The Kanata Baseball Association (KBA) is a non-profit membership organization that operates to offer baseball programs for youth and young adults in the communities it serves. KBA is 100% run by volunteers and does not receive external funding to run its programs. Therefore, the fees charged for programs must be set to recover the costs incurred to run them.
KBA offers two streams of organized baseball: House and Rep. House programs are operated under Little League as part of Ontario District 2 of Little League Canada. Rep programs are operated under the National Capital Ontario Baseball Association (NCOBA) affiliate of the Ontario Baseball Association (OBA). Both programs are priced to be financially self-sufficient and neither program cross-subsidizes the other.
Below are charts that highlight how the association fees for each stream are spent. These charts represent the average proportion of fees that goes toward each cost category. Each chart is an average in total for its stream and it is important to note that there is some variability within the cost categories by age groups within each stream. Also, as you review, please remember that the pie pieces represent what proportion of your fee is put towards the cost category... these charts are percentages, not dollars.
Much like any other youth sport, the cost of fields absorbs the biggest proportion of fees. Kanata contracts with the City of Ottawa for the right to use diamonds throughout the season. Within House, depending on age group and coach, players can expect 2-3 field touches per week and enjoy 10-12 games per two-month session. Within Rep, players can expect 3-5 touches per week and enjoy approximately 20-24 games per four-month season.
Indoor time is the cost of renting workout space during the winter. Within the Rep stream, this is the cost of shared weekly workouts at an indoor facility that normally run from early January to late April. Within the House stream, indoor time is used for evaluations and sort-outs in mid April.
Team administration costs are direct costs that can be attributed to each team. In KBA’s House programs, this includes Little League Canada charter fees, insurance, registration fees, uniform costs and trophies/awards. In KBA’s Rep programs, team administration costs include Ontario Baseball fees, insurance, registration fees, coach training and coach uniforms. Note that in the Rep stream, players are responsible to purchase their own uniforms.
Association administration costs are indirect costs that the association incurs to operate. Examples include room rentals, equipment storage, equipment repairs, season-end cleaning of equipment and uniforms, supplies, personal protective equipment and depreciation.
Umpire costs include games, training costs and providing umpires with hats and shirts.
Equipment and consumables are the costs associated with providing teams with balls, bats, catcher gear, an allocation of cost for umpire protective gear as well as clay and chalk made available at diamonds for each game regardless of stream.
KBA remains committed to providing value for all its members. In the event of significant change, KBA will adjust its fees and refund its members accordingly. For instance, during the pandemic in 2020, KBA undertook the several actions to address value for its membership:
Hopefully this article helps to clarify how association fees are used to fund your child’s baseball experience. KBA knows it is important for you as a parent to understand your association’s financial operations, and KBA’s goal is to be transparent with its finances. For more details on KBA programs, please feel free to consult our website at www.kanatabaseball.com. Additionally, for KBA Rep families, coach letters on the KBA website provide a lot more detail on what to expect from each individual team.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch with any member of your KBA executive via the email addresses that can be found on the KBA website under “about us\contacts”.