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Each season Girls on the Run Montgomery County identifies and selects 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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Coach Lead Overview

The Coach Lead 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 a 10-week commitment.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • CPR and First Aid certified (see FAQ)
  • Must consent to and complete a background check
  • Must complete coach training including online modules and a 4 hour in-person training
  • Attend all (two) practices per week for a weekly time commitment of approximately 4 hours (excluding unavoidable circumstances)
  • One year commitment is preferred
  • Strong communication and organizational skills and the ability to delegate
  • Have fun!

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Ensure that all aspects of the GOTR program and the curriculum are delivered as intended
  • Manage and communicate with Coaches and Jr. Practice Partners and delegate coaching team responsibilities such as leading lessons
  • Collaborate with Site Liaison on communicating important GOTR info to participants’ families, and actively engage with them throughout the season
  • Prepare, organize and supervise the weekly lessons and lead assigned lessons
  • Facilitate and participate in the practice 5K, community impact project and end of season celebration
  • Participate in the GOTR MoCo 5K with the team

Coach Overview

Coaches supports the Coach Lead 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 a 10-week commitment.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must consent to and complete a background check
  • Must complete coach training including online modules and a 4 hour in-person training
  • Able to attend practices once or twice per week
  • Have fun!

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work in close collaboration with the Coach Lead and Coaches to help ensure that all aspects of the GOTR program and the curriculum are delivered as intended
  • Assist with all aspects of the facilitation of the Girls on the Run curriculum and lead assigned lessons
  • Help facilitate and participate in games and workouts with the girls
  • Help facilitate and participate in the practice 5K, community impact project and end of season celebration
  • Participate in the GOTR MoCo 5K with the team

Junior Practice Partner Overview

The Junior Practice Partner is a volunteer position for high school students to assist the Coach Leads and Coaches at a Girls on the Run program site. The position entails approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for a 10-week commitment.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a high school student
  • Must register with GOTR by 2nd week of program
  • Complete an online coach training
  • Possess maturity to serve in leadership role for elementary school-aged participants
  • Must be able to consistently attend lessons 1-2 times per week

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist in facilitating and/or participating in games and workouts with the girls as needed
  • Encourage and motivate all participants
  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Participate in the GOTR MoCo 5K with the team

Coach Application

Coach Application 2

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is coach training?

Coach trainings are held at the Johns Hopkins University campus in Rockville.

  • Saturday, August 26th, 8:30AM-12:30PM
  • Wednesday, August 30th, 5PM-9PM
  • Thursday, September 14th, 10AM-2PM
  • Saturday, September 16th, 8:30AM-12:30PM
Are there expenses associated with coaching?

There are no fees to become a coach. Coaches plan and provide an end of season celebration for their team, and GOTR reimburses approved party food expenses that coaches incur within a budget. We provide all of the supplies and materials needed to facilitate the lessons. Coaches receive a free entry to the GOTR MoCo 5K, and a coach shirt. Coaches also receive a guaranteed and reduced program fee for their daughter (if applicable).

Do I need to be CPR and First Aid certified?

We require that one coach present at each lesson is CPR and First Aid certified. We offer CPR and First Aid courses before each season and we reimburse most if not all fees upon completion. We encourage all coaches to become certified for the safety of participants.

Can men coach?

Men are certainly welcome to be GOTR coaches! We have many incredible male coaches leading teams throughout the county. In addition to our male coaches, GOTRI requires that a female coach is present at each lesson.

Montgomery County, MD
11821 Parklawn Drive
Suite 105
Rockville, MD 20852

(301) 881-3801

info@girlsontherunofmoco.org