Posted by truth on July 15, 2017 at 07:40:30:
In Reply to: Re: Off season Door Fees??? posted by JustWondering on July 15, 2017 at 07:14:55:
: : : : : : : : : I can't be the only parent with multiple boys hooping in spring/summer/ and fall leagues at local HS that is wondering why are they charging $5 per person to support your athlete? It use to be free, now I know times have changed but for a family of 4 $5 each is outrageous? Why not be fair and max out at $10 per family or charge $2/$3 per person. I actually had to miss some games just because the fees are too ridiculous.
: : : : : : : : : Please chime in with some direct knowledge....things other than gym and ref fees because we pay for those fees when our HS teams pay "league fees". Thank You
: : : : : : : : That is an interesting idea to charge $10max per family.
: : : : : : : Could get interesting if Shawn Kemp shows up at a game
: : : : : : Yeah it's obviously a money maker for the hosting high schools.
: : : : : We host tournaments and charge 5 for adults, 3 for kids. Its our biggest fundraiser and we really do appreciate other schools coming and helping us out because we are a low income community and the money goes to buying all the equipment and gear that most schools and players take for granted.
: : : : During the off-season, we charge $3 per entry. Most days, you get to see two (2) games at least in spring & fall. This past summer, we had teams play two games per day at least once per week. Our snack bar is our best asset! Our booster club moms rock!!! Without them, nothing of what we do happens. At our school, this is our major fundraiser. Not all our parents can afford to pay for the spirit packs etc. Just tryna make it happen and keep pace with the bigger/better programs. It is our goal to keep our guys feeling good about representing their program.
: : : I just paid $12 at the MAPS for one person
: : :There is a LAUSD high school in my neighborhood who held a long time summer tourney. They stopped having it this year because LAUSD charges them for using the gym "out of season". I was told it was gonna be $1800.00 for the 6 days. Wasn't worth having it. Gotta pay those school board raises somehow!
: : Thanks for the input. I'm an excoach and have been around HS Bball in socal for over 20 years. In regard to private organizations I understand there fees because it's an outside entity. However, HS programs should not raise $ by overcharging families for supporting their athlete. $2 per person + a good snack bar + team fees are more than enough- let's not be greedy or lazy. In regard to the school gym fees, I understand that in today's society most don't recognize the importance of sports. They charge Bball teams for gym uses but use the gym for test prepping for all standardize tests multiple times throughout the year. Last word to anyone that can make a difference. Please help to bring back the importance of a gym 1) To teach young athletes how hard work can pay off on the court and off 2) to allow spectators/ families to support their athletes hard work! It is not for the school district to make $ off of kids and It most assuredly should Not suppose to be "Your Best Fundraiser" because you're over charging hard working families ($2/$3 is fair $5 is just exploitation!)
When you host a tournament in the summer time, you charge incoming teams around $200-300 entry fee. Let's say you have 12 teams @$200= $2400 in entry fees. You are going to give each team 4 games for the weekend. That means you have to pay refs for 24 games @ about $40 per ref per game. $40x2=$80. $80x24=$1920. So the host school, after paying refs conservatively at $40 each is going to net about $400 for the weekend. Let's say they make conservatively $300/day at the gate with most summer tourneys going 3 days, that's about $1000 at the gate. Another $300/day at snack bar after paying for the product to be sold gets you another $1000. So for the weekend, your program has raised in the neighborhood of $2500. In a lot of districts, there is no budget for basketball- you raise the money you need for in-season tournament fees, refs, transportation, stipends (some districts only give 2 stipends to a program when you have 3 levels), etc.
Does $5/each start to add up? Sure. Maybe a $20 cap is a good idea, but then you start bringing every cousin and uncle and saying "we're family" and paying $20 for 8 people to come in. I have no issue with charging $5. The economics of school athletics makes it a necessity.
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