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County Schools Initiates Fee to Play High School Sports

Next year, high school students will have to pay to play sports in school.

If students want to play football, baseball, soccer or run track at your high school next year, it won't just take a tryout to make it onto the team.

Prince George's County Public Schools announced Wednesday that students will have to pay to play on any high school sports team.

In a press release, school officials said they created the activity fee in response to large budget cuts to the school system.

Students will have to pay a one-time, non-refundable $50 fee prior to the beginning of each sports season if they are selected to play on the team. The fee will cover the student's participation in athletics for the entire year, even if they transfer to another high school or play different sports throughout the year.

"This is the first time we have implemented an activity fee for high school athletics in our district," said Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., Superintendent of Schools. "It is one of many strategies that will enable us to continue enrichment and extracurricular programs for students during these difficult economic times."

Parents or guardians will be notified of the fee at the beginning of the school year and prior to each sports season.

Students whose families are having financial difficulties can request a payment plan or a fee waiver through their child's school.

Kelly Fast June 09, 2011 at 06:03 PM
I understand the financial need, but I trust that if I am paying a sports fee, I will not have to pay an admission fee to see my own kid play anymore...

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