Coach Benny Q. (Tennis) stated, “Our school donation is $40 to play or players are asked to donate balls. If there was no donation of balls, it would be a lot harder to practice. In the past, coaches had to buy balls to make sure that the players had them to play with.” Coach Benny continued though that if students do not pay the donation fee they are not kicked off the team. Sometimes athletes cannot afford the equipment to play a sport. For tennis Coach Benny added, “Racquets cost $40-$350, but it’s hard to provide a racquet to a player who doesn’t have one unless some kids offer to sell their old ones or give a racquet to the coaches.”
Football is a little different. At Costa Mesa High School Football has a well-organized Booster program. Daniel Lawerence was quick to state, “It’s free,” about the football program. Oliver Ferris expanded, “Football is free to players because football fundraises. They can’t make you pay. Schools like Newport Harbor have to pay like $900, but our school pays like $150 and there are more than enough opportunities to fundraise.”
Sagang Wee, a senior that has played Water Polo at Mesa said, “If players can’t afford the sport, there’s always a plan to make sure they can afford it.” Although most of the sports at Costa Mesa High School require the students to make a donation or pay for their uniforms, the coaches and athletic department always find a way to help the students pay for the sport that they wish to play. The Costa Mesa High School coaches don’t want money to be an issue as long as the students keep their grades up and show commitment to the sport that they wish to play there will always be a way to find the money required for the sport, uniform, and/or anything that requires a payment in that particular sport.