First of all you need to realize that there is a difference between a club and a team.
A club meets to discuss a common topic but not neseccarily "do" whatever it is.
Club: an association of persons for some common object usually jointly supported and meeting periodically; also : a group identified by some common characteristic
Team:a number of persons associated together in work or activity: as a group on one side (as in football or a debate)
In other words a team can be part of a club, but the club memebrs don't have to be on the team.
Keep that in mind.
Step 1- Talk to ALL the students, take a poll and see how many would be interested in a paintball club. the more interest the students show the more likely a club is to happen.
Step 2- Talk to ALL of the school staff. That includes cleaning and admin staff, not just the teachers. When you talk to them make a list of questions and concerns that they have as individuals. Only the Principal/Dean should have concerns at a school/school board level.
Step 3- Talk to your local paintball field/store owners and staff. Explain to them what you want to do at school and how havning them "sponsor" the club would benifit them. New payers, more public exposure and all you want in return is for one of them to come in on occasion and discuss safety, marker maintenance and such.
Step 4- Find an adult(teacher or parent) willing to act as club supervisor.
Step 5- You will need a club constitution. Something like-
We, the (insert school name here) Paintball Club are dedicated to the discussion and promotion of Paintball in a positive manner.
We are dedicated to teaching non players the truth of our sport and to showing everyone it is a safe and family friendly game.
We are dedicated to team work, family and community.
We will abide by school rules regarding the storage, transportation and use of paintball gear when on school grounds as decided by the club president, teacher/adult representitive, principal and school board.
We will represent our school with honor and repsect at any and all paintball related outings, including club games, school fundraisers and club fundraisers.
Any club member that commits vandalism or breaks the laws/rules in regards to paintball equipment will be brought forth to the proper authorities for appropriate punishment.
Club meetings will be held regularly on school grounds in the desinagted area at designated times/dates with the assigned teach/parent in attendance. Meeting minutes can and will be kept for remittance to the principal at his/her request.
Club dues will be collected at each school meeting in the ammount of $X.00 Dues will be used to purchase food/beverages for the club as well as to set up club paintball games at the local paintball field. The club treasurer will report to the club president as well as the assigned teach/parent and principal.
Step 6- Club officers will need to be elected or assigned. You will need at the very least a club president, treasurer, and record keeper.
The President it resposible for co-ordinating EVERYTHING with the Principal/Dean, Club supervisor, club officers and club members.
The Treasurer is responsible for tracking club finances and setting up fundraisers. All financial records are to be submitted to the Prinipal/dean and Club supervisor no less than once every month and always on request.
The Record Keeper is responsible for tracking meeting information and creating a transcript. These notes do not have to be word for word but should convey enough information that anyone outside the club would be able to know what happened. Previous club minutes are to be read at the begining of each meeting and all paper work is to be submitted to the Prinipal/dean and Club supervisor no less than once every month and always on request.
Step 7- Dues and fundraisers. Dues shouldn't be anything excessive. For the most part any money collected will be used to purchase food and beverages for the club (assuming the school rules allow it), purchasae materials for fundrasing, or to assist in getting field time. No less than 2 fundraiser events should be held, one of which should be for the benefit of the entire school and one specifically for the club. Procededs from club specific events should dedivided up and used to get field time and donated to local charities.
Step 8- The club should also do community service each month. Cleaning up public parks, visiting the elderly, mentoring younger kids and the like. This isn't a must but it will certainly help your club image as well as that of paintball.
A portion of club dues should be used to purchase a few shirts with the school logo, club name and business supporters names on them and worn at ANY club event, weather it's fundraising or community service. Not every member needs one but 25% should get one. If you have a locl paintball field/store supporting the club they should be able to help with the cost since you'll be advertising for them.
REMEMBER the Dean/princpal has the final say. Even though he/she may love the idea the Schoolboard may not allow it for some reason. DO NOT GET ANGRY ABOUT IT. It will not help. Always be friendly and polite. Be confident and know your facts. The biggest concern they are going to have is bringing gear into the school. Since it's a club having a painball markers isn't needed. If a marker is needed get written permission from the dean/principal after clearly explaing why.
Hopefully this will allow you to start and maintain a school club.
Study hard, and play safe.
This post has been edited by Puzuma: 09 April 2007 - 03:44 PM