Re: Nike Top Teams

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Posted by Cal Spark on April 03, 2017 at 17:07:41:

In Reply to: Re: Nike Top Teams posted by Not Really on April 03, 2017 at 14:03:04:

: : Are all Nike Top Teams sponsored? If so, why is West Coast Premier requiring payment? A couple parents stated they are not paying and a few said they are.

: I am not trying to stir the pot here.

: This is my understanding - if it is wrong, please someone else with more knowledge correct it.

: There are no FULLY sponsored Girls Nike (or anyone one for that matter) teams. At best, some of the clubs can get free Nike shoes/gear, but it is probably just some and then discounted.

: In California, there are 5 teams in the NIKE GEYBL - which is a 32 team super-league of teams from across the country.

: They are Cal Stars (from Bay Area), Cal Storm Team Tarausi, WCP Black, Cal Swish Black, and Cal Sparks Gold. They play in the GEYBL and NIKE Nationals amongst themselves.

: So when these coaches tell you it's a NIKE team - if you are not on one of those 5, you are on a team that is in a NIKE affiliated club, with little or no real benefit (maybe discounted gear).

: Additionally, these clubs all send an additional team to some of the events to play in other divisions (or sometimes a separate event which runs concurrently).

: For example, in addition to Tarausi, Storm sends the Storm National team (which is a 15u team made up of 8/9th graders).

: As for cost, everyone usually pays, unless your daughter is ELITE good or you just can't afford it. The clubs can charge everyone a different price if they want, and they hope everyone keeps their mouth shut to not piss off other people.

: And the reality is this happens at all clubs at all levels in all sports.

: To sum up - only five NIKE teams in California. Not really fully sponsored. Clubs can and do charge whatever they want to individual players.

: Again, if this is incorrect, please correct to inform people.

: Cal Sparks top team is fully sponsored, no cost.

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