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Be a Coach or Assistant Coach

Warm-up your spirit fingers, lace up your sneakers and inspire a group of girls to be strong and healthy. Teams of volunteer coaches facilitate our easy to follow curriculum with groups of 8-15 girls over the course of 10 weeks.

Amidst the conversation, laughter, hugs and energy awards, you will witness transformational change in the girls and don’t be surprised if you realize that you are positively changing as well! The program may end in 10 weeks, but for our coaches and girls, the finish line is just the beginning. Ready to make a difference and encourage girls to realize their full potential?
The first step is signing up. Ready, Set, Coach.


RacePlanner Help 

Video about tools available to coaches through RacePlanner 


RacePlanner Getting Started Help Document

RacePlanner Attendance App


Coaching Modules 

Learning Academy How to Guide


2017 Fall Pre-Season Meeting

2017 Spring Pre-Season Meeting

2017 March Coach Meeting

2017 Pre 5k Meeting 








August 2017

Marketing Materials Available


Electronic or at Coach Training

Marketing Materials: fliers, posters, electronic blurb. Fliers and posters mailed out to teams who request materials. Electronic blurb emailed to all teams.

August 16

Lead Coach open access to Raceplanner. Lead Coaches may view the coach roster, girl roster and health forms.



Lead Coaches will have access to the Coach Packet on RacePlanner for their team only. Lead coaches should schedule a site planning and coordinating meeting with the coaches prior to the start of the season. If a coach decides to withdraw, email the council director.


Paper Registration Distributed


Teams completing paper registration will receive registration forms in the mail (sent to site location). Please read detailed instructions included with the paper registration forms.


Paper Registration Due


Completed by Site Liaison or Lead Coach


Registration is first come, first serve. Scholarships are available; email kruch@ywcaneks.org.


Sign-up for Program Opens



Sep 6

Sign-up for Program Closes



Sat, Aug 19
Thur, Aug 24

New Coach Training

9:00 a.m-2pm

YWCA Northeast Kansas

Mandatory: Training for any NEW lead coach, assistant coach, junior coach or coach who has not yet been trained.

   5:00-9:30 pm

Wed, Aug 23

Lead Coach Open House


YWCA Northeast Kansas

Mandatory: ALL lead coaches are required to attend the Open House to pick up their team coach bag full of supplies. Coaches are highly encouraged to attend the season kick-off meeting.


Season Kick-off Meeting

6:00 p.m.



Lead Coach send welcome email to families.



Please send a welcome email to your team members.

July - August

Site Planning & Coordinating

Determined by Site

Determined by Site

Site Liaison/All Coaches – Meet with your coaches to discuss practice location, dates, times, lesson schedule, snack distribution and assign responsibilities for the events at the end of the season.







Week of August 28 -Sep 5

Practice Begins!

Determined by Site

Determined by Site

Lead coaches send a welcome email to families who have a daughter registered in the program. Conduct a parent meeting during the last 15 min. of the first practice. Ensure copies of rosters and medical information are accessible at practice.


5K Registration Opens


All family and community members should register for our 5K by going to our website. All girls and coaches are already registered for the race. YWCA Northeast Kansas cannot give refunds for duplicate registrations.

15 Sep

Shoe Orders Placed


If any girl on your team needs a proper pair of athletic shoes, please contact Kjrsten by March 7. An order will be placed and arrangments made to have shoes delivered.


Program Shirt Distribution

Mid Season Coach Meeting

YWCA Northeast Kansas

Program shirts are for registered girls and coaches. The program shirt is to be worn at the 5K by all girls and coaches. Distribute the shirts at this time or wait until the 5K, so girls do not misplace the shirts.

Determined by site

Practice 5K

Determined by Site

Determined by Site

All sites will hold a practice 5K. (Lesson 16 in curriculum) If holding the practice 5K at an alternative location, then coaches much notify Kjrsten.

Determined by Site

Community Impact Project

Final Two Weeks of Practice

Determined by Site

Plan, prepare, and enact a team community service project – details can be found in the last set of lessons in your curriculum and on Coaches Corner.


List for Group Packet Pick Up


Email Program Manager

Coaches wishing to pick up race packets for a group must submit a list in alphabetical order by last name to the YWCA, deadline is firm. Please let Kjrsten know approximate time you will be picking up.


5K Registration Closes



Online 5K race registraiton closes May 2 at 11:59pm. Race registration will be available at packet pick-up and race morning for an additional fee and shirt sizes are not guaranteed.

Based on Survey Completed

TEAM and Group Packet Pick Up


YWCA Northeast Kansas

Pick up team 5K bibs. Additional group and family member bibs available upon request. Please return coach bag and enjoy shopping for GOTR merchandise.

Turn in Coaching Materials


16 Nov

Packet Pick- Up

4:00 - 6:30 PM

Academy Sports

5K Bibs available for ALL race participants.

18 Nov

Girls on the Run of Northeast Kansas Fall Run 4 a Reason

9:00am- 12:00pm

YWCA Northeast Kansas

Due to rapid increase in size, location and times will be determined by end of December.

Before or after the 5K

Girls on the Run End-of-the-Season Team Celebration

Determined by Site

Determined by Site

Coaches are encouraged to host an end-of-season celebration with your team!

15 Dec

Spring season site application promotion due date



Teams who complete the Spring 2018 Site Application by Dec 15, will be entered into a drawing for a team prize.