"Where does my money go?”
Every player is obligated to pay a participation fee of $200 Plus (a newly added) uniform fee of $150 Those fees sustain the team financially. In addition the player is also responsible for providing his own equipment and transportation. Sponsorship and fundraising events offset some of the financial burden the players may incur (i.e. bus trip expenses lodging etc.).
Commonly a player will ask, “Where does my money go?” In short, the money goes to cover the daily operational expenses of the team. The cost of a home game including referees, on average is $1000 (multiply that by the number of home games you have). The fee to play in the RFL (which includes event insurance) is $700. Miscellaneous expenditures, laundry, promotion, etc. range from $400-$800. Rarely, if ever, is there any overage of funds. The player, in essence, is paying for a structured safe playing environment. Including preseason, postseason, and scrimmages teams average approximately 12-15 games per season. That breaks down to about $10-$12 per game, a very small price to pay for a game that we all love.
Timely payment of fees will allow for smoother operation of the team. When money (or lack thereof) is an issue, the team’s overall goals may be compromised. In order to prevent any problems stemming from financial non-compliance, a payment schedule is in place and arrangements can be made to accommodate players with financial hardships. However, it is incumbent upon the players to HONOR THE ARRANGEMENTS AND AGREEMENTS that have been put in place to assist them.
Team fees are critical to the existence off all semi-pro/minor league teams, and the Stallions are no exception. With cooperation from players and support from the management we look forward to having a successful season. I hope I have shed some light on an age old question.