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FEES, FUND RAISING, AND OTHER CHARGES FOR 2017-2018 

Becoming a member of the Spokane Waves Aquatic Team means fun, fitness and teamwork. It also means a financial obligation to pay monthly dues and other charges in a timely manner. The following outlines what you can expect to pay as a member of the Spokane Waves Aquatic Team. At first glance, it may seem as if the swim team is expensive. However, when taking into account the hours of coaching you swimmer receives for their monthly dues, the swim team offers a reasonable team experience designed to promote self-esteem, self-discipline, and good sportsmanship.

USA SWIMMING

As the Spokane Waves Aquatic Team is a member of USA Swimming, all members are required to pay a yearly membership fee. This annual fee changes every year. This fee is reduced considerably for swimmers who qualify for free or reduced hot lunch through the school system (letter from the school district stating such is required). The USA Swimming membership provides secondary health and accident insurance in case of injury during swim team practice and during swim meets.

 

TEAM REGISTRATION/JOINING FEE

A non-refundable joining fee of $50 will be charged to new swimmers. This is an annual that swimmers pay in August along with their USA registration fee.

 

MONTHLY DUES

The Spokane Waves Aquatic Team is responsible for paying all program costs including coaches’ salaries, team travel, financial assistance, all operating expenses and pool rental costs. Therefore, the Spokane Waves must charge every swimmer must charge each swimmer monthly dues. The dues are dependent upon the group which your swimmer is placed in and will change as your swimmer moves from group to group. Monthly dues for the 2016-2017 school year are as follows:

 

Group

9-Payments

10-Payments

Ripples

$43.00

$38.70

Bronze

$68.00

$61.20

Silver

$103.00

$92.70

Gold

$138.00

$124.20

Seniors

$173.00

$155.70

 

Families will receive invoices monthly via email each month. Charges can be paid by bank draft or credit card.

 

HIGH SCHOOL RATES

High school rates are available only for Cheney swimmers that participate in high school swimming. The high school rate is $100 a month during the high school season.

 

SWIM MEETS

The Spokane Waves Aquatic Team host 2-3 swim meets each year. In order to run these meets, we need many volunteers. We ask each swim family to volunteer 3-4 hours of their time during these weekends. Volunteering is a great way to meet new families and get involved in your child’s activity. Swim meets are also a major fund-raisers for the team. Through the sale of t-shirts, heat sheets and food during meets we generate needed funds to help with running prices.

The average meet will cost a swimmer approximately $30-40 in entry fees and may or may not be dependent upon the number of events entered. Some host teams charge a fee based on the number of events entered and some charge a flat rate no matter how many events are entered. Swimmers are billed for these entry fees. Our team must pay the host club for all entry fees in advance. A swimmer who enters a meet and does not cancel the entry with Coach Natalie before the check is sent to the host club must pay for his/her entry whether or not he/she ultimately attends the meet.

 

FUNDRAISING

Because of the expense that comes with running the team and producing a quality program for almost 200 athletes, monthly dues are simply not enough to cover the costs involved in running our swim team. Therefore the Spokane Waves Aquatic Team offers multiple fundraisers throughout the year. Each year the Waves offer a Silent Auction and Dinner Fundraiser as well as a Swim-a-thon every year. As events approach more information is sent out to families.

 

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Due to the size of our team, it is difficult to keep track of swimmers who take a leave of absence for any period of time. In addition it is extremely hard to prepare an annual budget which takes into consideration the income lost by swimmers who decide to take a leave of absence of any length. The Waves require a 9 month commitment starting in September each year. Swimmers that choose to take a break will still be required to pay for nine months of participation.

 

QUESTIONS

If you have further questions, do not hesitate to talk to the head coach (please do not interrupt practice but contact coaches before or after practice).