Coaching Education
Booster Clubs
School administrators in recent years are witnessing a growing number of “booster clubs” within their communities. These booster clubs are normally established with the objective of helping to fund selected school activities, organizations or teams. They may be engaged in a variety of activities but they are principally money raising groups. Due to the growing number of booster clubs, it is wise to review KSHSAA rules that apply to the activities of booster clubs to answer some of the most often asked questions pertaining to the actions of these organizations.
KSHSAA Handbook Rule 20-1-1(f) is the basis for most answers to questions relevant to booster clubs. This provision of the KSHSAA rules provides that “Booster Clubs, individual boosters and schools or other charitable foundations are considered synonymous to schools.” Therefore, what booster clubs may or may not do is the same as what schools themselves may or may not do. For example, a school cannot be involved in fundraising or in providing financial resources for students to attend any outside of school training sessions, tryouts or camps in any of the competitive athletics and debate/speech activities (cheerleading, dance, KAY and student council are exceptions). Likewise, booster clubs are prohibited from providing funds or resources to students for the same. Booster clubs may assist schools in providing school letters, team patches, chevrons and/or year dates to students for participating in interscholastic activities. Individual awards to any student may not exceed $25 in any activity. No cash or merchandise shall be awarded to students. All funds must be accounted for through the school and approved by the principal.

 

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