August 25, 2010,
T.M. asks from Havertown, PA on August 23, 2010
Hs Cheerleading Expenses
My daughter was very fortunate to make jv cheerleading as a freshman. (public highschool) We have a freshman team, they let her advance right to junior varsity. I am a SAHM with 4 kids. We don't make much money, most people in our town do. My problem is the cheerleading expenses. I just recieved an email that says my daughter owes 105.00. (just for the month of august) There is also an attatched "expense form" with outrageous future expenses. My questions are: Is this normal high school sports expenses? What do i do if we can't handle this? She is an honor roll student and loves to cheer. I don't think it is fair to pull her out because of money. I really don't know what to do. Any opinions are helpful....thank you :(
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Thank you so much for all of your advice. I am going to talk to the coaches this week. My daughter has used her babysitting money to help buy the sneakers. She is very open to paying when she has it. Right now she is as broke as her parents...lol! It is good to know the fees are normal, i just wish we were told up front. We have a pizza fund raiser... we are going to try and sell our butts off :)
M.P. answers from Portland on August 24, 2010
This is normal and you can ask for a scholarship. I also know one mother who went to businesses and asked them to help sponsor her daughter.
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C.C. answers from Fresno on August 23, 2010
Around here, the public school district was sued for requiring students to "pay to play." The end result was that families that can't afford to pay, don't have to pay. They may expect you to participate heavily in fundraising activities, but that's no big deal. I would go ask the school administration what your options are. I'm sure they'd love it if you'd pay, but if you can't, they will probably not be able to make you.
My daughter is involved in club competitive cheer, and WOW do I know what you mean - it was around $200/month last year when you consider all the different expenses (uniforms, coaching fees, competition fees, travel fees... just when you think you're done paying, here they come with bedazzled sweatpants and backpacks. Seriously?!)
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R.S. answers from San Antonio on August 24, 2010
Extra curricular HS costs are ridiculous...I live in TX and high school cheer leading 20 years ago was expensive...the girls bought their own uniforms at $300 to $500 a piece...they had on different uniforms for every game. Our HS was the wealthiest one in the district.
I was in band so we had uniforms supplied...but there were still expenses like $50.00 a month for extra lessons, instrument rental if you couldn't afford your own and the supplies depending on what you played. Game day spirit shirts, etc etc etc
I would go to the sponsor and talk with her first...they probably have scholarships in place but just don't advertise them. I would also keep it on the down low as no one wants to be labeled the "scholarship" kid in high school. College it is an honor, but not in HS.
Good luck and congratulations on a talented daughter.
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R.J. answers from Seattle on August 23, 2010
Yeah... 10 years ago the cheer expense at my school was $7900 per year.
HOWEVER... there was a standard: ANYONE who makes the team stays on the team (very competitive, 10 spots each year on average for about 200 tryouts). So the cheer moms would fundraise all year. The money was split 3 ways. The first chunk went to pay for anyone who couldn't afford to be on the team. The remainder was split in half. Half went to take the edge off the cost for everyone else, and half went to "goodies". Like the whole team would go get their nails done, or get matching workout spankies (not uniform spankies), or go sailing.
On average the cheer squad raised about 50k each year. Here are some of their fundraisers:
- Donations : SPECIFICALLY for the "scholarship" girls (aka chunk 1). "For the girls who couldn't afford to cheer otherwise, and for team travel expenses". These were done door to door, both private and business.
- Selling schtuff: cookies, candy, pizza, raffle tickets, dates (creepy imho), bake sales, silent auction, "to benefit cheer" days at certain restaurants... either the place would donate all or a percent of their profits for the day (the "all the profit" days were days when the cheer squad would replace the waitstaff), car washes, etc.
- Nepotism. Anyone on cheer was guaranteed a 10hr per week job paying minimum wage or better through several local businesses that were owned by present or past cheer, football, or basketball parents. The money was the girl's own to spend as she pleased, but it was "understood" that at least part of it would go to their own cheer acct
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L.A. answers from Austin on August 23, 2010
Yikes, I would call the sponsor for the cheerleaders and see what options you all have.
I know this is why many people do not always get to participate in extracurricular activities, of course the different Booster clubs are great about helping find raise for this exact reason. At our daughters school the Cheerleaders had their own Booster Club and they were fortunate, that many of the other sports teams also donated amounts to the cheerleaders since they had the least members to be able to fund raise.
Congratulations to your daughter!
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J.S. answers from Philadelphia on August 24, 2010
I dont know what high school you are with, But Cheerleading is very expensive. Our school does a lot of fund raising (FR) to help offset some of the cost. We have a Cheerleading Parents Association that helps set up the FR activities for our girls. Some of the FR are a car wash, avon, party lite, it is all selling and the girls have to work hard to sell, but it can be done. Every girl has to participate in all of the FR some of them are for the general account and some go into each girls individual account. As the girls build up their accounts that money can be used for things like tumbling, bloomers, sneakers. My daughter was also able to use 200.00 of the money toward her senior class trip. You should look into this and see if your school does this. I would hate to see any child not be able to participate in something that they enjoy just because of money...Good luck hope you have a fun year. ....J.
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T.F. answers from Dallas on August 24, 2010
My daughter is 10th grade, honors student, concert orchestra and co- captain of the cheer squad.
YES, what you are seeing is normal.
I am President of the Cheer Booster club. Before tryouts, parents were told upfront that the costs per the school district was $800 for uniforms, clothing, etc and $300 for the summer training camp.
I knew to triple this expense because daughter was a cheerleader in 8th grade and the costs was at least triple from what was quoted by the district. Cheerleading IS expensive. We (majority of the team does this) also pay for a private trainer $40 per 1/2 hr weekly for about 2 years.
As a Booster club, we fundraise by selling advertising, publishing the program to be sold at football games, selling the program at the games and selling Spiritwear at the games.
The fundraising starts early on... as soon as the new squad is named. We do have a scholarship fund in case someone cannot meet the district fees. However, to prepare for competition, pay for the yearly banquet and other expenses, we put a minimum $500 PER girl to earn either by selling ads, selling spiritwear, cash donation or a combination of all. This year, out of 19 girls, we had 2 not participate at all and it is questionable if they will train for competitive cheer with no participation in fundraising. Some girls sell much more than $500 (my daughter sold $2000 worth) and others just don't. They girls who have contributed nothing or woefully less thatn $500 have some options to actively volunteer for the community service hours we have scheduled to "earn" time. So far we've earned $10,000+ which will cover our expenses and leave $ for next years Booster club. The primary expense is competition cheer training which is $5000 with the competition being in January. We strart the private training in early Sept. and train weekly on top of the regular training done at the school.
I do know that the 2 non-participants on our squad are also involved in competitive cheer, therefore, $$ is not the issue.
Talk to the coaches. They do not want to lose a good cheerleader and they will usually help you find a way to stay on the team if the primary reason is $$.
Hopefully you can work something out. Cheerleading is a lot of fun for so many students but it is a very pricey activity.
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C.S. answers from Las Vegas on August 23, 2010
Can your daughter do a little bit of work to earn money? I know she is quite busy with her school work and practice, but you have to work for the extras in life you really want...even as an adult.
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M.M. answers from Washington DC on August 24, 2010
Just this year our school district has instituted the "pay to play", although they say it isn't really because there are "scholarships".
Check with the coach and see what can be done.
You have a lot of good suggestions. You shouldn't have to pay so much if you truly can't and she should be able to stay on the team. .
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