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?