HS sports: How much does it cost to play?

One Sunday in June, the AJC in its print edition will be looking into the issue of paying to play sports in Georgia high schools.

I’ll be writing on the subject and was hoping to get some stories and first-hand experience from the online audience this week.

Do you have a child playing sports in high school? What is the out-of-pocket expense (or dues or fees) that you are asked to pay?

Public schools can’t force student-athletes to pay for play high sports, but they can ask, and they can call these player fees mandatory when they really aren’t.

But no matter how you slice it, high school sports are expensive, and the money-making engine of a sports program – mostly football – can’t always cover the cost of uniforms, equipment, gas for bus travel, officials, etc., of a school’s 15 sports teams.

So how much does it cost to play sports at your school?

Is it too much? Is it fair? Are there some out there that don’t pay anything? Are there any paying $800?

What are these teams asking from your pocket books?

60 comments Add your comment

Coach

May 20th, 2013
8:12 am

It’s different across the city, but here in North Fulton it’s expensive to pay high school sports. $450 for football at Centennial, but there are ways to earn the money…. fundraisers selling coupon discount cards, volunteering to work games, and other opportunities help offset the cost for those that have a more difficult time paying. With little to no help from the County Board of Education, it is a necessary evil. But that is just registration. It really gets bad when you have more than one child playing multiple sports.

SportsMom87

May 20th, 2013
8:23 am

GREAT idea for a piece. As the parent of a multi-sport athlete, I can tell you it is can get very expensive. For football, the most basic TD Club “plan” for us is $400 which gets access to pregame meals, locker, equipment, 7on7 “player pack. In addition there are several “fundraisers” which are a minimum additional $400. Our baseball “goal” is $1100 which is made up with Dugout Club dues and several fundraisers. We found basketball to be the least expensive at around $650 including the “mandatory” fundraisers.

That said, I don’t think people realize everything that these sports have to pay for with these funds. Take football for instance. Many people assume that our football program gets a cut from the Friday night gate fees; that isn’t the case. Since only so many coaches are allotted (9 I think?) to be on the payroll for football, the TD Club pays the salaries for any additional coaches, the equipment, uniforms, etc. I am grateful to be in an a region (Gwinnett County) where play is at the highest levels. So while the fees are expensive, our board does a good job of making the most of our funds so we can be competitive.

Also, my son attends a new school, so things like baseball dugouts, concessions stands, BATHROOMS, have to be paid for and implemented by the Dugout Club. I naively assumed that when they build schools, the county pays for all that–not so.

But as expensive as I think I have it now for my son’s sports, I am pretty sure that the Cheerleaders pay the most out-of-pocket for any sport at the Varsity level. Hopefully someone with a Cheer daughter will chime in with the exact costs but I know it is very steep. So I will count my blessings and start saving up now for when my daughter gets to high school in a few years.

Carver Panther 1

May 20th, 2013
8:36 am

This is a great topic. I had my child at Woodward Academy and the football fees were @ $400 on top of the $20K in tuition. Now in APS the fees are @ $300 which is not bad but here you have so many more kids that can’t afford to pay. We try to fundraise as well as look for corporate sponsorships to offset the cost. Some parents that are in better financial positions give more to help the less fortunate. You never want a kid to feel left out because of his personal home situation. Most fees inlcuded team branded gear and bags beyond the standard uniform. Some may include pre-game meals. What also needs to be factored in are additional expenses parents are incurring to get their child personally trained. This is over and above what they are getting at school. Some spend money sending kids to camps as well. At the end of the day it is not cheap. However, if all these fees, expenses and time invested results in an athletic scholarship then it makes it all worth it. You would be spending much more paying tuition at a four year institution.

OMacG

May 20th, 2013
9:09 am

Dang good topic, Todd.

My guess is you’re pretty familiar with the unique set up McEachern enjoys- we understandably catch some flak for it but the truth is, ALL schools fervently search for local sponsors to donate financial support for their community school’s extracurricular programs. We just happened to have a “local boy who done good” over 75 years ago and we will reap the benefit of his success for a nice long while.

Ours have participated in 6 different sports at Mac (football, lacrosse, wrestling, swim, soccer, cheerleading) and except for cheer, there were/are little or no fees involved in participating. Generally, it is show up with a pair of cleats/shoes and you’re good to go…but additional fees are required for camps, tournaments and anything else outside of that sport’s budget. Nevertheless, not a school out there with a better situation, IMO. Our friends with children at other schools also have to find the money for those things, in addition to the participation fees.

Jefferson

May 20th, 2013
9:14 am

Good topic, fans are hit for money over and over. My only complaint, if you are going to do a fund raiser give people their money’s worth. Candy rip offs and discount cards sold by parents do nothing to build character for the kids. Cut grass, rake leaves, wash cars… something of value.

No doubt winning costs.

Todd Holcomb

May 20th, 2013
9:23 am

”I am pretty sure that the Cheerleaders pay the most out-of-pocket for any sport at the Varsity level. Hopefully someone with a Cheer daughter will chime in.”

I’ve heard that, also. Would like to hear from cheer moms, or moms (parents) of some other sports to see how they compare sport to sport and school to school.

And yeah, McEachern has it good. Wish more schools had that sort of funding.

Bright Idea

May 20th, 2013
9:25 am

I can remember paying $6.00 for insurance and everything else was free. This was in a small, rural, poor location. Fund raising was unheard of. Any booster that could afford it just made donations. We were extremely well coached by 4 coaches and we were good. We had a great time playing and the community loved the football games. Those were the good old days. Is it possible to unilaterally disarm back to that era? Of course not.

LaxParent

May 20th, 2013
9:27 am

Girls JV Lacrosse costs the parents $800/year in the North Fulton area – at least at our school. we have to have multiple car washes and other fundraising activities.

The AD’s treat sports like tennis, soccer and lacrosse as very low priorities – except at schools like Lassiter and Milton.

Fly Milton Eagles Fly

May 20th, 2013
10:07 am

The Milton Eagles dominate Georgia High School Athletics, as proven once again with the girls lacrosse as we win YET ANOTHER 6A State Championship. It’s getting old hat but we’ll take it.

Now it’s time for the baseball team to win state and soon our football & basketball teams will be restored to glory. Come play for a champion!

Outrageous

May 20th, 2013
10:08 am

At Westminster, the school includes a $5 Grey Poupon upcharge for pre-game meals, but of course it would be a sandal to force our young prince use regular yellow mustard.

Gabrownfam

May 20th, 2013
10:29 am

We have two boys that are multi-sport athletes at Cherokee High. We pay $325 each for football; $275 each for basketball; and $200 each for track and field. That does not include additonal personal equipment (like track spikes) and booster club fees.

DawgVoice

May 20th, 2013
11:10 am

As a former cheer dad I can tell you I spent pretty much at least $1000.00 a year for the four years my daughter cheered.

Now I am sure there are some cheer parents and coaches out there that can find a way to lessen expenses, so don’t beat me up too bad for what I am laying out here. This is just how it happened for me.

I tried to figure out why cheering was expensive and came up with these reasons:

All-Star cheering has really driven the costs up for HS Squads. How? Everything from uniforms to music to hair bows have been driven up by All-Stars. I’m not hating, but that’s just the way I see it.

Cheerleading no matter where you do it is VERY competitive!

A cheerleaders cheer bag is a lot more than pom poms the days.. Add up the cost of a Varsity brand uniform (Shell, Skirt, Bloomers, and Body Liner), Shoes x2, socks x2, Hair bows, Warmup suit, camp wear x3, and the bag itself is a good chunk of it. But then add in camp (we had a spirit AND Competition camp), a Choreogrpher (who does music and the routine) and you can see where things start to add up. I didn’t include sports bras, raincoats and other items that would bring it up even more. And don’t forget the tumbling classes!

As I said before this was the way we had it. Could it have been done cheaper? I’m sure it could have, but this is what I paid over my daughters four year career.

With that said, I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. I loved watching her cheer. It made her happy and me too!

P.S. Football is a bargain at $400.00.

Oski

May 20th, 2013
11:19 am

If I am remembering right, I think I heard that it was not unheard of schools taking public transportation. Football could never do that unless it was just for the people themselves. I never could play due to the cost. I knew I was never good enough to get a scholarship,

I could see where some of these schools that call sports like wrestling, tennis, soccer and lacrosse put these sports down, due to non-revenue to very little. I even have heard people say that these sports are not sports to them. Heard some parents say that they would not have to pay for football if the school did not have to pay for 75%-100% for the sports I just listen. You are telling the kids in these sports that they are either no good or not worthy.

Remember when we went to away games and was giving two dollars for your meal.

1-aa

May 20th, 2013
11:22 am

THERE WAS A TIME THAT SPORTS WAS THE MONEY MAKER FOR SOME SMALL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS MARKETS. THESE MARKETS WENT THRU THE ROOF AFTER THE 80′S. THESE MARKETS NOW COMBINE THE BAND AND THE SPORTS PROGRAMS. LET THIS BE APART OF THE TOPIC THAT HAS PARENTS WONDERING IF THEIR CHILDREN WILL BE ABLE TO PLAY SPORTS OR PLAY IN THE BAND. LIKE THE IDEA AND LOOK FORWARD TO READING. PLAESE LET THE COMPUTER USERS READ THE STORY TOO. NEEDED TO BE ADRESS.

Tri Cities 4 Life

May 20th, 2013
11:50 am

It does not cost the kids anything to play football at Tri cities and we participate in just as many activities as everybody else if not more, we have like 3 or 4 sets of uniforms, we have a brand new weight room and we compete each and every year and beyond that we are located in one of the most below poverty places in metro atlanta!!!!!

Zane Smith's Teeth

May 20th, 2013
12:07 pm

@ Tri Cities:

Yes, Tri Cities is located in a very poor area. However, the North side of your county is where all the funds are (property tax base) which then make their way to your school.

Plato

May 20th, 2013
12:37 pm

Quite a difference between metro and non-metro rural. Our school has absolutely no costs but we do have fundraising events. We have the athletes set a goal and hope they attain it but nothing happens if they fail to sell a single item. Football gate is biggest thing keeping athletics alive in rural districts.

Guido

May 20th, 2013
12:58 pm

This smells like a hit piece. If you give a quote, don’t be surprised if it’s placed within a paragraph blasting your kid’s school. Fair warning.

ths

May 20th, 2013
1:02 pm

the topic should be why are kids paying coaches to get offers and being ask to transfer to get offers. whistle blower on Gator and Corey charge over a 1000 call it the payolla. tucker dad going broke

RealTAlk

May 20th, 2013
1:09 pm

ask the coaches out in Gwinnett getting major bucks to supplement their “teaching” gig. GHSA is worried about telling people what school their kids should go to they need to start looking at all that money that is being made and investigate that.

Jefferson

May 20th, 2013
1:17 pm

Cheerleading is a racket, ushered in at a young age…

Todd Holcomb

May 20th, 2013
1:55 pm

”This smells like a hit piece. If you give a quote, don’t be surprised if it’s placed within a paragraph blasting your kid’s school. Fair warning.”

No post on this blog will be quoted in any article. There is no agenda to blast any school.

From the Sidelines

May 20th, 2013
2:14 pm

First off, FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS DOESN’T SPEND A DIME ON ATHLETICS! So @ZaneSmith you are full of crap. Once school facilities are built in Fulton its up to the booster and teams to raise funds. Usually that comes from the gate. Depending upon your season, that would barely cover the cost of the coaches. Up north the fees are higher because through the booster building programs they are maintaining field houses, indoor batting cages, additional locker rooms.

My kids attend a South Fulton school and we don’t have such luxuries. The cost the play football remained at $250 each year because the coach felt it wasn’t necessary to overcharge parents. The beauty of it get this @ZaneSmith no kid ever went without. We raised enough money to make sure that every kid received gear.

In Fulton we were told we couldn’t pay more than $300 and $50 should be refunded as equipment rental. Booster fees and fundraisers were required activities usually running another $250 each. Now baseball is a different animal – we’ve paid as much as $550. We were fortunate enough to build a indoor batting cage for the program the only one on the south side. Our football coach was amazed that we raised the $3k to build the indoor facility among ourselves. Parents of baseball players routinely shell out upwards of $2,500 to $5,000 for travel ball each year.

Being intimately involved with the Dugout Club and Football Boosters funding is always an issue in Fulton Schools. Lord knows we don’t have the endowment of McEachern or Jumbotrons of North Fulton. We struggle to get sponsors even from the likes of Publix which can make more than $4m a year just my school. (2000 students, 800 families, $100/wk 52 weeks = >$4m).

Yes, cheerleader parents are digging deeeeep!!

Todd your next article should be on the haves and have nots when it comes to sponsorships, alumni contributions and additional facilities.

Ray Goff, Jr

May 20th, 2013
2:15 pm

I have a son that has played HS football at two different schools in the last two years. I have learned that not all schools operate alike. We had very little out of pocket expense at our old school, but a whole lot of expense where he is now. Both are public schools. I believe the difference is a good booster club. The one where we are at now doesn’t do very much and we have had to pay much more out of pocket. At our old school, the booster club was much more motivated and covers a great deal of expenses for all teams..

Also had a daughter that cheered, and that is the most expensive (out of pocket) of all sports.

And I agree, great idea for a story. Looking forward to seeing what you find out!

Kat

May 20th, 2013
3:46 pm

$150 for varsity soccer. It’s not so much that I mind paying the fee, it’s that the fee went up significantly this year because the school signed a contract with Under Armour to be an “All Under Armour school”. (Last year the uniforms came from Adidas, and seriously, I can’t tell any difference or advantage.) As far as I can tell, the parents had to foot the bill for nothing more that the “privilege” of advertising for Under Armour.

Jefferson Dragons

May 20th, 2013
5:07 pm

We are extremely lucky at Jefferson that we do not have to charge Fees to play 90% of our sports. The only exceptions are rental fees for lanes at Swim practice, greens fees at golf practice and some fees for cheerleading. We are blessed to have one of the best Booster Clubs and most supportive Communities in the state. Most of our fund raising comes from our Annual Membership drive in the fall and Raffle in the Spring. We also draw big crowds for football and that gate helps a lot. Our Athletic Director Tim Corbett puts a big emphasis on joining our Booster Club and that helps a lot too.

atl dad

May 20th, 2013
5:49 pm

My daughter will have to pay $500.00 to cheer on the middle school level in the Atlanta Public school system.. From what I am reading this fee seems to be more than what the varsity teams have to pay to partipate and we are in one of the poorest districts in the state of Georgia.

SportsMom87

May 20th, 2013
6:04 pm

Interesting to read all the posts. Some marked differences in what monies come into a particular sports program (i.e. some football programs get to keep their gate fees while others, like ours don’t–HUGE difference). Some of the differences also seem to be mere semantics as the $400 basic “plan” for football that I mentioned IS to join our Touchdown “Booster” Club. Plus when you factor in the stuff those of us at new schools are paying for or paying off, it might be hard to really compare. So it will be enlightening to read the final piece to see how things truly stack up once you break it all down.

SpaldingRollingHills

May 20th, 2013
7:33 pm

From a coaches point of view… Pay the coaches what they are worth. We are not a babysitting service for you while you run your errands. I bet if we started to charge for babysitting your precious prince or princess you would get your Butt there a little quicker. Coaches actually lose money to coach. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

SpaldingRollingHills

May 20th, 2013
7:37 pm

Ok… to offset the expensive fees… Call it even. We babysit after practice so they cancel out each other… You’re Welcome.

Todd

May 20th, 2013
8:15 pm

FB FAN

May 20th, 2013
8:17 pm

Great topic, welcome to Dekalb county where you get nothing from the gate. People constantly want to talk about how Stephenson can’t win the big one. I beg of you to come to their facilities,they make due with what they can afford. Unlike other big time programs their head have to teach several classes. They are not teaching the good ol weight lifting class for 2 periods a day. In dekalb county if Stephenson and MLK sellout a game, the gate is split between the entire county. Stephenson and MLK may be able to buy some hip pads from the gate. Its a sad case in dekalb county, there are kids from many different demographics so its a struggle every year for dekalb county athletic programs to raise money.

Mawill

May 20th, 2013
8:28 pm

I coach varsity girls basketball and usually the equipment fee is $100 or less. This is for shoes, travel suit, tee shirts, practice shorts, game socks, and polo shirt. What the players receive costs more than $100 but we host a summer league and use the budget to keep costs low. The fee is optional but if parents buy shoes at retail it will cost $100 or more so most parents are satisfied with amount. However our boys charge $250 as they go for the Nike travel suits.
The football team which is a perennial Top Ten AAA team has over 130 players and they pay $0. We are an one high school county so all the gate money is kept, but football doesn’t support basketball.

love the haters

May 20th, 2013
9:43 pm

love the haters

May 20th, 2013
10:04 pm

Ths really dude corey has help more kids than any coach combined in tucker’s history. Your school has been recruiting kids since the mid 80’s and continue today to do the same thing. how does a car full of black kids get dropped off at tucker by a white guy every morning by the name of trey not be considered wrong or how does kids from swd mlk and towers get picked up by your staff or trey every morning from the gas station on covington hwy. Really tucker you want to attack Corey and gator. your coach and principal are playing and active role in the recruiting at your school. Dominique sanders juwann williams detric dukes devin towns are all living out of your district. THS pouts about the kids that left your program but can swd mlk towers stephenson grady duluth s gwinnett parkview decatur shiloh etc pout because their athletes are enrolled at tucker recruited by your staff. Don’t throw rocks when you live in a glass house. Whistle blow on that.

HSFB Follower

May 20th, 2013
10:34 pm

Maybe folks will think twice when they go into Kroger and the local team is selling whatever just so they can play/compete at a high level. My son isn’t in high school yet (and don’t know which one he’ll attend-shot at those of you who “hate” “recruiting”) however I give to some many high school and club teams my child HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH because at the end of the day nothing is greater than the experience of those those kids esp if they get to travel out of state and compete. Those bus rides will always be a staple in their memory. YET there re some that can’t give or pay and having their child in sport is vital s it keeps them off the streets etc so forth and so on. It’s a double edge sword but it’s funny what SPORTS do to us.

The big one

May 20th, 2013
10:51 pm

love this topic..

Multi Sport Mom

May 20th, 2013
11:40 pm

As a single mother of both a son who participated in football, lacrosse, baseball & wrestling and a daughter who played lacrosse and was a competition cheerleader, I’ve paid the the entire scale of dues for recreational, middle school and high school sports at a very competitive Southside 5A high school. Would I have wanted my school system to provide for these sports? Sure I would. But isn’t the primary responsibility for a school system to education our kids in the 4 R’s. . . Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and taking Responsibility for one’s self. I busted my butt to pay my dues and gave every free moment I had available to volunteer in support of the programs my children were involved in (all while maintaining a job with extensive overtime requirements). I don’t regret it for one minute. The life skills that my kids developed through their commitment to their team and the discipline required to play high school sports has made them productive citizens and successful college students.

Cheerleading is by far the most expensive costing between $900 – $1500 per year (not including the $100 – $150 a month tumbling bill. . .and no, we didn’t do All-Stars which would have cost me another $5000 – $7000 per year with all the travel). Football and lacrosse cost approx. $500 per year for each child and wrestling was the least expensive costing about $200 – $250 (because of a huge fund raising tournament that offset wrestling expenses). This did not include lacrosse sticks, better quality helmets, goggles or cleats either.

As a member in booster clubs for all of the programs my kids participated in, I am disappointed, sick and tired of those who refuse to do their fair share in supporting the programs their kids participate in. Take note that “Fair Share” doesn’t just mean writing a check. Our programs always provided for those who didn’t have the ability to financially cover their kids dues and I have absolutely no problem with those unable to write a check to financially support their kids’ in these activities and have actually paid out of my pocket to help those who are truly in need. There are many ways to support the activities that your kids are involved in. . . cutting the grass at the field, working the concession stands, helping with team pre-game meals & refreshments, volunteering at fundraising activities to support the teams and most of all, showing up to cheer your kid on in their endeavors. I can’t tell you how many times the same 15 to 20 parents were the only ones to show up and help with anything. We’ve passed out volunteer lists and no one volunteers. We personally called parents to ask for volunteers and the answer is always “too busy”. The most sickening and insulting thing are the parents who refuse to volunteer to help (even just 1 time a year) and are the very ones who are buying the expensive cars and watches and dressing in the most expensive clothes while bragging “Why pay when we don’t have to?”. It is disappointing that you’re not willing to invest your time and your money (if you have it) in those kids you brought into this world but you can invest in fast wheels and a high life style. Put your priorities in place folks, maybe your kids will end up like mine and many others with the discipline to keep a job, the ability to focus on the task at hand and work well with others. Most importantly, your kids can have memories like mine and many others of parents who loved and supported them in all that they tried to do. The return on my investment was 2 well balanced young adults with a life time of friends, great memories and believe it or not a lot of thanks and respect given back towards the parent(s) who made them the 1st priority in their lives.

Todd Holcomb

May 21st, 2013
7:47 am

re: Lambert baseball – $1,000. Wow. … Lambert has a good team and played in Florida this spring. I assume money went to sponsor that trip.

Does anyone else have dues for a particular school and sport for this academic year?

Paladin Death Dealer

May 21st, 2013
8:03 am

This is a new day. The day of recruiting and the unlevel playing field. Everyone including Tucker figured out that the GHSA isn’t gonna do anything about the recruiting, so why not recruit. Lets not just hate on Tucker, recruiting and playing at a school and not living in that schools boundary lines runs rampant in Georgia High School Athletics. 6000 transferring schools. Players choosing to play on All Star teams to win a State Championship. Coaches and booster clubs behind the scenes scouting out and recruiting players, lot of cheating going on. Very few whistle blowers cause they have probably joined in and started recruiting themselves to try to keep up with those who are recruiting their players. THE PRIMARY CHARGE FOR THE NEXT GHSA DIRECTOR WILL BE TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD BACK UP AND CUT OUT THIS CHEATING, WHERE A POOR SOUTH GA. COMMUNITY WITHOUT ACCESS TO THE ENORMOUS NUMBER OF ATHLETES LIVING AROUND A METROPOLITAN AREA LIKE ATLANTA AND WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF BEING ABLE TO RECRUIT CAN SOMEHOW COMPETE WITH ATLANTA TEAMS, public, private, and city schools that have these huge recruiting bases, some that even reach to AS FAR AS Rabun County. LETS GET RID OF THIS ALL STAR TEAM SCENERIO WHERE THE RICH GET RICHER.

john

May 21st, 2013
8:21 am

In Cobb County for baseball, typical fees are between 750-1200 for most of the schools. There are others that are quite a bit less on the south side of cobb county. But northern cobb county, the fees are closer to 1k per player. Yes technically according to the GHSA rules a school can’t force a kid to pay but watch how much playing time or how long that player remains on the roster if they don’t pay the fees.

Oscar

May 21st, 2013
8:46 am

I don’t have a dawg in the fight, but I have seen/heard the war stories. Fundraising has been a part of high school activities for over 20 years. Every organization, activity and sport has to to it on some level. Sponsorships are, too often, code for advertising. Pay (x) and get your sign hung at a game and/or in our program. From the outside looking in, the boosters can sometimes be their own worst enemy. Each sport competes against the other for the same community advertisers and no one really puts themselves in the position of the local business. Think of it this way: what does a local business want? Community dollars for their good or service. A good, attention grabbing sign is worth .02-.04/set of eyeballs. IF it is the same eyeballs, then it lessens the value to the advertiser a little bit. Boosters need to help drive sales into a business. This is what “sponsorship” really is.

If I own a local pizza shop, I’m being asked to sponsor every sport and/or club at the local school. Plus, I’ve actually got to run my business. IF a school would combine all their efforts uniformally, it would be much more attractive to a local business. Another tip: events need to be fun and engaging to raise money. In the end, it takes a coordinated effort and, unfortunately, most booster members have jobs themselves + taking care of a family.

KEEPING IT 100!

May 21st, 2013
1:12 pm

UNDERSTAND SPORTS TODAY IS A BIG BUSINESS, IF A PARENT IS CONCERNED ABOUT THERE CHILDS FUTURE THAN HE OR SHE MUST FIRST BE AN INVOLVED PARENT. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT SPORT YOU PLAY IT REQUIRES MONEY, EQUIPMENT OR DUES OR TO EVEN PAY TO WATCH YOUR CHILD PLAY ON FRIDAY NIGHTS. THAT IS WHAT WE DO AS PARENTS TO SUPPORT OUT CHILDREN . ++++++DON’T LIE OR CAST THE LIGHT ON OTHER SCHOOLS AND THE PROCESS OF GETTING OFFERED. WHEN YOU NEED TO FOCUS ON YOUR OWN BACKYARD. THS FEELS STEPHSENSON COACHES HAVE TO PAY OR CHEAT TO GET CHILDREN OFFEERS. NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY JUST DO A BETTER JOB AT IT THAN TUCKER. IF THE COACHES FOCUSED ON GETTING THESE YOUNG MEN TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND NOT JUST OBTAINING A RING, YOU WOULD HAVE NO COMPLAINTS.

USE THEM AS A MODEL OR FOCUS ON YOUR CHILDS DEVELOPMENT AS A STUDENT OR A PLAYER AND IT WOULDN’T MATTER IF YOU ARE BROKE THEY COULD GET OFFERED TOO.
YOUR NUMBERS DON’T LIE , LOOK AT THE LAST 5 YEARS HOW MANY HAVE YALL SENT TO SCHOOL VERSES STEPHSENSON OR MLK & LITHONIA . IN DEKALB COUNTY, YOU THE SCHOOL THAT NEEDS TO DO A BETTER JOB.

YOUR PARENTS RUNNING THE COACH OVER THERE NOT HIM RUNNING THE TEAM. POLITICS SHOULD NOT BE IN INVOLVED. THE MORE YOU DONATE THE MORE YOU PLAY….

WHEN PEOPLE REALIZE IT IS ABOUT THE CHILDREN THE WORLD WILL BE A BETTER PLACE.

THS DAD

May 21st, 2013
1:38 pm

I don’t have to write a paragragh this says enough.

Dues – $400
Camp Fee – $300 Defense $300 Offense
Suit Jacket – $235.00
Food before a game – $25.00
Oh and yes you must do some fundraisers too. Offset the say lol Really!!!!
Total – $1260.00

And whatever else they come up with.
IF you ask me this is to much and my child doesn’t touch the field .

Lisa M. Sager

May 21st, 2013
2:14 pm

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Lions

May 21st, 2013
4:28 pm

It is not just sports. It is also other extracurricular activities. My kids did not play sports. My son was in the marching band. Fees: $450.00 My daughter was in drama. Spring musical: $180.00. Public school isn’t free!!!!!

Roswell Parent

May 21st, 2013
7:41 pm

At Roswell High School we pay $800 for marching band, which includes a five day sleep away band camp in the summer. Cross Country is about $100, and Tennis is $250, regardless of whether you play Varsity or JV. Fulton County only pays for Varsity coaches in many sports, so any JV coaches, assistants in band, 8th grade program coaches, etc. are paid out of the Booster Club fee listed above. Fulton County also doesn’t cover uniforms or buses, so that is also paid for out of player fees (which are voluntary officially). I think the county has come to the conclusion that they will only pay for those things required for an education, and beyond that will be up to the players in that sport, activity, arts program, etc.

Ballfan

May 21st, 2013
9:55 pm

Great topic. Extremely hard to raise funds in today’s economy. Most businesses would rather donate supplies rather than the money. Creativity is the key. But I am considerably amazed at the cost of participation in many of the metro programs today.

Todd

May 21st, 2013
10:11 pm

My daughters cheer, and one at a large North Fulton HS, they also cheer at a local All Star gym and the fees for both seasons(HS and All Star) surpass $5000 per year, this includes travel expenses. But keeping it to just HS fees…a little more than $1,000 per season(sideline and competition).

In note to the Lambert baseball team, and I have no connection, but I also thought about their spring trip to Florida, but that was just the varsity that played…so the JV and Freshman teams also paid those fees to help supplement the spring trip for varsity then. 47 players noted on the roster. That’s a lot of cash running through the Dugout Club. I’d like to see the financial books to see where the money is spent.

SouthwestGA

May 22nd, 2013
10:52 am

A few parents have told me that to play baseball at Columbus High School that they must pay $3,400 to be on the team. It doesn’t matter which team (9th grade, JV, or varsity). The players can fundraise the entire amount, pay it out of pocket, or a combination of the two.

I am not sure what all of the fees go toward, but I would guess that the fees would cover a few of thier community coaches, the camps they go to, the summer tournaments, in-season out of state tournaments, maybe an addtional supplement to their head coach, and of course their equipment cost (personal and team).

Obviously their program is very successful and they always have a lot of talented players that want to play for them and parents willing to make it happen.

The $1000 that Lambert charges seems kind of cheap compared to Columbus High.