"Waste your money and you’re only out of money, but waste your time and you’ve lost a part of your life."

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?

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7 responses to “"Waste your money and you’re only out of money, but waste your time and you’ve lost a part of your life."

  1. mutantin

    adults pay 132eu, students pay 96eu per anno club membership. this includes insurance for sports invalidity.
    we get gas money/ train tickets for the away matches and this year will be the first time we get our own new jerseys!! (since our team started the men got two sets of jerseys and we got the hand-me-downs.. nice to see 50kg girls in xxl-shirts 😉
    the pitch we play on belongs to the city and is (poorly) maintained by them.
    at home matches the club pays for a crate of beer for the opponents and some sausages for the bbq.
    that’s about it.

    the women pay 3eu per month for specials like birthday presents for players and stuff.
    we all pay for our own shorts and other gear.

  2. Anonymous

    rookies pay $175 for their first year, others pay $250 for the year. we pretty much borrow bits of field space on lighted fields for practice because we can’t really afford to play on lighted fields. we are sponsored by a local bar where we have our socials, and they provide the food for the socials. they are also providing some more towards new jerseys for us. we pay for our own plane tickets and gas money (although we carpool and just give money to the driver). sometimes the club is able to help out with hotel costs or plane costs, but definitely not something to depend on. unfortunately this means that we have been having a hard time getting enough players to tournaments and games that require flying…

    rugby player in WA

  3. Elizabeth

    We pay $100 a season and have to CIPP ourselves each year. Rookies have until after the first game to play; vets pay right away. The club offers payment plans if someone needs but they need to communicate it. This year we got a sponsorship where we got new uniforms, shorts, socks, and t-shirts for everyone. We got to keep all but the uniforms for free (normally shorts/socks/tee is about $60). We pay for all our own travel individually and fundraisers (which we all pay to attend as it is) cut down the hotel to about $25 a person a night (really $20 but we all chip in 5 a night for our coach so his travel is free-ish). Additionally, we pay $10 each per social and we have a $4000 or so sponsorship from another company. It certainly is expensive to play for a DI Women’s team… I’d say it’s over $1000 a season…. and that’s without having cleats, mouthguard, shouldpads, washing clothes, having practice jerseys etc etc.

  4. Blondie

    I saw Nina’s comment and thought I would check the conversion rate for Euro’s to dollars. Right now it’s 1.32 US Dollars to 1 Euro.

    So 132 Euros is $175 per year or 96 euros to $126. I’m assuming the insurance is similar to our CIPP, so it would be like CIPP is included in your dues.

    She’s in Germany, which similarly to Wisconsin, involves beer and sausages for third halves. 🙂

  5. Anonymous

    We pay $100/season ($75/students). Most expenses (jerseys, refs, tournament fees, post-game socials, practice/game fields etc) are covered by the team with the help of extensive fundraising. The team pays for some tournament hotels/vans/meals (depending on the tournament/numbers/etc). Sometimes players are “asked” to chip in $30 or whatever for a tournament if they’re attending. A warm-up shirt is provided with dues. Players CIPP themselves, as well as buy the occassional plane ticket.

    A previous team I was on had dues of $90 (I think students were $50). Again, players CIPPed themselves; the team covered entry fees, field fees and ref fees and most of the post game socials. Players were asked to donate a couple of bucks to tip the bartender. All travel expenses, including hotel costs, were the responsiblity of the player. Fundraising was attempted, but less than successful for the most part (which in my opinion, is part of what’s holding the team back)

    Neither team funds sevens.

    ~East Coast

  6. kori

    Hartford, we pay $75 veterans, $50 is your a rookie… per season. We have a bud gulp every month which usually gets us about $400 in take home. Jerseys are about 2 years old, but still in great condition. (sublimated material) Everyone also pays CIPP and their own gear. During off-season tournaments we each chip in to pay the costs if we play. And all travel and whatnot is on your own. But New England is fairly small and our longest drive is less than 3 hours. We don’t have a sponsor due to the fact that we still aren’t non-profit. I know… after 30 years you think we’d get the paper work handed in… If you go cheap, car pool, and wear your old boots you can probably get through a season with spending less than 250 dollars total. (I’ve done it, last spring when I didnt have a job)

  7. mutantin

    what exactly does CIPP include?
    as most germans are insured on everything via their employers (it’s the law!)(and the unemployed are insured via welfare, fully), the insurance we have through the club covers only real invalidity. if i break some bone in a match, i just go to the hospital and have it fixed on my normal insurance.
    i had to pay for xrays of my nose 2 or 3 years ago when i had my nose broken and had no insurance beacause i was freelancing and the insurance was to expensive and i paid around 40eu, which i think is fair.

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