Well, the BAD community was right again! Princess public high school volleyball team is going to cost a required $300 to the school, and other “optional” equipment costs.
Cost to Play Public School Sports
The $300 price tag is broken down into two parts:
- $150 – Required Volleyball kit which includes Nike shoes (retail for $110,) Nike team warm up with school emblem embroidered on it and two uniform jerseys. (All of which we get to keep after the season is over.)
- $150 – to pay for game dates, referees, etc.
There are 37 girls on this team. The school is collecting $11,100 for a season that last just under 2 months. Holy cow!
Evidently this is the same way other sports work. (The volleyball coach also coaches the soccer team.)
This blows my mind. The parents pay for the uniforms, the parents pay for the referees…I confirmed with my parents that when I played sports in high school this was not the case. The school provided the uniform (and kept them after the season, etc.)
School Sport Fundraisers
The coach did say the girls will participate in three fundraisers to raise the funds BEFORE the parents must kick in. That’s at least a partial release.
Currently, these are the fundraisers they propose (evidently must be approved by the school board first:)
- Co-ed volleyball tournament – $5 per player with prizes handed out to first and second place team.
- Selling donuts – I’m guessing Krispy Kreme, have seen this one done for lots of local organizations.
- Selling something else – Ugh!
I am so not a fan of these types of fundraisers. Princess sold chocolate bars for the theater department this last semester, what a pain. And I’m still not sure what all that work and effort was for!
I am grateful for the chance to raise some of the money, but I really wish there were other options. Have your children had to do fundraisers for school? How do you feel about them?