World/Open Cost

  1. 2 months ago

    mikethememe

    Aug 2 Sinton, Texas 236X
    Edited 2 months ago by mikethememe

    So as our team's goal this year is to make it to U.S Open and worlds, this brought up the question of what would the costs per person be, not including registration fee's. We rein from Texas, so although I'm not saying it outright, I would definitely like to know what other teams from Texas are paying per person or per team and even how to save on expenses.

  2. 6916H

    Aug 4 Massachusetts Former 6916H
    Edited 2 months ago by 6916H

    I'm not from Texas, but last year, my school covered the registration and air fees. We had to pool ~$300 each for hotel rooms, then food was an extra ~200.

  3. mikethememe

    Aug 4 Sinton, Texas 236X

    @6916H thanks, and good luck this year

  4. Droideka

    Aug 4 Wenatchee, WA, United States

    @mikethememe So as our team's goal this year is to make it to U.S Open and worlds, this brought up the question of what would the costs per person be, not including registration fee's. We rein from Texas, so although I'm not saying it outright, I would definitely like to know what other teams from Texas are paying per person or per team and even how to save on expenses.

    @mikethememe The costs of Worlds registration fee goes up every year. Last year, it was $975. I'm expecting the price to reach over $1,500 per team. Plus food, transportation, hotel, souvenirs, vex parts etc.

  5. mikethememe

    Aug 4 Sinton, Texas 236X

    @Droideka is your team private or do you have funding from the school district?

  6. Droideka

    Aug 4 Wenatchee, WA, United States
    Edited 2 months ago by Droideka

    @mikethememe @Droideka is your team private or do you have funding from the school district?

    @mikethememe We are not private and we don't receive any funds from our district. We are trying to get sponsors.

    EDIT: We are from Washington State, so I don't know if there are companies that would sponsor us from out of state.

  7. mikethememe

    Aug 4 Sinton, Texas 236X
    Edited 2 months ago by mikethememe

    @Droideka Does your team fundraise? If so how do go about it?

  8. Droideka

    Aug 4 Wenatchee, WA, United States

    @mikethememe @Droideka Does your team fundraise? If so how do go about it?

    @mikethememe im not in charge of that

  9. ItsAlex

    Aug 5 Taipei, Taiwan (ROC) 4253
    Edited 2 months ago by ItsAlex

    Not sure if this will help, but from somewhere across the world, worlds fee is around 2000$. $1000 goes toward the group fund, and around 1000 for food and shopping trips. Rest is school sponsored

    I would assume it would probably be a bit lower if you're not sponsored.

  10. Droideka

    Aug 5 Wenatchee, WA, United States

    @ItsAlex Not sure if this will help, but from somewhere across the world, worlds fee is around 2000$. $1000 goes toward the group fund, and around 1000 for food and shopping trips. Rest is school sponsored

    I would assume it would probably be a bit lower if you're not sponsored.

    Maybe... Do they have souvenirs at Vex Worlds?
    @ItsAlex @mikethememe

  11. mikethememe

    Aug 5 Sinton, Texas 236X

    @Droideka I think they give each team a bag of goodies, but I don't know I've never had the delicacy of going to worlds but I think @ItsAlex was probably talking about souvenirs outside of the competition.

  12. ItsAlex

    Aug 6 Taipei, Taiwan (ROC) 4253

    @Droideka Maybe... Do they have souvenirs at Vex Worlds?
    @ItsAlex @mikethememe

    @mikethememe @Droideka I think they give each team a bag of goodies, but I don't know I've never had the delicacy of going to worlds but I think @ItsAlex was probably talking about souvenirs outside of the competition.

    Our tradition is to go around to local stores or shopping malls depending on the event and shop for a little. Walmart is a place where we love to go because we dont have one in Taiwan. First day or two we find places to play around. Like this year we went to a zipline cave and also shopping malls.

    But if you're from the states, then i dont think youll need to bring a lot for shopping since things in Kentucky will probably be in your state too.

  13. Carter

    Aug 6 Alabama 13907A

    @ItsAlex Our tradition is to go around to local stores or shopping malls depending on the event and shop for a little. Walmart is a place where we love to go because we dont have one in Taiwan. First day or two we find places to play around. Like this year we went to a zipline cave and also shopping malls.

    But if you're from the states, then i dont think youll need to bring a lot for shopping since things in Kentucky will probably be in your state too.

    Zip lines, Louisville slugger museum, and there is a mall with laser tag and stuff. That is where our schools archery team goes when they go to the national competition. And IMO those are the best places there.

  14. meng

    Aug 6 Singapore 8059

    @Carter Zip lines, Louisville slugger museum, and there is a mall with laser tag and stuff. That is where our schools archery team goes when they go to the national competition. And IMO those are the best places there.

    I have students who will be attending their 5th worlds in 2019.... i seriously run out of places to bring them to :(

    I really prefers the "old system" of changing venue every 2 or 3 years.
    But yes... with the constraints of space and price, it is not easy to find a suitable venue.

  15. mikethememe

    Aug 6 Sinton, Texas 236X

    honestly, in the position we're in right now, we might just have to settle with some nice time in a hotel room, which is completely fine with me.

  16. Edited 2 months ago by matthew_perry

    @Droideka Maybe... Do they have souvenirs at Vex Worlds?
    @ItsAlex @mikethememe

    They have to patches of the current game and some pretty cool shirts and sweatshirts. Also the food is pretty expensive.

  17. Carter

    Aug 6 Alabama 13907A

    @meng I have students who will be attending their 5th worlds in 2019.... i seriously run out of places to bring them to :(

    I really prefers the "old system" of changing venue every 2 or 3 years.
    But yes... with the constraints of space and price, it is not easy to find a suitable venue.

    Based on this I think you will be bringing your teams to worlds this year. This news is very welcome, especially considering the doubt many had that you would be able to come at all.

  18. meng

    Aug 6 Singapore 8059

    @Carter Based on this I think you will be bringing your teams to worlds this year. This news is very welcome, especially considering the doubt many had that you would be able to come at all.

    I am assuming that recf will keep their promise of keeping 3 spots for Singapore HS and also assuming that my teams will get all the 3 spots :P

  19. sabarrett328

    Aug 6 Grand Blanc, MI 46838C Major Trouble

    I'm with a middle school team thats gone 3 of the past 4 years. Its a fantastic experience, as no other competition comes close to the level of intensity and the feeling of something that large. We have gone to the US open 4 of the past 4 years. Thats a big event, but still has the feeling of a local/state level competition.

    Last year for US Open, the team had funds to cover the registration, but travel and personal expenses were covered on our own. We are in Michigan and drove, so for me it was 4 tanks of gas ($175-200), a hotel for 4 nights (varies, but should plan on at least $100 per night depending on your tastes of hotel), plus food. For food you can find a hotel that has breakfasts, and if you get into the Country Inn (part of the convention center complex), it easy to provide outside lunches and dinners at a much cheaper rate. We've brought crock pots and had some parents leave the venue an hour early, commondere the lunch room in the hotel and make a healthier option of sandwiches, salads, sloppy joes, taco bar etc. This at least keeps the food cost minimized. We all pitched in for food costs and its much lower than either going out of the venue or paying for food at the venue. This year we did not do this and we opted to go out of the venue for meals. Still pricey but better than pizza at the center. If you make the meals yourself, i would think you could do it for $50-75 in meals per person. If you go out, I would say plan on 20-25 per person per day, although pizza gets boring day after day.

    Worlds was about the same. We drove (much shorter distance, so gas expense was lower), and hotels seemed a bit higher. I paid $150 a night for 4 nights. This year we ate at the venue, as its harder to go out and get back in time for lunch. I opted to go light and instead eat a larger breakfast (free) at the hotel, and then dinner to control costs. But, its easy to spend $10 at worlds for lunch at the venue. In the past, we did the same thing and some parents made lunches and brought them and we just ate outside.

    Overall, gas, hotel, food... I would plan $150 per day minimum.

    Souveniers... our girls liked the shirts at worlds better. shirts are $50-100 each, depending on what you want put on them. There are water bottles and other items for cheaper, but everyone went with shirts.

    If you opt for other extracirricular activities, that makes the price go up. We have been too tired to go places after the event, so usually the girls just went to the hotel pool after dinner for an hour then to bed. The days are long and high intensity.

    One option that saved money for a couple of us this year was getting a bigger house on AirBNB, and have multiple people stay there. They had a whole house and kids got a chance to wind down somewhere and parents sat on the patio with adult beverages...

  20. mikethememe

    Aug 6 Sinton, Texas 236X

    @sabarrett328 wow thank you so much,we will definitely keep this stuff in mind

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