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Asking the right questions will give you the ability to properly evaluate the youth program that your child is interested in joining. 

It is important that you ask each organization the same questions so that you can do an accurate comparison of each program. 

Some areas of concern should be the structure of the organization, safety issues, quality of coaches, and sport/activity developmental factors. 

Key questions that a parent should ask are as follows:

Personnel Questions....

  • Is the program run by volunteers or hired professionals?
  • Who are the coaches/instructors?
  • Are background checks done on coaches, referees, judges? 
  • Who is the contact person for the organization if you have a problem or question?

Organization Questions....

  • Is the organization strategy developmental, competitive or both?
  • How much emphasis is placed on fun and participation?
  • How many participants does the organization have?
  • How long has the organization been in business?
  • Who sponsors the organization?
  • Is the organization non-profit?
  • Does the organization have injury insurance?

Tournament Questions....

  • Does the organization participate in tournaments/competitions?
  • If yes, what is the approximate travel time?
  • What are the average tournament fees?
  • Will the team have to pay for the coaches expenses?

Registration/Cost Questions....

  • How much are registration fees?
  • Do registration fees cover all costs or will there be hidden charges?
  • Do you have to pay an additional cost for uniforms or are they provided?
  • What is the payment policy?
  • How do you register?
  • When do you have to register?
  • What is the time commitment at home and/or outside the home?
  • Are there separate divisions for different skill levels or are divisions based strictly on age?
  • How long is the season and when does it begin?
  • Are try outs required?
  • Is a medical exam necessary?

Fundraising Questions....

  • Will you be responsible for promoting a fundraiser?
  • If there are fundraisers does the organization get the money or the child?

It is not necessary to ask all of these questions it is simply a guideline to help you. You may have others that you feel need to be addressed. 

What's important is that you feel extremely comfortable with the organization that you select.  Always remember that it should be a positive, fun experience for your child!