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Curious where the money goes?
Posted By: Dave
Date: Wednesday, 14 January 2009, at 9:14 a.m.
This is not intended as a complaint, but I was an accountant before I retired and I didn't know the answer to these questions and perhaps someone can assist me. Thanks
I was looking at the 2009 calendar of events and I may be able to attend only one contest. The current cost of entry is approximately $105 ($45 for USAPL membership plus $60 entry fee).
I can only do the BP, so this made me stop and wonder why does it cost so much for me to have 3 Bench Press attempts ($35 per attempt) in a contest?
Almost all the organizations that I belong to give their members an annual summary of income and expenses, but I haven't seen that from the USAPL. How are my $45 annual dues used and didn't they go up this year?
Most organizations generally summarize or list all the membrship benefits. What benefits do I receive for my $45 per year? I am only aware of receiving a membership card and the National Web site. I presume the bulk of my dues are used to subsidize the 20-30 elite lifters and coaches that attend international meets. is this accurate?
I acknowledge that there is a lot of work and expense to conducting a contest, but does anyone have a budget of expenses and how many lifters are necessary to breakeven at $60 per lifter?
How much of that entry fee goes back to run the State and National offices?
Are the spotters, referees, etc volunteers or are they paid? If they are paid how much are they paid?
As a local lifter master lifter who can only attend one contest a year, I was just wondering why we don't have more local gym contests that wouldn't have to cost as much, but would give more lifters an opportunity to test their progress?
Thanks in advance for your assistance.
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