If the Price is Right: Common High School Baseball Costs
Is your kid looking to become the next Bryce Harper or Mike Trout? If so, get out your checkbook, and get ready to do some spending. Baseball is not a cheap sport!
In sports like basketball, volleyball, and soccer, the cost to play is so low because the only equipment players need are the uniforms, and the ball that they play with. But that isn't the case with baseball, as kids have to purchase a variety of different equipment and gear that is actually required to play. Let's take a look at the types of equipment and gear needed for competition at the high-school level, as well the costs associated with each individual item:
- Uniforms (Jersey and Pants): $150-$200
- Batting Helmet: $50-$90
- Aluminum Bat: $400-$450
- Glove: $200-$360
- Team Cap: $15-$20
- Baseball Spikes: $90-$100
- Catcher's Gear: $250-$350
- Batting Gloves: $35-$40
- Spirit Pack (Practice Uniform, Workout T-Shirt & Shorts, etc.): $150-$200
- Elbow Protector: $45-$50
Add that up, and you're looking at anywhere from $1,200-$2,000 per player. And that's only to cover the equipment and gear necessary for both practice and competition! Most high-school players looking to take their talents to the next level are pretty much required to play travel or AAU ball also, which can add on another $600-$1,300 to the total bill for the year. Additionally, those looking to play college ball and potentially move on to the pros usually hire hitting and/or pitching coaches, which vary in price depending on what they charge hourly, how many days players spend training with them, etc. As you can see, "America's Pastime" is quite the expensive pastime in comparison to other popular sports.
Aside from the individual training and travel/AAU costs, most High School Booster Clubs are in charge of covering the equipment and gear fees associated with each individual player. In the cases that the Booster Club doesn't cover those costs, then the parents/guardians of each player are responsible for covering the fees. It's unfair to those who simply cannot afford to pay for their kid to play, as they just don't have the means to purchase the necessary equipment. However, this is exactly why Snap! Raise was created!
With our average fundraising campaign raising just over $6,400, we help baseball teams raise money so that they don't have to ask their parents and guardians to empty out their pockets to pay for expensive equipment. No longer will your booster club have to stress over finding ways to cover the cost for each player! Sign your baseball team up for a fundraiser today at www.snap-raise.com!