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Each season, Girls on the Run San Diego works with a dynamic group of coaches to lead each of our teams of 8-20 girls. Coaches are parents, teachers, school administrators, college students and other community members who are committed to developing and celebrating our girls.

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Head Coach Overview

The Head Coach is a volunteer position that works with a team of coaches to facilitate the Girls on the Run curriculum to program participants. This position entails approximately four hours per week for an 11-week commitment.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Head Coach must be a female
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • CPR and First Aid certified
  • Must consent to and complete a background check
  • Attend one in-person National Coach Training sessions (4 hours)
  • Complete four online training modules (less than 2 hours)
  • Attend all (two) practices per week for a weekly time commitment of approximately 4 hours
  • Have fun!

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Prepare, organize and supervise weekly lessons
  • Collaborate with other coaches for successful lesson delivery
  • Facilitate communication with parents/guardians of program participants
  • Participate in the Girls on the Run 5k
  • Plan and coordinate your team’s end of season party

Assistant Coach Overview

The Assistant Coach supports the Head Coach at a Girls on the Run program site while serving as a role model and mentor for program participants. The position entails approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for an 11-week commitment.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must consent to and complete a background check
  • Attend one in-person National Coach Training sessions (4 hours)
  • Complete four online training modules (less than 2 hours)
  • Able to attend practices once or twice per week for all 10 weeks
  • Have fun!

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Assist with all aspects of the facilitation of weekly lessons
  • Collaborate with other coaches for successful lesson delivery
  • Participate in games and workouts with the girls
  • Participate in the Girls on the Run 5K

Junior Coach Overview

The Junior Coach is a volunteer position for high school students to assist the Head and Assistant Coaches at a Girls on the Run program site. The position entails approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for an 11-week commitment.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Junior Coach must be 16-18 years old
  • Must be a high school student
  • Complete four online training modules (less than 2 hours)
  • Able to attend practices once or twice per week
  • Have fun!

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Assist with setting up and breaking down of games and lessons
  • Provide one-on-one attention to program participants
  • Participate in games and workouts with the girls
  • Lead an activity with assistance and supervision of the Head Coach if desired
  • Participate in the Girls on the Run 5K

Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN AND WHERE IS IN-PERSON COACH TRAINING?

Coach trainings are typically held twice per year in January and August, prior to each season start. In order to reach as many coaches as possible, we try to place the trainings throughout San Diego County and offer multiple sessions each season. Details on coach training will be provided upon receipt of your coach application.

DO I NEED TO BE A RUNNER TO BE A COACH?

No! You do not need to be an elite athlete or even a runner to be a GOTR coach. We simply require that you commit to having a healthy lifestyle and be a role model for your team. Many of our coaches participate in their first 5k with their girls!

DO I NEED TO COME UP WITH LESSON PLANS OR WORKOUTS?

Nope! Girls on the Run provides everything from a lesson-by-lesson curriculum to the supplies needed for each practice (need pencils/tape/balloons? We have it!) at the beginning of the season. Coaches are responsible for maintaining their supplies and following the lessons as written in the curriculum handbook.

I DON'T HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH KIDS - CAN I STILL VOLUNTEER?

Our coaches come from all backgrounds and bring different experience to the table - together our coaches make a great team! Be sure to include your experience in your coach application so that we can place you with coaches that complement your strengths.

I AM INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING, BUT DON'T WANT TO COMMIT FOR 11 WEEKS AND/OR ATTEND COACH TRAINING. CAN I STILL COACH OR VOLUNTEER WITH A TEAM?

In order to ensure a quality team experience for our girls, only trained and committed coaches may volunteer with our teams. However, we have a ton of other great volunteer opportunities throughout the year -- email volunteer@gotrsd.org for more information.

COACH APPLICATION

Girls on the Run San Diego
PO Box 230544
Encinitas, CA 92023

(619) 816-6991

info@gotrsd.org