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Club Registration Fees Plus

2013-2014 Competitive Club Registration

This page has a wealth of information for all soccer families.  Feel free to go through the entire page or click on the links below to go through it topic by topic:

Here’s What You Get For Your Registration Fees
Regstration Fee Info
2-Step Registration Process
Uniforms
Payment Options & Due Dates
Fundraisers to Offset Club & Team Fees
Extended Payment Plans
Scholarship Grants



HERE IS WHAT IS PROVIDED FOR YOUR CLUB REGISTRATION FEES
:

  • All Coaching Fees 
  • All Team Training Fees 
  • All Goalkeeper Training Fees
  • 10-month calendar (August - May) *
  • 2-3 practices per week depending on age group & game schedule rhythm.  *
  • Kidsafe Program - background checks for all coaches, team managers, etc.
  • FYSA Player Registration Fee
  • US Club Soccer Player & Coach Passes for all players U11-U19  - **newly added for 2013-14 season 
  • Primary League Team Registration Fee
  • Referee Fees for all Primary League Games
  • Club Overhead Costs (field maintenance, field equipment, lights, administrative expenses, website, etc.)
  • Professional player feedback through online evaluation system
  • Proactive & Visible Directors of Coaching and Technical Staff
  • As a US Soccer Development Academy Club, we follow US Soccer curriculum for the 4 components of the game - technical, tactical, physical & psychological - in all Chargers Soccer curriculum.
  • In addition to your community based club team, player development opportunities for intra club training & play.
  • Access to higher level and diverse local, regional and national leagues
  • As a Nike Premier club, access to the annual Manchester United Premier Cup open to U14s boys & girls.
  • College Planning & Recruitment Professional Staff Support
  • An active & updated Website
  • Plentiful club communication & social media
  • Rain Out Field Closure Text Messaging System

Depending upon the age and playing level of a team, every team also has separate Team expenses based on the activity choices made for that team (which are items not covered by Club Registration Fees). Those items may be: Tournament Registration Fees, coach travel expenses for away tournaments, State Cup/Region Cup fees, referee fees for non-league games, special events your team may want to participate in, etc.  Your Coach or Team Manager will provide information to you about any team expenses for your child’s team and will collect those fees separately.  Additionally, during the season the club provides fundraising opportunities to club families to help offset these team expenses (see below).

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ANNUAL CLUB REGISTRATION FEES (10 month season)
:

U9 & U10:  $725 + Volunteer Fee and Fundraising Fee
   
(equates to $16.50 per week or $72.50 per month)

U11 & U12:  $925 + Volunteer Fee and Fundraising Fee
    (equates to $21.00 per week or $92.50 per month)

U13 & Up:  $1,100 + Volunteer Fee and Fundraising Fee
    (equates to $25.00 per week or $110.00 per month)

NOTE:  If comparing the Chargers SC Club Dues to fees reported by other area clubs, please ensure that those fees are all inclusive of the items listed above as they are with the Chargers SC.  Some clubs report registration fees, but then have added (and not well advertised) costs such as additional fees for coaches and/or trainers or referee fees.  Many clubs cannot offer to their members all of the items listed above.  Please make sure you are comparing apples to apples.

CITY OF CLEARWATER REC CARD PURCHASE:  For players chosen for Clearwater based teams, please note that the City of Clearwater requires that all players purchase a Recreation Card directly from the City in order to practice and play on City fields.  Click here for more information on the City’s website - see "Recreation Cards" listed in their left margin.   Your team manager will need to obtain from you A copy of the front and back of a current City Rec Card.  If you do not purchase one, the City will charge the club and we will add that amount as an additional invoice at the end of your club registration fee payments (a 7th invoice).  Please note that if the club pays the fee to the City on your behalf, your child will be able to use the fields; however, the City will not issue you a Rec Card.  You can only get that if you purchase it directly from the City of Clearwater.  DEADLINE: to purchase or renew your City Rec Card and provide a copy of it to your team manager is 8/1/13.  

VOLUNTEER FEE (reimbursable):

Volunteerism is an essential and wonderful element to the success of the Chargers Soccer Club. Although we would love to have all families involved with all the great club activities throughout the season, we appreciate that not everyone has the ability or the time to volunteer.  This season a $100 volunteer fee will be assessed up front for each player.  For those that do not wish to volunteer, nothing further will be required by the club. 

For those that would like to volunteer and/or would like to have their $100 Volunteer Fee reimbursed, all you will need to do is volunteer a minimum of just 10 hours this season in a club organized role and your $100 fee will be reimbursed to you.  Add each volunteer shift you work onto a Volunteer Log Form at each event.  Once you reach 10 hours, submit it and let us know if you would like that applied to your club dues balance, team fees balance or to issue you a check.

RAFFLE TICKET FUNDRAISER (reimbursable):

The Raffle is our call to you to partner with the club in providing the best soccer opportunities we can offer to your children.  Each player will pay for $100 worth of raffle tickets (10 tickets) with their club dues.  Then each family will have the option to keep their tickets for themselves or sell the tickets and get back their $100 investment.  Hopefully, we have made it easy for you to sell your tickets.  The raffle will have a car and electronic gadgets such as tablet devices, notebook computers, flat screen TVs and other desirable prizes.  The raffle drawing will be held at the club’s Labor Day Showcase Tournament.  As a personal fundraiser for you to offset your club registration fees, there will be opportunities to sell additional tickets to help offset your club dues or team fees.  

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2-STEP REGISTRATION PROCESS - COMMITMENT FEE DEPOSIT & ONLINE REGISTRATION: 
 
During tryouts, if your child is offered a roster spot, the coach will provide them with a "Golden Ticket".  That ticket will provide the parent with the directions for the 2-step Registration Process.      

Step #1:  Commitment Fee Deposit - Once given a "Golden Ticket" take it and stop back at the check-in table to provide your non-refundable $250 commitment fee payment via credit or debit card or check.  That will lock in your child’s roster spot on the team.

Step #2:  Online Registration - Then once the Commitment Fee is paid, parents can go home and complete the official online registration in Got Soccer.  That system will give you the ability to register your child(ren) and provide yours & their information.  We will also have the ability to accept credit cards, debit cards and echecks online as well as payments by cash, check or money order for each of the payment due dates outlined above.   

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UNIFORMS:

Uniforms will be Nike again this season and the uniform order will be handled through a separate online order system as was done this past season.  Parents will be given the link from their team manager to go online shortly after tryouts to complete an online order and pay for their child’s uniform.  For returning players, if you have an Away (white) Jersey, practice shorts, practice socks or backpack that are in good condition (and the jersey number is correct for this upcoming season), then you will not need purchase these items for the new season.  The new items are:  a new custom Home (yellow) jersey, game shorts & socks and a new performance shirt for the practice T.  The total cost of the required uniform kit will depend on what you need to purchase.  For a new player, the cost of the full kit is about $195 plus tax.  The club is passing on to members the "club" discounted rates which are significantly less than retail.  The full uniform kit order includes: 2 jerseys, 1 game shorts, 1 game socks, 2 practice performance shirts, 1 practice shorts, 1 practice socks, 1 backpack plus logoing and numbering of the jerseys.  Parents will also have the opportunity during that online order process to purchase additional items, should they wish, at the club’s discounted rates such as extra practice shirts, extra socks, etc. to avoid having to do laundry every night.  NOTE:  The prices that will be posted for each uniform piece in the online uniform ordering system will already include 7% sales tax.

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PAYMENT OPTIONS & DUE DATES
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Once a coach offers a roster position to a player during tryouts, in order to accept and lock-in acceptance, players will need to pay their non-refundable $250 commitment fee and then register online.  Until those steps are done, the player’s position will not be guaranteed and a uniform cannot be ordered.

Families have 2 Options to pay their Club Registration Fees:   

Option 1 - you can pay at the time of online registration the full amount listed in the Club Registration Fees section above (including the non-refundable commitment fee of $250, Volunteer Fee & Raffle Ticket Fundraiser Fee) OR

Option 2 - you can pay in six (6) installment payments where the $250 non-refundable commitment fee is the first of those payments and the balance is paid over the next five months in July, August, September, October & November on the day of the month as your first payment.  We offer this extended payment option to help families fit it into their monthly budgets.  Because the Chargers SC staff expends additional time tracking & collecting incremental payments, the payment plan option includes an added $5 convenience fee with each payment (a $25 convenience fee total for all payments).   Note: There is no convenience fee added if club dues are paid in one payment at the time of registration - Option 1 above.  

 
See 6-payment plan breakdown below.
 
 

U9 & U10

U11 & U12

U13 & Up

Due Dates

$725 + $100* + $100@

$925 + $100* + $100@

$1,100 + $100* + $100@

Commitment Fee upon being offered a roster position on a team

$250

$250

$250

July-13

$140

$180

$215

August-13

$140

$180

$215

September-13

$140

$180

$215

October-13

$140

$180

$215

November-13

$140

$180

$215

   * Reimbursable Volunteer Fee

   @ Reimbursable Raffle Ticket Fundraiser Fee

 

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FUNDRAISERS TO OFFSET CLUB REGISTRATION FEES & TEAM FEES
:

There are Charger families that make use of the fundraisers offered to offset ALL of their club registration fees & team fees.  How would you like it if you didn’t have to come out of pocket for any of that and have your fundraising activities cover it for you.  Yes, it takes work on your part, but well worth it, wouldn’t you say?  Here are the ones that can be offered to you at this time and there are usually additional opportunities during the season:

  • Raffle Ticket Fundraiser - each family has the ability to purchase more than the 10 tickets ($100 worth) that they automatically get with their registration.  You can purchase them for the full fee ($10 per ticket) and the club will take 50% of your purchase and post that amount toward your club dues.  You can sell those tickets for the full price.  In essence, those tickets can be secured for 1/2 price ($5 per ticket) and then you can sell them for $10 - a net gain of $5 per ticket toward your club fees.  Drawing is during the Labor Day Tournament.

  • Labor Day Tournament Program Ad Sales - families have the ability to sell tournament program ads and 75% of your sales can be applied toward your club registration fees or team fees (after the club fees have been met).  Click here for the 2013 Labor Day Showcase Ad Form.  

  • Stadium & Amphitheatre Events - As a non-profit organization, the club has the ability to organize groups of members to work events held at the now-named MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater & Raymond James Stadium (concerts, Bucs games, etc).  The larger the group we have available to work each event, the better stands we can have and therefore, everyone makes even more money.  And you have the ability to pick any available event that fits your schedule.  The way it works is that the group works the event and the club is paid a percentage of successful sales.  15% of each payment goes directly toward the management & organization hard costs of the fundraiser.  The balance (85%) is divided equally between the workers for that event and applied directly to their soccer expenses.  Many times, tips are earned in addition to that.  For more information or to sign up for the initial training session, please contact Steve Vestinos at charger.events@gmail.com


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EXTENDED PAYMENT PLANS

Extended Payment Plans:  For those families that need a more extended payment plan than what is listed above, please contact your Team manager or Kathleen Shelton (Kathleen@ChargersSoccer.com) to obtain an Extended Payment Plan Application form.  Once the extended plan is approved, your payment amounts & due dates will be modified in  your Got Soccer account.  Click here for the 2013-14 Extended Payment Plan Form.

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Scholarship Grant Applications:  There are also limited opportunities to be considered for financial need based scholarship grants for families that cannot make it work with an Extended Payment Plan & Fundraisers.  The Scholarship Application Forms can be obtained from your team manager or contact Kathleen directly.   The deadline for Scholarship Applications is 7/15/13.  All applications with supporting documentation must be received by then to be considered by the Executive Board.  Please confidentially email your packet to Kathleen@ChargersSoccer.com or mail it to Kathleen at Chargers SC, P.O. Box 47026, Tampa, FL  33647.  Your information will be kept in strict confidence.  Note:  if a family was provided a scholarship grant last season, they will also be asked to provide a copy of their volunteer log form showing how they met last year’s grant volunteer requirement.  Click here for the 2013-14 Scholarship Procedure & Application Form.