Rusty
Years ago

Dandenong charging parents to watch training

Reports from a friend of mine is that Dandenong stadium will as of yesterday be charging parents and any siblings to attend their child's traing both mid week and Sunday $2.50 per person.
Appently the stadium is owned by the Dandenong council and the decision has nothing to do with the club who this year raised their fees by $100.00 per child.
My question is , when is enough this is sport I understand their should be a cost but this seem to be nothing but a sneeky cash grab.
If so what duty of care does this leave on coaches , as I am sure parents will now drop and pick up ?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Cash grab or an attempt to get the feral and agenda driven parents out of the gym?

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.  
Years ago

what is 2.50 ?

can of soft drink

flat white coffee

donut

1.5 litre of petrol


student bus fare

the concept is a new and lot of clubs dont do it - but the world doesnt run on fresh air and everything costs.

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.  
Years ago

the last concept is of most concern - but if if someone wont stay and take interest in their kids for $2.50.....

they cant wait outside

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Cash grab, sorry but there has to be better ways of raising revenue.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

$2.50 x 2 trainings per week parent
Average of $3.00 entry per person to a district game Friday night parent and kid
$2.50 x 2 for player and parent entry to stadium for domestic game on Saturday that all junior Rangers are forced to play.
So just a player and 1 x parent to attend junior basketball or the week is $13.00 per week
Then add $500.00 per year district fee + additional $30.00 per month team sheet fee total $860.00 per year in district fees.
Average $300.00 per year domestic fee

Not including uniforms sneakers ect ect

Now tell me for a single parent and child to play district basketball is that value ?
And the nerve to slug parents more I think is disgusting, so not really just a can of coke, bus fare or coffee. Oh I might add the council also reap the profits from the canteen at this stadium not the club, and yes a lot of parents buy a drink coffee while they wait for the four hours of training each week.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Just another cash grab from the greediest club in Australia

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Anonymous  
Years ago

What's next parking metres!

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Parking metres!..... For those that play or train at MSAC these are already a reality.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

what a joke show me an other sport that you pay to watch train . Good luck getting parents to take their kids to training and sit and wait outside in the cars.
i will not do it.
and i was looking at dandenong for my child to go to

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,  
Years ago

Is it the club or council?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

And I thought the governments e.t.c wanted kids to be healthy and fit. Many councils are making fitness and healthy eating plans, at least they are where I live..!! Now this,?? Lets encourage Children's sport, by not out pricing it for people that may be doing it tough to afford what they already are paying. This is the prices we are already paying for subs, games on the night, whether playing or watching, and many other misc. things, not to mention the price of fuel we are paying when many travel long distances to facilitate a child that shows potential in this sport.
Seems like a Carbon Tax funding grab on Stadiums to me. It will just be called something else.
To those that have an endless pit of money for extras will only see it as a can of coke or coffee.. to someone else it may be the straw the breaks the camels back, but the kids may pay the price in the end.

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CharacterFirst  
Years ago

It is woeful. Not just parents, but the extra kids we always have in toe.

It could mean $1000s of extra a year for some families - just to watch a kid/s train.

Does it also extend to domestic?

It is way out of line.

Have you ever heard of anyone having to pay to watch training for footy or cricket?

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paul  
Years ago

If this is true, parents should visit their local MP, especially if theyre in government at the mo. Some stern words from an MP can have a big impact on a council, and if that doesnt work call all three streams of media, they love a greedy council story and councillors jump at the prospect of negative publicity.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

You'd think if you were going to introduce something as controversial as this you'd start off with $1.00 then gradually raise it over time, not slug them $2.50 straight off. STUPID.

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Go for it  
Years ago

Dandenong is not a club where local kids go to. Parents with inflated ideas of their children's abilities drive long distances to play for Dandenong. They will not be able to drop off and go home. It looks like staying in the car or paying the extra bucks as well as paying petrol and high fees. Go to your local club and let your kids play with their friends.

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Go for it  
Years ago

Regarding the extra $100 in fees. How do you thing their WNBL team affords the players they have. It all comes from juniors!!!

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Anonymous  
Years ago

ANYONE who even starts to defend this decision is quite obviously involved in the decision to slug parents to attend training.
It is ridiculous! From the above it seems the club is not at fault here and it wasn't their decision, so I can't see how they are to blame - but they should have fought it on behalf of their memebers with vigour. The answer seems to turn it around on them - don't buy anything at their canteen or shops, and petition the club to fight this on their behalf.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Will we see a reverse casino affect?

Kids locking parents in cars on hot days. Hope they leave the windows down a little bit just to let a little air in.

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anonymous  
Years ago

The charge has been overturned.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Great news as of only a few moments ago CEO David Graham sent out a press release say the fee has been removed. Great news and common sense.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Who ever came up with that bright idea needs booting.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Perhaps the parents who abused the free entry system need to look at themselves as well.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

How can you abuse the free entry system? Seems like sour grapes from one of the parties with one of the worst ideas ever...

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Someone has to pay for Mark Wright and his Imports - Lets pick on the parents of the Juniors LOL

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Mick  
Years ago

Australia will always be under par with the rest of the world in terms of talent pool as long as they keep charging exorbitant amounts of money for membership fees and game-day fees for players, let alone this kind of crap.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Where are Australia ranked in the world in juniors? And seniors? One of the sillier comments youve made Mick.

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Bear  
Years ago

Many stadiums are council owned, not owned by the basketball Association and canteens are often run by a business not linked to the Association or council run as well.

Entry fees to games are usually paid back to the Association, because this is a basketball related revenue, therefore not normally the decision of the owning body but there are exceptions.

In the end there should be clear indications to where the revenue goes, if it is Association based as the Incorporations Act determines this, however the council or an individual business is not subjected to these regulations.

My point is this, if the Association and the owning body, be in council or a business do not work closely together for mutual benefit in a harmonious business relationship, taking into account the big picture, then these types of issues raise their ugly head from time to time.

The big picture is the kids...!

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anon  
Years ago

If you're unhappy then head to Knox for a gig, they're losing kids at a rapid rate......................

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My brother and I both played district basketball for many years. I remember by dad sitting in his crappy car every game as we simply couldn't afford to come in.

It's only years later that I realised the sacrifices my parents made for us to play the sport we loved.

If they had to pay to attend training also, I suggest they we may not have had the chance to play at all.

This sport is broken from grassroots level and has been for the last 25 years. It's little wonder the NBL is such a disaster.

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anon  
Years ago

Maybe junior basketball needs to be it's own entity and reduce the amount of help it gives to it's older brothers and sisters.

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Bear  
Years ago

Anon, you make an interesting point, whether intended or not...

In the case of revenue for a club or association, take football, soccer, rugby or cricket as an example.

These sports have an open field to play on, plenty of space for lots of supporters and players, families etc... to watch the game.

They usually have a club room or area big enough for a kitchen, bar and serving of meals. You can always get a pie, sasauge or drink and the social aspect or atmosphere if you like, is an inviting one that is very community oriented.

Unfortunately basketball by virtue of where we play it, the number of players and the set up surrounding most venues is not anything like this.

We tend to go and watch someone we know for an hour, maybe two if you are seeing two games, then we have a chat and go home, or somewhere more inviting...

My point here is that you don't see Auskick funding the seniors do you, it is filtered down from AFL level and these clubs will in almost all cases find the big dollars elsewhere.

Basketball does seem to be a reverse of this in my opinion, maybe not just what I've seen either...?!!

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Mick  
Years ago

@ anon. It takes more than one hand to count the amount of kids I grew up with who were fantastic ball players but whose families couldn't afford to keep them playing.

One advantage of the American school-based system compared to ours...

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