Yes, I also payed 175 for a tourney recently, though I think that's a little on the low side. BTW this is for an 08 team, if that matters.
$1500 sounds like the coach is taking in a lot for a weekend. Truth is the amount of admin and phone calls with parents in the leading month (s) is a lot. If you really break it down it’s not enough to deal with all the parents and extra work they put in.
All spring/summer tourney's are just money makers for all of these for-profit programs. Anyone that is telling you something different is just pulling your chain. Nobody is watching or caring who wins these things and you'll see as the years go on. From the "showcase" tournaments all the way down to regional tourneys, it's all a jam scam to pay for the owners vacation plans. it's just a major PIA to plan around these things, teams rosters are never "official" and your bender should play baseball or lax first. There are plenty of in-season touraments to do when it's cold and lousy out around these parts.
I couldn’t care less where the money goes. My kid loves tournaments. Great chance to meet different players and best of all have fun.
There’s nothing wrong with that
There's a reason he charged $230 and not $200 or even $250. Just ask him.
$255 for a tournament next week. Includes cheap jersey (no socks). Coach is profiting about $1000 which he will use towards cooler filled with IPA’s post games Saturday.
If you think the coaches that just show up with a roster and jerseys in hand are making any more than their $300 coaching stipend you clearly have not been around the rinks very long.
My experience for a fairly well known spring/summer program in regards to the financial component can't be beat. They charge us $285 - we got full uniform to keep (jersey/socks...pretty good quality far from a $10 practice jersey, got one practice for those that could make it before the event, access to photos that the owners wife takes (no charge), and the coach offered all the players detailed feedback on their performance after the event. They treated the players well for a weekend summer event. I've been told this is the norm for how they operate. This was our first experience.