Expense of College Sports/Athletes - D3

<p>Another thread on college-sports made me think about this.</p>

<p>S will be playing a sport in his D3 school this fall - while H and S met with coach, neither of them thought about asking about costs associated with participating. </p>

<p>Just curious what other D3 kids have experienced - in terms of uniforms, gear, traveling, "spring" training stuff, etc. - what were $$$ responsibilities???</p>

<p>S will be playing tennis, MAYBE working with soccer team, though probably wouldn't be on the traveling team this year.</p>

<p>Bumping - anyone???</p>

<p>My D runs for a D3 school - if anything, the costs are much less participating on a college team, particularly since there is no cost for the use of the training facilities (and one-on-one sessions with trainers for injuries/extra work). We did have to pay the co-pays when she went off campus for treatment She brought her own shoes but no other expenses equipment wise. I guess she is lucky in that all of the away meets are within the state (with the exception of regionals) so there was no overnight travel.</p>

<p>Maybe if this question is posted on the athlete recruit board there may be other responses.</p>

<p>The daughter of co-worker of my husband plays softball for a D-3 (or maybe it's a D-2?) school, and every year WE get a letter from the kid/school soliciting donations to help fund the team's spring training trip. Ridiculous. We do not respond. I assume the kid is required to send the fundraising letter to a certain number of people each year? I have no idea how much money is actually raised this way; we have never mentioned it to the parents (who are not close friends of ours).</p>

<p>Our D1 played a sport for a DIII school and there were no expenses except for her shoes. All uniform, travel clothes and out of town expenses were covered...transportation, meals and lodging.</p>

<p>Helpful - thanks!</p>

<p>Yuck on the $$$ solicitation - I don't play that game well at all!</p>

<p>At my D's college, the athletic department issues all uniforms and daily workout clothing, and is responsible for washing it! That was a relief to me, knowing she wouldn't have to deal with it the large volume of laundry.</p>

<p>I played DIII basketball for two years and also ran XC for three years (and one season of track). For me, the costs were way lower than high school. With basketball, they covered the trainer (I had ankle problems and had to pay for some trainer services in HS), shoes, laundry, etc. With XC/track, trainer was covered, all shoes were covered (provided you were top 7-10 runners), but we did our own laundry.</p>

<p>DIII mom here.</p>

<p>No OOP expensives at all. Shoes even paid for, all athletic laundry done, even practice clothes.</p>

<p>This is good news and not something I really thought about now that ds is considering playing at his DIII school. Thanks for posting, abasket!</p>

<p>My daughter plays a DIII sport. Her regular expenses are covered - uniforms, etc. But they have a mandatory training activity out of town over spring break that costs about $800. The athletes are responsible for funding this because the school is not allowed to by DIII rules. (It's just before their spring season.) </p>

<p>To pay for the trip, the athletes can participate in organized fundraising activities or the parents can just pay. The fundraising activities are a mix of things, including one that involves solicitation from friends (which we prefer not to do), but they can also rake leaves in the fall for the people in town and help out at other teams' sporting events on campus. In the first year, my daughter was able to earn about $300 and we had to come up with $500. This year she earned more than she needed.</p>

<p>Daughter plays tennis in D3 school. All uniforms, strings, and travel expenses (they do some overnight weekend trips) during fall season are paid for by athletic department. And yes, they wash uniform and practice clothes! </p>

<p>We are responsible for shoes, racket, and about 1/2 (maybe even less) of the cost of the week-long spring break trip to Florida.</p>

<p>The only thing my daughter was complaining about that she did not have enough time to study and to spend with her friends (her close friends are not in the team) during fall season. Their spring season is short and not that intensive. Although it's D3, it's still a very time consuming activity! And she has pretty good time management skills.</p>

<p>Good luck to your son in his studies and sport!</p>

<p>Such good info - I realize it will vary from school to school, but the trend seems pretty similar here. Of course, at some point we will ask more questions at S's school. </p>

<p>Yes, sounds like his team also takes a trip spring break time and I wondered about that. Good to know that it might not hurt to keep that in our minds to save for... </p>

<p>I think it is such a great opportunity for someone who LOVES sports to be able to play in college - D3 is a great fit for what we/he wants.</p>