As a member of the Budget Advisory Committee (BAC), I was asked to Chair the Athletics sub committee. In the last few weeks I have been discussing the impact of the budget cuts with the Administration at both Foothill and Amador Valley as well as District personnel.
On the list for cuts are coaches stipends and athletic director partial stipend. Barring an economic miracle, these cuts will most definitely take place. Each of the school sites are presently looking into what the cost to the student-athletes will be as well as what creative ways they can help defray costs for needs based student-athletes.
The situation for PUSD student-athletes is far from unique. School districts up and down the state are trying to come to grips with how to pay for athletic programs. Some are even eliminating certain sports, and in some cases athletics entirely during these difficult times.
For planning purposes, my best guess, and it is my opinion only, is that student-athletes will be charged anywhere from $150-300 to participate per sport. In addition there will also be transportation costs that will also vary sport by sport. For multi-sport athletes, these costs will becom significant.
My purpose for bringing this to the public is to alert parents and student-athletes that the times have changed. Most of us with kids in club programs are used to paying for participation, in most cases much more than what the schools will ask. As a parent of two multi-sport athletes, I plan on asking my high school student-athletes to participate to help pay. It is a lesson in responsibility that will help them understand anything worth wanting is worth paying for.