfield Clinic.

*Note- All CPR certifications should be for adults.  AED training and First Aid are encouraged.

If you have additional questions or would like to be added to the list to be notified when coach registration opens please contact Adriane Morabito at adriane.morabito@girlsontherun.org