Youth Football Fundraising – Yeach!


Ok, you’ve thrown up because you’ve heard the dreaded word all youth football coaches hate, fundraising. Unfortunately some of us youth football coaches are required to participate and sometimes even run fundraising projects. It’s probably the thing most of us detest the most about coaching youth football.

Youth football costs a lot of money to run, far more than anyone that isn’t involved in the day to day operations would care to know. There is equipment, insurance, field rentals, film and video, advertising, printing, phone, web, awards, officials and food just for starters.

There are always kids that can’t afford to play, so scholarships are a cost to you as well. If you are planning to play in an out of state tournament, that it an entire different universe. Most of the trips we’ve taken our kids on have cost an average of $25,000 per team, transportation, hotel and food add up real quick even if you do it on the cheap. So what I’m getting at is fundraising is a necessary evil for programs and an absolute necessity for teams that are traveling.

This year at the Pop Warner and AYF National Championships in Florida, I interviewed about 70 youth coaches and asked them what were the top three challenges their team faced this year in their quest to get to Florida. Over 90% of the coaches put fundraising in their top three. In fact there wereUFABET ผ่านมือถือ teams and kids that were left behind because they couldn’t afford to make the trip. Needless to say fundraising is not an isolated problem, it is something we all struggle with.

When looking at fundraising the consensus is we all want something that doesn’t require a ton of work, is short in duration and pays well. As the Founder and President of two different Organizations I can tell you we tried them all, some worked pretty well, others were real bombs. How many of you have had the air conditioning go out in your office on a 90 degree day and see your pallet of just arrived chocolate candy bars melt into a gooey mess? How many of you have had a sticky fingered team mom run off with all the raffle money? How may of you have had kids not turn in money because a big brother stole if from Junior? How many of you have had adults call your office and wonder where their cheese cakes they ordered and paid for haven’t arrived two months after you sent the kids out with them on the delivery blitz?

Here are a few ideas that worked well from some of our readers: