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.