2017-2018 Cost Structure
The cost of playing for an A5 family club is unique to every team and indeed to each individual. Each team has their own specific tournament schedule, resulting in a calculable and unique cost for those players. We have always felt that this team specific budgeting is the fairest way to allocate cost to our members. The cost you pay is what it actually costs for your team to attend your tournaments. The simpler alternative would be to do what many other clubs do – to charge every player and every team the same amount. While easier for the club, the downside of such a system is that typically teams with a less challenging schedule would end up subsidizing the teams that travel more and/or play in more expensive tournaments. We don’t think this is fair.
We break our cost into five distinct categories: Vehicular transportation to non-flight tournaments, meals, and parent travel are not included.
Following is a spreadsheet outlining the cost of the above categories for each of our prospective teams. Since A5 is the only club in the region that handles player travel, it is important to compare the subtotal of columns 1 – 4 below when comparing the cost of playing for the A5 family to the cost of playing for another club. Players traveling to out-of-town tournaments will have to pay for hotels, air fare, etc., whether it is in the form of a reimbursement to the club or a direct payment to the airline/hotel.
|Team||Uniform*||Player Fee||Tourney Fee||Coach Travel||Subtotal**|
* This is the maximum cost of Uniforms assuming the player is new to the club and/or will need to purchase the entire Uniform package. Returning players’ Uniform costs will be less.
**We are still finalizing our tournament schedules along with player travel budgets for each team, and will provide both documents on day 1 of tryouts for the age group, if not before.