What is Boosters?

The Tam Boosters Club is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is elevate (boost!) Tam High Athletics by providing operational and growth funding (and other support) not provided by the Tamalpais Unified High School District.

What is the difference between the General Fund and Booster Team Accounts?

The General Fund is a pool of donated funds that can be distributed as needed either to un-met team or program operational (equipment, uniforms, transportation, etc.) or development needs (facility upgrades, score boards, athletic trainer, strength and conditioning, etc.). Booster Team Account funds are used for the same expenses but only for a specified sports team.

Where do those funds come from?

All funds come from parent/community donations: Booster membership fees, sponsorships (banner sales, etc.), Booster events and grants.

How do I access the funds as team parent or coach?

Once coaches/team parents complete thorough pre-season budget estimates, a team parent or coach must complete and submit the Fund Request Form to the Tam High Athletic Director. After establishing that a request conforms to funding requirements (needs based, fair and equitable for the whole program, within 501 (c) (3) rules, etc.), and if District funds are available, the AD will satisfy that request with District funds. If district funds are not available for a conforming request, the AD will forward the request to Boosters. Assuming the availability of funds and that the request conforms to Tam and Booster requirements, individual Team Booster Account funds will be used to satisfy that request. If individual Team Booster Account funds are not available the Booster “General Fund” may satisfy that request if funds are available.

Who can request these balances/statements?

Officially recognized Team Parent/volunteer and varsity program coaches.

What do the Boosters cover?

In theory, Booster funds cover any operational or program development need not met by District funds. This could include (but not be limited to): balls, pitching machines, blocking sleds, uniforms, field repair, facility improvement, weight room staff and programming, etc.

*Boosters does not fund gifts, “Spirit wear” that is not returned to the program, year-end celebrations, etc. Funds for these single season “team culture and climate” expenses must be raised by the teams themselves, and deposited into individual team ASB accounts only.

Does Boosters Reimburse teams for uniforms, awards, coach’s gifts, buses?

Uniforms generally fall squarely under the Booster umbrella if there is no budget from the district. All team uniforms are replaced as a matter of course on a set schedule that varies by sport. If uniforms are lost, worn out or more are required based on the growth of the team, and if district funds are not available, then Boosters will fund uniform first from Booster Team Accounts if available, and then from the General fund if funds are not available from Team Accounts. However, coaches requesting uniforms out of cycle for aesthetic/style/team spirit reasons may be asked to fund raise for these expenses through their Booster Team Account.

Team awards (customized banners, etc.) above those provided directly by THUSD (Pennants) must also be raised through individual team ASB accounts. 501 (C) (3) rules limit gifts given to any individual for any reason to $50. Therefore Boosters recommend that coaches’ gifts be funded through an informal “pass-the-hat” process.

Boosters will fund team transportation if provided for by the team budget, when equitable to other teams and when funds are available first from Booster Team Accounts, then from the General Fund.

Is there a fixed dollar amount available per team or player?

No. Booster funding is needs based, but together with Tam’s athletic director, Boosters sometimes have to determine “need” vs. want. So for example, one year the tennis program may need new nets, balls, racquets and buses all in the same year. Other years they may have no unmet operational needs at all. Pre-season budget estimates allow Boosters and Tam AD to estimate short and long term program costs. This is one reason why budgeting is such a critical part of funding Tam’s athletic program.

How do I book a bus?

District funds generally provide transportation to any “away” MCAL competition located out of Marin County. Any team electing to organize carpools in lieu of District allocated transportation funding will have the option to use $1,000 towards team operational/program development expenses (tournament fees, equipment, coaching development, etc.). If a team does not travel out of county during their league games in any season they will not have District funded transportation. If a team willingly schedules a non-league opponent out of county transportation will not be funded with District funds but rather from that team’s individual Team Booster Account (if available), or the Boosters General Fund if available, with the approval by the Boosters Board of Directors. Tam’s athletics administrator (Currently Patty Parnow) actually schedules team transportation.

What is the athletic fund? Who runs that?

There are 4 types of accounts utilized by Tam Athletics. One is provided by the TUHSD (district), two are within the Boosters Club, and one is directed by the Associated Student Body (ASB) leadership program:

Tamalpais High School Athletics:

This account is funded by the Tamalpais Union High School District and is the general athletic account that fund up to 44 individual sports teams. This account is used to pay for the mandatory and operational needs for all sports. Examples include: League dues, Officials, Uniforms, Equipment.

Boosters General Fund:

This account provides funding for athletic program operational and development expenses not provided by the district. These funds are generated through Booster membership, and Booster fund raising. Funds from the Booster General Fund are distributed to the Athletic department in general and to specific teams upon request from Tam’s athletic director and individual team coaches and team parents. All requests must first go to Tam’s athletic director.

Booster Team Accounts:

These accounts satisfy the same needs as the Booster General Fund but only for the specific team named on that account. Unlike ASB funds (below) funds in Team accounts may carry over to future seasons and may accrue for larger, long-term projects. In order to ensure that overall program operational and development needs are met, 15% or not more than $200 of each Booster Team Account donation will be retained by the Booster General Fund.

ASB (Associated Student Body) Team Accounts:

Individual ASB accounts are held in the Budget Office at Tamalpais High School. All funds are raised by students from a specific program (sports team, drama, mock trial, etc.) and are deposited into that program’s ASB account. Sports coaches must request these funds first from Tam’s Athletic Director. All requests are evaluated by the ASB (leadership) class and faculty advisor.

For athletic teams, these accounts are intended to provide funds for “spirit wear”, personalized, non-returnable uniform additions (warm-ups with player names, etc.), end of year celebrations, non-district provided championship banners, etc. These accounts must be fully utilized by the end of each school year or may be “reclaimed” by TUHSD.

What about Team Fundraising? When is it OK to do a team Fund Raiser?

Teams who choose to raise money for “team climate and culture” purchases (see ASB team accounts above) should do so at the beginning of their sport’s season in order to avoid overlapping similar fund raising efforts by other programs. Teams MAY NOT host a sport specific event outside their season of sport. For example, the fall girl’s tennis team cannot host a tournament or skills clinic during the winter or spring seasons. In an effort not to stress our community the agreement for teams is to fundraise during their season of sport. By district rule, coaches may not endorse nor manage/run out of season programs for Tam High teams.

How much do we need to raise?

The only way to determine need is through a thorough and thoughtful budgeting process. Per school policy, no funds (Booster or ASB) will be distributed until coaches submit their best budget estimates.


Why do some teams charge for their games/matches and some don’t?

All sports have the option to charge admission at home events. However, when charging at regular season home events the cost of hiring help to work the gate often outweighs the gate collection. Below is the approved ticket prices for MCAL schools:

Sport Regular Season Playoffs
  Adult Child/Student/Senior Adult Child Student Senior
Football $7.00 $4.00 $7 $4 $3 $4
Basketball $7.00 $4.00 $7 $4 $3 $4
Basketball Championship $8 $5 $4 $5
Baseball $3.00 $1.00 $7 $4 $3 $4
Lacrosse $3.00 $1.00 $7 $4 $3 $4
Soccer $3.00 $1.00 $7 $4 $3 $4
Swimming $3.00 $1.00 $7 $4 $3 $4
Softball $3.00 $1.00 $7 $4 $3 $4
Track     $5 $3 $3 $3
Water polo     $7 $4 $3 $4
Wrestling     $7 $4 $3 $4
Volleyball $3.00 $1.00 $7 $4 $3 $4

What is MCAL and NCS?

MCAL is the Marin County Athletic League and is comprised of:

  • Branson
  • Justin-Siena
  • Marin Catholic
  • Novato
  • Redwood
  • San Marin
  • San Rafael
  • Sir Francis Drake
  • Tamalpais
  • Terra Linda
  • Cardinal Newman (Water Polo only)
  • El Molino (Boys Volleyball only)
  • Lick-Wilmerding (Lacrosse only)
  • Marin Academy (Water Polo only)
  • Sonoma Valley (Water Polo only)
  • Ukiah (Water Polo only)
  • University (Lacrosse only)

NCS is the North Coast Section (CIFNCS.org) which is a regional governing body that, among other things, administers post- season play (regional championships) by region under the auspices of the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation: www.cifstate.org).

What is all league and when is it announced?

All league players are top performers by conference. In MCAL, coaches vote on all league honors but may not vote for their own athletes. All-league recognition is generally released when the last MCAL School has completed their season.

What is a scholar athlete?

There are annual awards for both individual and teams that maintain a certain GPA. NCS determines which grading period to use during each sport season to award scholar-athletes. GPA's for scholar athlete recipients are UNWEIGHTED (i.e. do not include “bonuses” for AP and Honors classes). Fall scholar athletes will use the R2/November grading period. Winter scholar athletes will use the S1/Fall Semester grades. Spring scholar athletes will use the R5/April grading period. In addition there are two types of scholastic awards recognized by NCS. The scholar athlete is the students unweighted GPA for their designated sports grading period (the minimum GPA for this recognition is a 3.5 GPA unweighted). The distinguished scholastic team award is the average GPA for all student-athletes on a specific team during their designated sports grading period (the minimum GPA for this recognition is a 3.0 GPA unweighted team average).

Please submit additional questions and comments to: info@tamboosters.org.