Start a Team

Start a Team

Ready to inspire the next generation to be joyful, healthy and confident? Explore this page to learn how you can start a team at a nearby school or community facility.

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  • Starting a team refers to offering the program to a group of 8-16 girls at a location or site near you. 
  • Designate a site liaison to serve as the program location contact (see the responsibilities of a site liaison below).
  • Review the Site Recruitment Packet, which has information about our program and what it takes to start a team at your desired site.
  • Complete a New Site Application. If you are a returning site, please submit the Returning Site Application.  
  • Recruit three to four volunteer coaches, who must attend and complete GOTR coach training.
  • The location must provide a safe, dedicated outdoor and indoor space (for inclement weather), where the program can be facilitated to the team at the dates/times determined for the season.
  • Identify a consistent practice schedule (same days/times each week). Teams meet two days a week - 90 minutes in length. 
  • Teams must consist of 8-16 girls.
  • Gain permission from location administrators such as a school principal or site director.
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Site Liaison Responsibilities

  • Acts as the main contact at the site for Girls on the Run families/participants and Girls on the Run council staff before and throughout the program.
  • Obtain permission from principal or site director.
  • Completes the site application. 
  • Recruitment of at least 3 coaches for the site (if you are coaching you are one of the 3)*
  • Coordinating practice space at site - if facility use form and fees are required please tell GOTR office and we will take care of this.
  • Aids in participant recruitment efforts by distributing marketing materials (provided by Girls on the Run) and spreading the word about Girls on the Run throughout the site community and via site communication (i.e. PTA meetings, newsletter articles, faculty/staff meetings, website, open houses, etc.). This helps ensure there is a full team for each season at this location.
  • Act as primary contact if school or parents have questions.
  • Coordinating picking up items such as marketing materials, supplies, etc. several times throughout the season.
  • Set up a meeting with coaches prior to the start of the season.
  • Reading/reviewing weekly communication from GOTR staff and taking necessary actions.

*If you cannot secure coaches, we will work with you to identify coaches from our volunteer pool.


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Whether you are new to Girls on the Run or a long-time supporter who is ready to advance our mission and vision, we value your interest in learning more about how to start a team.

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