Team Fee Explained
One of the biggest issues we have in becoming parents of gymnasts is figuring out all the costs that go with it. When a child moves up it can be extremely overwhelming! It is our hope to alleviate some of the confusion with this article and to get you the parent more informed about the world you are getting ready to step into.
Written by- John Shannon Level 3 Gymnast Parent
When your child is strong enough, flexible enough, and mature enough the coaches will approach you and give you the option to move your child into team tryouts. If the child passes you are then ready to enter into a new world of competition you have never experienced before. It is like being thrown into a washing machine full of information of language, numbers, and expectations you have no idea how to process until someone sees your spinning and reaches in to pull you out of your newly child inspired abyss. Luckily for us there is the Booster Club! A Volunteer Organization of Parents that have been there just like you.....
When it comes to the fees it can be one of the most confusing things for us because of the way it is broken down. The first thing we need to understand is the Gym has its own fee system separate from the Team Assessment Schedule. Why is that? The regular Gym fee's pay for the training of your child, that is all. You have to realize your child is going to be at the gym for a minimum of 10 hours a week AND there is a lot of training going on. Each child receives one on one time to ensure they are progressing. They receive instruction and demonstration. They receive special choreography and some ballet. They receive core strengthening, flexibility training, strength training, developmental training, let's just say after the fall season I have come to see more by being involved of what goes on than I ever thought was there! All that equates to a lot of time and effort. It is important to trust your coaches! If you did not trust the coach, then I doubt you would be leaving something a precious as your child in their hands in a sport like this. You have to ask the Gym what the costs are for "Your Child's Level" because it is separate from the competition meets.
The Team Assessment Schedule which is provided for you for your convenience so you can pay for your competition registrations, uniforms, and your share of additional coach training we are required to pay for... and anything thing else that is considered "the industry standards". The schedule is a rough guide and is not an absolute. It can change and periodically you may be asked for more. For instance; if your child makes it to "State" then there may be an additional fee involved. Some parents choose to pay all the costs upfront so they do not have to deal with the payments. It is important to realize this is all to make our lives a lot easier and more organized. Could you imagine what it would be like to try to register all these kids for an event as a parent on your own, each of us individually? Think about it... We have a great system in place allowing us the opportunity to have help through the process. Be thankful for the Gym and those "Veteran Parents" taking care of us!
Initial costs are now down to your uniform costs and your first months assessment costs. For the uniform it pretty much varies depending on where your child is starting out. What I learned was you have a bit of time to come up with the money for the uniform, but you really need to get it in as soon as you can. Your first big financial investment for your child will be your child's Practice Leo, Competition Leo, Competition Warm Ups, and Travel Bag. As you will shortly learn it is roughly $360.00 according to recent pricing information. Now this is an approximation to cover the costs of everything. Anything left over will be put into your child's gymnast account within EVGBC. Your best bet is to just figure on $400 and let it fall into your Gymnast account. It all will go to your child eventually.
Also try to keep in mind you will be continuing to pay your gym fee's along with the initial costs of the uniform and the regular schedule EVGBC provides to help you stay on top of your competition fee's plus the coaches special training. The initial start up is the hardest for most of us. For me and my situation it was extremely difficult. I am a Disabled Veteran living on a fixed income. We had to raise funds in order to make it possible. This meant a lot of creativity and asking friends, family, and putting up a blog site to solicit funds.
Regular ScheduleYou have to keep up with this schedule or your child will not compete. It is not anybody else's fault but your own if you do not have money in your account for the Team Registrar to get your child signed up for the event. The Treasurer does an amazing job by sending out reminders when your account is getting low. I for one forget to check my account and love the fact that if there is a month were two events happen I can rest assured I will get notified my account is low.
If you are following me the full initial cost would work out to look like this over the first month or so. The 360 Uniform costs + 200 Gym + 254 assessments = $814 minimum
Being a gymnast is an expensive ordeal and we all understand this. This is why we fund-raise, raffle, and sell retail products to earn extra money to reduce the overall expenses for our children. It is not easy and requires added commitment on us as parents. It is important for every parent to get involved with the Booster Club in some way. We all understand everyone has special circumstances in life, but when we have as many Team Members as we do it is vital to be help in some manner.
The more Car raffle tickets you sale, The more Golf people you get involved with the tournament, Them more businesses you get to sponsor raffle baskets, the more your cost will go away completely!