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Looking for fundraising ideas for softball teams? Softball has become one of the most popular sports. Not only are there plenty of school softball teams, fast pitch teams, summer leagues and traveling teams, but there are also a number of co-ed softball teams and softball teams that cater to retired baseball players. Regardless of what type of softball league you belong to, the sport can be expensive. There are fees for team uniforms, new equipment, training tools, umpire fees, and for travel expenses or tournament entry fees. Therefore, many softball teams look for softball fundraising initiatives to earn extra money to support their sport.
There are many softball fundraising campaigns to consider. However, softball fundraising ideas that are fun for the players to participate in and cater to a specific need will work best. Make sure to explain the cause for the fundraiser, as people are more willing to contribute to help if they understand where the money is going. Below are some great examples of successful softball fundraisers.
Plan a Fundraising Event
Why not consider organizing a fun event to raise money for your softball team? A fundraising event is just like planning a party or social gathering. Not only will team members have fun with the planning, but they'll also be working together with family, friends, community members and businesses thus strengthening the local commitment to the team or league. And with DoJiggy fundraising event software, collecting pledges, and managing all the details of the event couldn't be easier! Events can be virtually anything... from an afternoon picnic at the park to a large gala event with catered food and a silent auction. It all depends on your resources, budget and what is of interest to members of your team. If you belong to an adult softball league, you may want to consider a fundraising event that appeals to an older crowd such as a charity poker tournament.
Be creative! Look for local business to sponsor your event. For example, plan "dinner and a movie" fundraising event. Partner with a local theater to see if they can donate a cinema for one night for your fundraiser. Partner with the local pizza shop next door to donate $5 pizzas. Then charge $20 per person for dinner and a movie. Add a fundraising raffle for even more revenue! Contact local businesses to donate prizes and gift certificates to raffle off at your event. Set up a display table at the entrance of the movie theater and sell raffle tickets. Then, just before the movie starts, announce the winners. You'll have a very captive audience and distributing prizes will get the energy flowing in the room! Be sure to visit our creative fundraising event ideas page for even more ideas.
Hit-A-Thon or Pitch-a-Thon
A fun fundraising event for softball teams is a hit-a-thon or pitch-a-thon. This type of fundraiser works just like any walk-a-thon. Players ask relatives, friends, neighbors to make a pledge donation to help a certain "cause" to cover tournament fees, pay for new uniforms, etc. Pledge amounts can be calculated either by "per foot" that the ball is hit or the speed of a pitch. A pitch-a-thon may work best for a fast-pitch team. Contributors can also choose to donate a fixed amount. A great way to obtain a lot of pledges easily and quickly is through an online fundraising program like DoJiggy Pledge. Players create personal pledge pages where they upload photos, explain their mission and have people make secure donations online. Participants can send out an email donation request letter that includes a link to the online pledge page.
Planning a hit-a-thon or pitch-a-thon in conjunction with another event tends to work really well to increase attendance. For example, host the fundraiser on team picture day when parents, players and friends are already gathered together to take team and individual photos for the season. For more information about hosting an "a-thon" fundraising event including sample pledge forms, participant registration, forms and "how-to" planning guidelines, visit our walk-a-thon resource center.
Community Yard Sale
Whether you play for a community league or a school, there's a good chance that members of your team are part of the same community. Perhaps you'd be interested in hosting a fundraising community yard sale or similar type of community-based fundraiser? Summer is prime-time softball season, which also happens to be the best time for yard sales. In fact, people often dedicate days to drive around specifically looking for yard sales to hit-up for great deals. Take advantage of this opportunity and organize a community yard sale to raise funds for your softball team. Encourage team members to clean out closets and garages for items they'd like to pass along. Ask friends and neighbors to contribute as well. Often people have things they'd like to donate because they don't have the time or energy to organize their own garage sale.
Look into a popular community spot to host your event such as a community recreation center or school gymnasium. Promote the event: put up flyers on popular bulletin boards around the community, post ads on Cragslist, and encourage team members to spread the word. Engage team members and their families to work at the garage sale. You'll need people to set-up, tear-down, manage money, label tables and price items. Make it fun! Play music at the event, and sell lemonade and snacks for additional revenue.
Softball team sponsorships
Lastly, don't forget to consider team sponsorships to help bring in money for your softball team expenses. Players, coaches and parents can help identify and reach out to local businesses to ask for sponsorship donations. Your softball team may want to establish various levels of sponsorship and outline the benefits sponsors will receive at each level prior to requesting donations. Businesses may be more likely to support the team, knowing that they will receive something in exchange for their donation. Benefits could include company logo on team uniforms, links and advertisements from the team web site, and recognition on team trophies and plaques. If a local restaurant comes on board as a sponsor, offer to host team parties at their establishment. This is a great benefit for restaurant owners as you'll be introducing parents and community members to their restaurant, who will hopefully become regular customers. Don't forget to ask sponsors permission to set up a donation jar at their establishment. You may be able to bring in some extra revenue from customers willing to throw in a few extra bucks to support your cause.
As with any fundraising sponsor, be sure to thank sponsors for their contributions. Sending a thank you letter at the end of the season, recognizing sponsor contributions on a team web site or newsletter, and inviting sponsors to team parties are all great ways to show appreciation and possibly bring them back again in future years.
There are a lot of excellent fundraising sales opportunities for softball teams as well. From selling flower bulbs and discounted gardening services to kick-off the arrival of summer to selling fundraising discount cards which provide great value to the purchaser through numerous discounts at local businesses within the community. Fundraising sales can make for a fun team fundraiser because it encourages healthy competition and offers a chance to motivate team members by providing incentives for top performers. There are plenty of alternative sports fundraising ideas that can be applied to a softball team, so please take the time to read through the various pages until you find the right fundraiser for your group!