One of the age old and most famous advertising slogans was Pepsodent's "Do you wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent?" After the past few weeks and disastrous weather we have had, a lot of parents and players who are now wondering where their entry fees went after their tournament was cancelled...
For an example we will use a ZAT tournament since it is the lowest entry fee charged for a tournament in Texas. Here is the breakdown of your entry fee:
$27 Entry fee charged for the tournament.
$3 Tennis Link charge to enter the tournament.
TOTAL ENTRY FEE: $30
Here are the expenses for the tournament:
$250 fee to the Texas Section for a sanctioning fee.
$1/singles entry to the Texas Section.
$1.50/doubles entry to the Texas Section
$2.95 cost for the medallion given to winners
Cost of tennis balls.
Cost of court rentals.
Cost of officials and tournament staff.
When a tournament is cancelled, the tournament does not have to pay court fees, fees for balls, or the cost of officials and tournament staff--yet, they get to keep the entry fee as if the tournament had been played.
Here are some thoughts and questions about this issue:
* Refund the sanctioning fee and player development fees to the tournament director.
* Since Tennis Link does not provide refunds, why not require them adapt their program to do so. In today's world, you know it can be done. The amount of refund should be consistent throughout the state.
* Since players have paid their entry fees in good faith, why not at least give them credit for the next tournament. It might take a little bookkeeping but with the profit margin it shouldn't be impossible.
* Why not allow a "cancelled tournament fee" which should be a reasonable amount (maybe $3 or $4) and then refund the rest to the player.
Some ZAT tournaments in Texas have well over 500 entries so you do the math when a tournament is cancelled. Perhaps its time for the leadership in Texas to rise up and do that which is right and fair.
A lot of parents and players throughout Texas would be interested in hearing your thoughts on this issue.