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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  • School/community sites agree to host the program for a group of 6-15 girls. Multiple teams are allowed with 2-4 coaches/team.
  • Designate a Site Liaison to serve as the point of contact between your site and GOTR Puget Sound (responsibilities listed below).
  • Review the Site Recruitment Packet for program info and how to host a team.
  • Gain support from site administrators, such as a school principal or site director.
  • Recruit 2 to 4 volunteer coaches, who must attend and complete GOTR coach training.
  • Designate a safe, dedicated outdoor space and indoor/covered space for team practices.
  • Choose your practice schedule (Two 90-minutes sessions/week for 8 weeks).
  • Complete a Site Application.
  • Have your volunteers submit a Coach Application or Superstar Supporter Application
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Site Liaison Responsibilities


  • Review the Site Recruitment Packet for role description & responsibilities 
  • Recruit a MINIMUM of 2 coaches
  • Identify indoor/covered and outdoor practice space with ample running space, restrooms and access to drinking water. 
  • Communicate to GOTR any necessary site-specific paperwork such as field/space reservation, insurance, and/or volunteer requirements.
  • Complete a free background check provided by GOTR staff. 
  • Ensure coach applications and girl registrations are completed by their deadlines.
  • Assist with picking up GOTR materials if your team’s coaches are unable. 
  • Organize a pre-season coach meeting at least one week prior to the first practice to exchange contact information, discuss season details and review site safety plan.
  • If your site will offer paper registration forms, Site Liaisons are responsible for distribution, collection, and data entry of paper forms (online registration recommended if possible). 
  • Recruit at least 6-15 girls for your team using marketing and registration materials provided by GOTR. 


  • Assist coaches with positive behavior management and family communication as needed.
  • Serve as a substitute coach for your team if your schedule allows.
  • Communicate concerns or issues promptly 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 5K event.


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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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