Booster Annual Report – Due by all 501-C3 booster clubs at the start of each season.
National Federation Of High School Sports
Purpose and Function of Booster Clubs
A booster club is defined as “an organization that is formed to help support the efforts of a sports team or organization. Support is shown in many ways, including volunteering time, raising money and contributing funds to better enhance the team or organization’s performance.”
Another definition is a “a booster club provides enthusiastic support of a team or organization.” This type of support is much like emotional or psychological parental support, but it is given in a collective manner. Booster clubs play a key role in supporting school activities in many ways. Booster clubs may raise money by printing approved promotional items. Booster clubs can financially support the program by providing additional funding for coaches, staff and event workers. They can organize team events, such as pregame or postgame dinners or social events during the season. Booster clubs may perform, meet or organize in any way, in accordance with the above stated definition, that supports or ‘boosts’ the program they are formed to support.
Booster Clubs Should:
- Volunteer time and raise money
- Contribute funds to better enhance the team or organization’s performance.
- Print promotional items like team schedules, programs and yearbooks (subject to approval by the head coach/athletic director).
- Financially support the program by providing additional funding for coaches, staff and event workers as approved by the head coach and athletic director.
- Listen and work closely with the head coach.
- Discuss as official business any item that meets the definition or function of a booster club.
Booster Clubs Should NOT:
- Openly discuss or perform a performance review of the head coach or coaching staff.
- Review the performance of a coach funded by the booster club; staff evaluations are solely the responsibility of the district.
- Openly discuss playing time issues.
- Ransom funding of the program in order to control the hiring or firing of the head coach or staff member.
- Offer a petition by booster club members to hire/fire a coach.
- Discuss as official business any item that does not meet the definition and function of a booster club.
The reality is that today’s high school athletics programs need support. Booster clubs are a fantastic way to feel supported with monetary items but also encouragement.