lgcm, this is a great question and I'm sure you will get some good responses. I wish I had more useful information to share, but we aren't required to join our booster club until July. I'll obviously know more about it once I am a member. What I have been able to glean from speaking to team parents is that each team family has to pay in a certain amount to the booster club - I think it is $500 - but that can be paid either in installments or sort of "worked off" by volunteering for bingo nights that the booster club holds. That money, plus money raised via various fund raising events, helps pay for competition leotards, warmups, and other gifts for the gymnasts, as well as travel expenses for coaches. The booster club coordinates getting all the gymnasts signed up / registered at USAG and for various meets, coordinating home meets (there is a meet coordinator for each level), and just dealing with the administrative stuff like scratching gymnasts from meets, adding gymnasts, etc. There are meetings once a month. I think that most booster clubs are 501(c)(3) organizations. Ours has a website that posts meet schedules, meeting times and other pertinent information. It seems like a good idea to me and involves the parents in a volunteer way that assists the coaches and the gymnasts.