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 Marathon, Oneida, Price 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 coach job descriptions and find out which role would be a good fit for you?
2) Attend one of the coaches training’s
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.  We also offer a Fall 10-week program in Marshfield. Practices are usually held after school, twice a week, beginning in February 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?
We offer programs at the following:

Lakeland program sites; North Lakeland Elementary School, Lac du Flambeau Elementary School, Arbor Vitae Woodruff School, Minocqua Hazelhurst Lake Tomahawk Elementary School, Chequamegon Elementary, James Williams Middle School (Rhinelander)

Wausau program sites;  Edgar, Franklin & G.D. Jones Elementary Schools

Marshfield program site; Chestnut Center for the Arts

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, Substitute 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 annual trainings to find out what’s new with GOTR and meet the other coaches.
Coach Training Dates in 2018-
January (Wausau)

February (Minocqua)

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