Are Expensive Clubs & Leagues Driving Kids Out of Youth Sports?

It’s no secret that youth sports are expensive. Whether we’re talking equipment, clothing or the considerable time investment, players and parents pay a lot to play sports. Add fees for clubs and leagues and it’s a wonder anyone gets to play at all!

Many families will do whatever it takes to allow their kids to play, though. In a recent survey from TD Ameritrade, it turned out that many parents only afford youth sports at the expense of their own finances. Some parents might even cut back on their own meals just so their kids can play. Yikes!

So the question is, what can we do about these rising prices?

Choose Clubs and Leagues for the Right Reasons

Football Player on BenchA lot of parents fear their young athletes won’t get scholarships if they don’t play in expensive leagues. The problem is, there aren’t many athletic scholarships to begin with.

According to the TD Ameritrade survey, “67 percent of sports parents hope for an athletic scholarship,” while just “24 percent of athletic youngsters actually earned one.” Clearly, scholarships are scarce. Playing in an expensive club or league does not guarantee a young athlete will get one.

If parents enroll their young athletes in expensive leagues, they should do so because their young athletes enjoy their sport. They shouldn’t do it because they’re expecting a scholarship.

Find the Right Fit for Your Young Athlete

When you go shopping for clothes, you probably don’t just buy the first item you see. The same goes for clubs and leagues: It’s best to investigate a few to find out which organizations offer the best value at the right price.

Of course, your selection will vary depending on where you live. A heavily populated area is bound to have more clubs and leagues than one with fewer people. In that case, it’s best to find the club or league that offers the most to your young athlete while still fitting within your budget.

Look for Flexible Payment Options

Soccer SidelinesRegistration fees are expensive, but the financial burden can be mitigated by breaking fees into smaller pieces. With our club and league management software, it’s easy to do this. We call them installment payments.

Instead of paying their fees in one massive chunk, installment payments allow families to pay dues over a set period of time. Plus, as long as you have a club or league account with us, our registration software comes at no additional cost to your organization.  

Youth sports are expensive, but there’s still lots we can do to lower the cost. If you think TeamSnap for Clubs & Leagues might be right for your organization, chat with one of our experts today to learn more!

Kyle Massa is the content associate manager at TeamSnap. Outside of work, you can find him writing, reading and playing guitar for his cats.