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BSS Boosters Spring 2020 Update

The Blessed Sacrament Athletic Boosters would like to thank all of you for your patience as we attempt to navigate these unusual times. Unfortunately, we have made the decision to cancel soccer and baseball for the Spring 2020 season.  We are disappointed that this is the conclusion we have come to, however we feel it is the right decision for the health and safety of the players, parents, and coaches in our organization.

Spring 2020 Registration Fees

The question I am sure many of you are asking is what will happen with registration fees?  Let me first start out by telling you that while there are no sports being played at DCCH, we have incurred and will continue to incur costs in maintaining the fields so that they will be ready to go once (hopefully) the fall season rolls around, and have also incurred other administrative expenses that are paid for out of registration fees collected.  We would like to be as transparent as possible, so here is a breakdown of the major costs that we have incurred and will continue to incur as we move through the summer:

1) New baseball field backstops and fencing, with a cost of $19,242.

2) New baseball field dirt and crowning, with a cost of $6,234.

3) Field maintenance cost (grass cutting, fertilization, field lining, etc.) through 5/15/2020 was $2,525.

4) Field maintenance cost from now through August is estimated to be $8,000 (which also includes irrigation expenses).

5) Software/registration fees were $2,115 for the spring season.  We pay Demosphere $3 per registration and a $125 quarterly maintenance fee.

6) Merchant fees incurred to date are $1,384, as we pay 2.9% of every registration fee to the credit card companies.

7) We have donated $3,000 to date to the DCCH Center for Children and Families.

8) We have incurred $2,000 in scholarship costs for the “Just a Nice Kid” award given to two graduating BSS 8th graders.

As a result of these expenditures, a full refund of the Spring 2020 registration fees is not feasible.  We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic is financially impacting families in different ways.  Therefore, we have come up with the options below that we feel are fair:

Soccer Fees (U8 – U14):

1) Donate - You may elect to give your entire Spring 2020 registration fee to Boosters as a charitable donation.

2) Credit - You may elect to apply the Spring 2020 registration fee (in full) to the Fall 2020 soccer season.

3) Refund - You may elect to receive the Spring 2020 registration fee (less 20%) as a refund.

Soccer Fees (U6):

1) Donate - You may elect to give your entire Spring 2020 registration fee to Boosters as a charitable donation.

2) Credit - You may elect to apply the Spring 2020 registration fee (in full) to the Fall 2020 soccer season.  Please note that this cannot be an option for your child if they were born in 2014 and will age up to U8 in the fall—please request one of the other two options.

3) Refund - You may elect to receive the Spring 2020 registration fee (less 20%) as a refund.

Baseball Fees (Instructional and Kid Pitch):

1) Donate - You may elect to give your entire Spring 2020 registration fee to Boosters as a charitable donation.

2) Refund - You may elect to receive the Spring 2020 registration fee (less 20%) as a refund.  No credit option is available for baseball.

If none of these options will work for your family, please feel free to contact Boosters at epplenj@gmail.com to discuss other alternatives.

Below are the links available for you to request how you would like for us to handle your spring registration fee(s).  We request that you complete the survey by no later than Sunday, May 31st.  If we do not hear from you by then, your Spring 2020 registration fee(s) will be considered a donation. 

Soccer (U8-U14): https://forms.gle/4dQBn19EtJWkKZzQ9

Soccer (U6):  https://forms.gle/A3m6JobVwdhuoTnL9

Baseball:  https://forms.gle/gW9icmvwren4msp68

We had 589 registrations for spring sports in 2020.  Be aware that the process of issuing a refund or applying a credit is a manual process and will take some time to complete.  Please be patient as we will process each request as quickly as possible.

Moving Forward

Our goal is to open the baseball side (putting a soccer field in the outfield) by mid-June, allowing players to practice or just get out and enjoy some fresh air.  As we move closer to that date and gather more information on the ever-changing reopening procedures of our state, we will communicate that information to you.  The soccer side will remain closed through the summer.  We will be receiving a generous donation of Bermuda grass sprigs from the University of Kentucky to help further transform the soccer fields to all Bermuda.  As good as the soccer fields looked last year, our hope is that they will look even better this coming fall.  Speaking of the fall, we will continue to proceed as if fall sports will happen and will do the very best we can to prepare for whatever challenges that might bring.

Other BSS Sports

Volleyball – Please look for a communication shortly from our volleyball director with information on the upcoming Fall 2020 season.

Tennis – You should have already received an e-mail from our tennis director about your options.

Golf – Information will be sent out in the next few weeks.

Flag Football – Information regarding the cancelled Spring 2020 season was already sent out by Flag Football Fanatics.  Plans for the upcoming fall should be sent out in the next few weeks.

 

Thank you once again for your patience.  I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and following all guidelines from our state and local officials.  Please direct us in regards to your 2020 spring registration fees as soon as you can.  We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

 

Jeff Epplen, President

Blessed Sacrament Athletic Boosters

 

 

Required Training for Coaches and Parents - "Play Like A Champion"

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Boosters Positions Available

Want to help out with the Boosters?  Non-voting positions are available.

Please contact Jeff Epplen with any questions.

 

Corporate Sponsorship

We have added new sponsorship levels that give Corporate Sponsors the opportunity for advertising and involvement with Boosters events and programs throughout the year.  These new levels include recognition as a Principle Sponsor, for which 12 months signage will be displayed at our main fields at the Children’s Home, and Corporate Elite Sponsorship which in addition to this signage, will give advertising opportunities through uniform logo placement (U6 Soccer and Baseball), booth setup opportunities at Booster-sponsored soccer tournaments, and incorporation of other advertising at the Corn Roast and other Booster sponsored events.

For more information please visit our Corporate Sponsor Information page or contact Pete WischerBenjie Pieper or Brook Dyas.

 

Commemorative Paver Stone Fundraiser Order Form

Support the Blessed Sacrament School Boosters by purchasing your customized commemorative paver stone. Proceeds are used to support various programs sponsored by the BSS Boosters.  BSS Paver Form and check can be mailed to:

Blessed Sacrament Athletic Boosters

P.O. Box 17201

Ft. Mitchell KY, 41017

Please contact Jeff Epplen with any questions.