The Cost Of Playing Competitive Sports


By Brittany Cooper

Jerome, Idaho (KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV) For many athletes, playing sports just in high school isn't going to cut it. That's why they venture towards playing in the club setting. But with this undertaking, comes commitment and financial responsibilities.

Sierra Starley sets for the Club Canyon Volleyball team. Like many of her teammates, the high school junior uses this time to fine–tune her skills.

Starley says, "if you want to go to a good program, if you want to go to a higher level, you need to be playing your sport year–round to go play for a college of your choice."

The team practices at the Jerome Recreation Center, but is comprised of girls from all over the valley.

"You have to make practice, Tuesday and Thursday and you have to make tournaments two weekends of the month so I think that's pretty dedicated," adds Starley.

To play on the top national teams for Club Canyon, it's $1,750, including nine tournaments and motel stay for three nights, compared to the 13–U squad which is $350.

The team doesn't pay for transporting players to tournaments.

Jim Cartisser, Director, Club Canyon Volleyball adds, "we go over all over the West Coast and to some aspects, the Midwest, go to club tournaments all over the us. We're starting to be recognized by some of the bigger schools in terms of recruiting."

Many play club sports for the exposure, especially when they travel to the major tournaments around the country.

"I think the scope of collegiate recruiting has changed to where most of the recruiting is done of the high school setting and in the club setting," adds Cartisser.

Chris Clarke of the Twin Falls Rapids says, "it always helps to really excel today...Some of our 17 year old teams will go to Las Vegas for showcases partially to get that college exposure."

Clark of the Twin Falls Rapids says they've seen a 10 to 15% increase in club fees.

"It's increased slightly, all depends on what the kids are getting out of the experience, how many tournaments they're going to," says Clark.

The price of dedication, one spike or kick at a time.

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