Adding Coaching Stipends through the Booster Club • Why do we need this? • Many positive reasons – Mostly benefiting students and performance on field. • Not illegal and not ethically wrong either. • Not circumventing the IRS and not violating any WIAA rules if handled properly. • Kids today need more attention at this level than ever before. • Coaches connect with student-athletes better. • Coaches passion for sport “rubs off” on kids & makes them more passionate about being successful people. • Ultimate teachers – students intrinsically motivated by sports to “do the right thing.” • Better run practices (more coaches = more specific drills). • More repetitions for players if each position is broken down. • More feedback in practice and games. • “More hands make for lighter work.” • Coaching is a “People business” - More important than buying pieces of equipment or uniforms, etc. • Why don’t they just volunteer? • Some coaches do & want nothing – have financial security that most do not or they have a son/daughter involved in program (not ideal situation at High School level). • Most young coaches cannot afford the time commitment of volunteering – large chunk of work day takes place during ideal practice times. • Gas prices - Wilmot is not ideal geographic location for many people. • Competition - Illinois pays much more for Coaching positions, other Kenosha area schools have more positions available. • We’ve had a state champion football player and a former NFL football player both not continue coaching with us because we could not give even slight compensation for their time and the drive. • Our goal is retention of good coaches and minimal effects on staffs when people quit, retire or leave. • Why come back the next year if there’s nothing in it for them? • Would you do your job for free? • How much time do coaches put in? • Football (standard work week – not including 2 week training camp – about 50 hours of work): • Mon-Wed Practices 3-6 PM (9 hours), • Thursday Freshman and JV games (4-5 hours), • Friday Varsity game (4 hours), • Saturday film, lift, coaches meeting (4 hours), • weekend film study (2-3 hours) • Weekly total - 24 hours of work x 8 week season = 192 hours + 50 camp hours • = estimated 242 hours in a season of work by a standard assistant coach. • $1800 (apx. half) stipend / 242 hours = $7.44 an hour. • So what we are asking for is below minimum wage – a pittance – for someone to work a lot of hours with our kids to help them get better and help divide responsibilities with our coaching staff. • Turnover is high in coaching these days - If a regular stipend coach quits, we have a replacement on deck that knows our team protocols and our kids. • “Ideal” Football Coaching Staff for Wilmot: 1. Head Football Coach 2. Varsity Offensive Coordinator (QBs) 3. Varsity Defensive Coordinator (LBs). 4. Varsity & JV Offensive Line Coach. 5. Varsity & JV Defensive Line Coach 6. JV Offensive Coordinator (Varsity WR’s) 7. JV Defensive Coordinator (JV Head Coach) 8. Freshman Head Coach (usually freshman team is around 45-50 kids) 9. Freshman Offensive Coordinator (RB’s) 10. Freshman Defensive Coordinator (DB’s) 11.Freshman & JV Assistant(s) - (because of sheer numbers) School gives a total of 9 stipend positions. • How other schools do this: • Touchy subject at many places – many coaches won’t speak with me about it for fear of losing ability to hire coaches - seem to fear negative “gossip.” • My conversations w/ coaches shows that it usually comes down to how either – school board, superintendent, and parents groups feel about it. – some “frown” upon it – feels like district cannot financially hold up, or parents feel, for some unexplained reason, that it is unethical. • However, many places do carry it out if everyone is able to “get on the same page.” • In all cases Coaches file necessary paperwork to be “volunteer” assistant so that they are background checked and covered by school’s Insurance policy. • Cudahy –Yearly Coaches clinic at school after season’s end– raise funds for 1 to 2 half-stipends based on need (of $1800 each). • Money is immediately deposited into school athletic account – football - and a check is cut to the assistant coach(es) within the week. • School issues a W9 to the coach and a 1099 to IRS for the check – the tax itself is not the school’s responsibility but the “contractor.” • Oak Creek’s QB Club – Very open about this – Boosters are very supportive and system has been in place for many years (going back to Joe Koch – carried 15-20 assistant coaches during very successful years). • Coach asks for extra stipend(s) for specific coaching positions (tells how many extra coaches there will be). • This year they paid out 8 extra positions ranging from $500 to $1800 depending on how much work the coach put in – Coach determines money payouts AFTER season’s end (Full or partial). • Boosters fund raise without specific student involvement – golf outing, social, clothing sales, signs & stickers, etc. • They openly share that these fundraisers go towards paying coaches. • After season is over and funds are raised, the booster club follows the same process of issuing W9 with the check and 1099 form to the IRS. • The school board and administrators are aware of all this as it has been in place for over 20 years. • Assistant is paid as an “independent contractor” – school issues W9 form to coach who is responsible for recording this on his/her tax return. • Burlington – Did not get back to me – Herm Christiansen will explain what he knows of their process from when he coached there on one of these stipends. • What are we asking for? • To use the Wilmot Coaching stipend scale and give out a “half-stipend” to coaches (of around $1600-$1800 if the coach is able to make a full-time commitment, or half of this if they are able to make a half-commitment). • Head Coaches would need to make a formal request of the booster club for the extra stipend(s) and a process would need to be initiated after this for approval and pay. • If Booster club approves of this, we would like to form a subcommittee to discuss this topic further, come back and report suggestions for a process that works within the confines of Wilmot. • I will volunteer to speak with superintendent and other administrators and explain what was discussed here tonight before moving any further. • Likewise, Coach Square and I will speak to other head coaches about this idea when it is figured out and get their support. • I guarantee that this will bring more interest from our coaches towards the success of booster club. • Nearly every coaching staff could/should benefit from added coaches, thus our students will benefit. • If the main issue is about how things “look,” lets set up a process that “looks right” and is easily explained to anyone concerned. • We hope to gain your support on this so we can help our kids and all of our programs to grow and be more successful! • Any questions?