Q: I am the girls’ volleyball coach. I would like to encourage my players to pay their volleyball fees with group fundraisers. Can I require all girls to participate? Can I require those who are eligible for fee waivers to participate? —Coach
A: You probably cannot require all athletes to participate. HOWEVER, if you make serving at the homeless shelter or having a car wash (with some fundraising potential) a spirit building or morale boosting activity and part of the volleyball team experience, a requirement for team membership is probably OK.
If students expect to benefit from team fundraising efforts, they can be required to participate. You should be sensitive to individual student situations–some are contributing to their family’s income and some may not have transportation to the school or to an activity. For others, a Saturday activity may interfere with their religion.
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