What Happens At Practice?

Wondering what your girl will be doing at Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole practice?

  • She will participate in interactive lessons that involve activities, games and walking/running to teach life skills and build character and confidence
  • She will contribute to her community through a community impact project (GOTR) or doing acts of kindness for others who might otherwise be ignored (H&S)
  • She will be part of the movement of thousands of girls, coaches, and families throughout our region finishing the season with a 5K celebration! 

Practice Logistics

  • Girls are expected to commit to coming to both lessons every week, whether in-person or virtually
  • Girls must wear secure, close-toed athletic shoes to practice (no bare feet, clogs, Crocs, flip flops or other loose or open-toed shoes will be permitted)
  • Girls should wear clothing that are good for being active and appropriate for the weather
  • The majority of in-person practices are held outdoors during normal weather. Exceptions are made for thunder/lightning, heavy rain or extreme cold (indoor activities will then take place)
  • Layers, hats and sunscreen are recommended to protect girls from the sun
  • Girls should arrive for practice on time and have arranged pick up promptly at the end of practice (see Late Guardian Policy)
  • Siblings, family members who are not registered coaches, friends and pets are not permitted to watch or join practices. (Parent/guardians may be part of the initial set up of the virtual practice to help girls access the lesson and navigate any technological challenges.)
  • Each girl should bring her best self and know that she is important to the team!
  • Note that should your girl's team switch from in-person to virtual practices, you will be notified by the coaches via email, phone, or letter

Virtual Practice Logistics

  • During program registration, participants can sign up for either a Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole community-based Virtual team. 
  • About 2-3 weeks before practices begin, families registered for virtual programming will be sent the options for practice days/times and can choose their team based on what works best for their schedule. (Practice times are decided by the volunteer coaches, however, we will do our best to accomodate every girl who wants to join a virtual team.) 
  • Virtual practices will be lead by a minimum of 2 adult coaches, who have been background checked and trained by GOTR-STL 
  • Practices will be about 40 minutes in length
  • Virtual practices will follow the exact curriculum as in-person practices 
  • Each GOTR and H&S participant (both in-person and virtual) will have a journal to use for activities during lessons
  • Virtual practices will be conducted via the platform selected by the coaches (such as Zoom, Google Classroom, Skype, etc.)
  • Siblings, family members who are not registered coaches, friends and pets are not permitted to watch or join practices. (Parent/guardians may be part of the initial set up of the virtual practice to help girls access the lesson and navigate any technological challenges.)
  • Each girl should bring her best self and know that she is important to the team!