What do my sports fees cover?
Tribe operates solely on a volunteer basis, so every dollar brought in is spent on operational expenses. Expenses for most programs include costs for facilities, uniforms, equipment, tournament fees, TAIAO membership fees, and referees. There are also administrative expenses for the whole organization, such as insurance, registration, etc. However, the sports fees charged to Tribe famililes are not enough to cover all of these costs. This is why we rely on sponsors and donations in order to cover the remaining expenses and keep costs as low as possible for parents.
What is your refund policy?
The deposit required to hold your spot on the team is never refundable. However, sports fees are refundable if the athlete withdraws before the season starts. The Tribe Family Pass fee is refundable as well, if no other sport has been previously played that year and no other sports will be played for the remainder of the year for which the Pass was purchased.
Why do you have priority enrollment?
Current Tribe families are given the opportunity to register for sports a few days before registration is opened up to new families. This is done as an effort to ensure returning players a spot on the team, which is especially important for seniors who might not get another chance to play before graduating.
Why do you have a waitlist for some sports?
Each sport has a maximum roster size at the beginning of the season. This helps allow more potential playing time per athlete and also helps keep our coaches from getting overwhelmed. Any athletes above the maximum number are put on a waitlist in case someone on the roster withdraws before the season starts.
Are the age requirements flexible?
No. If you are younger than 10 (11 for football) or older than 18 on September 1st of the current year, you are not eligible to play.
Is my athlete guaranteed playing time if they are on the team?
No. Tribe is not a 'pay-to-play' organization. Tribe's aim is to be a competitive organization; therefore, playing time in games is determined by the head coach at his or her own discretion. Coaches' decisions regarding an athlete's playing time should be based on a few factors, however. One is ability. All team members are given the same amount of coaching during practices, but these are competitive sports and the players with greater ability will be the starters. A second factor is seniority - returning players will usually be given more play time since they have invested more time on the team. Attendance and attitude also play a role. New athletes are encouraged to do their best, stay committed, and enjoy being part of the team while they earn their playing time at practice.
What do I do if I have a complaint or grievance about a coach and/or program?
The coach is responsible for handling any problems on his or her team. Please do not intervene, undermine, or confront Tribe coaches in matters regarding differences in coaching preferences or styles. However, if you have a complaint or grievance about a coach or program, please send an email detailing the situation to the Athletic Director AD@tribewarriors.com. The AD will assess how to best resolve the issue.
Do I get to keep my athlete's uniform at the end of the season?
No. All athletes must turn in their uniforms at the end of the last game of the season. If an athlete's uniform is unaccounted for at the end of the season, then a hold will be placed on that athlete's account and they will not be able to register for any other sports until the uniform is returned.
May I create my own t-shirt, social media account, or anything else using Tribe's name and/or logo?
In the past, coaches and parents have done much of the marketing and merchandising for Tribe, and we still need your support in getting our name out there to the community. But Tribe now has a Marketing Director in charge of merchandising and marketing. This has allowed us to create a consistent brand and helped to boost our merchandising revenue. More importantly though, it allows our leadership to fulfill their duty of protecting Tribe from any potential legal liability that could occur from our name being used for non-Tribe-related activities. Although we still need your support and would love to hear your marketing ideas, no one may use the Tribe name and/or logo without permission from Tribe's Marketing Director.
How do I support Tribe?
In addition to volunteer and prayer support for Tribe athletes, coaches, and leaders, you can support Tribe financially via the "Donate" page on our website. Tribe is a subsidiary of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so all donations are tax-deductible. You can also mail in check donations to P.O. Box 1277, Bastrop, TX 78602. Checks must be made out to 'Academy Funding of Bastrop' with 'FBO Tribe' written in the memo section.
How do I get involved?
I'm glad you asked! If you are looking to become a volunteer, go to the 'Volunteer' page on our website and click on the committee name(s) you'd like to join (you may also click on the chairman's name). You'll be able to email the chairman directly and they will let you know how you can help. If you are interested in being a chairman for one of the committees that doesn't currently have one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.