Do coaches create the lessons or is there an established curriculum?
Coaches do not create lessons. Coaches facilitate an easy-to-follow, well-researched, copyrighted curriculum that is used by all Girls on the Run councils throughout the United States and Canada.
Do coaches have to provide materials in order to lead the lessons?
Coaches do not provide materials necessary to deliver the GOTR curriculum. Each site is given a “Coach Box” provided by Girls on the Run of South Central Wisconsin which contains all of the supplies necessary to deliver the curriculum.
Do coaches have to be runners?
No, coaches do not have to be runners. A person who lives a healthy lifestyle and is committed to improving the lives of girls may serve as a coach.
When is the program offered and how long is the program?
Program seasons happen twice a year: Fall (September – November) and Spring (March – June). Each program season is 10 weeks long and we ask that coaches commit to all 10 weeks of the program. It is extremely important that the girls in our program have consistent, committed role models who can volunteer their time for our entire 10-week season.
How many girls and coaches are in each group?
Teams may have as few as 8, or as many as 20 girls. The number of coaches needed per team is determined by the experience of the coaches and the number of girls on the team.
What days and times does the program meet?
Each group meets twice weekly for 90 minutes after school during the 10-week program season. The days they meet vary from group to group. Each group generally meets between the 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm time frame. Site practice days and times are posted in January for the spring season and are posted in July for the fall season.
Where does the program take place?
Our program takes places at various schools and community centers in South Central Wisconsin. We serve Dane, Columbia, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock and Sauk Counties.
What are the start and end dates for the upcoming season?
The fall program starts September 5, 2017. The Girls on the Run 5K will take place on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Waunakee Village Centerl.
Can I bring my young child (non-GOTR participant) or family pet to GOTR practice?
Sorry, no. Not only is this a liability issue but, as a GOTR coach you will need to direct your undivided attention to the girls in order to appropriately deliver the curriculum as intended.
How do I become a coach?
To become a coach, first please read through the Coach Overview above and the Message to New Coaches. Should you find that coaching is the right fit for you, apply to be a coach.
What is the expected time commitment for coaches?
During the program season, coaches should expect to volunteer an average of 4-6 hours per week. This includes: 3 hours of practice, time on-site before and after practice, commute to program site, curriculum preparation, as well as communication with coach team, girls’ families, and GOTR staff.
What are the requirements and responsibilities for coaches?
Coach requirements and responsibilities can be found in the Coach Summary.
Will I be trained?
Yes! New coaches are required to complete 1 hour of online training and attend one half day training at our GOTR SCWI headquarters at 901 Deming Way, Madison, WI 53717. Mark your calendar. We offer 2 training date options. The required coach training dates for the fall season are Thursday, August 10 at 6-10 pm or Saturday, August 19 at 8am-noon.