Posted by Opinion on April 03, 2017 at 20:38:57:
In Reply to: Re: Nike Top Teams posted by Parent that is paying on April 03, 2017 at 18:33:21:
: : : : : 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.
: : So Cal Sparks Gold pays for everything? No one on top team pays a penny? Not for gear, not for tourneys, not for travel?
: Well unfortunately West Coast Premier has some of the top players (Black) paying and some don't. Just do not see this being right when that team in particular is supposed to be sponsored.
: You are right some of the players On the top WCP team don't pay and some do. If you are paying that should tell you where your kid is on the pecking order. If you aren't ok with being a 2nd tier player on that team, leave.
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