Coach FAQ

Coach Responsibilities

  • Is available for 1.5 hours, two times a week for 10 weeks to be at a location. Starting times are usually 3:30pm-4:00pm, depending on location. (Can be 1 day a week with prior approval from Program Director.)
  • Completes and submits required volunteer application prior to service as a volunteer coach.
  • Completes and passes online background check.
  • Completes necessary training prior to season beginning (see below for more details)
  • Prepares, organizes, and delivers bi-weekly lessons, including preparing materials for activities.
  • Serves as role model and mentor by being on time, having positive outlook, and leading healthy lifestyle.
  • Attends culminating 5K race with program participants and other volunteers.
  • Encourages girls!
  • Attends necessary coaches’ meetings with Program Director or Area Coordinator during season.
  • Interacts with parents of program participants.
  • Acts as spokesperson for program and understands/believes in organization mission.
  • Be genuine and above all HAVE FUN!

Required Training for Coaches

When you sign up to be a coach with Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole you’re signing up to change lives. Our coaches come from a range of backgrounds, professions and levels of experience. One thing they all have in common is a passion for helping girls grow. We’re committed to equipping our coaches with the skills and knowledge they’ll need to lead their girls through a transformative season.

During training, which consists of online learning and in-person time, you’ll learn about building GOTR style relationships, creating an environment girls can thrive in and developing a climate in which all girls are celebrated for their personal growth. You’ll also get the chance to practice leading on of our lessons, meet other coaches, share your expertise and have some fun. We look forward to seeing you there!

Individuals must attend one of the following trainings (Boise or Nampa) in order to teach the Girls on the Run curriculum.

New Coaches Training for GOTR sites:
BOISE: 2-part Training
Monday, August 7th and Monday, August 14th, Boise Main Library
Marion Bingham Room, 4:30-7:30pm - coaches must attend BOTH sessions

NAMPA: July 30th, Nampa Rec Center
Studio 4 upstairs, 11:30am-5pm

New Coaches Training for Heart & Sole sites:
Friday, August 4th, South Jr. High Conference Room, Boise, 9am-11:30am

Other Trainings

CPR Certification

Girls on the Run will schedule one CPR training for new coaches and coaches that need to renew their certification prior to each season. The next class is Saturday, August 26th at 9am at Spring Creek Manor, 175 Calderwood in Meridian. CPR training can also be done on your own time. If so, Girls on the Run will give you a small reimbursement towards your class fee.

Stewards of Children Child Abuse Prevention Training

Girls on the Run takes the safety of our participants seriously, which is why we now require all of our volunteers who will be working directly with the girls in our program to go through the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children child abuse prevention training.

This training is done online (requires a $10 fee up front--GOTR will reimburse). Online training needs to be completed prior to the start of week three of the program.