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Paying to Play: High School Sports Fees Set to Rise at College Park

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

The cost of playing sports at will likely 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
Jack Weir June 05, 2012 at 05:59 PM
High school sports may seem like a luxury to some, but evidence over the years is clear that they are essential for healthy kids. Even the poorest kids in other countries manage to play soccer; it's important. I do believe the Mt. Diablo trustees should devote some of the millions they're reaping from solar rebates to the sports programs. We taxpayers are footing that bill.
Alex Gronke June 05, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Good point Jack. Here's a recent article about what gets lost when high school athletics are in peril http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/01/the-cost-of-cutting-high-school-athletics/251970/

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