Am I entitled a refund if my child decides not to participate in a youth sport prior to the start of season practices?

About 3 months ago, I signed my daughter up to participate on a competition cheer squad. Instead of paying monthly tuition I opted to pay for the season up front ($1,900). Less than 15 days from making the payment my daughter decided she didn’t want to invest the time required of her. Team practice does not begin until next month. I agree that I should be responsible for practice clothes ordered on her behalf. I am being told that I will not receive a refund for a season that has not begun. Do I have legal rights to receive a refund?

Asked on July 29, 2012 under General Practice, Georgia

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

It would be necessary to read all the agreement involved but my gut instinct is that you would be entitled to at least a partial refund less expenses.  And if they replace her and the other child can wear the uniform, then maybe even that.  Make sure that you gave the proper notice that could be required under the consent form or what ever else you signed.  Make the formal demand again in writing and demand your money back.  Otherwise you may need to go to small claims court.  Good luck.


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