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Be Reasonable: Let’s Stop Saying 'Eliminate Pay-to-Play'

By Skye Eddy Bruce, Soccer Parenting Association, 02/15/18, 12:00PM CST


Cultural change involves parents, coaches, administrators, directors and leaders all being willing to change and rethink our youth soccer behaviors, norms and environment.

Can we talk about Pay-to-Play for a moment?

Can we be rational and realistic about the financial model youth sports is based upon and stop calling for an end to Pay-to-Play?

Can we pause, reflect and recognize that it is impossible to end Pay-to-Play for organized sports? There are field costs, coaching and club management costs, insurance and uniform expenses, referee fees, not to mention registration fees payable to organizing bodies.