As we prepare to launch registration for the 2022 baseball season, we wanted to be transparent regarding the costs for as we know that there have been concerns regarding the increase in prices over the years.
We calculate our costs for registration totaling the operating expenses (i.e. labor(umpires), uniforms, required insurance, league affiliation, state fees, rental of fields and lights, equipment, maintenance/upkeep, and any other minor additional expenses) and dividing the total to get a per kid cost. Obviously, we cannot forecast an accurate amount of how many kids will sign up the upcoming year. So we go off of a projection from the previous season.
How we differ from surrounding leagues is we include a jersey and hat in our registration fee and do not make those items an additional purchase after registration or require the coaches to seek out a team sponsor. We are truly grateful to those that volunteer their time to coach and do not want to make that any more difficult. Without the volunteers, we would not be able to have a baseball season.
This is why we try to push fundraisers or seek sponsorships every year to help not only aid in offsetting the operational costs of a regular season, but also field improvements. We want our kids to be safe and to be able to provide them with the best equipment and experience that we can offer. However, despite our efforts, we have barely broken even in our fundraising efforts. We attempted to cut out some costs by exploring outside of Dixie, but we realized that we would omit the competitive play in our area and did not want the kids to miss out on that experience. Therefore, re re-affiliated back with Dixie. We try to draw revenue from concessions, but it has been very difficult for us to keep the concessions up and running due to a lack of involvement and commitment. We attempted to contract out the concession stand and that too did not pan out very well for us.
Our positions as board members are solely on a volunteer basis as we are not reimbursed for the time that we invest into planning, running, or operating to make baseball happen for our community. We do it out of our love of the sport, our community, and, most importantly, the children. There is nothing better than watching our children play baseball with their friends and watching them grow from the experience gained.
White Oak Baseball Association Board of Directors