Coaching

Coaching

Girls on the Run Sedgwick County 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 area. Volunteer coaches work directly with 3rd – 8th grade girls to deliver the Girls on the Run and Girls on Track programs.  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!

Volunteer Coach Job Descriptions

  • Site Liaison
  • Head Coach
  • Assistant Coach
  • Junior Coach
  • Practice Partner
 

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 afternoon 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  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 twice a year. Our fall season is typically September – November and our spring season is typically February – May. Each program season is 10 weeks long. Practices are usually held after school in the 3 – 5 p.m. timeframe, twice a week.

How many girls and coaches are on each team? 

There are 8 – 17 girls per team and at least 2 trained coaches present at practice for each team.

Where does the program take place?

The majority of our programs are school based. Click HERE for a list of our school locations.

What is the expected time commitment for coaches?

During the season, coaches should expect to volunteer an average of 2 – 5 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 on the Get Involved page. Coaching roles include Site Liaison, Head Coach, Assistant Coach and Practice Partner.

What if I am only able to attend practice one afternoon 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. Attend one of the New Coaches Training sessions (Coaches training sessions are typically held in July/August prior to the fall season and in January/February prior to the spring season.)
  3. Complete the volunteer application

 

Do I have to attend training? 

Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches are required to attend the half-day New Coaches Training session.  Practice Partners are not required to attend training but we encourage everyone to attend training. If you are a new coach who is not affiliated (parent or teacher) with a school you are required to attend the New Coaches Training.

Email Christy at christy.thomas@girlsontherun.org  if you have further questions about coaching or getting involved.

CPR Certification

All coaches are required to obtain a CPR certification and have First Aid knowledge.

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