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Steamboat Springs High School athletic funding again will be a major budget discussion

Tier 1 sports

Includes: basketball, cross-country, football, soccer, speech, track and field, volleyball

Tier 1 sports are funded fully by the Steamboat Springs School District. Athletes pay a $150 participation fee and $30 transportation fee.

Tier 2 sports

Includes: baseball, cheerleading, golf, hockey, lacrosse, skiing (Alpine and Nordic), tennis and wrestling

Tier 2 sports were self-funded as recently as the 2007-08 school year, and parents had to drive participating athletes to and from games.

To avoid liability issues and increase student safety, the district decided four years ago to fund transportation for Tier 2 sports (athletes pay a $30 transportation fee). It also changed the funding system so that some coaches’ salaries were funded through a $150 participation fee paid by student athletes.