There are thousands of sports not all of them are affordable to everyone. I have stated before that I feel sports are a vital part of life rather you watch or play them. Studies show playing sports can have a positive impact on a children’s health, school performance and overall well being.
Unfortunately most sports come with a cost like uniform fees, registration fees, lessons ETC. The cost can really add up and not everyone can afford them. I have always felt sports such as little league, peewee football, youth basketball and soccer should be at no cost but I do understand where the cost comes in.
There are many factors that make sports important. Not only the life lessons that can be learned playing sports, but it also gives your child something to feel good about and to do with their time and keeps them out of trouble. Something many youth today need.
I DO NOT Believe children should be forced to play sports but a bit of encouragement is good. Just remember as a parent to let your child pick what sport they are interested in and support them within that sport. Don’t push playing football on your child if they want to play baseball. Get the picture.
Although I completely believe in encouragement I DO NOT believe in bulling your child to be the best and that nothing else should matter but the sport. That is only teaching your child that their feelings don’t matter and can cause mental stress in the long run.
I also on the other hand DO NOT support the idea that every child should get to play or get a participation trophy if they didn’t put any effort into the game. In my opinion this is teaching children that they will be rewarded no matter what. In my opinion one of the reasons so many kids think they are owed something for nothing.
Way to many.
As I said there are thousands of sports way to many to list them all so instead I have come up with a list of the eight (8) most inexpensive sports to get started in. Now don’t get it wrong there is going to be some kind of cost in any sport but if your child wants to participate in track and field it is a lot cheaper to buy a good pair of running shoes then it is to spring for tennis or golf lessons.
Skateboarding has been around since the 50s but over the past couple decades it has been taken to a whole new level and has even become an Olympic sport.
You can usually start out in skateboarding for around $200.00 that includes skateboard and protection. But nowadays with all the online market places you may be able to find a used board in really good shape for a great price.
Soccer or the other football as I like to call it usually falls in the cost range of $200 to $250. $100 to $150 of that is registration fees but they usually include the uniform or at least a shirt. So on top of registration fees you will need Cleats. They normally run about $30 to $60 for a decent pair. I would suggest getting a used pair from the thrift store. They will serve the same purpose besides your child will probably outgrow them before the next season anyway. Other cost might be socks and shin guards. That is another $30 or so.
Basketball is My love. And is pretty inexpensive. You will need good shoes of course. You can get a decent pair for around $60 to $90 or again look on market places or the thrift store. You can find some youth programs for as low as $20 but usually the registration cost is $80 to $100 some places like the YMCA or Boy’s and Girl’s club will work out payments on the fees. DON’T BE AFFRAID TO ASK. Also, always ask what the registration cost covers. Sometimes the fee includes a team shirt.
You will need a swim suit or trunks. Cost between $10 to $40 depending on wear you buy it. Again The thrift store is good for these. Goggles cost around $15 for a good fitted pair. Then some flip-flops. Cost around $5 to $20. The cost of lessons if need Vary widely but usually range around $125
The cost of a good pair of running shoes can cost from $50 to $250. And yes it is important to have good shoes for running to prevent injury. Running shorts cost between $20 and $50. Again I encourage market place and thrift stores.
Karate cost between $25 and $50 per lesson and lessons are usually 2 to 3 times a week. More as your child advances. Yes, this can add up over time but many people find it easier to come up the lower amount a couple times per week rather than one lump sum for other sports.
Flag Football the step before Pop Warner/peewee Football ranges from $90 to $130 and there is no gear other than a mouth guard and flag belt which are usually included in the registration cost. Other than that they will need cleats and they cost from $20 to $50.
Little league Baseball.
Registration usually cost between $100 and $200 depending on age and location, but that includes the uniform shirt and hat you may be required to purchase baseball pants yourself. Cost on top of registration are a Glove cost about $20 to $40 I do not recommend using the thrift store or Marketplace for a Glove as the glove forms to your children’s hand so a new one is best. Cleats $20 to $50.
Always remember these cost may vary from not only state to state but city to city as well, and as your child progresses and ages the cost will go up as well. You will also have to factor in any transportation cost if your child competes outside of your area.
Why are Youth sports so expensive.
This is a good question and I will answer it the best I can. There are several factors.
- The officials have to be paid. Some refs and coaches volunteer their time but if not that is an expense needed to be paid.
- Paying for field time, and field maintenance
- Gear and/ or uniforms
These are just a few of the cost that registration fees pay for and the cost also varies from sport to sport.
Did you know.
Did you know the average family pays $1,000 to $1,500 per year per child on sports.
Some things you can ask.
For any sport always ask what the registration cost covers. If they have any kind of payment plan or if they have a donation fund that will help with the cost if needed,