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$350.00 either write check or participate in fundraiser

spirit wear-order what u want to pay extra for. For us $100

booster club gives us very little, but football/basketball has everything they want. Yes, they bring in most money from gate/concessions but helping out smaller teams more  would be nice. 

Just as comparison, $1100 for Summer team plus travel expenses.

Nothing.  In the past he had us buy some swag and sell some raffle tickets, but as a senior there is no more swag to buy and the raffle tickets disappeared a few years ago.  I am looking forward to the senior dividend in that the local college league he will play on this summer is just a few hundred bucks.  However, his freshman sister is in her big recruiting summer for lacrosse and will more than chew up whatever savings he provided.  Also, that $60K college bill in the fall will really hurt the sphincter.

Currently there is no activity or pay-to-play fee in our local school district.  It was discussed at the school board a few years back but was tabled for later discussion (if ever).

 

Some counties have gone to a pay-to-play or activity fee.  In one of the neighboring counties it's $100 per sport per student so of the student participates in 3 sports its a grand total of $300.  Fee is payable upon making the team (if there are cuts).

 

To my knowledge the booster clubs haven't developed  a so called spirit pack, but they are constantly encouraging participation in fund raising activities such as helping run the concession stands, golf tournaments, etc.

 

As in many other areas, football is king when it comes to gate fee income, followed closely by basketball.  Football games typically draw ~2,000 paying customers.  At $6/head you do the math.  By comparison, baseball barely draws 100.  Maybe 200 if the team is doing well and heading for the playoffs.  As I understand it the gate receipts go into the athletic fund and is use to support all sports though I imagine football gets the most due to the equipment requirements. 

Guess we got it good. Starting this year no fundraiser. Which I totally hate and usually just ask the coach to let me know what it costs to buy out. Our fees are

 

$100 activity fee

$125 in spirit pack (semi optional)

$10 for the kids hat

$15 for the parents hats (optional)

$35 for a helmet (new this year. Required of frosh to offset no fundraising)

$??? White uni pants. No real standard here other then they must be white and no piping or pinstripes. (Again new this year due to no fundraising). 

 

The booster club (all sports) will cover feed for anything a player can't afford. This includes cleats, mitts, cups, etc. we live in a pretty well off area and the booster club is very well funded. In addition the school is financially sound so we have good facilities. 

$250 activity fee

$100 booster fee

One post game dinner for the team and coaches (barbecue, split with another family)

$50 each for ticket to the fundraising auction/dinner (plus $100 raffle ticket sales, but we usually do sell those)

A day's labor cleaning up the field

 

For that we get nice uniforms and a great field (provided by the city in a co-op arrangement, right across the street from the school).  A bus to the far away games.  Six or eight coaches (for three teams).  And the camaraderie of HS ball - priceless.

$30 Insurance fee. 

All Kids are asked to raise $250 in fundraising, given two ways to do so.  

All Parents are assigned 1 ticket gate duty and 1 concession duty, most volunteer to do more. 

V parents sign up to provide a team meal or two for pre-game dinners.

1 School wide booster club, so we don't see much from them.  Some parents are in the process of forming a Baseball Booster Club.

Other than that the parents are just asked to show up and support the kids

 

It's been a couple years for us, but from my recollection, there was a $450 participation fee plus an expectation to fundraise for at least $250.  Then all the volunteer stuff like concession stand, pre-game meals and help with maintenance on field day.  And that was pretty cheap for our area.  I have heard stories from friends of surrounding schools that the expectations were closer to around $1500+ between fees, auctions, golf tournaments, advertising money, etc...  

 

Not sure of the situation for a lot of you, but around here, the government doesn't pay anything for sports other than capital improvements to facilities and I think an extra $2000 for the head coach.  All money is generated from the participating families.  So balls, uniforms, transportation, umpires, equipment, money for additional coaches and everything else you can think of comes from the families.  I think there is a small amount of money that comes from the overall booster club, but it isn't much.

Last edited by bballman

I, as coach, have to buy all the hats myself and sell them to the kids...thank goodness i have $250 that i dont mind tying up for a couple weeks. our school is a big basketball school. admission to basketball games and a booster booth (hot dogs, candy, etc.) inside the building. Baseball games are free to the public and no outdoor boosters. Basically, baseball doesnt bring in money, so we dont put money into it. basketball rules the roost here. We get 2 new bats each year, i get my stipend, and thats about it. Ive asked about fund raising before and gotten the cold shoulder. in the future, i may act first and ask questions later. the results will speak for themselves. 

Originally Posted by CoachZ:

I, as coach, have to buy all the hats myself and sell them to the kids...thank goodness i have $250 that i dont mind tying up for a couple weeks. our school is a big basketball school. admission to basketball games and a booster booth (hot dogs, candy, etc.) inside the building. Baseball games are free to the public and no outdoor boosters. Basically, baseball doesnt bring in money, so we dont put money into it. basketball rules the roost here. We get 2 new bats each year, i get my stipend, and thats about it. Ive asked about fund raising before and gotten the cold shoulder. in the future, i may act first and ask questions later. the results will speak for themselves. 

When my son was in high school the coach raised a lot of money running a couple of week long summer baseball camps for ages 7-12. The parents thought it was a big deal their kids were getting a week or two worth of instruction from the high school coaches and some players for $150 per week. It was as cheap as daycare. Some parents thought attending the camp would make a difference when their kids entered high school. It didn't.

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