Good fundraisers for youth sports

Saints Rest

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I’m the assistant coach on a summer league baseball team in Milford CT. It’s not an affiliated league (ie neither Little League nor Cal Ripken) so we’re mostly on our own for funds. Last year (9U) each kid/family paid $75 for the season. This coming summer (10U), we’re looking to travel down to Wildwood NI for a tournament so we coaches are already thinking about fundraising.

One of the guys suggested a Super Bowl box deal with half the money going to the team.

Any other ideas? Or variations of the Super Bowl boxes?
 

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I’m the assistant coach on a summer league baseball team in Milford CT. It’s not an affiliated league (ie neither Little League nor Cal Ripken) so we’re mostly on our own for funds. Last year (9U) each kid/family paid $75 for the season. This coming summer (10U), we’re looking to travel down to Wildwood NI for a tournament so we coaches are already thinking about fundraising.

One of the guys suggested a Super Bowl box deal with half the money going to the team.

Any other ideas? Or variations of the Super Bowl boxes?
Two quick thoughts. First try to pinpoint your expenses as best as you can. Travel, lodging, meal expenses, any other incidentals and total number of travelers. Be creative and stay away from fundraising products that leave you doing a lot of selling for small margins. Think service type efforts that are nearly 100% profit. Car washes fill the bill. Perhaps spring yard cleanups, bottle drives and depending on the community, you might be able to seek out some sort of sponsors. Banks are usually good bets. Sometimes pizza chains do a promotion where the team might get a percent of profits one night.
 

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Some things that local teams have done:

  • Raffle tickets for Pats game
  • Coupon book for local businesses (seems like a ton of work)
  • Flocking Fundraiser
  • Car Wash
  • Asking for donations outside the supermarket
  • Home Run Derby - not sure of all the details, but I think hitting certain donation thresholds gives the player more time, more outs or shorter distance.
 

Foxy42

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A few towns in our area have done well with driveway logo painting. Getting the stencils made is pretty cheap, then you just have the coat of spray paint and some volunteers needed. Big margins. Our league charged $25 per logo and folks put them at the foot of their driveway, or under a hoop, etc.
 

Foxy42

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Check out, ‘Spin for Marshfield Youth Hockey Tournament’ on Facebook. They’ve done a great job raising money for one of their teams to go away to a tourney through online raffles.
 

Omar's Wacky Neighbor

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A great fundraiser, and it’s renewable, that Scouts in our town use is to place (and remove 3 days later) an American flag on a 6-7 foot pole in each sponsors yard on every one of the major patriotic holidays. Granted, you have to lay out cash for the flags and poles in the first place, but each annual membership more than makes up for it.
 

YTF

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Some things that local teams have done:

  • Raffle tickets for Pats game
Perhaps Sox-Yanks, better still if you know someone with connections. Also think outside the box when it comes to selling raffle tickets. Players, parents, coaches, etc...are constantly going back to the same patrons. With something such as sports themed raffles you might be able to enlist the help of local bars or social clubs. That would expose you to new "customers" and if you, a coach or one of the parents is a member it likely helps your cause.
 

loshjott

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I’m the assistant coach on a summer league baseball team in Milford CT. It’s not an affiliated league (ie neither Little League nor Cal Ripken) so we’re mostly on our own for funds. Last year (9U) each kid/family paid $75 for the season. This coming summer (10U), we’re looking to travel down to Wildwood NI for a tournament so we coaches are already thinking about fundraising.

One of the guys suggested a Super Bowl box deal with half the money going to the team.

Any other ideas? Or variations of the Super Bowl boxes?
First of all, kudos for keeping the team fee so low. Even at 9U, as I'm sure you know, many programs would charge more than ten times $75 for a season of travel baseball. Once you guesstimate your expenses as YTF suggested you could ask the parents to pay some portion of that and fundraise the rest. My son's HS team did a HR derby they called a bat a thon. Parents/families pledged some amount per foot and each player got a few swings and totaled up the distance. It's also a fun event, you could have a PA system going with over the top "commentary" and music, etc. And someone mentioned restaurant fundraisers. Those are easy. Chipotle sponsors them and probably many other chains and mom and pops in your area.

Best of luck to you, I coached/organized youth baseball for my sons for 15+ years and now the youngest is in college...I already miss it - sometimes.