Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why is the district doing this now?
Public education has witnessed significant reductions in its state aid, while
experiencing increases in costs to health care, transportation, and other expenses
directly related to the classroom. The concept is not new. Other Macomb County
districts have been implementing a fee based sports program for years. To balance
reductions fairly and minimize the impact to the classroom, LCPS will implement
this new policy for the 2012-2013 school, which constitutes less than 10 percent
of the actual athletic budget.
2. What is Pay-to-Participate?
Pay-to-Participate fees are the student’s portion of the cost to participate in sports
and help insure sports continue to be available to LCPS students.
3. Who is affected by this new Pay-to-Participate in sports program?
High school and middle school students who are selected to participate on a
school based sports team. There is no fee to try out for the team.
4. How much will it cost per sport?
High school sports are $140 per sport with a maximum charge of two sports per
athlete, or a total of $280, for sports with two-way bus transportation.
*Golf will pay $125 per sport, with limited transportation provided.
Middle school sports are $75 per sport with a maximum charge of two sports per
athlete, or a total of $150, for sports with two-way bus transportation.
5. Is there a family maximum?
A family maximum of $560 may include a combination of middle and high
6. What if I can’t afford to pay the full amount?
A reduced fee is available for the Pay-to-Participate sports program for families
who demonstrate financial need. In order to apply for reduced rates, families must
apply online at www.lunchapp.com for free or reduced lunch benefits, which will
also be used to qualify for the Pay-to-Participate reduced fee of $82 for those
receiving reduced lunch and $77 for free lunch qualifiers.
7. What if I can’t afford to pay at all?
Scholarships may be available to students with financial hardships. Families with
this concern should contact their school’s Athletic Coordinator’s office. All
information received will be kept confidential. If the fee is to be waived, a letter
requesting the waiver must be sent to their schools’ Athletic Coordinators’ office.
8. When is payment due?
Once the athlete is selected for the team, the participation fee must be paid one
week prior to the first contest. The fee must be submitted online through PaySchools.
9. Where can I make payments?
Through your school’s Web page under PaySchools (acceptable payment is by
debit card, credit card or e-check, only).
10. Where do I complete an application?
The Pay-to-Participate application must be submitted online at LCPS website
(www.lc-ps.org/Athletics.) The fee must be submitted through PaySchools.
11. Will any other fees be assessed once my child makes the team?
The Pay-to-Participate fee is assessed in addition to any other normal expenses
associated with the team, such as, but not limited to, camps, T-shirts, special
shoes or equipment, personal apparel that will stay with the athlete, banquets,
medals and/or trophies.
12. Does this guarantee my child equal playing time?
Payment of the participation fee does not guarantee a minimum amount of playing
or practice time. Fees collected help offset the costs of offering the programs: this
includes practice time, transportation and the possibility of playing time.
Interscholastic sports are of a competitive nature and the coaches have full
discretion about which athletes play and how often.
13. Is any of this fee refundable if my child gets hurt or drops the team?
Payment of the participation fee is NOT REFUNDABLE if the student
voluntarily withdraws from the team, if there is a lack of playing time,
ineligibility or if the student becomes ineligible during the season due to grades, if
an athlete is removed from a team for disciplinary reasons, when a cancelled
contest cannot be rescheduled, or when a full allotment of games cannot be
A refund (50 percent) will only be given to an athlete who suffers a seasonending
injury prior to the mid-point of scheduled games, which precludes him/her
from participating in one-half of the regularly scheduled contests. A medical
authorization letter from a physician must accompany such requests.
14. Will transportation be provided?
One-way transportation will be provided for all sports to any contest less than 10 miles from the school. Except golf, which will have limited transportation. Two-Way transportation will be provided for contests that fall outside of the 10 mile radius.
15. Which sports will be affected? (all levels)
16. What happens to the admissions collected at the entry from spectators?
All ticket proceeds are deposited to help offset athletic programming costs.
17. When will this take effect?
Pay-to-Participate will take effect for sports in the 2012-2013 school year.
18. If I want to talk to someone about this program, who is the best person to
The Athletic Coordinator at your school can assist you.