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Parent Financial Responsibilities
Playing travel soccer, in the Manhattan Soccer Club, or any other professionally coached soccer club, is not inexpensive. Because our club is a non-profit organization run mostly run by volunteers, including all board members and team managers, the club overhead is low. In addition we fund-raise and run an annual tournament to help pay for field and scholarship costs. However, the teams' direct costs (coaching fees, tournament expenses, certain field and gym costs, and club and league registration fees, to mention just the major items) are high. Depending on your team's program (i.e. number of practices, tournaments attending, coaching fees, etc.) your child's team fees for the 10-month soccer year (late August to late June for most teams) can range from $1750 to $3500.
You may also have to pay for uniforms and game/tournament travel plus, for those playing on premier level teams, long distance travel expenses (air fare and hotel.) You should get a general idea of the team program and costs from the coach or manager before accepting a position on a team. Estimated team budgets/parent fees should be available by late June.
· The Manhattan Soccer Club is making a one-year commitment to you or your child when you are asked to join a team. Similarly, by accepting this invitation and joining one of our teams, you are assuming the responsibility for paying the required team fees (less any financial aid granted see below).
· So that our teams and our academy can plan adequately for their upcoming season, we are now requiring that a minimum of 2/3 of the estimated annual team fee be paid upon registration and the final 1/3 be paid by Novermber 1. This fee must be paid on our registration system.
· In addition to your team fees, every player is required to register and pay a registration fee, currently $170. This fee provides financial assistance to needy players and is waived for those on public assistance.
· We formalized our financial aid program and gave out in excess of $350,000 to about 150 players. About 80% of aid applicants received some support. To receive financial aid the player's family must complete an on-line form which is available through a link on our web site. Help in completing the form is available from team managers or treasurers.
This is only a short summary of parents' financial responsibilities. More information can be obtained from your team treasurer or from the "Treasurer's Resources" area of our web site.