Start a Team

Start a Team

Ready to inspire the next generation to be joyful, healthy and confident? Explore this page to learn how you can start a team at a nearby school or community facility.

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  • First, check to see if there is an existing team at your desired location in your community.
  • Review the site recruitment packet, which has information about our program and what it takes to start a team at your desired location.
  • The location must provide a safe, dedicated outdoor space, where the program can be facilitated to the team at the dates/times determined for the season.
  • Designate a head coach to serve as a site liaison to serve as the program location contact.
  • Recruit two to four volunteer coaches, who must attend and complete GOTR coach training.
  • Identify a consistent practice schedule (same days/times each week) based on the program offered at your location.
  • Teams must consist of a group of 6-20 girls.
  • Complete a Start a Team Application.
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Head Coach Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary contact for GOTR staff and team before and throughout the program.
  • Champion your team's GOTR program and create a cooperative relationship with school administration (if applicable)
  • Assist in the recruitment of at least 2 coaches for the team*
  • Submit site application
  • Market GOTR to school/community and ensure minimum number of participants needed is met
  • Communicate important GOTR info such as 5K details to participants’ families
  • Coordinate pick up of items from GOTR office such as coach bag, 5K items, and shoes
  • Coordinate End of Season Celebration, following correct procedure for reimbursement
  • Identify In-Person Practice area

*If you cannot secure coaches, we will work with you to identify coaches from our volunteer pool. Subject to availabilty.


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Whether you are new to Girls on the Run or a long-time supporter who is ready to advance our mission and vision, we value your interest in learning more about how to start a team.

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