Despite a drop in average spending, more than one-third (35%) of hockey parents say organized minor hockey remains unaffordable, according to a new poll for Scotiabank.
Parents expect to spend on average $849 for their kids’ hockey season, down from $1,026 in 2010, the report found. Parents of younger kids ages 3-8 expect to spend less ($696) while those with players ages 9-17 will likely spend more ($915+).
In order to cope with the costs including league fees, equipment, transportation and out-of-town tournaments, four-in-10 hockey parents say they cut back spending in other areas. A full three-quarters say they do at least some budgetary planning in advance.
The bank also found parents are cutting costs by purchasing or sourcing used hockey equipment (56%) and by carpooling with other parents to and from games and practices (42%).
“As this hockey season winds down, it’s the perfect time to start saving for next year,” Scotiabank’s Ahmad Dajani said in a press released Tuesday. “By using tools like the Scotiabank Hockey Season Calculator and visiting a financial adviser to help you plan ahead for hockey expenses, you can build up money throughout the year and be able to focus on helping your kids build memories.”
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