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Each season Girls on the Run of Bexar County identifies and selects a dynamic group of coaches to lead each of our teams of 8-15 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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Head Coach Overview

The Head Coach 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

  • Head coach must be a woman
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • CPR and First Aid certified
  • Must consent to and complete a background check
  • Attend Girls on the Run coach training
  • Attend all (two) practices per week for a weekly time commitment of approximately 4 hours
  • Have fun!

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Prepare, organize and supervise weekly lessons
  • Collaborate with other coaches for successful lesson delivery
  • Facilitate communication with parents/guardians of program participants
  • Participate in the Girls on the Run 5K
  • Plan and coordinate your team’s end of season party

Assistant Coach Overview

The Assistant Coach supports the Head Coach 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
  • CPR and First Aid Certified, strongly recommended 
  • Must consent to and complete a background check
  • Attend Girls on the Run coach training
  • Able to attend practices once or twice per week
  • Have fun!

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Assist with all aspects of the facilitation of weekly lessons
  • Collaborate with other coaches for successful lesson delivery
  • Participate in games and workouts with the girls
  • Participate in the Girls on the Run 5K

Junior Coach Overview

The Junior Coach is a volunteer position for high school students to assist the Head and Assistant 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

  • Junior Coach must be 16-18 years old
  • Must be a high school student
  • CPR and First Aid Certified, strongly recommended
  • Attend Girls on the Run coach training
  • Able to attend practices once or twice per week
  • Have fun!

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Assist with setting up and breaking down of games and lessons
  • Provide one-on-one attention to program participants
  • Participate in games and workouts with the girls
  • Lead an activity with assistance and supervision of the Head Coach if desired
  • Participate in the Girls on the Run 5K

Practice Partners

Can't commit to coaching but still want to support a team? Have only a half hour in the afternoons to lend a hand? A Practice Partner might be just your thing.

A practice partner is a volunteer position for individuals interested in providing support for Girls on the Run participants during the 10-week season, at the practice 5k, and at the 5k celebration. Practice partners commit to attending at least seven (or one-third) of the practices during the season, including the practice 5k midway through. The more practices a practice partner can attend, the better, as this fosters relationship building between the practice partner and participating girls, which is foundational to the program.

Practice partners do not attend Coach Training and do not receive a curriculum, but rather assist with the lessons.  Your role would be to participate in games and workouts with the girls as needed; encourage and motivate all participants; assist in facilitation and/or planning the community service project, practice 5k, and/or end-of-season celebration as requested by the head coach; and participate in the final 5k.

Coach Application

Coach Application 2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is training mandatory for coaches?

Coach training is mandatory for all NEW coaches.  In training, you will learn all things GOTR, along with our council policies and procedures.  We will dive into the curriculum to allow new coaches to understand the flow of each lesson and how best to ensure thriving  team dynamics.  Returning coaches will be asked to come to training for a short reintroduction to policies/procedures and listen to any new updates for the season. Additionally, all coaches will need to complete an online training assigned to them before each season's start date.

When and where is coach training?

There will be two coach training sessions for New Coaches. Attending one session is required for New Coaches.  Returning Coaches will be attending one of the following sessions as well for just an hour - more information to come about that.  You will be asked to select the session you’ll be attending within your coach application form.

Option 1: August 26 from Noon to 5:00 pm

GOTR Offices 

231 E. Rhapsody, SATX, 78216

Option 2: September 9 from Noon to 5:00 pm

GOTR Offices 

231 E. Rhapsody, SATX, 78216

**Coaches Boxes will also be made during one of these two sessions ONLY from 11:00 to Noon.  

What are the important Fall 2017 season dates?
  • New Coach Application Deadline #1 = August 14
  • Coach Training #1 = August 26
  • New Coach Application Deadline #2 = August 28 
  • Registration Opens = August 30 @ 7pm
  • Lottery Closes & Drawn, then Notified = Sept 7 & Sept 8
  • Coach Training #2 = September 9 
  • Coaches First Day = Week of Sept 11
  • Girls First Day = Week of Sept 18
  • Midseason Coach Meeting = October 17 @ 6:30pm**
  • PreRace Meeting = November 30 @ 6:30pm**
  • GOTR 5k = December 9
  • Last meeting day = Week of Dec 11

**At least one coach from each site is required to attend meetings.

Can I choose the site where I coach?

Coaches may indicate a preference for the site at which they would like to coach. If coaches do not have a preference, we will assign them to a location in need of volunteers OR the closest location to work/home.

Does coaching cost me anything?

All coaches (head and assistant) are required to "rent" a curriculum for the season(s) they are coaching.  The cost is $20 but coaches are given back their money once they return the curriculum back to us at the end of the year.  For each site, all materials needed for the season are given to coaches; however, some coaches choose to purchase extra items for their girls (e.x., colored pens, extra clipboards, special snacks for the Practice 5k, stickers). Additionally, if a coach chooses to run the 5k, he/she will need to pay for the entry.   

Girls on the Run of Bexar County
231 E. Rhapsody
San Antonio, TX 78216

(210) 901-0167

info@gotrsanantonio.org