Here is a excerpt from the Twistar's Gymnastics Handbook...anyone at a club that operates like this? What do you think of it?
Our TEAM Booster Club
Twistars USA Gymnastics Club has a very active and well-respected “Booster Club”. The
goal of the Booster Club is to support the competitive team in a variety of ways, but
foremost it is their function to underwrite some of the related expenses.
Each family of a competitive team member is required to hold membership in the Booster
Club. Requirement for participation in the Booster Club is set each year by the Board of
Directors as specified in the Bylaws. Members should understand that the Booster Club
requires three specific actions on your part. They are:
Financial Commitment—the financial commitment for each year is determined by a
recommendation of the Board of Directors and voted on by the general membership in
Aug/Sept. of each year. Commitment has been running around $1300 (including $330 for
Camp) per family. Fundraising opportunities are available to each member. Commitment
payments are broken into monthly installments beginning in July and spread out over the
competitive season. Once a member accepts their spot on competitive team we have a one
month grace period prior to being committed and obligated to the entire financial
commitment to boosters club. This means that even though a monthly payment plan
exists, IF a child should decide to retire from the sport of gymnastics, the financial
commitment to booster club is still due in full.
How is the Financial Commitment Determined? Simple, first we establish a
competitive team budget (entry fees, 50% air fare, coaching fees, boosters club
administrative costs, phone, postage, web site fees, etc) For example $230,000. Next we
deduct the money raised through our general fundraisers (see Time Commitment). For
ease of math lets say $100,000 was raised. $230,000 minus $100,000 leaves $130,000 left.
We take this amount and divide it by the number of booster club families (say 100) and
that is how we come up with the $1,300 financial commitment fee.
As per your signed team agreement (required for participation on Twistars
competitive teams) families are obligated to the entire booster club commitment fee as of
August 15th. Families may opt for full payment OR a monthly payment plan established by
booster club. Athletes that retire from USA Gymnastics Club competition for greater than
one year Between Aug 15 and Dec 31st
would only be obligated to the monthly fees that
extend through their 30 day notice of departure period. Retiring after January 1 would
create a commitment to fulfilling to entire financial obligation to Twistars Boosters Club.
Athletes choosing to pursue gymnastics training at another USAG club would be obligated
to the full booster club amount for that year. There is a grace window from July 1- August
15th where if a child retires from the sport, all booster club obligations would be waived.
Time Commitment— The above example illustrates the importance of productive and
profitable GENERAL FUNDRAISERS. The time commitment creates a work force for the
important fundraising events. Booster club members are required to serve as the work force 22
for our TWISTARS USA GYMNASTICS INVITATIONAL (which raises $50,000-
$90,000 each year) and one other smaller event (usually in the form of a gymnastics
competition). Families should automatically set aside the first full weekend in January (with
the Friday being the 5th or later) as this is the date for our annual Twistars Invitational.
Depending on the number of families in the boosters club, the jobs are divided up, and the
number of working hours determined.
Committee Assignment—each family, in addition to your active participation on an
Invitational Committee, is required to serve on a standing committee of the Booster Club.
Sign up for committee assignments is usually held in late summer. Efforts are made to
assist members in signing up to serve on a committee in which they have some expertise.