Help Small High school = no team budget

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  1. paulauryn

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    I posted this on the odds and ends forum but thought it would fit here as well:

    My daughter attends a small governors high school and the tennis program is only 4 years old. I met with the AD and he advised that there is no budget which means no equipment or uniforms. All they provide is a bus ride to matches. I know that the game should speak for itself but there is an "intimidation" factor when the team at least has the same uniform. I am not new to tennis but new to high school tennis. Any advice on how to obtain a team sponsor would be appreciated.
     
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  2. vamosrafa15

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    wow that really sucks, part of the fun is wearing the uniforms, but to anwser ur question i don't really know unless u can talk ur local pro shop into it. good luck
     
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  3. tennismike33

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    Good luck with this, it is very hard to find sponsers. A tip though, I had sponsers when I fished a few years ago, when striking up a conversation with a potential contributor always make it from the angle, "What is in it for them."

    I would look at a store or organization that is specific to that age group. Look for sponsors that are NOT sponsoring high school sports, look in the football program for sponsors that are already supporting the teams, maybe hit them up for a small contribution, then look for 1-2 active supporters.
     
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  4. cghipp

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    Local restaurants can be good sponsors if the players can wear tops with their logo on it. A former team of mine was sponsored by a pizza joint and it was great!
     
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  5. psamp14

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    thats a depressing situation you've got, but like chgipp said, any sponsor is good enough as long as the team gets uniforms provided

    depending on how good your daughter's team is, will determine what level of a sponsor you can get

    in another case i might suggest, you could try running a few fundraisers to raise money to buy the uniforms, perhaps from a pro shop which is sponsored, and could order in bulk from them for cheaper

    if that could be doable, maybe try it out with TW...they've also got discounts for team apparel...

    in any case i hope it works out that you get good uniforms, because thats part of the fun and factors into the team....
     
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  6. Ryan in Saratoga

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    all we got at our school (high school) are t-shirts that say Saratoga Tennis. Maybe something like that may work and they would be cheap too.
     
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  7. Kabob190

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    sounds like the high school team i was on my freshman year. we had nothing but bus transportation and a good coach, who was there sometimes. it wasnt due to lack of funds though, lack of people caring about boys tennis. didnt bother us at all, in fact i liked it better that way.
     
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  8. migjam

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    Go with a fund raiser to earn the $$. My first year of coaching, we didn't have funds for uniforms so the kids ended up buying them. We went through TW team support and made the purchase. The nice thing with this is, the kids get to keep the uniforms after the season.
     
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  9. Kaptain Karl

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    1 - See if a local business will "sponsor" your team and provide shirts. (The same shirt is plenty.) The sponsor will (of course) get to put their establishment's name on the shirt, too.

    2 - See if a local Sporting Goods store will provide the shirts.

    2a - Maybe a local Screen Printing / Promotional Printing shop will donate the printing ... on the shirts from the Sporting Goods store above.

    3 - If "worse comes to worse" your kids can all just buy the same color T-shirts at some local department store. They'll look like a "team".

    P.S. The team parents could have useful contacts to help....

    - KK
     
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  10. zapvor

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    yea when i spoke to a college head tennis coach who was nice enough to sit down with me he suggested local stores around the high school such as food as potentialsponsors. it works because of the close proximity,the whole team can patronize the place after a win, or loss, and this brings revenue and free 'advertising' to them. in return they buy tshirts for you guys.

    also, if you cant find sponsors, the local sport/tennis store is supplying the other sports, so you can get a good deal on shirts with them.
     
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  11. goober

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    I think fund raisers are easier to raise $$ with than trying to get sponsors. Wash cars, bake sale, whatever. You shouldn't need that much money for team uniforms.
     
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  12. tennis91

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    our teams uniform sucks...its just a cotton polo with the name of our school on the side.
     
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  13. donut

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    we fundraise as much as we can and then everyone pays their own part on wats left to buy uniform. uniform is cheaper on TW when u order as a team also and i dont know of any school that buys rackets for kids..
     
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  14. migjam

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    I'm telling you from experience, fund raising is the best way to earn your $$. One idea for you is to hold a one day youth camp, and have some of your players help out.
     
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  15. Voltron

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    Pffft, like I'd know
    I would get sponsored by a local shop, or preferably, strip club. :lol: If you do decide on a strip club, you can't possibly lose the season. See Bad News Bears, thats what I base this on, and why would TV lie to me? ;)
     
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  16. p0w3r

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    yea same here, plus all the players had to buy them for $20:?
     
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  17. raven5288

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    what our school did was sell advertising signs that we would hang on the fences of our tennis complex. We would sell business signs for 200 for the first year and 100 for renewal years and home/family signs for 100 for the first year and 50 for renewals. Signs would be like "The Garcia family supports LHS tennis" and "<insert business here> supports LHS tennis with their business logo and whatnot on it" Each player would go around town and find 2 businesses to buy these signs. I would target lawyers and doctors cause they don't mind shelling out 200 bucks for ads, especially if it supports the school they came from.
     
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  18. N23

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    Polo's with the School name is fine. When I was in college our JC provided tshirts, shorts, and a pair of Wilson ProStaff tennis shoes. It can be intimidating when the local JuCo's have much nicer clothing and had nice warm ups. However, when we would win, I didn't care what I wore.

    Sucks that some HS programs can't get any cash and others have no problems getting it.
     
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  19. Nick Irons

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    Fund Raising is definately in order; car washing, childrens clinics ....

    Are we saying none of the parents can kick in for a uni at least for thier own child ? Jeez.
     
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  20. DX_Psycho

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    we only have buses and balls also.

    we pay for our own uniform and our nets are raggedy.
     
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  21. yourserve

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    our local hs holds a "camp" in the summer. money raised thru this is used to buy the warmups. the girls buy their own dresses. the boys are loaned dri-fit polos, keeping them their senior year.
    small town and last year there were about 25 kids at the camp. two hours of lessons a day for five days. broken up into two groups by abiltiy.
     
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  22. Match-Point

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    My son plays on a public high school tennis team and the players (parents) pay for their own team uniforms to the tune of +/- $80-$90 per season. There just isn't extra money in the local school system's budget for team uniforms.
     
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  24. ollinger

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    Sponsor?? We're teaching kids to be shills for business at an early age. Perhaps they can play with shirts that say "Lola's Escort Service." I think we're basically talking about a few racquets and simple tennis clothes. Do kids on the baseball team use their own gloves or does the school (or sponsor) buy them? I would think anyone who's played enough tennis to be on the team already has racquets and some clothes.
     
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  25. ibringtheHEAT

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    we have under armour everything and then just cotton t-shirts for practice, and we've only been a program for 2 years. we also have 3 players ranked nationally.....

    it really depends how good your team is. coaches arent hard to come by.

    btw. wut is a governors school?
     
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  26. cghipp

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    Have you ever seen a Little League team that didn't have a sponsor?
     
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  27. LASVEGAS ACES

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    Two words.........Car Wash

    Actually ANY tennis or sports store will spring for shirts with ads on sleeves
     
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  28. sloe_torture

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    Have you ever seen a High School team that was sponsored? Edit -- Oh wait, LeBron James' high school team was assisted by Nike and ESPN.

    Our H.S. tennis team had a small budget (tennis balls, local public park), a short bus, and a bus driver for a coach (think ACME teaching style). I guess we were too young to notice the deficiency of our program even when our bus was next to the baseball team's long bus.

    Anyways our uniform consisted of two t-shirts ($8 each) with our school's name silkscreened on the chest. Our parents had to supply our own shoes, socks, underwear, shorts, racquets, water bottles, food, and racquet bags.

    Yeah, tennis can be an expensive sport to start up (racquets, shoes, etc.) but afterwards require little to maintain. If transportation and courts (nets, squeegees, etc.) are supplied by the school then all that's required for the season are the uniforms, which would be two sets of tops and bottoms (for meets and weekend tournaments).

    I don't know how many cases of tennis balls a team goes through in a season but I remember the Varsity and the JV team each using a basket of balls. Maybe that's the major utility expense in running a HS tennis team?

    Anyways if you want to raise $100-$500 for uniforms and tennis balls I'm sure the school administration can recommend viable fundraisers to help your cause. Other than that you can maybe 'lean' into the tennis parents in donating $50-$75 for the season. I'm sure they'll give anything to keep their daughters happy.
     
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  29. Court_Jester

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    Our school also doesn't have a budget for uniforms either. They're willing to pay for T-shirts (cotton!) but that's it. Since we all wanted a nice uniform so that we'll look like a serious team, we have to buy them on our own. However, $80 is a bit too much. Bought individually, it shouldn't cost you more than $60 plus shipping.

    These are the same exact uniforms (white/red) that we have chosen for our team and they only pay about $35 per set (shirt and shorts). The parents are very appreciative that I got the team this discount from TW. Just call or email TW about their team discount policies.
     
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  30. Fat_Cup_Of_Tea

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    It's not that bad not having uniform. Our school tennis team get a cotton tank top with our school name printed on it and our parents supply the ride to other schools for matches. Later on we got diadora tank tops, but thsoe were extremely unflattering and we had to fork over an extra $30. Not to mention we have to pay $150 at the beginning of the season (that can BTW be taken out to buy uniforms but our head coach DOESN'T...for example the volleyball players have TWO sets of uniforms...one for home games, one for away).
     
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  31. fx101

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    We pay for our uniforms. Then again I guess I'm very fortunate to live in a wealthy community, but the school's budget limits itself to the transportation and courts. Interestingly everyone bought a uniform including matching embroidered warm-up suits despite hefty price tags ($120 a piece) and screen printed dri-fit UV polos. From the sound of it this is not the case for you. Try cotton tees screen printed with the team name. If you have every player pay let's say 5 bucks for a t-shirt that's not too bad.
     
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  32. Chauvalito

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    Our high school also just goes with t-shirts, and sweatshirts with a simple Logo. Design elements like crossed rackets are usually agreed upon by the team. everyone then wears their own shorts and shoes etc.

    I think a local t-shirt press company or work shirt maker could take care of this for you. Usually, the t-shirts were not over $15...
     
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  33. ne1410is

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    At my high school, we did not have busses, we walked, scrounged rides, the coach drove us, parents drove us, etc. One year they designed a simple white t-shirt with our high school name on it and made all of us buy one. The shorts just had to be beige-ish in color (get your own). The next year, same thing except the shorts were white. We needed tennis nets so one year a parent donated tennis nets. The coach bought tennis balls for us on match days. We all had our own rackets and shoes. We weren't as fancy as some other schools but we beat everyone in our league and went deep in the sectional draw. Ironically got beaten by a really rich school, Beverly Hills High. But I think we were a pretty well off team cuz we played against some schools in the ghetto and it was really... ghetto... like the coach didn't allow us to go to the bathroom alone there. they had some good players tho!
     
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  34. p0w3r

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    Thats similar to my school. I'm in NYC so we have mass transit...so we take that to matches after class. Its quite fun sometimes rushing to get to another school after class since most of the time we dont have enough time to get there. Our courts are far from perfect, but they are very playable. Lucky for us is that since we are on a college campus, we dont have to worry about getting tennis courts (although the college has first priority on getting courts). Other then the cheap cotton polo we buy, everything else we supply. Our coach doesnt even really play tennis that much...so he cant really help 'coach'. However, the tennis program is only 3 years old...so everything has to start somewhere.
     
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  35. ne1410is

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    haha yeah our coach didn't play tennis either. he played on his own high school team like forever and a half ago. he was kinda like nick bolletieri when you put a racket in his hands. he was also a teacher. it was weird to see other coaches show off and talk about the tournaments they entered and how cocky they were when they talked to our coach tho. i didn't realize that the same kinda ugliness played out in life beyond high school.

    anyways both the girls team and boys team went deep in sectional play. which was like the best out of any sports team at our school. both coincided with his first season as coach of both teams. interesting huh?

    and i think riding the subway to a match would be awesome. the subway is so cool! they have those new ones where i imagined it must have been like that back when they first opened the subway and all the cars were new.
     
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  36. Ronny

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    well first of i go to a private school so the school is very rich and our local sports stores provide us with free tennis balls just as long as we advertise their store and products. our first or "varsity" teams are sponsored by adidas and have adidas dri fit shirts like these(yellow shirt and white shorts) http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/shops/team/TeamApparel.html?pcode=AMTAT#
    with our school logo on it. the downside is that we have to pay for our busrides to other schools or our parents have to drive us there
     
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  37. pNoyr3D

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    Like many people have said, I believe Fundraising is the best way to go. If not a local sponsor could do or just buy the same color T-Shirts. The situation your in sucks, I think every sport should be treated fairly but, I guess Tennis isn't really dominant in your area.

    Our JV team just get's cotton shirts with like our school names on it and a design we get to choose, last year we had some guy on it hitting a forehand and it said our school name. It looked lame.

    Our Varsity team has to do fundraisers to be able to get the shirts they want, usually our JV team get's a polo with the schools name on it.

    But yeah Fundraising is definitely a good way to go.
     
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