The Geraldton Amateur Basketball Association season commenced on Monday with a significant change in fee structure.
Both juniors and seniors have incurred a price rise when signing up for the 14/15 season as the season's fees now incorporate stadium entry fees.
Players and spectators no longer have to pay when they walk into the stadium, except during finals.
Depending on the club, some junior fees have increased $80, and senior fees up to $90 from last season.
With approximately 21 games in a season for a senior, and last season's door entry for seniors being $5 per game, it would have cost over $100 a year for door entry. So with an appoximate increase of $90 to fees and not paying every time you walk in, a player is actually saving money, should they attended all of their games.
Actual fee increases to individuals are set by the clubs and not GABA, and include other variables including how many players are on the team.
GABA president Peter Brown said he hadn’t received complaints about the price changes and that many seemed happy with the change.
GABA numbers show that there are 10 more junior teams nominated this season year but 4-less senior teams.
Mr Brown also said that GABA had extended the time that fees had to be paid by clubs.
Here how the GABA's fees to clubs differ from last year:
Junior Team Nomination: $600 per team
Player Levy: $20
Senior team nomination Div 1: $1200 per team
Senior team nomination Div 2: $1100 per team
Senior team nomination other div: $1000 per team
Friday: $3 for players and spectators
Saturday/Sunday: $2 for players and spectators
Senior Players: $5
Senior Spectators: $3
Junior Team Nomination: $1,040 per team
Player Levy: $20
Senior team nomination Div 1: $2,090 per team
Senior team nomination Div 2: $1,970 per team
Senior team nomination other div: $1,850 per team
FREE entry for spectators and players for the whole season, excluding finals, for Junior and Seniors.
All Finals for Juniors – Spectators and players: $3 each
All Finals for Seniors – Spectators and players: $5 each