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Coaches are the backbone of the Girls On The Run organization. Volunteer coaching requires a commitment of both time and energy, but it is an extremely rewarding experience as you become an active role model to an amazing group of young girls. Outlined below are details for each of our coaching opportunities.

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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 4 hours per week (see below) for a 10-week commitment.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Head coach must be a woman
  • Head coach must be at least 21 years old
  • Head coach may need to be CPR and First Aid certified (see FAQ below)
  • All coaches must consent to and complete a background check
  • Pennsylvania coaches must submit copies of all required Pennsylvania volunteer clearances: State Criminal Record Check, Child Abuse History Clearance, and fingerprinting results. Girls on the Run will reimburse the cost of fingerprinting with original receipts. The other two Pennsylvania clearances are free to volunteers.
  • New Jersey coaches must submit to fingerprinting if they are coaching at a site or a school district which requires fingerprinting of its volunteers. Girls on the Run will reimburse the cost of fingerprinting with original receipts. 
  • All coaches must complete an approximately 1 hour online pre-season training webinar.
  • New coaches must attend one Girls on the Run in-person coach training session. Returning coaches who did not attend an in-person training session for Spring 2017 will also be required to do so prior to the Fall 2017 season. In-person training sessions are 5 hours in duration.
  • Attend all (two) practices per week for a weekly time commitment of approximately 4 hours, including lesson prep and email communication with team parents and guardians.
  • 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

  • Assistant coach must be at least 18 years old
  • Assistant coach can be any gender
  • Assistant coach may need to be CPR and First Aid certified (see FAQ below)
  • All coaches must consent to and complete a background check
  • Pennsylvania coaches must submit copies of all required Pennsylvania volunteer clearances: State Criminal Record Check, Child Abuse History Clearance, and fingerprinting results. Girls on the Run will reimburse the cost of fingerprinting with original receipts. The other two Pennsylvania clearances are free to volunteers.
  • New Jersey coaches must submit to fingerprinting if they are coaching at a site or a school district which requires fingerprinting of its volunteers. Girls on the Run will reimburse the cost of fingerprinting with original receipts.
  • All coaches must complete an approximately 1 hour online pre-season training webinar.
  • New coaches must attend one Girls on the Run in-person coach training session. Returning coaches who did not attend an in-person training session for Spring 2017 will also be required to do so prior to the Fall 2017 season. In-person training sessions are 5 hours in duration.
  • Attend lessons once or twice per week for a weekly time commitment of approximately 1.5-3 hours
  • 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
  • Attend a Girls on the Run in-person coach training session
  • Able to attend practices once or twice per week
  • All coaches must complete an approximately 1 hour online pre-season training module
  • New coaches must attend one Girls on the Run in-person coach training session. Returning coaches who did not attend an in-person caoch training session for Spring 2017 will also be required to do so prior to the Fall 2017 season. In-person training sessions are 5 hours in duration.
  • 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

Coach Application

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is coach training?

Training dates for the Fall 2017 Season are listed below. Please note that all new coaches and all returning coaches who did not attend a coach training in Spring 2017 will be required to attend one of these in-person trainings.

  • Coach Training: Hunterdon County

    Hunterdon County Library

    314 State Route 12, Building #3, Flemington, NJ 08822

    10:00am-3:00pm (light lunch provided)

    RSVP to this training!

  • Coach Training: Bucks County

    Bucks County Community College, Gallagher Room

    275 Swamp Road Newtown, PA 18940

    5:00pm-10:00pm (light dinner provided)

    RSVP to this training!
  • Coach Training: Northern Hunterdon County

    Hunterdon County Library, North County Branch

    65 Halstead Street Clinton, NJ 08809

    4:00pm-9:00pm (light dinner provided)

    RSVP to this training!
Do coaches need to be CPR and First Aid certified?

One Adult CPR/AED and First Aid certified coach must be present at all times at every Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole lesson. Often, the Head Coach is the one to become CPR and First Aid certified, but an Assistant Coach who is present at both lessons each week can also fulfill this role.

  • Coaches who already possess valid CPR and First Aid certifications must provide proof of certification (in the form of copies of their certification cards) to our Program Coorindator, Ashley Vogt, prior to the start of the season.
  • For coaches who need to become certified, Girls on the Run will offer one CPR and First Aid training (listed below) directly through our organization. If you are interested in attending this training, you must RSVP via email to our Program Coordinator, Ashley Vogt, at ashley.vogt@girlsontherun.org. Seats for this training are limited and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Coaches who cannot attend this training are permitted to obtain their certifications independently through a class of their own choice, provided that those certifications meet the guidlines set forth by the American Heart Association and American Red Cross. Girls on the Run will reimburse the cost of CPR and First Aid training up to $100 per team per season. 

 

Fall 2017 CPR and First Aid Training

Saturday, August 26th 9:00am-3:00pm

Allied Health Building, Bucks County Community College

275 Swamp Road Newtown, PA 18940

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.

Will I be reimbursed for coaching expenses?

Each team receives a site allowance of $15 per girl for the season. Coaches must submit all original receipts related to program expenses at the end of the season and will be reimbursed for an amount not to exceed the site allowance.

Hunterdon, Bucks and Warren Counties
63 Main Street
Suite 207
Flemington, NJ 08822

(908) 751-5847

barbara.cavalla@girlsontherun.org