i posted this over on JudoInfo.com... not at all surprising that nobody replied.
It costs $50 to join USA Judo (USJI)
Seeing how so many people want to complain about funding, or the lack of it, I just thought some of you would like to know where some of that money goes. Mind you, i am going to approx these costs, i do have the real figures, but for the sake of simplified math, this will do fine.
out of the $50..
$5 goes to the state organization
$30 goes to insurance.
take that $15 and multiply it by 5000 (the high end of JI membership numbers)
and you have $75,000 to divide between running the national office, sponsoing athletes, referee education, coaching, medical, and everything else.
$50 divided by 12 (months)
is just over $4 a month.
so, for less than what most 12 year olds spend at starbucks you get the amount of money we give the USJI to operate USA Judo. and yet, we somehow think there is room to complain about how the money is spent.
if USA Judo charged $75 a year ($6.25 a month) for membership it would then have an additioanl $125,000 per year to allocate to athletes. yet, i am positive that if they raised the membership fees to $75 so many people would gripe, scream, yell, cuss and throw a hissy-fit that membership would drop.
so, i dont know.. but, personally.. i am more than willing to pay $7 a month to belong to USA Judo and help athletes like Aaron, Ronda, Marti, Ryan, Carrie, Nina, Heidi and all the rest. hell, i think i'd even be willing to pay $10 a month (gasp) !!!!!
i guess the real question is who isnt willing to?