@Blomberg I like that a lot. I feel like we could boost participation drastically by lowering the price but we're also relatively small so we need the income.
Prices for major and minor team sports
We charge $30 per team for the big sports and then ranging between $5-$15 for the smaller sports. Then we do not charge for any tournaments we have.
Strong believer in not charging for intramurals. If your department needs money I'd look for other avenues such as sponsorships or using companies such as ACIS. If you have to charge, I'd allow first year students free or first semester free. Typically if they try out intramurals and enjoy it, they will stay within the program.
@Thompson We do that as well. Since students are already assessed a student activities fee with their yearly fees, tuition, and room & board, we figure they are not willing to pay to play. So, we do not charge for intramural seasons (other than our bi-annual golf tournaments, to assist with costs), or single day events and/or programs. We can also present before our SGA to petition for additional funds if necessary, but that may only happen once a year for a big project or new equipment like soccer goals or something of that nature, which could be quite expensive. The Vice Chancellor over our department is really good about giving us financial resources if we need it, but we rarely ask and try to keep everything "in house" for the most part.
Below is our fee structure
Teams have the following options for fees:
a. $40/semester dues
i. Dues allow organizations to have an A-team and B-team for major sports and an A team
for minor sports, individual, and dual sports during that semester.
ii. Some events are not included in this fee. Dues for these events are charged for a number
of reasons and at the discretion of the Recreation and Athletics Department.
b. $25 per major sports
i. Softball ($15 ASA Fee Not Included)
ii. Flag Football
vi. Co-Rec Inner Tube Water Polo
vii. Co-Rec 4v4 Flag Football
viii. Big Pink Volleyball (Charity event, not included in the $40/semester dues option)
ix. Miner World Cup ($40, not included in semester dues option)
c. $10 per minor team sports
i. Ultimate Frisbee
iii. Disc Golf
iv. 2 Man Golf Scramble
vi. Track & Field
ix. Floor Hockey
x. Tennis (doubles/singles $10 each)
d. FREE Events
i. Badminton Tournament*
ii. Billiards Tournament*
iii. Home Run Derby
iv. Pre-Season Tournaments
v. Tailgate Games Day
vii. Table Tennis*
viii. FIFA Video Game Tournament
ix. Jackie Robinson Day Wiffleball Tournament
x. Basketball Tip-Off Event
@Thompson @Marshall Since you don't charge, how do you handle forfeits? Are teams charged for them? We charge teams $40 per semester here for a semester pass and they receive $10 back for no forfeits. If they don't want to purchase a semester pass, they can pay individually for sports. The league sports are $25 each with a $10 refund with no forfeit.
@White each day we send out a matchup list. Most of our IMs run between 4 PM-11PM pending on the sport. All of our captains have a phone/email list of opposing teams. If a team can't field a roster, they need to email/text myself and the opposing team captain by 2 PM. If they do this, then I will reschedule the game (if we have the space). If they contact myself and opposing team after 2 PM then it is considered a forfeit. If they don't show-up without contacting anyone we either boot them out of the league or they are on IM probation (if it happens again they are out).
Here at Missouri Southern we don't charge for sports. Students are assessed an activities fee each semester from the school that goes to them being able to participate. When it comes to forfeits we do have it written into our rules that we can charge $20 per forfeit but that is generally not adhered too that often. Most of the activities fee that we pay at the start of the semester helps go towards our recreation departments budget so my boss can let me know what we can and can't spend throughout the semester.
@Blomberg How do you think the fees affect players that are asked to play in a last minute situation? Here we have many instances where teams are scrounging for players before games. I feel like our program specifically would suffer as far as number of participants. How do y'all handle the late additions and things like that?
To those that are charging semester/annual passes:
What percentage of your annual participants purchase a pass?
Do you allow participants to pay for individual sports?
What method do you use to keep track of financial eligibility? IMLeauges ID Sheet? Other software?
How do you make purchasing a pass easy on your students? Student account charges? Signups at the first of school? Do prices drop throughout the semester? Is there a cutoff date for purchasing a semester pass?
How do you charge student groups like Fraternities and Sororities? Individually or do they pay a lump sum?