Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions not addressed here, please feel free to contact us!
What are the benefits to being a coach?
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How old does a coach need to be?
Lead coaches, male or female must be at least 21 years of age. Assistant coaches need to be at least 16.
Do I have to be a runner if I want to coach?
No, it is not necessary to be a runner. If you start training, you may run the 5k right along the boys.
Do I have to pay for my own background check and CPR certification?
No, we reimburse you 100% for the background check and provide CPR training for certification. Once the background is clear, we send out a check to your residence.
What type of background check will they be running?
• Social Security Number trace for identity verification
• National Criminal search
• National Sex Offender Registry search
Is the information I provide on the background check secure?
How many boys can register at each site?
There is a limit of 15 boys per set of 2 coaches.
Is my site required to have a track?
No track is necessary. A field or other safe, open space will work--optimal space should be at least 1/4 mile perimeter.
Will the boys be expected to run in inclement weather?
Parents/Caregivers should make sure boys dress appropriately for the weather as the program will take place rain or shine and is meant to take place outside. We will run in the rain, however, if safety is a concern, program may be held inside- site permitting or even cancelled. Look to your coach for further direction.
Does my son need previous running experience?
No, BOTRT is an all inclusive program that will support your son regardless of running ability and incorporates proper stretching and running techniques to ensure the participant's safety.
Do you provide snack and water at the race as well as during each class?
A healthy snack and water is provided during the race event for all runners. A snack is also provided at each session, but participants are asked to come prepared with their own water bottle and running shoes.
What is a running buddy?
A running buddy is someone who is at least 18 years old that runs along with and encourages, paces, and mentors the participant positively throughout the 5k event. This can be a parent, relative, neighbor, family friend, or even a Boys on The Right Track volunteer.
What is the cost of the program?
The program cost is $165 and includes:
• Background Checked, CPR certified, program trained coaches
• 18 Boys on the Right Track lessons designed to empower boys with skills and healthy habits to last a lifetime
• A Dri-Fit program t-shirt
• 5k race registration fee
• A race medal
• Healthy snacks provided at each session
• Up to 3 hours of physical activity each week
What if I cannot afford it?
The BOTRT program may be covered by your health insurance plan. Please call your provider to inquire. If you are a WNY Blue Cross Blue Shield member, please use code S9451 when calling for coverage details. If it is determined that your insurance does not cover our program, financial aid may be available. You'll have
the opportunity to apply when registering for our program.