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Each season Girls on the Run of Southcentral Alaska identifies and selects a dynamic group of coaches to lead each of our teams of 8-16 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

One/two Head Coaches will be assigned for each team. Head coaches work with other 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. The Head Coach must be CPR/first aid certified. A Head Coach MUST attend at least 90% of practices.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Preparing, organizing, and supervising the weekly lessons
  • Leading the program participants through each lesson
  • Facilitating communication with parents/guardians of program participants
  • Attending the Girls on the Run 5k with program participants and their family
  • Planning and coordinating the team's end of season party
  • Understanding and believing in the organization's mission

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
  • 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 individuals 16-17 years of age 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 16-17 years old
  • Must be a high school student
  • Attend Girls on the Run coach training
  • Able to attend practices once or twice per week
  • Have fun!

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Attending program sessions on a consistent basis
  • Assisting wtih setting-up/breaking down of games and lessons
  • Providing one-on-one attention to program participants

Coach Application

Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN AND WHERE IS COACH TRAINING? (new coaches only)

Fall NEW coach training date/times will be announced this Spring

DO COACHES HAVE TO BE RUNNERS?

No! Anyone with a desire to work with girls of this age group, who believes in the mission of Girls on the Run, and inspires others to do the same are encouraged to coach a team!

CAN YOU DESCRIBE A TYPICAL LESSON?

Each session focuses on a specific issue-related topic, which is incorporated into the activities and games planned for the lesson. The coaches begin the lesson by introducing and explaining the day's topic. The girls then warm up their muscles with a brief interactive running activity or game. Then, the girls stretch and further discuss how the activity related to the topic. Next, the girls perform the workout activity, which can consist of running laps or an active game, but also integrates the topic of the day. For example, the girls may have to answer questions about the day's topic each time they complete a lap. The lesson ends with stretching, reviewing what the girls learned that day, a group cheer and a snack.

HOW WILL GIRLS ON THE RUN PREPARE ME TO BE A COACH?

At our one-day training seminar, we will go over the background and mission of the Girls on the Run program and policies and procedures. We will discuss the curriculum and role play lessons. You will leave at the end of the day with a box full of all the materials that you would need to run a full season of Girls on the Run. This support continues throughout the season as Girls on the Run staff remain an available resource for problem-solving and conflict management. We want each coach and girl to have a wonderful experience!

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.

WHAT ABOUT CPR/FIRST AID TRAINING?

We offer CPR/First Aid training to all head and assistant coaches.

WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF IT?

Girls on the Run coaches are an integral part of the program’s success not only will you get to be silly and inspiring twice a week, but you will actively change the lives of girls in Southcentral Alaska. Don’t just take our word for it, here is what some of our past coaches have to say:

 

"YES! It's rewarding to see how much of an impact you can make in these girls' lives just by volunteering a few hours of your time a week." -GOTR coach

 

"Came together as a group a bit better as season progressed.  They started to believe in themselves!! They truly turned around their negative attitudes towards themselves and started to believe that they were capable of so much more!" -GOTR head coach

 

"In the final lesson where we reflected on what tools we use the most outside of GOTR, I realized I use them all continuously in my own personal life. I have learned greatly from the lessons and the girls. Having the responsibility to be a role model to the girls has made me evaluate the way I treat myself and others" -GOTR coach 

Girls on the Run Southcentral Alaska
PO Box 101273
Anchorage, AK 99510

(907) 351-2250

info@gotrsouthcentralak.org