ALUMNI COACHING

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Coach high-fiving Mathlete

ALUMNI COACHING

Pay it forward by inspiring younger students!

MATHCOUNTS alumni make some of the best coaches because they've been Mathletes themselves.

Volunteer Hours

If you’re in high school or college and need volunteer hours, MATHCOUNTS coaching is a great way to fulfill this requirement! The faculty partner at the school where you coach should be able to sign off on your volunteer hours, but be sure to check with your high school or college/university about what documentation you need to provide. 

If you’re a professional whose employer matches volunteer hours, please consider getting your volunteer hours matched to direct a donation either to the school you’re coaching or to the MATHCOUNTS Foundation (EIN 54-1295407)! Be sure to check with employer about what documentation you need to provide. 

Where Alumni Can Help Coach

Coach at Your Old Middle School

Search for your old school's name, city and state on our 2021-2022 registered schools list to see if the math teachers or administrators have signed up this year. Keep in mind that registration opened on August 16, so many schools haven't had the chance to register yet even if they plan to.

If your school is not yet registered, reach out to the principal or a math teacher to offer to continue or revive the program. If it is, reach out to the current coach to offer to co-coach virtually or in-person.

Coach at a Nearby Title I School

Underresourced schools face extra challenges, which can make providing extracurriculars more difficult. If you're interested in starting a MATHCOUNTS program at a Title I school but don't know how to find one, reach out to the MATHCOUNTS national office with your ZIP code. We can help you identify Title I schools in your area that aren't currently participating in MATHCOUNTS. Depending on your state, your school may have access to free registration thanks to targeted support from some of our sponsors.

If you're starting a program at a Title I school that has never participated in MATHCOUNTS (or hasn't in 3 years), we encourage you to apply for our Community Coaching Scholarship!

How to Start a MATHCOUNTS Program

1. Find a School

Most schools are open to participating in MATHCOUNTS, but some simply don't have a teacher available to coach. You can help!

  • Search for your old middle school on our 2022 registered schools list to see if they're signed up this year. Keep in mind that registration opened on August 16, so many schools haven't had the chance to register yet even if they plan to.
  • Reach out to the national office to find a Title I school near you. Provide us with your city, state and ZIP code so we can send you a list of schools in your area that aren't currently participating in MATHCOUNTS. If you're starting a program at a Title I school that has never participated in MATHCOUNTS (or hasn't in 3 years), we encourage you to apply for our Community Coaching Scholarship!

2. Reach Out

Many schools aren't familiar with MATHCOUNTS and just need someone like you to tell them about it!

  • Find the email or phone number of a principal, math teacher or math department head at the school. Most schools have faculty contact information on their website.
  • Talk about your own positive experiences in the Competition Series and explain how the program works. Download our email template and program one-pager to help you get started.

3. Partner With a Faculty Member

Whether you’re a head coach or just helping out, you'll probably need the logistical support of a teacher at the school. You should mention this when you first reach out to the school.

Your role might be:

  • Planning and running meetings
  • Training Mathletes
  • Encouraging students before their competition

Your faculty partner's role might be:

  • Helping to recruit students for the team
  • Working with the main office to submit the school’s registration and payment
  • Chaperoning and providing space for team meetings or competitions, if needed

4. Register

Work with the school administration or your faculty partner to register the school as soon as possible, no later than December 17. Schools can register up to 12 students to compete in the Chapter Competition, but any number of students can participate in team practices. When registering, be sure both you and your faculty partner are listed as coaches (head or co-coach) so you both are in the loop about program updates.

Depending on your location, your school may have access to funding and resources thanks to targeted support from some of our sponsors. Please contact the national office!

5. Prepare

We encourage you to host meetings regularly—either online or in-person. Once your school is registered, you'll get access to all the materials you need to prepare the team for their competition. These resources include:

  • A School Handbook with program information and 250 practice problems with step-by-step solutions
  • Interactive online platforms and trainer apps so students can practice at home
  • Practice Plans and MATHCOUNTS Minis so you can easily plan team meetings

6. Compete

MATHCOUNTS is preparing for an online Chapter Competition and in-person State & National Competitions in 2022. At the same time, we will closely monitor the impact of COVID-19 on school districts and volunteers. Here are this year’s important competition dates:

  • Nov. 1: School Competition available online
  • Feb. 1-28: Unofficial in-person competition events in local chapters where it is safe and possible to do so
  • Feb. 17: Official Chapter Competition hosted online on the AoPS Contest Platform
  • Mar. 1-31: State Competitions
  • May 8-9: 2022 Raytheon Technologies MATHCOUNTS National Competition takes place in Washington, DC

Can't commit to coaching but still want to help?

There are other ways to volunteer with MATHCOUNTS!