2017-18 Cost Structure

With tryouts approaching, we are frequently asked about the cost of playing for our club. In an effort to be open, communicative and transparent, we will summarize the cost of playing for A5 here on our website. We cover this information in the Informational meetings in detail,

When reviewing the cost of playing for our club it is important to remember several things:

  • It has never been a goal of ours for A5 to be the low-cost service provider.  Certainly there are cheaper alternatives available if cost is your only consideration.
  • Since we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, every nickel that comes in to our club is deployed to the benefit of our members.  We have no profit motive.
  • As the #3 ranked volleyball club in the United States for 2017, we feel that A5’s true competitive market is among the other elite clubs throughout the nation.  Accordingly, we build our tournament schedule and team budgets with those competitive parameters in mind.
  • That said; we know that it is expensive to play club volleyball. It is important for us to aggressively control costs wherever possible, and to remain cognizant of how the cost of playing for A5 compares to the cost of playing for other local clubs.
  • Lastly, it is important to note that many of A5’s teams train through and compete in the AAU National Championships in June, which is included in the up front team costs presented herein. This includes approximately 8 weeks of additional training (~30%) over teams that end the season at SRVA Regionals. These are: every A5 team aged 15s-17s, as well as the 12-1, 13-1, 13-2, 14-1 and 14-2 teams. A few local clubs have begun to imitate us in this regard; just make sure that you are comparing training seasons of similar length when you compare cost from team to team.
The cost of playing for an A5 club is unique to every team and indeed to each individual. Each team has their own specific tournament schedule, resulting in a calculable and unique cost for those players. We have always felt that this team specific budgeting is the fairest way to allocate cost to our members.  The cost you pay is what it actually costs for your team to attend your tournaments. The simpler alternative would be to do what many other clubs do – to charge every player and every team the same amount.  While easier for the club, the downside of such a system is that typically teams with a less challenging schedule would end up subsidizing the teams that travel more and/or play in more expensive tournaments.  We don’t think this is fair.
We break our cost into five distinct categories:
  1. Uniform Cost – unique to every player. Returning players will re-use portions of their Uniform package from year-to-year, paying only for the items they need for the upcoming season.
  2. Player Fee – the cost to run the club.  This category is unique to each age category and - aside from U12’s, which have a different structure - is dependent upon whether the team’s season includes training through and competing in the AAU National Championships in June.  53% of this amount goes to pay our coaches and staff; 27% is for gym space; and the remaining 20% is for things like insurance, USAV/AAU membership fees, legal, marketing, etc.
  3. Tournament Registration Fees – unique to each team
  4. Coach travel/lodging/per diem – two coaches per team - unique to each team
  5. Player travel – hotels for players, player air fare, shuttles/vans, etc. - unique to each team (player travel is still being finalized and will be presented by the 1st day of tryouts for the age group if not before) 
Vehicular transportation to non-flight tournaments, meals, and parent travel are not included.
Following is a spreadsheet outlining the cost of the above categories for each of our prospective teams.  Since A5 is the only club in the region that handles player travel, it is important to compare the subtotal of categories 1 – 4 below when comparing the cost of playing for A5 to the cost of playing for another club.  Players traveling to out-of-town tournaments will have to pay for hotels, air fare, etc., whether it is in the form of a reimbursement to the club or a direct payment to the airline/hotel.

 Please note: USA Volleyball (USAV) and AAU regulations require athletes to play within their own age group, or a higher age group.  Athletes may not play in a lower age group.  The table below shows our teams sorted by age: 18-1 means our 18-year-old "1" or highest team, down to our 10-2 or 10-year-old "2nd" team.

Team Uniform* Player Fee Tourney Fee Coach Travel  Subtotal**
18-1 345 2,100 496 1,444 4,385
18-2 345 2,100 494 898 3,837
18-3 345 2,100 496 815 3,757
17-1 345 2,100 554 1,245 4,244
17-2 345 2,100 618 1,076 4,139
17-3 345 2,100 542 743 3,731
16-1 345 2,100 554 1,245 4,244
16-2 345 2,100 606 995 4,045
16-3 345 2,100 571 793 3,809
15-1 345 2,100 595 1,013 4,054
15-2 345 2,100 590 853 3,888
15-3 345 2,100 588 785 3,818
15-4 345 2,100 529 590 3,564
14-1 280 2,100 545 822 3,746
14-2 280 2,100 530 722 3,632
14-3 280 1,625 441 424 2,770
14-4 280 1,625 441 370 2,716
14-5 280 1,625 409 337 2,651
13-1 280 2,100 603 868 3,852
13-2 280 2,100 578 685 3,643
13-3 280 1,625 414 405 2,724
13-4 280 1,625 411 388 2,704
13-5 280 1,625 366 313 2,584
12-1 135 1,500 533 787 2,955
12-2 135 900 418 382 1,835
12-3 135 900 392 368 1,795
12-4 135 900 366 314 1,615
12-5 135 800 294 266 1,495
12-6 135 800 294 266 1,495
11-1 135 900 415 445 1,895
11-2 135 800 260 260 1,455
11-3 135 650 216 222 1,223
11-4 135 650 206 212 1,203
10-1 135 650 240 242 1,267
10-2 135 650 204 218 1,207


* This is the maximum cost of Uniforms assuming the player is new to the club and/or will need to purchase the entire Uniform package. Returning players’ Uniform costs will be less.

**We are still finalizing our tournament schedules along with player travel budgets for each team, and will provide both documents on day 1 of tryouts for the age group, if not before.

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