Swimming families pay several kinds of fees:
Annual dues for memberships in the several organizations which are part of the hierarchy tasked with overseeing competitive swimming from the local pool to the Olympics.
Payment to the coaching staff for their time, patience and expertise. CSSC's coaching fees are due monthly.
Payment for a place to practice and other physical plant based services. CSSC families pay the Aquatic Complex of Coral Springs memberships fees which are due either quarterly or annually, depending on the contract the family chooses. City of Coral Springs Aquatic Complex memberships are for the use of the various complex facilities and are entirely independent of the Swim Club.
Fees for swimming in sanctioned meets. Also, fines for violating the entry rules at sanctioned meets.
If you want to see your swimmer perform, your going to have to buy a ticket... unless you.... Volunteer! Also, there are t-shirts, and heat sheets, souvenirs and refreshments to buy, of course.
It's not auto racing but age group swimming has its share of operating costs:
You will be amazed.
Goggles, towels, sandals, flippers. warm up suits (yes, even in SO FLA), and parkas. Older swimmers will want their own training equipment, such as hand paddles, kick boards, in and out of water resistance equipment, flippers of various lengths for different kicking drills, counters and stop watches.
Travel and Lodging
Away meets are sometimes very far away. Even our youngest swimmers will have the opportunity to compete in places like Key West or Largo (not the Key) or even Baton Rouge.
CSSC Social Events
The annual awards banquet, pre-meet pasta suppers, Halloween parties, etc. All have modest costs attached.
Band candy isn't just for the band.