Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)

Budget/Fees Questions

Our water polo budget this year is estimated at $32,000.  Each player/family will be asked to contribute $450 or more, and as a group we decided on this (family donation) option in lieu of a major fundraiser, which consumes many volunteer hours to plan and execute.  Achieving the requested $450 can be accomplished by a single family donation, soliciting sponsorships, or fundraising on your own.    If your family is unable to personally contribute, we ask that you solicit corporate sponsorships in the amount of $450 or more, with a letter we will provide for you.  If your family cannot contribute the entire amount of $450, we ask that you contribute what you can.  Thank you!

All donations are tax deductible and our Tax ID# is: 55-0862096.

In order to keep our program developing, we need to make sure it has the extra financial support it needs. The Tustin Unified School District provides our program with very limited financial support, covering only minimal expenses such as partial tournament fees and limited coaching stipends, during the season only.  THAT IS ALL.

Here is a breakdown of major expenses budgeted for the boys program this school year that are not covered by the TUSD:

  • Coaches stipends: $10,000
  • Gifts for coaches-end of season: $1,200
  • Banquet-end of season: $2,000
  • Tournaments: $1,500
  • Weight Room Training: $1,000
  • Senior Recognition & Gifts: $500
  • Team bonding meals: $1,200
  • Equipments/Fixtures: $1,000
  • CIF Expenses: $900

In addition to other miscellaneous costs not listed above, we estimate our program costs will exceed $30,000 this year. As many of you know, snack bar and spirit pack sales help offset some program expenses, and we ask that you continue to support these fundraisers for the upcoming season.

 

  • Coaching Stipends: $10,000
    • TUSD pays coaches (of all sports) the following stipends: $3,000 for one head coach; $2,100 for two assistant coaches; and $1,800 for one assistant coach.  They receive this stipend during the season they coach – that’s it for the whole year!  These coaches take approximately 4 hours out of the middle of their day, every day, to coach our athletes.  Not exactly conducive for working another full-time job, and this is why coaches have to work 2-4 other jobs to make ends meet. If our capital campaign is successful, the Boosters are ALLOWED to pay the coaches up to the same stipend they received during season in the Winter off-season and the Spring off-season.  So, the Head Coach would receive $3,000 from TUSD in the Fall; $3,000 from Boosters in the Winter; and $3,000 from Boosters in the Spring, for a whopping total of $9,000 for the entire year!  It’s still not a lot, but it’s the maximum we can do for our coaches by law.  We need to try to help our coaches earn a living, so that we can retain good coaches and have continuity in the program.
  • Gifts for coaches-end of season: $1,200
    • Every year, we thank our coaches.  The BHS Super Boosters have approved that each coach per season can receive a gift not to exceed $499.  We typically try to give the maximum, but of course, what we can give is based on the success of our fundraising for the year.  Determining amounts of the coaching gifts is at the discretion of the board.The BHS Super Boosters have approved that each coach per season can receive a gift not to exceed $499.  We typically give $450.  This figure can change depending on the number of coaches we have.
  • Banquet-end of season: $2,000
    • Every year we hold a season-end banquet for our boys water polo families to celebrate the season and recognize the coaches and athletes for their accomplishments
  • Tournaments: $1,500
    • These refer to the pre-league tournaments and can vary each year:  Coronado, Friar Fling, South Coast, and San Clemente are examples of these. Entering these tournaments is the responsibility of the coaching staff at the end of the season for the next season.  However, TUSD only covers partial tournament fees, coaches’ stipends during season, some equipment, etc…..
  • Weight Room Training: $1,250
    •   All Beckman sports teams who use the weight room pay this fee, and it pays for the trainer and maintenance costs.  The money goes directly to the Beckman Athletic Department
  • Senior Recognition & Gifts: $500
    • This figure is based on the number of senior athletes graduating last year.  This is just an estimate at this time.
  • Team bonding meals: $1,200
    • This is at the discretion of the VPs, but typically we have a team bonding lunch at Beckman on the pool deck before each home league game.  This year the boys had a dinner catered by Wise Guys Pizzeria on the last day of Hell week that was covered by this line item in the budget.
  • Equipments/Fixtures: $1,000
    • This covers operating equipment needed such as caps, balls, goals, lockers, weight belts and any other equipment needed to run our program at the highest level.
  • CIF Expenses: $900
    •  This is the CIF Southern Section fee to participate.  It covers their cost to run the tournament, and if we don’t make CIF, we don’t need to pay these expenses.

As many of you know, snack bar and spirit pack sales help offset some program expenses, and we ask that you continue to support these fundraisers for the upcoming season. We count on this revenue every year to help meet our overall budget goals.