FAQs

Coaching FAQs

Do I have to attend training?

Site Liaisons, Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches who have not previously attended a New Coaches Training session, are required to attend the 4-hour session prior to the start of the season. 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 GOTR site you are required to attend the New Coaches Training or attend a group orientation session. Returning trained coaches will be required to view a short online training refresher.

If you have further questions about coaching or getting involved call us at (314) 862-6266 or email us at info@girlsontherunstlouis.org.

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 (New Coaches Training RSVP is included in coach registration)
  3. 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 prior to the spring season.)

What are the requirements and responsibilities for coaches?

Coach requirements and responsibilities are differ based on the coaching roles. Click on the roles for a full description that includes responsibilities, qualifications, requirements and benefits for each role.
 

How many girls and coaches are on a team?

Team size is between 8 and 17 girls and at least 2 trained coaches present at practice for each team. The curriculum was designed for a group this size to facilitate team building and a healthy group dynamic. Fewer than eight girls and more than 17 make it difficult to provide the experience we seek to offer the girls. If a site does not have the minimum number of girls by the close of registration, parents will be notified and refunds will be given. Some sites will have more than one team, but it’s dependent upon the number of trained volunteer coaches and practice space available at the site.

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 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.

Where does the program take place?

The majority of our programs are school based. View our 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 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.