Creative ways to pay for your child to play sports

Just like everything else, the cost of youth sports keeps going up, but there may be some ways to come up with the cash you haven’t considered.

Sports can cost anywhere from about $200 a year to be on a track and field team, up to more than $2,500 to participate in youth hockey. The U.S. Department of Health recommends that kids take part in these kinds of activities since they can build character, promote team building skills and help kids stay fit and healthy.

Ted Rossman, senior industry analyst for, told WTOP about several ways to meet rising costs, such as setting up a special bank account similar to a vacation fund, or getting used equipment for free — a growing trend in youth sports.

That said, don’t overlook some of the traditional fundraisers: ”Everything from a bake sale, let’s say, to a car wash or so many other creative ideas.”

You can also ask your kids to work to contribute to the cost.

“Maybe they can use some of those summer job wages for some of these costs, or taking on odd jobs like washing cars or walking dogs.” Rossman said.

Kyle Cooper

Anchor and reporter Kyle Cooper, has been with WTOP since 1992. Over those 25 years Kyle has worked as a street reporter, editor and anchor. Prior to WTOP Kyle worked at several radio stations in Indiana, and at the Indianapolis Star Newspaper.

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