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Thursday 7th of November 2019, 17:49
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82.132.218.157 | Mon 28th Oct 2019 - 10:54
 
How much do you all pay for your cheer costumes? Do you hire or do you buy them from your teams? I’m appalled at the price to buy from our coaches and was looking at what the going rate is for them and hoping she isn’t marking them up from furious parent
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86.175.237.107 | Mon 28th Oct 2019 - 11:15
 
They can vary greatly but I would say anything from £100-£200 for a good quality one, sometimes more. They really are expensive to buy
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thatgirl (103) | Mon 28th Oct 2019 - 11:33
 
@post1 cheer is an expensive sport, unfortunately, and I doubt that there's a markup in the price you've been given.
"Decent" uniforms range from £120 and can be as much as £300

As far as I know, programmes don't tend to rent them out to athletes (usually gets done by worlds/national teams) due to the large upfront costs associated with them. Also, because of the varied physical sizes of athletes plus kids growing etc

Maybe speak directly to your coach instead?
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213.205.192.144 | Mon 28th Oct 2019 - 12:05
 
Uniforms are very expensive. Average prices aid above are about right.

But even if your coach is adding a mark up what's wrong with that? I don't see an issue with a small mark up for any cuts associated with cheer. These aren't items you can just buy off the shelf. They take hours of work with designers going back and forth, time spent trying to sort and organise sizing ande very thing else that goes into organising large amounts of logistical work for large amounts of people.

As long as the costs are outlined at the start of the season I just don't see why you have a right to be 'fuming'

Honestly people don't walk into tesco and get mad when they find out they out a mark up on chicken nuggets. The attitude some parents have to cheer trams being run as a business is astonishing.
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51.219.131.66 | Mon 28th Oct 2019 - 12:27
 
Cheer Uniforms (We prefer the word uniform to costumes) are very expensive. Usually they are made to order. They will also have been designed by the programme and will be unique to them - you will not be able to order it from elsewhere and the team will not be able to hire the uniforms.

My most recent uniform cost £170. Suppliers do vary a lot in costs, the cost will also very depending on the exact design of the uniform.

It is a shame that your Head Coach/Programme Director did not outline the cost for you at the start of the season so that you could have budgeted for it and not had an unpleasant surprise further down the line. I know some teams let you pay in installments but this isn't always possible.
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86.175.237.107 | Mon 28th Oct 2019 - 14:13
 
Totally agree @post4. The time spent liaising to get the right uniforms designed, aranging measurements, sorting out who has and hasn't paid and collecting it is a lot of work for coaches plus the few (and I'm sure this happening in most clubs) that don't pay but coach orders them anyway and then those kids drop out leaving the club out of pocket.
As a photographer I charge a few pounds extra on products I order than the cost I pay for it and this is deemed normal practice for any company, why not in this instance as well as long as it's not a huge mark up I don't see any problem in it at all.
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82.132.218.198 | Mon 28th Oct 2019 - 19:07
 
Thanks for the responses but do you offer a receipt or delivery note to prove prices? I really like the costume no disputing that but seems a lot she’s asking for and it’s out with your margins
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2.217.102.104 | Mon 28th Oct 2019 - 19:32
 
If it's more than £200 and not for a worlds/summit team (or at least one competing in the worlds bid divisions) then I'd be suspicious, but anything less than that is the norm. I think any coach would be pretty offended if you asked for a receipt from the supplier to prove the actual cost.
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82.132.231.53 | Mon 28th Oct 2019 - 21:05
 
@post7, I've had receipts from clubs before but I wouldn't demand one from a supplier. Do you go to Topshop and ask for the receipt for the supplier?

How much are they charging? Do you know what brand the uniforms are?
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86.175.237.107 | Mon 28th Oct 2019 - 22:21
 
i would never dream of asking for the price they pay, thats so rude. if your not happy then maybe thats not the club for you. ours have been 180-230 over the last 6 years and thats not including the bows and footwear which can add another 100 to it if you are going for the bigger brands in footwear. we change our outfits every 2 years or so as well. this is the norm in the majority of clubs.
then we can add on the outer wear which adds on another 160 for the full legging, crop top, t shirt and jacket.
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188.221.134.141 | Tue 29th Oct 2019 - 09:06
 
You certainly can get cheaper uniforms - we have a sublimated design that costs around £60 per person (plus bow and shoes etc.) but I have previously paid up to £280 for a uniform.

If it is printed/sublimated and she is asking for more than £80 then I would ask questions, but for rhinestones, cut outs and mesh etc. £150+ is reasonable.

I would take it personally if my parents started asking for receipts for items. Agreed with @post4 that the coach is within their right to add a mark up. If the approximate price was not advised at the start of the season then I would raise this issue however.
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151.231.0.66 | Tue 29th Oct 2019 - 22:10
 
I’m not saying they shouldn’t add a mark up but at least be upfront about it, and I do get a receipt if I buy from a shop and can see the bloody price legitimately! Maybe it’s just be but I think it’s very suspicious that no one is that upfront and for that price I’d want a receipt as it’s still a sale of goods and falls under the sale of goods whose then responsible for faulty goods? Coach? Company? Without a receipt what do you do?
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86.175.237.107 | Tue 29th Oct 2019 - 23:52
 
I dont feel they have to disclose the mark up, if your not happy dont pay it and pick a team with a cheaper uniform? As for faulty goods, if that happened I'm sure your coach would make sure the uniform was ok with no problems with it, companies are pretty good at fixing any mistakes as far as iv seen the last thing they would want is for someone to not have a usable one.
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213.205.192.144 | Wed 30th Oct 2019 - 10:55
 
@post12, you're missing the point. Yes you would get a receipt from a a shop but that receipt doesn't state on it what the store paid for the goods does it? Honestly...

Im sure your coach will issue you with a receipt should you want it, but as you are buying the uniform from the team or programme you would get a receipt from them for the price you paid.

If you are saying you didn't know the coadt of the uniform before agreeing to have your hold on the team then there is some basis for feeling misled but given how parents are at taking note of important information I'd wager that isn't likely.

Cheer can be an expensive sport, but just be thankful your child isn't into horse riding!
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151.231.0.66 | Wed 30th Oct 2019 - 11:26
 
I’m aware it’s costly but the point your failing to understand is I don’t have an issue with it being marked up a bit that’s to be expected but we don’t get an overview or anything and that’s the problem! It’s a business I get it but when do you stop not only that it’s all the other items bags, T-shirt’s onesies etc and full well knowing the T-shirt’s they are printed on is the basic of basic tops and your being charged £22 that’s an amazing amount to mark up along with class fees that seem to be getting out of hand as well as open tumble classes, mandatory clinics and all the extra practices that are asked for too we were told you’ll
Never be more than x amount a week but on the weeks that these extra classes are your over that x amount so it is very much misleading and knowing the kids don’t want to be left out or embarrassed because everyone else is getting stuff so your hands are tied up your bank not o my that too we all pay insurance do any of you know what that covers? I certainly don’t, I get insurance and I get a policy with details of what I’m insured for but when you ask you get nothing or ignored or your paying for a child to teach your child and when you question it you get told they’re junior coaches (totally accept they have to learn) but what happens if a child gets injured within that class that the child is teaching and the head coach is too busy and makes every excuse to blame or play down the injury or the cause of the injury because she was supervising???? My daughter loves cheer and hates me rocking the boat but I think they are legitimate questions
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86.175.237.107 | Wed 30th Oct 2019 - 11:58
 
it sounds like you have many many different issues with your gym, if you have so little faith in them then as stated previously, maybe cheerleading or this gym isnt for you. majority of junior coaches will have gone through their qualifications, its become popular over the last few years
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213.205.192.231 | Wed 30th Oct 2019 - 12:33
 
@post15, depending on where your team bought their t-shirts from £22 may not have much if a markup on it! Yes the t-shirts are cheap as blanks but companies are easily charging £18-£20 for some designs now. If you want them cheaper make your own design, take them to a screen printer yourself and have them done for £7-£8
I refuse to believe Onesies are compulsory. It's pretty standard to be paying £100 a year for practice kit.

You are going to absolutely ruin cheerleading for your daughter and it's going to leave one hell of a bitter taste in her mouth. You are the type of parent who is going to get your daughter kicked off the program, no matter how good the athlete is it's going to get to the point where it's not worth dealing with your bs anymore. Honestly your attitude here p**ses me off and I'm only reading it. To live through your crap must be a nightmare. Get a grip. Start your own damn squad if you think you can do it better and just hope to god you don't meet another parent like you
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62.232.73.90 | Wed 30th Oct 2019 - 12:41
 
its not a costume ffs it is a uniform
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62.232.73.90 | Wed 30th Oct 2019 - 12:50
 
God forbid you were a parent at the club I go to. You seem ridiculous. Dance, Football, Gymnastics all charge as much as cheerleading. GET A GRIP WOMAN. You are also thick you do realise. As soon as you pay for this you will get a receipt from the club. If it is damaged the first question would be did you follow the correct instructions on cleaning. Is it an issue with other ATHLETES (because that is what they are uniforms. They would then contact the supplier for issues that aren't your fault about this. Seriously I think you need to find a new sport for your daughter.
Tops are expensive to buy and print
Shoes Expensive
Uniforms Expensive
She should be marking it up about a couple of £ in my opinion. This is called admin fees and her and other coaches WAGES you know someone needs to get paid for designing the uniform with the supplier and ordering them
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86.175.237.107 | Wed 30th Oct 2019 - 12:51
 
Well said @post17
It does seem you have many many problems, as for being hurt, my daughter has come in after practice battered and bruised but that's part and parcel of it I'm afraid. If it was a serious injury I'm sure the coach would of been all over it but the reality is your kid is going to come back sore and hurt sometimes, it just makes them tougher and stronger people. Junior coaches are an asset to teams and have most likely paid to receive their creditnitals so they are able to help in class. I'm assuming this is your first season, try and enjoy it. Comps will be soon and when you see your child on that stage, working together with her team after all the hard work they have been putting in that year it will be worth it, if not find something else for her to do. You dont take into account all the coaches costs for this, they have to spend weekends away at comps, pay for training, music and a host of other things I probably cant even think off. Give them a break or move on
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thatgirl (103) | Wed 30th Oct 2019 - 14:42
 
@post18 LOOOL!!!

@post15 £22 for a custom made tshirt is fair especially in the UK.
Gosh, Top Gun charge $45 for t-shirts
I don't believe many cheer coaches exploit to the levels you seem to have convinced yourself. If you don't feel like the responses in this post are satisfactory, just speak to the coach and if you can't work out a payment plan or whatever, then cheer might not be the sport for you!

Cheerleading is an expensive sport, but as @post20 so eloquently put it, it might be worth it when you see your child competing.
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51.219.131.66 | Wed 30th Oct 2019 - 16:48
 
@post15, I do think you have some valid points (I think some people are getting a bit defensive and shooting you down). It sounds like your daughter's team need to be more transparent. Laying out the costs at the start of the season before you commit and clarifying what is compulsory and what is extra. The costs do add up quickly but if you had known about them at the start of the season you may have been able to budget for it or made a different decision about where you send your child.

That said, coaches may well offer receipts for uniforms but this will be from then. Usually the coach is invoiced for the full cost for everyone's kit rather than individuals. As others have said, do you query every supplier for the wholesale cost?
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86.175.237.107 | Wed 30th Oct 2019 - 21:09
 
i agree people are defensive, the way it was written is accusing her coach to be swindling her when it appears to be very average costs. maybe just asking instead of stating she was fuming would of been received better from the forum users. she sounds like shes out looking for trouble imho. i agree with previous post that costs are normally outlined at the start of the year but many parents dont bother to read it properly. coaches know this is an expensive sport and they are hardly living the high life on the back of doing this. a change in attitude and maybe just speaking to them to clarify thing in regards to cost instead would of been a better idea.
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151.231.0.66 | Thu 31st Oct 2019 - 07:10
 
Maybe not worded the best however I agree everything should’ve been listed at the beginning ignore the season and it wasn’t! I actually queried last night and practice and was told it is what it is and actually asked for what the insurance covers and was told no...maybe not the right team for us all I need is sheer transparency and be upfront but not at this team
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31.50.167.215 | Tue 5th Nov 2019 - 22:31
 
I still wanna know how much this uniform is. Everyone has outlined their costs and she is still saying it’s above average lol. I hope they’re head to toe rhinestones
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86.175.237.107 | Tue 5th Nov 2019 - 23:10
 
Lol @post25
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151.231.1.185 | Wed 6th Nov 2019 - 04:44
 
The costumes are £310! Sorry uniforms
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188.29.164.178 | Wed 6th Nov 2019 - 08:06
 
Wow, yeah unless you're on a team going to NCA/Summit/Worlds that is crazy expensive.
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82.132.238.112 | Wed 6th Nov 2019 - 10:51
 
Thanks now maybe some will acknowledge off it not a worlds team all the teams wear it from tinys to seniors and yes all sizes are the same 🤔 even at 200-250 for that is expensive! I have a friend whose daughter is on another team and they pay £100 at the start of the season and you get that back when you turn your costume in how can it vary so much from team to team?
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87.242.206.110 | Wed 6th Nov 2019 - 13:05
 
£310 I wouldn't pay that. How many seasons are they keeping it for? I hope at least three at that price. My uniform was £160 and we have it for a couple of seasons.
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89.242.189.56 | Wed 6th Nov 2019 - 15:55
 
Does anyone else pay a hire fee every year for the same costume they’ve had for years?
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94.4.165.16 | Wed 6th Nov 2019 - 16:02
 
@post29, Re the £100 refundable deposit who then is paying for the uniform ? It cant be free ! The cost must have been factored into other fees and the deposit is to cover the cost of athletes pinching it.
I hate the changing uniforms every other season thing. Its sooooo wasteful. I think as a sport we need to look at our impact and have a team uniform that doesn't change and we can pass on from athlete to athlete.
As it is is just consumerism.
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82.132.218.12 | Wed 6th Nov 2019 - 19:20
 
Apparently they are for 3:4 seasons! But on top of all that we have three other costumes too purchase so it’s a small fortune just under £1000 in November before Xmas and then comp fees also on top just think it could e been managed better
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86.168.26.108 | Wed 6th Nov 2019 - 20:08
 
@post33, Stop calling them costumes. You've been asked not to already... I find it insulting to cheerleading as a sport. I wear a uniform not a costume
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82.132.217.176 | Wed 6th Nov 2019 - 21:06
 
For the record @post34 I was referring to other dance costumes not the cheer UNIFORM pipe down love and for your info it was stated they were uniforms not costumes so shut it
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86.168.26.108 | Wed 6th Nov 2019 - 21:41
 
In your @post27 you made it sound mocking with the correcting yourself. You said three "other" costumes which implies that you still consider the first to be a costume.

Agreeing to put your kid in four different routines without checking out the costs seems very daft "love"
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213.205.242.177 | Wed 6th Nov 2019 - 23:13
 
Calling uniforms costumes comes as part of the new to cheer crazy parent starter pack
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86.175.193.160 | Wed 6th Nov 2019 - 23:53
 
What team are you on? im interested to see what the uniforms look like at comp
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151.231.1.185 | Thu 7th Nov 2019 - 00:26
 
Anything but cheer crazy, and again the coach has had all summer to
Sort it out and leaves it until now to start with the costs so not so daft “love”!!! Costumes and uniforms are the same thing bunch of pompous know it all all keen to jump on the band wagon ! Maybe I need a better organised team it’s a well known team
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86.183.203.118 | Thu 7th Nov 2019 - 00:38
 
which one @post39
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51.219.131.66 | Thu 7th Nov 2019 - 12:59
 
It is a good job that this forum is anonymous so your daughter can't see your rudeness. You should have checked out all the associated costs before signing your daughter up to a new sport, it would suck if you have to change teams because you didn't do your research
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82.132.219.205 | Thu 7th Nov 2019 - 15:08
 
There isn’t research and their is being last minute! I, for one like time and had hat been the case it would’ve been fine but she springs it on you and then expects no one to say a thing!! I may be a rookie but certainly don’t claim to be a know it all either and my rudeness😂 ppl getting ridiculous because I called it a costume and not a uniform it’s dance and gymnastics not the flipping army!! Seems parents take t too seriously and I bet there kids are the rude ones to newbies disgraceful
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82.132.185.16 | Thu 7th Nov 2019 - 17:43
 
Plenty of coaches coach voluntarily and work full time and/or have families of their own. They may not have had all summer, especially when suppliers can take ages to get back to you with a design and a cost. Maybe be considerate of your kids coach before slating them on a public forum
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213.205.194.197 | Thu 7th Nov 2019 - 17:49
 
@post42, This is definitely not a parent, the grammar is terrible. I mean I am sure the child could definitely string together something more coherent.
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