Can a town’s youth sports association make the parents of players write it a check that it will hold until they work at one of the association’s tournaments?

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Can a town’s youth sports association make the parents of players write it a check that it will hold until they work at one of the association’s tournaments?

If you don’t show up to work, they cash your check and if you do show up to work, your check is returned to you. I feel this is a bit like extortion on the associations part to get workers that they do not need to pay.

Asked on January 26, 2014 under Business Law, Minnesota

Answers:

Brook Miscoski / Hurr Law Office PC

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

What's happening here isn't extortion--instead, a parent who provides services at events have some of the fees waived that are associated with the child's participation.

In Texas, I wouldn't think that it's particularly odd to charge fees for participation in a child's youth sports, nor would I think it was odd to waive some fees for some participants. It's clearly not extortion, but if I were the association I would take care to comply with all labor laws and assure that the fees were assessed, held, and refunded in a permissible manner.


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