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Two-edged sword

May 11, 2011 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
Pay to Play is a necessary financial life preserver for some school districts. But for the athletic programs in those districts, it is anything but good news. An extra $100 per sports per athlete can generate much-needed cash for ailing school district coffers. The money will be pumped back into athletic department budgets, the majority covering coaching salaries. But while that money will help pay the coaches, those same coaches may be dealing with smaller squad sizes as potential players shy away from the financial hardships that pay for play brings. So we are looking at a Catch 22 situation. The districts need the money to keep athletic programs intact. Coaches, meanwhile, often times pay the price, losing players whose families find the fee to costly a price to meet. Pay for play will saturate the area in the coming years as school funding will continue its downward spiral from Columbus. But much to its credit, the Union Local School District is looking to implement a pay for participation program in a much more appealing manor. Student-athletes will have an opportunity to work off their respective $100 fee in varying fashion. Such an option is making the most of a bad situation. If Union Local athletes are passionate enough about their sport and have a good work ethic, the Jets should feel little turbulence from the district's pay to participate program.


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