Okay, show of hands… how many of you parents have kids in youth sports? I’m talking about Little League Baseball, Pop Warner Football, Junior Hockey, Youth Soccer and more. It seems like it never ends… as soon as one sport ends then the next sport is just beginning.
Little League Baseball typically runs from early March through late May. Now you get to take June and (maybe) July off before Youth Football season starts. Youth Football season runs from August through the end of October (that’s just the regular season) and through mid-November if your kid’s team makes the playoffs.
Mix in hockey, golf, lacrosse, cheer, soccer, gymnastics, water polo, swim team, tennis and every other imaginable sport and it’s no wonder today’s parents are frazzled. And it’s not just a time commitment, there’s a lot of money to be spent on equipment and other expenses. According to an article in USA Today the typical parent of a kid in a single youth sport spends $671 per year, and that’s the average.
Youth Football is one of the most expensive, along with youth hockey. Very expensive, but very safe equipment makes up a lot of this expense but you don’t want to go cheap here. Football can be a dangerous sport, so the latest gear is essential for the safety of your young star. Add in league fees, coaching fees, uniforms, etc. and you’re not going to get out of there for less than $1,000.
This is why your league has a “Fundraising Officer”. Your league has probably identified those expenses that are best paid by all parents as a group (uniforms, travel expenses, intramural fees) and they conduct several fundraisers during the year to help pay for these “shared” expenses. An effective Fundraising Officer will use several different fundraising techniques over the course of a season. Some fundraisers are labor intensive and do not require much upfront expense (like car washes and bake sales) and some require upfront costs but are not labor intensive (selling tee shirts or custom car magnets).
Let us show you how lucrative a custom car magnet can be for your team or league. Car magnets will return a much greater profit than almost every other fundraising item, and it will add a lot of swagger to your team (imagine hundreds of cars in your town with your magnet on the back bumper!).
Want more info? Just give us a call at ARC Marketing. We can be reached at 760-743-6340 or visit our website at www.arcmktg.com.