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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?

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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