A quote by financial writer Michael Leboeuf, but since Goose and I worked on our taxes last night, saw what we brought in for money versus what we spent, I thought it fitting.
A continuous question we always ask each year is that of dues. Dues from our players pay our bills … things like the $1200 in field rental costs we had last year. The dues we collect from our players barely cover a section of our budget, much less everything we do in a calendar year related to our team.
Essentials like referees cost us $400-500 per year, playing in the Midwest costs us $600-something, in the USA $150. Field supplies like paint, $400-something. We haven’t bought new uniforms in … 3 years?
All of our players must CIPP themselves at $35 a pop. We charge brand new players in their first season $25. This covers what our team pays to play in Wisconsin ($20 per CIPPed player) and a little towards other costs. And we charge returning players $75 per season or $150 a year.
In addition to this, out of pocket costs for players will include $5-10 per third half spent on a dish to pass because we potluck each social and gas money/airline money for any trips we take. They need to purchase their own shorts, socks, shoes, mouth guards, etc.
I’m fairly sure that we are one of the cheapest senior teams to play for. We rely a lot on fundraisers, sponsors, etc. And we’ve worked hard to make sure we have a good network of sponsors and support. And this spring, we’re busting our asses because of this challenge match trip.
But I’m curious about other teams? What kind of costs do players pay for on your team? What do their dues cover? What do the players get back? How do you help players afford to keep playing rugby?