North American All Sanctioned World Series Team Fundraiser
As we all know the economy has been challenging this year and many of your players may be having trouble raising their team fee. Everyone wants all the girls to be able to play ball, so Fastpitch Showdowns has put together a no-cost, optional team fundraiser for each of our tournaments. Again this is strictly voluntary and is not required to enter the tournament – but it is available to those teams who wish to use it.
It is very simple. Each team that enters the tournament receives the fundraising tickets unless they choose not to. Fundraiser tickets will be sent out after November 15. Each team will be sent 200 pre-printed, tournament specific fundraiser tickets. Then it is up to the team to disperse them how they wish. The tickets will be good for a drawing on the Saturday of the tournament for a Grand Prize of $3000 and dozens of secondary monetary prizes depending on the number of teams that participate. We suggest a selling price of $10 per ticket although the teams can sell them at any price they see fit. The team will then give us $3 and the ticket stub for each ticket sold at the tournament registration. Ticket stubs turned in will then be placed in the drawing. The tickets not sold are simply thrown away. It does not matter if you sell 2 tickets or all 200 tickets. Again there is no cost or obligation on team’s part except for the tickets sold. And with a 70/30 split it will allow the teams to raise additional money and at the same time allow us to cover the prizes and expenses. Just to do the math real quick, if your team sells all 200 tickets you keep $1400 and give us 200 ticket stubs and $600 at tournament registration to be used for prizes. That’s it! (If you only sell 100 tickets, you still keep $700 and give us 100 ticket stubs and $300 at tournament registration to be used for prizes, etc).
Although the primary reason for the fundraiser is to give the economically challenged players a way to offset their fees and allow them to participate, the money raised can be used however a team sees fit – travel expenses, other tournament entry fees, a team outing, etc. But it helps the player spread the cost of playing over friends, relatives and neighbors – or even strangers! Plus the girls will learn the value of earning something for themselves and not only relying on their parents.
We have set the grand prize based on the number of teams that entered the tournament last year and we certainly expect there to be more prizes than just the grand prize. But to get this off the ground and give the players a chance to raise some money, we will personally guarantee the grand prize no matter how many teams participate. We have limited each team to 200 tickets per tournament so there is some control over the number of tickets sold.
Thanks and once again the participation, or the degree of participation, is completely optional to each team in the tournament. If you have any questions whatsoever, certainly feel free to contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.