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AAU, Club, and Travel Basketball Costs: Is the high cost worth the madness of March?

Whether AAU, Club, or Travel, basketball is an expensive sport to play. Extra training and out-of-state tournaments, combined with travel, registration fees, and instruction, quickly adds up. As USA Today recently documented, unless your child is lucky enough to be sponsored, the costs can be high.

AAU, Club, and Travel Basketball Registration Costs

Registration fees vary widely. A single-season Club, Travel, or AAU basketball registration fee, depending on league level, can easily cost several thousands of dollars.

The bad news: If your child picks up an injury or is otherwise unable to play, you are stuck having paid the registration fee. Travel, provided tickets haven’t already been purchased, can be money saved. Although equipment and gear are minimal and can be used when your basketball player is healthy, the registration fee, which is the most expensive cost, is gone.

The good news: That doesn’t have to be the case. With basketball registration insurance from Sports Refund, if your athlete can’t play, you don’t pay. Simple as that.

How Affordable Is Sports Refund?

Registration fees for AAU, Club, and Travel basketball programs can be thousands of dollars. Leagues typically have a strict “No Refunds” policy, meaning that if your basketball player gets hurt or can’t play, you’re stuck having to pay.

Until Sports Refund.

We offer basketball season interruption insurance policies. Our policies cover the registration fees for sports programs and cost less than 5% of the total registration fee, on average. If your child can’t play, you don’t pay.

Why Do I Need Sport Registration Insurance?

AAU, Club, and Travel sports require commitment from their athletes. The days of children cycling through sports with the calendar are largely gone, and most sports now are year-round schedules–even basketball.

This is having a huge effect on our children. Medical professionals have noted the increase in ‘recurring use’ injuries. With year-round play commonplace, ankle injuries can be season-ending and knee injuries often require surgical corrections. Although these maladies have been associated with professional ballers in the past, today’s youth injuries are on a rise, which may be in part due to overuse and increased time on the court.

Players, parents, and coaches all are more aware of the health concerns and the potential long-term impacts that come with increased and early specialization. Sports Refund protects you from ever having to balance the money spent against your child’s long-term health. And with our easy sign-up system and low-cost coverage, there are no hurdles to clear. It’s as simple as:

Can’t Play? Don’t Pay!

What and Who Does Sports Refund Cover?

Sports Refund covers both individual AAU, Club, and Travel Basketball players and teams/groups. Coverage is available for all players under the age of 26.

How Does Sports Refund Work?

Your Club, Travel, or AAU basketball athlete’s physical well-being is covered by your health insurance. Their equipment and gear, should it be stolen or damaged outside of normal wear-and-tear, is probably covered by homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. Even travel costs can be insured.

But the registration fee (which is typically the most expensive costs)? That is virtually always non-refundable. With Sports Refund’s season interruption insurance, however, your family is protected against real financial loss.

All you have to do is sign up. That’s it. No examinations, no long questionnaires.

AAU Basketball and Travel Basketball Season Interruption Insurance: An example

Tyler’s family paid $6,000 for an elite travel basketball registration running from April through July (120 days). Ten days into the season, Tyler suffers a high ankle sprain.

With just 20 days left in the basketball season, Tyler is ready to return to the court. He has missed 90 days (75%) of the season, but his family has still had to pay the full $6,000 registration fee.

If Tyler’s family had Sports Refund season interruption insurance, at a cost of about $170, they would have received a check for $4,500–75% of the season’s total registration fee.

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An estimated 5%-10% of youth sports programs provide a refund when a player loses playing time due to injury.

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