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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits to being a coach?

As if positively impacting the lives of others, personal growth in yourselves and looking fantastic on that next resume isn’t enough – we offer a monetary benefit to coaching as well. Learn more about coaching for Boys on the Right Track.

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 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.

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 years of age and must be accompanied by a lead coach when working with the boys.

Does my son need previous running experience?

No, BOTRT is an all-inclusive, entry-level program that will support your son regardless of running ability and incorporates proper stretching and running techniques to ensure the participant’s safety.

What is a running buddy?

A running buddy is someone who is at least 18 years old that runs along with, 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 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?

View Protect Youth Sports’ Privacy Policy.

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 official track is necessary to host for the boys. Any field or other safe, open space will work; the optimal space should be at least 1/4 mile perimeter.

Will the boys be expected to run in inclement weather?

Parents and caregivers should make sure boys dress appropriately for the weather, as the program will take place rain or shine. We will run in the rain when possible and safe. However, if safety is a concern, program may be held inside – site permitting – or even cancelled. Look to your coach for weather-related updates.

Do you provide snack and water at the race as well as during each class?

We provide healthy snacks and water during the race event for all runners. A snack is also provided at each training session, but participants are asked to come prepared with their own water bottle and running shoes.

What is the cost of the program?

Please contact our executive director Juliet Meade (julietmeade@boysontherighttrack.org) for pricing details in your area. The cost of the program includes:

  • Coaches who are Background Checked, CPR certified, and program trained
  • 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 can't afford it?

We are proud to say that we do not exclude anyone from the program for financial reasons. The organization offers opportunities for low-income families to participate by reducing or eliminating fees for those who identify themselves as receiving free or reduced lunch. We also have payment plans and some insurance companies pay for the program.

Where is your program offered? Is it limited to the Buffalo, NY area?

First and foremost, we can provide the program to anyone who has a desire. All you need is coaches to run the program, boys to participate and a place to call “home”. No track is necessary but you will need at least ¼ mile perimeter of grass or concrete.

The following are a MUST HAVE:

  • A site coordinator, a trained head coach, and an assistant coach
  • A minimum of 6 boys and a maximum of 14 boys
  • Access to a community 5K race or willingness to create your own. We can assist you with this process

Only one coach must be CPR/AED/First Aid certified and we provide training if you need it

Start a site in your area and we will follow up with more information.

What if I cannot afford it?

The BOTRT program may be covered by your health insurance plan, so please call your provider to inquire further. 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 for financial aid when registering for our program.

If you have any questions not addressed here, please feel free to contact us!

Boys on the Right Track