As the 2011/2012 sports season is in the rear view mirror, and the 2012/2013 season is quickly approaching, I thought it would be a good time to give everyone an update on what is taking place with us. The 2011/2012 season saw quite a few changes for the Breakers.
- The Boys and Girls Soccer teams both received much needed uniforms.
- We entered the 7 Cities Conference, under a 1 year probationary period. At the end of the season, the schools voted to allow us to officially become apart of the 7 Cities Conference on a permenant basis.
- The Breakers began using RockChurch as our home gym for Volleyball and Basketball
- We started using Max Preps, which allows our athletes stats to been seen by everyone across the country. It compares them with athletes all over the US.
All in all, I would consider the season to be a great success.
- The Boys Soccer team took second in the 7 Cities tournament. They lost 1 to 0 in the championship game to Summit. What a great game it was. They also took second in the conference.
- Our Girls Varsity Basketball team finished 1st in the conference. They lost 1 game to Gateway and then beat them in the final to take first in the conference tournament. We are looking forward to see what they will do again this year.
- Our Girls MS Basketball team took 2nd in the ETIS conference tournament.
- Our Boys MS Basketball team also took 2nd in the ETIS conference tournament.
- The Girls Varsity Volleyball team surprised our opponents and took 3rd in the confence tournament. We knew they could do it.
This year, we are continuing to push forward with our goal to find ways to get our athletes seen by college scouts.
- This last year the Boys Soccer team went to the NACA soccer tournament in DaytonTN.
- We plan to head that way again this year this time not only with the Boys Soccer team, but the Girls Volleyball can also participate in a tournament there at the same time.
- For Basketball there is a large homeschool tournament held every year in Lynchburg that we will be looking to attend this year.
Getting our athletes exposure is very important to me. You never know when an athlete might be seen and get a call saying hey come try out for us. I know an athlete who might not be considering college, might just change their mind with a chance to go and play ball somewhere, and I want to see each of our athletes go as far as they possibly can.
In order to continue accomplishing what we desire to see happen with the Breakers, we are going to need everyone’s help. In order to accomplish our goals, and offer the best we possibly can for our athletes, we are going to need to make sure that the Breakers Program is funded. Let me give you a little run down of what it costs us to play.
We pay for referees and umpires for every home game. The refs cost anywhere from $45.00 to $75.00 per official per game. Each game requires two officials. So a varsity game can cost us $150.00 just in officials. The soccer field we use for games is $100.00 per game. We rent that field from the city. So, to play a soccer game it is $250.00, for a varsity game. In the conference we may play eight home games. This means that $2,000.00 of our registration money is already spent. For just varsity and does not include any other games, and we usually try to have more then eight home games. For volleyball and basketball the gym rental is $75.00 just to walk through the doors, for practice and games, and we also have the cost of ref fees as well. As you can see, the costs add up for the seasons pretty quickly. This doesn’t even include uniforms or equipment or incidentals.
Looking back at last year the Breakers ended in the whole $10,000. Yes, you read that right $10,000. Thankfully, we had some money set aside or we would not have survived. However, we cannot afford to operate with a deficit again. There have been discussions about what we can do to ensure this does not happen again.
- We could cut down our practice times.
- We could cut down the number of games we play
- We can forego buying new uniforms
Honestly, none of those appeal to me at all. We need the practice time if we are going to be competative within our conference and within the tournaments that we plan to go to so that we can get exposure for our kids. To cut down the number of games would not help us either, as many times the first question from scouts is how many games you have played in. New uniforms, I always think of the bad news bears when you talk of cutting needed uniforms.
We could raise fees once again, but honestly that is the last thing we want to do.
The best option we feel we have is to fundraise. In the past, fundraising has almost seemed like it could be optional. This year fundraising cannot be optional! It will be required by everyone. We have set a goal to raise more than we need, and we are working on many ways in which to accomplish this goal. We will be having sales and events to meet our goal. Corporate sponsorship is something that we would like to see happen as well. If you have ideas of how to help, and are willing to help, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. Soon everyone will get more information on what to do to be involved. I have added a Pay Pal donations tab in the menu at beachbreakershs.com site. If you click on the menu tab, it will send you to Pay Pal where you can make a donation directly to the Breakers.
We are looking forward to a great and exciting season in 2012/2013. Please plan to come out to support the Breakers. Our families make up the Breakers and we will only be as good as our families.
You will be able to find event schedules on line at beachbreakershs.com