If your team or league is having difficulty attracting volunteers or making necessary profits, mandatory fundraising might be a good option for you.

It can be done in a number of different ways. Some leagues require a fundraising fee at registration. Others ask for a cheque that's only cashed if parents don't fulfill a certain number of volunteer hours.

Mandatory fundraising fees at registration can also be combined with a lottery, letting parents make their money back by selling tickets. For more info, see our entry on 'How to run a profitable lottery' (HYPERLINK).

The Manvers Minor Hockey Association in Richmond Hill, Ont., asks for a $100 fundraising fee at registration. In return, parents are given books of lottery tickets that they can sell, and they keep the profits.

The Portage Minor Hockey Association in Portage la Prairie, Man., also has mandatory fundraising. Parents must cut a cheque for $100 per player at the beginning of the season. If families don't put in their required two fundraising shifts, the cheque is cashed.