Having just received notice of the fee for my daughter's skating team next year, I am very familiar with this issue: Kids' sports are expensive, and not just for private leagues or clubs. Results from a recent C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health show that 61% of kids who participate in school sports must pay a fee (independent of transportation and equipment costs) to play. Only 6% were able to have fees waived.
As might be expected, only about one-third of kids from lower-income families participated in sports, while more than half of kids with higher-income parents played sports. Results are based on a representative sample of parents of kids ages 12 to 17.
Overall, the poll found, participating in sports costs parents almost $400 per child, of which an average of $93 went to school fees. Read more about saving money on youth sports, and let me know if you have cost-saving suggestions to add.