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AAU, Club, and Travel Hockey Costs: Registration, Equipment, and Travel…OH MY

Whether AAU, Club, or Travel, hockey is one of the most expensive sports to play. The equipment required throughout the typical travel hockey player’s 10-year involvement with the sport, combined with travel, registration fees, and instruction, quickly adds up. As ESPN senior writer Steve Wulf documented with his own daughter’s experiences, the total easily can approach $50,000.

AAU, Club, and Travel Hockey Registration Costs

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

The bad news: If your child sustains an injury / illness 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. Equipment, provided it still fits, will still be available to use when your ice hockey player is healthy. However, the registration fee, which is the most expensive cost? That’s gone.

The good news: That doesn’t have to be the case. With hockey 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 hockey programs are thousands of dollars. And, leagues have a strict “No Refund” policy, meaning that if your hockey player gets hurt or can’t play, you’re stuck having to pay.

Until Sports Refund.

We offer hockey 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 hockey.

This is having a huge effect on our children. Medical professionals have noted the increase in ‘recurring use’ injuries. From concussions to elbow bursitis to a host of knee and back overuse ailments, these injuries have historically been more associated with aging veteran professionals — think Eric Lindros’s career cut short by chronic concussion symptoms, or Pavel Bure’s early retirement after years of chronic knee pain.

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 Hockey 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 hockey athlete’s physical well-being is covered by your health insurance. Their equipment, should it be stolen or damaged outside of normal wear-and-tear, is probably covered by home owner’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 Hockey and Travel Hockey Season Interruption Insurance: An example

Lisa Jones’ family paid $5,000 for an elite travel ice hockey registration running from November through February (120 days). Ten days into the season, Lisa suffers a separated shoulder.

With just 20 days left in the ice hockey season, Lisa is ready to return to the ice. She missed 90 days (75%) of the season, but her family has still had to pay the full $5,000 registration fee.

If Lisa’s family had Sports Refund season interruption insurance, at a cost of about $230, they would receive a check for $3,750–75% of the season’s total registration fee.

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Travel hockey is a "no refund" business.

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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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