Participation Fee for Athletics

Holy Family Parents,

It was brought to my attention in June that due to the increasing cost(s) of running and maintaining the athletic program that we offer here at Holy Family, the School Board and Administration have decided to begin charging families a participation fee with regards to after school sports; beginning in the Fall of 2012.  If you were not previously made aware of this decision or fee, I apologize.

It is my understanding that all student athletes will be asked to pay $20, per sport, to help offset the cost of facility fees, officials fees, registration fees, etc.  Ex: If a child chooses to play football, they will be asked to pay a $20 participation fee.  In the winter, if they choose to play basketball, they will again be asked to pay $20.

This fee applies to team sports only; football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball and track & field.  Competition sports (cross country, golf, bowling) already require an individual to submit a fee to the CYO in order to participate.

It should be noted that for the past several years, Holy Family has been the only school in our region (CYO Northern Region, 44 schools), that does not charge a participation fee.  The average fee currently being charged is $55; with St Felicitas (San Marino) charging $75 per sport and $100 for track.

With that being said, I have been reminded to begin collecting this fee.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please contact me.  My office door is always open and you can always reach me on my office #, 626.403.6178.

Thank you for your understanding.

Buzz Cook
Athletic Director

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BA – Human Development, Azusa Pacific University MS – Physical Education, Azusa Pacific University CAA - Certified Athletic Administrator The 2016 - 2017 school year will be Coach Cook's 16th year at HFS. In 2011, he became a Certified Athletic Administrator (national certification). During his tenure, Holy Family has had (14) teams advance to the CYO semi-finals or finals; while also winning the only two CYO championships in school history. Holy Family received the Regional Director's Cup (top overall athletic program) for three consecutive years (2012 - 2014), in addition to having an HFS student athlete receive the CYO male athlete of the year award in 2013 and 2014. Coach Cook has been a member of the athletic advisory board for the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) of Los Angeles, the largest middle school sports organization in the U.S., since 2006. From 2007 to 2015, he served as a CYO regional rep, assisting schools (47) within the northern region with all aspects of after school athletics. For (12) years, 2001 to 2012, Coach Cook was the head coach for varsity baseball at Flintridge Preparatory School in La Canada. In 2010 he was named the HS coach of the year by the LA Times for the Burbank/Glendale areas (Burbank Leader, Glendale News Press). Since 2014 he has coached at Polytechnic School in Pasadena and currently serves as the head coach for varsity baseball. He is a member of several professional organizations: the NIAAA (National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association), NASPE (National Association for Sport and Physical Education) and the ABCA (American Baseball Coaches Association). He is also a PLC (Play Like a Champion) certification instructor, volunteering his time and conducting several coaching certification courses throughout the school year on behalf of the CYO.