Travel Baseball Team Fundraising.

Anyone who has been around travel baseball for a while will tell you it can get very expensive for just the basics such as uniforms and team apparel.

As Travel baseball grows so does the cost. Teams can pay upwards of $600.00  per player to attend a Cooperstown All star village or Cooperstown dreams park. That's just for one kid to attend the weeklong tournament . So more teams are looking for ways to raise money; so I  figured it would  be a good idea to compile a list of ideas we have used. Some I have just stumbled across and would like to  pass them on. This list is no where near the ultimate list but it may help get you started..







The Old Can Shake: 
        Some people call it begging but you can call it what you want, it is a great way to raise funds. Most businesses will allow you to do a can shake just by asking. Some corporate stores may  require you to submit a letter on team letterhead requesting time to can shake. This can raise a nice penny and  it seems to work better when the kids are younger. A few suggestions would be have your players wear full uniforms, print out a sleeve to go around the can with your team name or logo on it. Also make up a poster board explaining who you are and what you are raising money for amd the costs on the board. I have actually had people read it and walk over and double the amount of money they were going to drop in the can, just because they know now where the money is going.

The Car Wash:
This one seems to be tougher and tougher as time goes on. Finding a location to let you use their parking lot on a weekend is tough but I have found that a lot of garages are not open on Sundays so they seem to be a good place to start. One thing I have found to help convince the business to donate the lot and water is purchasing additional insurance rider from an insurance company just for the car wash... this way just in case little Johnny drops the sponge on the ground and it picks up a few rocks and scratches a supporters car by accident, the business owner doesn't have to be concerned about being sued.

The Sponsor Shirt :
This one surprised me the most. Basically you have a one color screen printed shirt with the team name or logo in the front, you make up a flyer for local businesses to purchase a line with their business name on the back. We were charging $100.00 per name on the back and this sold out quickly. Businesses like to get some advertisement for their sponsorship. The average cost to have it printed was about $10.00 per shirt. We required every kid to purchase it and asked them to wear it at practice so we knew they would give the businesses who supported us exposure in the town.

The Sponsor  Vinyl Banner:
This was the same concept as the shirt except we charge a little more for a spot on  the banner.
This was fairly simple, the business paid a fee and we had a vinyl banner made with our team name on it and surrounded it with the sponsors name. We would just hang this banner at all our games on the fence. I would suggest taking a simple digital photo of  the team with the banner, print it out and at the end of the season drop it off so the business can see the vinyl banner and the team  for themselves.



Holiday Gift Sales:

If you are going to sell items for fundraisers do it at the right time of the year, there are several companies who sell Christmas wreaths for fundraisers and parents and family members enjoy purchasing some thing when they can actually use it .

Look to sell pumpkin pies or any pies for that matter around Thanksgiving or like I said earlier sell Christmas wreaths so they can get them around Christmas.
Candles seem to do well around the holidays as well.









The Cooler and Chip Fundraiser:
We all know from playing travel baseball there aren't always concession stands open or even one at all, so this one really does well. Set up a cooler with some soda,water and a few bags of chips  and raise a little money while watching the game. I have seen some teams rack in some dough in the course of a season. If you only make $10.00 a game in a ten game season that's  a  hundred easy dollars. Pick up a case of soda, water and  box of small bagged chips  at a Wal-Mart or Costco and  you're making money.

The Toilet Bowl Fundraiser.

Yep that's what I said . Okay, now this one is a little crazy but it  worked . 
A parent went to home depot and they asked them to donate a broken toilet or one they couldn't sell. Home depot came through, and the parent took the toilet home and painted it with the team colors  and put the team logo on it.
He then proceeded to drop off this funky looking toilet in friends and family members of the team, as well as player's and coach's yards. With the toilet he left a note explaining how you can have the toilet removed from your yard.
The only way would be a fifteen dollar charge and that wouldn't guarantee that it wasn't coming back! If you wanted to make sure the tiolet stayed off your front yard, you have to pay the fifteen dollar charge plus a five dollar insurance policy and you are able to chose whose yard it lands in next. Well let me tell you something, when you came home from work and saw this toilet sitting by your front step twenty dollars was no problem. From what I had heard they raised money in the thousands. This fundraiser worked great for this specific club because there were 16 teams all using  the same logo, so they had plenty of homes to plunge.
 

Ads on the Team Web site: I am surprised when I surf through team web sites that I don't see more of this. Companies like League Lineup offer a great fundraiser, you will have to pay a little more but League lineup will make and install ad banners for your sponsors on your site. Basically, you go out and get a sponsorship from a local business, then you send their website or information to league lineup and they do all the art work and update it on your site. This worked out very well.


Just a quick suggestion you can give the sponsors options such as:
Bronze sponsor goes on shirt for x amount of money
Silver gets on shirt and gets a web banner for x amount
Gold gets on shirt, web banner and team banner for x amount.

You will be surprised if you make the gold the best value, many will go for it.

Also I haven't used this one but the concept seems like a good idea. Stop by and check it out it's called
       MySportsDream.com

I hope this list helps you in your quest for raising money for your travel baseball team. I am sure there are plenty of other great possibilities out there. If you have any good ideas or would like to comment on the ones above... click on the link and send your ideas and comments and we will post them on the site. I know my grammar is terrible so you can keep those comments to yourself.
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