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Stretching Your Dollar... Ways to keep the cost down with school sports

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By Maureen O'Boyle - bio | email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Middle school students enrolled in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools will find out this week if they made their football teams.  It is also the time parents will have to pay up. 

Due to budget constraints, CMS implemented a pay to play it rule this school year. 

Students in middle school must pay $50 per sport, and high school students must pay $100 per sport.  When you add to that cost the price of a physical, and the gear necessary to play the sport, the expense of playing can really add up.

CMS wants to make sure parents are aware, if your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch, the fee can be waived.  But keep in mind, you have to make sure all the proper paperwork is filled out and submitted on time to your child's school. 

If you are looking for good deals on sports gear, have a candid conversation with your child or grandchild.  Explain to them that name brands add significantly to the overall cost. 

Several of the big box stores, like Wal-Mart, have reasonable prices on sports gear.  You might not get the famous brand you want, but your child will have the equipment they need to play the game.

There are also several "Play It Again Sports" stores located throughout the Charlotte area.

Recently, I visited the location on Pineville-Matthews Road.  Owner Jay Douglass showed me some of the cleats they offer and most of them "close outs." 

Shoes that would have cost about $40 at a sporting goods store, sell for just under $30 at Play It Again Sports. 

Like most discount stores, you will want to visit the store often as their supply varies from day to day. 

Douglass said there was a major run on the football gear a couple of weeks ago, but they still have some cleats.

If you have ever participated in team sports, you know that it has a far-reaching impact on your life. 

Being part of a team helps youngsters develop skills that we can't hone by opening a book.

Click here for more information about CMS sports.

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