FAQ About Coaching


Do I need to be a runner to coach GOTR/STRIDE?
No. To coach GOTR and STRIDE you do not need to run. You need to have a commitment to living a healthy lifestyle.


Do I have to come to every GOTR/STRIDE practice?
Yes. Coaches do need to come to every GOTR/STRIDE practice. Assistant coaches must commit to one or two days per week. Two coaches must be present at all practices.


How long does it take to prepare for a lesson before practice?
It depends on the lesson and where we are in the season. Some lessons might have a few more pieces to cut or supplies to get ready than others. Also, as the season goes along, you get into the flow of the lessons and can read them and fee more prepare more quickly. On average, we suggest allowing 30 minutes to read and review the lesson before you coach them.


How many girls/boys will I be coaching?
A team consists of 8-20 girls/boys.


Who can coach?
Anyone who is willing to donate their time to these young girls and boys. GOTR head coach must be a female and assistant coaches can be male or female. STRIDE head coach can be either male or female.


What should I expect from girls/boy this age?
From the girls: Energy, cliques, limited attention span, openly express affection, variation in reading levels, low self-esteem, seeking attention and constantly growing, learning and developing. Read our Coach Playbook of how to deal with all the different characteristics described!

From the boys: Energy, groups, trouble paying attention, humor, reading levels, differences in attitudes, body image and mentor seeking. Read our STRIDE Guidebook on how to deal with all the different characteristics described!


How long is each session?
Each session is about 75-90 minutes long.


Can a coach be a running buddy?
Yes! Just make sure you have the same pace. A running buddy must stick with the child the entire time of the race. Every child must have a running buddy.


Can more than one child run with a running buddy?
Yes! A running buddy can run with more than one child. However, pair up running buddies with children who have the same pace.


How many running buddies can run with a child?
Only one running buddy per child. However, a running buddy can run with more than one child.

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