Last year our team raised money to buy a new frame for our team tent that we bring to track & field and cross country meets. We still have the original cover from 1997 and as you can see it is starting to have holes in the top, letting water drip in. So that will be our next "big" purchase. I haven't looked up the price of a new tent cover yet.
Top 5 shirts for Boys and Girls in Cross Country
Future 5 shirts of Boys and Girls middle school teams
Athlete of the meet shirt, one for boy and girl
Every Saturday that we have practice we buy doughnuts for the team, this includes all summer running for cross country and during the Track & Field and cross country season. An idea I had was if someone donated money designated for that purpose, we could write a note on the doughnuts from that person to the team.
Cost per Saturday: $35
Each year we go on a camping trip to Bemidji State Park for five days. We don't make any money on this camping trip, I charge the runners the exact cost of the trip. Some of our athletes come from larger families or families that can not afford the cost of the trip. I always make sure they can still make the trip.
Any runner knows that shoes are the most important equipment of being a runner. When necessary the program has bought shoes or spikes for someone that can not afford them. We have been very very fortunate that many of our past runners have donated their old spikes when they out grow them or when they graduate. I have always wanted to hit up the clearance racks at the end of the season and purchase new ones when they are on sale.
Cost: depends on shoe
Summer Mileage shirts
To promote running during the summer and to reward their hard work we give out "summer mileage shirts" that allows the runner to show off how many miles they ran during the summer. You can see one in the pictures above. The runners love wearing them with pride.
Cost: $7 per shirt, we bought 28 in 2013
We have many misc costs also, everything from 4x4 shirts for track, new water coolers, awards at end of season, frisbee's, coaching shirts for volunteer coaches, food for BBQ's, and powerbars.
Of course I have two big dreams, which are not necessarily ever going to happen, but a coach can have dreams. I would love to have an indoor track to practice on and our own cross country course. Now I just need to find that farmer to donate me enough land for that cross country course!