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Girls On The Run FAQs

What does Girls on the Run do?

One girl put it this way, "I learned that I am the boss of my brain." Helping girls take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms. You can also think of it as Can University—a place where girls learn that they can. No limits. No constraints. Only opportunities to be remarkable.

How do we play a role in our girls' lives?

Lots of ways, but we start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what's important to them. Then we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships. And, finally, we explore how girls can positively connect with and shape the world. And remember, we believe that life-changing experiences can be fun too—for everyone—the girls, coaches, families and other volunteers. So don't be surprised when you hear laughter along with self-reflection and see beaming smiles across the beautiful, confident faces of our girls.

How does the lottery system work?

If more girls are registered than the number of available spots on a team, the registration system will randomly select girls for that team. All additional girls will remain in “lottery status” and be placed on the waiting list. Teams that are not at capacity will include all girls registered at that time. Registration will then re-open and additional girls will be added on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached for each team or until the 3rd practice, whichever comes first. We can only add wait-listed girls up until the 3rd practice due to the nature of the curriculum. 

Why do you use a lottery system?

The lottery system provides every family an equal opportunity to register and equal access to participate in the program. This policy is based on feedback from families who shared that the first-come, first-served system is problematic due to many issues including work conflicts, limited computer access and computer glitches. Lottery registration is already used by the majority of GOTR councils nationwide and is recommended by Girls on the Run International.

What is Raceplanner?

This is the third-party software system we have used for registration in past seasons. We are utilizing the system’s lottery feature. The Raceplanner system protects confidential information and will be used to conduct a fair and random lottery.

What about girls that have participated in the past? The lottery doesn’t seem fair to them.

Though we appreciate the passion and loyalty of girls that have participated in prior seasons, we are also committed to ensuring that as many girls as possible experience Girls on the Run. We therefore do not offer preferential registration for GOTR alumni.

What if my daughter is not selected?

In the event the desired team is full, additional girls will be placed on the wait list for that team. Should a spot open, you will be contacted to determine your continued interest. We can only add wait-listed girls up until the 3rd practice due to the nature of the curriculum. If you do not hear from us, then the team has been filled and we weren't able to add your girl to the team this season. Your credit card will not be charged unless your daughter is formally added to the team.

If it’s truly random, why do you ask how many seasons my daughter has participated?

This information is collected on behalf of Girls on the Run International. It is used to calculate retention rates and for curriculum development purposes.

What about sisters?

In order to keep the lottery truly random sisters are treated as individuals in the lottery system.

Is the lottery for everyone or only when a team is full?

Everyone who registers during open registration will receive notification that they are in “lottery status”. At that time, if more girls are registered than the number of available spots on a team, the lottery will occur to randomly select girls for that team. All additional girls will remain in “lottery status” and be placed on the wait list for full teams. If a spot becomes available, a girl will be randomly selected from the wait list. Teams that are not at capacity after the first week of registration will include all girls registered at that time. Registration will then re-open and additional girls will be added on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached for each team.

When will we know if our girl gets a spot on the team?

If selected, you will receive confirmation of your “registered” status by email on that date. This is also the day your credit card will be charged. Girls on the wait list will remain in “lottery status”. If a spot becomes available, a girl will be randomly selected from the wait list. Credit cards are NOT charged until a girl is formally added to a team. Families will then receive a confirmation email indicating “registered”.

 

How many girls are on a team?

How many girls are on a team?

In order to ensure a quality program experience for both girls and coaches, we limit the number of girls on each team to 15. We must have a minimum of 8 girls to provide the program.

Why are teams different sizes?

To ensure quality programming, we require a minimum of 8 girls and a maximum of 15 girls per team. Coaches can choose the size of their team within these parameters. We encourage new coaches and new sites to start small.

Could you add more girls on a team if I volunteer to coach?

In order to ensure quality programming we limit our team numbers based on many factors. Some factors include space availability at each site, previously ordered program supplies, facility usage limits and the number and experience of committed coaches before registration begins. Though programs may be cancelled if a minimum number of coaches cannot be recruited, we do not add coaches at the last minute in order to accommodate more girls. Adults with availability and interest in coaching are encouraged to learn about coaching opportunities on our website and apply well in advance of the next season’s registration date. This allows us to effectively project and plan for the upcoming season and provide new coaches the opportunity to attend coach training and meet with their coaching team. Once registration opens, team limits are set, and no additional coaches will be added to accommodate more girls.

 

Why are teams different sizes?

To ensure quality programming, we require a minimum of 8 girls and a maximum of 15 girls per team. Coaches can choose the size of their team within these parameters. We encourage new coaches and new sites to start small.

Could we add more girls on a team if I volunteer to coach?

In order to ensure quality programming we limit our team numbers based on many factors. Some factors include space availability at each site, previously ordered program supplies, facility usage limits and the number and experience of committed coaches before registration begins. Though programs may be cancelled if a minimum number of coaches cannot be recruited, we do not add coaches at the last minute in order to accommodate more girls. Adults with availability and interest in coaching are encouraged to learn about coaching opportunities on our website and apply well in advance of the next season’s registration date. This allows us to effectively project and plan for the upcoming season and provide new coaches the opportunity to attend coach training and meet with their coaching team. Once registration opens, team limits are set, and no additional coaches will be added to accommodate more girls.

Can we have more than one team at our site?

New sites are limited to one team for the first season. Sites can add additional teams after their first season. Each team must follow the same guidelines for coaches – minimum of 2 coaches at every practice for each team

Where can I get a copy of the Participant Waiver/Release Form?

Can I cancel my registration?

Payment / Cancellation / Withdrawal from the Program Policy

A $10 administration fee will be charged on all cancellations before the first practice, except in cases of medical emergencies, with a doctor’s note or documentation. No refunds will be issued once the season has begun.

What is the Attendance Policy?

Attendance/Absentee Policy

It is very important for your girl to attend both sessions each week because the lessons build up from one to the next and because group relationships build over time. Girls are not allowed to sign up for one session a week. If you know your girl can't make it to both sessions each week, please do not sign up - leave room for a girl who can.  A girl who is absent more than 4 times may be removed from the program for the rest of the season.

What is the Behavior Policy?

Respectful Behavior Policy

Girls are expected to behave in a way that permits the coaches to carry out the day’s scheduled activities. Girls who are continually disruptive in a way that prevents the rest of the group from experiencing the benefits of the program may be asked to leave for the rest of the season. A child who engages in behavior that threatens the health or welfare of other participants, administrators or coaches will be released from the program for the remainder of the season. Threatening behavior may include but is not limited to: physical injury, emotional mistreatment, abuse of prescription or illegal drugs, use of alcohol, carrying firearms or other dangerous items, using any item in a dangerous way, or any other activity determined by a coach or administrator to be threatening of another person’s health or well-being. Girls on the Run, its coaches, and administrators reserve the right to remove from participation any child who for any reason does not fit the mission and goals of the organization.

Why do I need to register as a Running Buddy?

RB FAQs

Please see our Running Buddy page for more information about this program.

What is raceplanner?

This is the third-party software system we have used for registration in past seasons. We are utilizing the system’s lottery feature. The Raceplanner system protects confidential information and will be used to conduct a fair and random lottery.

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