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ERIC Number: EJ900559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Stretching Your Budget: Notes on Working with Sporting Goods Dealers
Thomson, William C.
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v23 n1 p20-23 Sep-Oct 2009
Pre-service teachers take many courses in college training programs in order to become teachers and coaches. Teachers have in-service training programs, varied across many school divisions or districts, which help keep them abreast of current methods in teaching and serve as professional development opportunities. However, budgetary planning and equipment purchasing is a job task all teachers and coaches face, but for which few have formal training. Teachers/coaches ask their school administrator or athletic director how much money is in the budget, and then try to figure out what they need and can afford in terms of apparel and equipment for the next year. Learning occurs through trial and error over a period of years. This article contains information gleaned by the author from both sides of the buying partnership: teachers/coaches and sporting goods business personnel. It provides information and offers suggestions to help teachers and coaches make better buying decisions. These topics are discussed: (1) price vs. value; (2) buying brand name vs. no-name goods; (3) sale prices; (4) shipping costs; and (5) establishing a relationship with a sporting goods company.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A