Thursday, March 30, 2017

YARD SALES & CARWASHES - Fundraisers for Baseball & Softball, Part 3

Fundraising. The never-ending story. We practically play ball year-round in my house so we are constantly raising money. You’re pretty safe if you’re playing rec ball (though they will shove a box a chocolate or a stack of discounts cards at you at some point and tell you to sell them or don’t come back). But once you get into all-stars, club ball or travel ball, the need for cash becomes imperative.

Before softball, AB did competitive cheer for seven years. I have been a Team Mom or managed fundraising in some capacity for almost 10 years so I have learned which fundraisers work and which don’t.

I am doing a 4-part series about running successful fundraisers for you team sport covering:

SPIRIT NIGHTS
CATALOG & DIRECT SALES
YARD SALES & CAR WASHES and
SPONSORSHIPS

Today’s post is on YARD SALES and CAR WASHES. These are great fundraisers because your team keeps 100% if the proceeds. With enough volunteers and participants, your team can make a a lot of money in just 3-5 hours.

How to run a successful yard sale or car wash fundraiser for your team

Thursday, March 23, 2017

CATALOG & DIRECT SALES - Fundraisers for Baseball & Softball, Part 2

Fundraising. The never-ending story. We practically play ball year-round in my house so we are constantly raising money. You’re pretty safe if you’re playing rec ball (though they will shove a box a chocolate or a stack of discounts cards at you at some point and tell you to sell them or don’t come back). But once you get into all-stars, club ball or travel ball, the need for cash becomes imperative.

Before softball, AB did competitive cheer for seven years. I have been a Team Mom or managed fundraising in some capacity for almost 10 years so I have learned which fundraisers work and which don’t.

I am doing a 4-part series about running successful fundraisers for you team sport covering:

SPIRIT NIGHTS (click the link - it's live!)
CATALOG & DIRECT SALES
YARD SALES & CAR WASHES and
SPONSORSHIPS

Today’s post is on CATALOG & DIRECT sales. The difference in the two is that with Catalog Sales, you take orders for a product then fulfil the orders when the product comes in. With Direct Sales, you have the product with you and sell it in real time.

PROS & CONS
Catalog Sales PROS:
  • Many catalog sale fundraisers also offer a way for shoppers to make their purchases online which is great for kids who have friends and family out-of-town or who prefer to buy with a credit card.
  • There are no up-front charges.

Catalog Sales CONS:
  • There are often shipping charges and/or sales taxes.
  • You will likely have to sort all the orders. The merchant will send a bulk shipment that must be sorted for each seller.
  • Parents or players will have to deliver the product.

Direct Sales PROS:
  • Once the sale is made, you do not have to return to deliver the product.
  • There are no orders to submit or sort.

Direct Sales CONS:
  • You must pay for the product up-front.
  • You will be responsible for any damaged product.
  • You may not be able to return any unsold product.

How to run a successful fundraiser for your team and maximize profit.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

SPIRIT NIGHT - Fundraisers for Baseball & Softball, Part 1

Fundraising. The never-ending story. We practically play ball year-round in my house so we are constantly raising money. You’re pretty safe if you’re playing rec ball (though they will shove a box a chocolate or a stack of discounts cards at you at some point and tell you to sell them or don’t come back). But once you get into all-stars, club ball or travel ball, the need for cash becomes imperative.

Before softball, AB did competitive cheer for seven years. I have been a Team Mom or managed fundraising in some capacity for almost 10 years so I have learned which fundraisers work and which don’t.

I will be doing a 4-part series about running successful fundraisers for you team sport covering:

SPIRIT NIGHTS
CATALOG & DIRECT SALES 
YARD SALES & CAR WASHES and
SPONSORSHIPS

Today’s post is on SPIRIT NIGHT. This is where your team pairs up with a local restaurant for one evening. The restaurant donates a portion of the day or evening’s sales to your team. It’s a WIN/WIN for both your team and the restaurant. They make a donation and in return, your team drums up business for them.

FIND A RESTAURANT
Here is a list of franchise restaurants that offer Spirit Nights (aka Benefit Night, Restaurant Night, Fundraiser Night, etc).

Most donate a minimum of 10%-15% of sales. One thing to consider when choosing a restaurant is finding a place that will yield relatively high average tabs. I like to choose places that serve alcohol for this reason but check to make sure these sales are included in the donation (most are).

How to run a successful Spirit Night Fundraiser for your team in 3 easy steps

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Homemade Gatorade

Our kids think they’re Michael Jordan and need Gatorade at every single practice. Since at least one someone in my house is practicing every night, that much sports drink adds up. Plus it’s got all sorts of stuff in it that I can’t even pronounce. And it’s loaded with dyes, preservatives, unnecessary calories and high fructose corn syrup.

So I was just sending them to practice with water. Boom. Problem solved. Until I noticed they weren't actually drinking much of the water. Not the way they suck gown the sports drinks anyway.

When I picked AB up from a three-hour practice the other night I noticed she wasn't sweating. She was beet-red in the face but dry as a bone. I asked her how much water she’d had and she told me none. NONE. And trust me, it’s not because her coaches don’t give her ample opportunities to get water. She’s 10. She doesn't care about hydration.

Hmmmm. So I turned where every mother turns for parenting and health advice: the internet.

And guess what the internet said? She said I could make my own homemade electrolyte sports drink.

So I did.

And it is AMAZING!

The kids love it. It's crazy cheap to make. I know exactly what’s in it (and what’s not) AND a whole quart only has one tablespoon of sugar in it.

Holla!

What they’re getting is mostly water that’s flavored with a little natural fruit juice and raw sugar that’s topped off with a pinch of salt. And that breaks down to this:
  • Citrus Juice – provides antioxidants, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, folate and vitamin A
  • Sugar – helps the body regulate cortisol which spikes during aerobic activity
  • Sea Salt – provides electrolytes and minerals and is a natural antihistamine
I wouldn't even begin to claim to be an expert on any of this. If you’d like to read more, please see this site and this site. I know honey or agave nectar would be better than sugar but I'm just not that cool. Yet.

What I do know for sure is that a huge bag of oranges costs less than half than a case of Gatorade, my kids are getting hydrated and we had fun making it! I made a gallon of this to put in the fridge and have been topping off everyone’s water bottles before each practice.

Homemade Gatorade sports drink made with just a few simple ingredients. Recipes for orange, cranberry, lemon-lime and ruby red grapefruit sports drink!