Waverly Drops Pay-to-Play

MGN Online

Trying out for the team will now be cheaper for kids in one mid-Michigan school district.

The Waverly Community Schools Board of Education voted Monday night to no longer make students pay to play sports.

Pay-to-participate fees on athletics meant that some students had to choose which sport to play that year due to their financial situation.

Tight budgets mean pay-to-play is the norm in many school districts. But the Waverly Board of Education is removing that cost for its students, calling it an impediment to student learning.

In the past, cutting sports programs was one way the school district dealt with budget concerns. Now, school administrators are optimistic that this policy change will help school enrollment. In turn, that could strengthen the school's budget.

School officials hope that by eliminating a fifty dollar fee per sport, student enrollment in athletics will increase.