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Paying to Play: High School Sports Fees Set to Rise

How much do you pay for your kid to play sports?

Paying to Play: High School Sports Fees Set to Rise

The cost of playing sports at will probably go up next academic year. Mount Diablo Unified’s governing board was scheduled to review a proposal Monday night that would increase the fees students pay to play everything from varsity football ($300) to junior varsity tennis ($150). Some sports, including golf and water polo will remain at $50, while a new $75 fee will be required to play freshman volleyball, baseball, softball and soccer. In one small break for parents, the fee to play freshman football would be reduced from $250 to $200. 

What do you think? Is the cost of high school sports getting out of hand, or does a parental investment in student athletes deliver dividends in better grades, high self-esteem and physical fitness in a couch potato culture?

Sport 2011-12 Cost Proposed Cost 2012-13 Football varsity, JV $250 $300 Football frosh $250 $200 Basketball varsity, JV $225 $250 Volleyball varsity, JV $200 $225 Soccer varsity, JV $200 $225 Baseball varsity JV $200 $225 Softball varsity, JV $200 $225 Wrestling varsity, JV $175 $200 Swimming varsity, JV $175 $200 Track and Field varsity, JV $150 $175 Tennis varsity, JV $125 $150 Cross Country varsity, JV $75 $100 Lacrosse varsity, JV $50 $50 Water Polo varsity, JV $50 $50 Golf varsity, JV $50 $50 Frosh Volleyball, Soccer $0 $50 Frosh Baseball, Softball $0 $50

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