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TOURNAMENT FEE STRUCTURE CHANGE for FIRST Tech Challenge Oregon events in the 2016/2017 season.


An email sent to the ORTOP Community on July 11, 2016  by Bruce Schafer, ORTOP Executive Director, outlined the new tournament fee structure change implemented by an executive committee of the ORTOP Board of Directors.  If you have questions, comments about this change, please direct an email to Bruce Schafer or Cathy Swider. 

The new policy is as follows:

ORTOP is adjusting its fee structure to a sliding scale to better reflect the cost of  delivering its programs.


2015/16
Tournament Fee
Tournament Event
2016/17 – Full Cost
Sliding Scale
2016/17
Minimum
$225
FTC League & Tournament
$450
<-.......->
$225
$150
Qualifying Tournament
$300
<-.......->
$150
$200
Super-QT
$400
<-.......->
$200
$250
Championship
$500
<-.......->
$250






Information on requesting a discount off the full cost of program cost.

ORTOP’s registration fees are set to cover the approximate cost per team of providing our programs each year. If your team cannot afford the full registration fee you can request that ORTOP use sponsor funds to provide your team a discount. During the current season, all discount requests will be honored as long as a reason is given using the options provided below (check all that apply).

         ___Our fundraising has fallen short this year.
         ___We're a new team and haven't had time to do enough fundraising.
         ___Our team members come from families with limited economic means.
         ___Kits or equipment have used up most of our available funds.
         ___Our team will incur significant travel expenses to attend the event.
         ___Our team expenses are higher than we expected them to be.
         ___Other
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ORTOP Registration Fee Changes for the 2016-2017 Season

As most of you know, the registration fees charged by ORTOP cover only a portion of the cost of operating our FIRST programs in Oregon. Fortunately, we have been able to recruit sponsor dollars to make up most of the difference but most sponsors want us to use their donations to help teams that couldn’t participate otherwise. To help assure the sponsor dollars are used most effectively, we have decided to make the estimated full cost per team more visible. Starting with the fall 2016 seasons we are asking teams to pay twice the amount as last year but giving them the option to pay less than that amount. The minimum fee for the upcoming season will be same as the full fee for last season.  Starting this fall, the ORTOP registration system will provide an easy way to request a discount and give a reason for the request.  All requests that are completely filled out will be honored at least for the upcoming season. 

Teams that need additional financial assistance can apply for ORTOP team financial support by filling out an online application:

We request that teams that have adequate funding pay the full ORTOP registration fees to help ORTOP cover the cost of its programs and provide these programs to more youth in the future.                                                         

Examples:
  • Last year the ORTOP registration fee for an FIRST LEGO League qualifying tournament was $100.  This year the requested fee will be $200.  If the person registering the team for the tournament feels the team cannot afford the full fee, he or she can pay the full fee or request that ORTOP sponsor funds be used to bring the fee down to as low as $100. The reason for the request can be documented by checking a few boxes during the payment process.
  • Last year the ORTOP registration fee for an FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying tournament was $150.  This year the requested fee will be $300.  If the person registering the team for the tournament feels the team cannot afford the full fee, he or she can pay the full fee or request that ORTOP sponsor funds be used to bring the fee down to as low as $150. The reason for the request can be documented by checking a few boxes during the payment process.
  • Last year the ORTOP registration fee for an FIRST Tech Challenge league play was $75 and the registration fee for a league championship was $150. This year the requested fee for the combination of league play and the league qualifying tournament will be $450.  If the person registering the team for the league feels the team cannot afford the full fee, he or she can pay the full fee or request that ORTOP sponsor funds be used to bring the fee down to as low as $225. The reason for the request can be documented by checking a few boxes during the payment process.