Posts Tagged ‘youth sport expenses’

Too Much, Too Young

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Obviously, Sondra and her children are being hurt, because she cannot make enough money for the payments to allow her two oldest children to participate in their community  youth baseball team. The community sport is also facing a crisis, if they continue to increase their funding requirements, then they too may lose youth participants.

A good alternative that could help Sondra out, would be to  allow her kids to participate in the community youth sport team and have her set up a bill-pay where she pays a minimum fee over the season until she has paid off the fees for her children. If she does not keep up with the payments then they could talk to Sondra and explain that her children may not be allowed to participate further in their youth baseball team. The director of the public recreation center could offer some reasons why the payments are so costly, possibly state where Sondra’s money is being put to good use such as facility fees that are required to be paid.

That means the club has boosted its participation fees by $50 per athlete, she continued, which is difficult to charge considering that many of the club’s kids come from one-income families getting by on about $1,500 a month. George B. Sánchez, 2008. 

Allowing Sondra’s children to participate and be involved in sport activities for a low cost could really benefit them. But, the recreation already offers $25 discount for multiple children from the same family, either way the justice approach would be the most influential decision to make.  The recreation director could also refer Sondra and her kids to seek donations from supporters who are in partnership with the community youth sport league. That way Sondra’s kids can participate and the bills get paid.

More Exercise or More $$$$?

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

The situation for Sondra paying US$125 for her two children to play in a youth baseball league is financially troublesome for her.  Once she realized this was not fitting her budget she spoke with the director of the recreation center.  He told her that because of the current budget cuts they were unable to assist her with the fees and that playing sports was a privilege, not a right.  Without the financial help from the recreation center it seems as though Sondra’s children will be unable to participate in the youth baseball league.  Does it seem ethically right to offer youth sports to people who are financially capable or should the people with issues be provided with help? Simple, it should be attacked like college by offering the financial aid approach for people with those needs.

Unfortunately, the tough place that Sondra is put in financially is an issue that pertains to many families.

From the article Youth sports costing more time and money:

It is a reality that many parents are facing when it comes to their children playing sports. Want your child to get a college scholarship? Be prepared to ante up. Even if your child does excel at the game, there are only so many scholarships to go around. Playing competitive sports isn’t cheap. And there isn’t really any end in sight.

With entering two children into the recreation program, Sondra receives a US$25 discount.  Although this helps her out slightly, she is still having issues meeting the financial demands to enter her children into the program.

Since youth sport has become an issue for the budget of some families, some youth programs have applications families can fill out to find the financial assistance in paying for these sports. For example financial aid for Youth Sports YMCA is now provided. The YMCA site says:

Thanks to the United Way of the Midlands and the YMCA’s “Strong Kids Campaign,” financial assistance is available for those in need within our available resources.

This can be found at

By providing families with the option to apply for financial aid, it allows for them to be more capable of paying for their children to participate in youth sports.  If this can be done in more areas, then more children will be able to stay active in sports that they like to engage and participate in.