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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  • When you start a team you agree to host the program for a group of 6-15 girls at a location or site near you. This team will be part of Girls on the Run Puget Sound.
  • First check to see if there is an existing team at your desired location in your community.
  • Designate a site liaison to serve as the program location contact (see the responsibilities of a site liaison below).
  • Review the Site Recruitment Packet and Site Recruitment Overview Video which have information about our program and what it takes to start a team at your desired location.
  • Gain support from location administrators, such as a school principal or director of the community center.
  • Recruit two to four volunteer coaches, who must attend and complete GOTR coach training.
  • Complete a Site Application.
  • The location must provide a safe, dedicated outdoor space and indoor or covered space.
  • Determine your practice schedule (same days/times each week).
  • Teams must consist of 6-15 girls.
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Site Liaison Responsibilities

Complete details available on pages 12-13 of the Site Recruitment Packet

  • Complete brief virtual pre-season online training
  • Recruit a MINIMUM of 2 coaches
  • Secure indoor and outdoor/covered practice space with ample running space, bathrooms, a drinking fountain. 
  • Provide GOTR Staff with info regarding any required site-specific paperwork such as a field application, insurance requirements, fees, or COVID-19 documentation.
  • Adhere to deadlines set by GOTR staff for coach applications, girl registrations and material pick-ups/drop offs.
  • Assist with picking up GOTR materials if your team’s coaches are unable. 
  • Help organize a virtual or in-person meeting with confirmed coaches to exchange contact information and discuss details for the season.
  • Decide if your site will have paper or online registration and help manage this process. Online registration is recommended; Site Liaisons are responsible for distribution, collection, and data entry of paper forms.
  • Recruit at least 6 but no more than 15 girls for your team.
  • Distribute marketing and registration materials provided in the Girl Recruitment Toolkit to girls and families to encourage registrations. 
  • Assist volunteer coaches at your site with positive behavior management and family communication, as needed.
  • Be willing to serve as a substitute coach for your team if your schedule allows.
  • Communicate any concerns or issues at your site in a timely manner via email with GOTR staff and coaches so we can best support your team.
  • Assist with end-of-season GOTR materials drop off if your team’s coaches are unable.
  • Support the team at the end-of-season site-based 5K.


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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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