The mission of the Lakeside High School Softball Booster Club is to support the players, the coaches, and the school both on and off the field. As you might expect, financial support is a major part of the program.
While DeKalb County Athletics does provides minimal funding for softball programs countywide, the amount is unfortunately not enough to sustain a higher-caliber competitive program. The LHS Softball Booster Club exists to fill some of those funding gaps and to help ensure a fun, positive, and memorable experience for both present and future players.
Some examples of booster club expenditures include:
Yearly field care and maintenance contract Upgraded uniforms for Varsity and JV
Honorariums for coaches Field machine purchase & maintenance
Newly installed softball batting cage Practice jerseys for each player
Team spiritwear (fleece jackets, t-shirts, etc.) Field drainage improvements
End-of-year awards banquet Tournament entry and umpiring fees
Use of winter workout facility Contributions towards coaching & camp fees
Practice equipment Refreshed concession stand and paved walkway
As a result of the Booster Club’s hard work, Lakeside’s softball field was voted the top field in DeKalb County by the DeKalb Fastpitch Club in 2014 and 2015!
The Booster Club’s primary sources of income are club dues and the sale of sponsorships. Unlike some other schools and sports, Lakeside Softball does not charge a “participation fee”, nor does it typically require players to have multiple fundraisers throughout the year or sell fruit, candy, or other items. Because of this, it is vitally important that all players participate. Sponsorships include $300 outfield banner advertisers ($350 for first-time banner sponsors), $100 program/website advertisers, and $20 or more “Friends and Family” donations.
Booster Club dues are $250 per family, for the calendar year of June 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019. (In certain hardship cases, monthly payments may be accepted or waived entirely.)
Each player is expected to be responsible for raising at least $350 in sponsorships and donations. As an added incentive, any player who raises $600 or more will have their booster club dues waived for the year. That could be the renewal of 2 banner sponsors, 1 banner and 3 program advertisers, or any other combination totaling at least $600. It’s really not that hard, and the booster club will provide new players with the opportunity to renew an existing banner from an outgoing player (when available).
Our expectation is to have all sponsorship activities wrapped up prior to the first game of the season.
Membership fees are due on Friday, August 3th, 2018. Please submit dues, all sponsor and advertising payments, and a completed Booster Club Membership Form to the Booster Club Fundraising Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your support of Lakeside Vikings Softball!