Coach-In-Training Program Application
…what is it?
Interested in becoming a gymnastics or parkour coach?
Want to gain leadership skills?
Intown Stars Gymnastics is the right place to be!
Through Intown Stars’ Coach-In-Training Program, you can realize the incredible benefits of the active lifestyle of a gymnastics or parkour coach!!! You will study and learn the fundamentals through our robust Staff Education system as well as one-on-one mentoring. You will learn a lot about yourself and gain valuable leadership skills you will be able to take with you anywhere you go. And you’ll shadow under coaches with a decade or more of coaching experience! It is a rare opportunity for high school students to have a skilled, part-time job in a healthy, family-centered environment that can pay above minimum wage and provide opportunities for working through college and beyond!
Who is this program for?
We are looking for passionate people between the ages of 14 and 16 with good communication skills, a love for children, a positive attitude, and a tenacious spirit. It is a great opportunity for a skilled part-time job that can pay above minimum wage and build confidence and problem-solving skills in a leadership role. Some gymnastics or parkour experience is required to apply.
- Must be at least 14 years of age to apply.
- Must submit a work permit before starting your paid coaching position.
- Applicants must commit to working Saturday or Sunday morning classes upon transitioning into a coaching position.
- Applicants must commit to shadowing at least four hours a week for up to 6 months (18 weeks of classes) at the training pay rate of $10/hour before applying for a fully paid coaching position (we will work with you individually and find a training schedule that works for you). This includes camp shifts.
- Applicants must commit to attending all required ISG in-house training including our Quarterly staff meetings and Positive Discipline training.
- Applicants must submit a short essay of at least 250 words written on one of the following prompts:
- What takes a class from great to excellent?
- How do you inspire courage in someone?
- How do you grow mentally?
- What makes a gym a community?
- What makes a class truly fun?
Rules while in Training:
- No cell phone use during shifts.
- Be professional, courteous, and helpful in all circumstances.
- Always wear an ISG shirt to your shifts
- Engage in the class you are shadowing. Giving verbal praise to the students as well as high fives
- Do not socialize with other coaches or coaches-in-training in a way that distracts from class.
- Maintain focus on the 12 Intown Stars Teaching Principles:
- We teach kids to be leaders
- We teach in the affirmative
- We teach our motto “the body follows the mind”
- When we feel the need to punish a child, we do the opposite and make them the leader.
- We reward effort and perseverance over ability
- We teach in a learning zone, rather than a panic zone or comfort zone.
- We find successes for every child in every class.
- We keep our students in perpetual motion
- We teach with enthusiasm, creativity, variety, and fun!
- We respect the sovereignty of a child’s body
- Observe and memorize the general class structure.
- Spotting students should always be under the supervision of your supervisor
What happens after I apply?
The next step is to have an in-person interview with one of our Leadership Team Members. This allows us to review the essay with you and make sure we are clear on your interests and intentions. We want to make sure to create the best learning experience for you.
After the interview, the Leadership Team member will work with the other coaches and program leaders to design an individualized training plan for you. It will include:
- Scheduling you for summer camp where you will be assisting our seasoned coaches to teach daily gymnastics classes, plus general camp helper responsibilities.
- Scheduling you to assist with our special events program, including one birthday party, one parent night out and one open gym, if interested in working these programs.
- Assigning a mentor to you, who will be available to you at any time to answer questions, be a support system, and a kind of "direct report", ensuring that you are meeting the requirements and responsibilities of a CIT.
- Finding a time when you are able to shadow and "co-teach" classes during the regular gymnastics’ session, for up to 6 months (including camps). After about 6 months, the CIT will be able to teach classes solo, under the observation of their mentor, until the mentor determines you are ready to go on your own!
- This process takes in total about a year before being ready to teach a class without observation.
- An official 2-hour onboarding session, where you will be given all the information that we give new employees, including an overview of the Intown Stars 32 Guiding Principles.
We're thrilled that you are interested in applying to be a Coach-In-Training! We look forward to meeting you!