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Coaching a team may be one of the most rewarding ways to get involved in Girls on the Run!

Coaches are responsible for creating a safe place for girls to share openly because they are being heard without judgment. In the end, the coaches believe and help cultivate an environment where every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can say 'yes' to any challenge, to cheer on new friends and grow up strong!  They do not have to be runners : )

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Coach Overview

These dynamic people are parents, teachers, and community members who are committed to preparing and empowering girls for a healthy, confident and happy life.  Our coaches get to experience the program first hand, feel a sense of accomplishment in making the difference in the lives of girls and have a ton of fun along the way.

Our volunteer coaches work with girls after school, leading them through the Girls on the Run-developed curriculum, stretching and running activities, and training for the end-of-season 5K celebration run. Each team has at least two coaches. The program meets twice a week for 90 minutes and runs for 10 weeks from March-May.  Once you submit the online Commitment Form we will let you know how all the next steps fall into place.

Click here to watch a quick video to see what it takes to be a coach.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must complete the online Coach Commitment form (click pink button below)
  • New coaches only must attend one GOTR training day in February (see Important Dates button above) 
  • Become CPR certified. Centegra Healthbridge is offering a class for GOTR coaches. The cost is $45. Contact Megan Weber to reserve your spot. 815-788-2271 or mweber@centegra.com. (You may also contact your local fire station, hospital or health club for other class options)
    • February 18th 8:00-10:30am - Healthbridge Crystal Lake
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must complete a background check. Click here for instructions. Background checks are valid for two years.
  • Attend on Race Day information meeting
  • Attend every practice (2 per week for 10 weeks) 
  • Be kind and be your real self with the girls at all times, and above all, have fun with them!

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
  • Attend the Girls on the Run 5K
  • Plan and coordinate your team’s end of season party

Our new middle school program, Heart & Sole, is designed to get girls talking.  Heart & Sole creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond.  For this reason Heart & Sole teams are best if facilitated by teachers, social workers or professional counselors.  As you can imagine, middle school grils may feel awkward having parents as coaches.

Sub Coach Overview

Thank you for wanting to be a Substitute Coach with us.  We recognize that not everyone has the time available to be a fully-trained coach.  By being a Sub you can support our Coaches and ultimately support the girls in our program. Once you complete the Sub Coach form, your name will be added to our Sub list and provided to coaches. You will be contacted by a coach when they are in need of a sub throughout the season.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must complete the online Sub Coach form (click pink button below)
  • Watch a short Girls on the Run sub coach training video to understand our program and what your role would be. Click here to watch sub video.
  • Must complete a background check. Click here to view instructions. Background checks are valid for two years.
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Have fun!

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Support the GOTR Coach with the lesson plan
  • Feel free to participate in games and workouts with the girls

Junior Coach Overview

Serving as a Junior Coach is a fun and rewarding way for high school students to get involved with Girls on the Run and make a difference in the lives of girls throughout their community. Junior Coaches assist the 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 complete the online Junior Coach form (click pink button below)
  • View a short Girls on the Run Junior Coach training  video.
  • Junior Coach must be 16-18 years old and a high school student
  • 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
  • Attend the Girls on the Run 5K

Important Dates

January

10, Tues - 10:00 am Online Registration for 2017 season goes live

 

February

4, Sat - Coach Training 9:00am-3:00pm, First Congregational Church, 461 Pierson Street, Crystal Lake

10, Fri - Alternate Coach Training 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Kishwaukee Education Consortium Cafeteria, 21255 Malta Rd., Malta

13, Mon - Alternate Coach Training 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, Centegra Healthbridge Fitness Center, 10450 W. Algonquin Rd, Huntley

15, Wed - Online Registration for 2017 program ends

24, Fri - Alternate Coach Training 3:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Centegra Healthbridge Fitness Center, 10450 W. Algonquin Rd, Huntley
 

March

1, Wed - Coach Box Pick up 12:00pm-6:00pm (open house format) GOTR office, 111 Erick Street, #115, Crystal Lake

2, Thurs - Coach Box Pick up 8:00am-2:00pm (open house format) GOTR office, 111 Erick Street, #115, Crystal Lake

6, Week of - 2017 SEASON BEGINS

 

April

Date TBD - Coach Appreciation & Race detail meeting for Kish Health 5K

27, Thurs  Coach Appreciation & Race detail meeting for Woodstock 5K,  location TBD

 

May

1, First practice week of  - Practice 5K

20, Sat - KishHealth 5K for DeKalb Co. 8:00 am

21, Sun – Boone Co., McHenry Co. & Winnebago Co. GOTR 5K 8:30 am

24, Wed - Coach Box Replenish 2:00pm-6:00pm (open house format) GOTR office, 111 Erick Street, #115, Crystal Lake

25, Thurs - Coach Box Replenish 8:00am-2:00pm (open house format) GOTR office, 111 Erick Street, #115, Crystal Lake

Frequently Asked Questions

 

CAN I CHOOSE THE SITE WHERE I COACH?

Coaches may indicate a preference for the site or city 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.

I DON'T HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE - CAN I STILL COACH?

Absolutely!  ...and you need not be a runner!  We are looking for enthusiastic role models for young girls.  We provide the training, detailed practice plans and an awesome support staff at GOTRNWIL to ensure you have all you need.

WILL I BE REIMBURSED FOR COACHING EXPENSES?

Each team receives a site allowance. Coaches must submit all receipts related to program expenses at the end of the season and will be reimbursed for an amount not to exceed the site allowance.

I KNOW I CANNOT MAKE ONE OF THE PRACTICES - CAN I STILL COACH?

Absolutely!  We have a Subtitutes Coach Program to support our GOTR full time coaches if they have to miss a practice.  We ask that coaches miss no more than 4 practices during the season.

COACH APPLICATION

Northwest Illinois
111 Erick Street
Suite 115
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

(815) 893-0259

info@gotrnwil.org