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This is a facility in Ankeny that does individual and group training. I am currently playing in a basketball league there.
You can use the info as a basis for your pricing.
Where were you planning on having your training?? If you are relying on the schools and city parks, you might want to check with the School District and Parks and Rec. to see if they will let you use the facilities. I know some of the fields have rental/user fees.
Indianola has a great disc golf course, a central location would help out a great deal tigers, makes less movement for clients and yourself, causing less delays and therefore less time wasted.
You could put up fliers at local businesses as well. That might help to get the word out if you are in need of some clients.
Another idea that I thought of would be to send an email to area coaches and maybe get some ideas of what areas certain kids need to work on, that way you get the blessing of thier high school coach, always big with parents, and it is a built in referral service. I hope that helps,
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My brother had this exact idea two years ago and quickly found out that counting on the high school or whatever to let them use there facility did not work. He soon had to find a partner and they are renting a large trucking warehouse in Des Moines that is now remodeled with basketball court and all of the other necessary space. The other thing that he had over this idea was a strong contact with both ISU and Iowa players after graduation. Lane Danielson, Sean Sonderleiter, Nick Collison and two pro baseball players all were individuals who ran camps or individual instruction. You can't get a parent to believe that you have a great knowledge in all of those sports and you didn't compete at that next level. Instead having athletes that got to the next level and are sports specific can share what they think the kids need and should do to get into Division 1 sports.
Just to give you some perspective from another part of the country. I live in south Louisiana and there are a lot of people that do individual lessons targeting kids anywhere from 5 or 6 years old through HS/college.
The three types of instruction that are most prevalent down here are baseball (either hitting or pitching), basketball (typically working on offensive skills), and speed training. The people that are in this business down here specialize...so a guy would not do both basketball and speed training for example.
The instructors are usually either coaches or players. They might be current coaches or players or ex-coaches or ex-players. There are more player types involved than coach types. The fees really depend on two things...how "exclusive" your session is and the background of the instructor. Someone who is just a HS coach will typically charge less than someone who has coached in college or better yet someone that played in college or the pros. Individual session are running anywhere from $50/hour to $100/hour with group sessions typically running anywhere from $10/hour/participant to $25/hour/participant.
Just to give you an example. My son takes basketball lessons from a guy that played for both LSU and James Madison in college. He also played in Europe for about 10 years. He handles 2 kids per session which lasts an hour and charges us $50 for each session (so he's making a $100/hour for these sessions).
I am a little surprised that this sort of thing is not more prevalent in central Iowa. I do believe it can be lucrative if you have a reputation and if you can really coach a kid up. With the escalation in both college costs and the escalation in pro salaries there are a lot of parents of kids that are willing to part with their hard-earned cash to give "little Johnny" the instruction he needs to get that college scholarship or become a high-paid pro athlete!
Finally, the best way to get business is by word of mouth. Obviously, this is tough if you are just starting out but maybe you have coached before and can get some testimonials. Let me tell you how it typically works down here (this is how we got hooked up with the basketball guy my son goes to)...you go to a game and you see a kid that has really improved or is a very good player...when visiting with this kid's parents you compliment the kid's improvement/play...the parents then tell you thanks, he's really been working hard on his game with "X"...you then ask them about what "X" is doing and how you can get ahold of "X" so your son can improve his game.
One final thing...there is the issue of facilities. This would be an especially critical issue in Iowa where outdoor activities are not possible for a significant portion of the year. Bottom line is both basketball and baseball require facilities. Some of the instructors down here have built their own facilities while others have "arrangements" with existing facilities. I would say that the issue of facilities is the biggest barrier to entry in this business.
Another way to get your names out there would be to run an affordable half-day or all day clinic in a specific sport. For example you could pick a day early this summer to have an all day baseball clinic to prepare the kids for Little League. Then after the clinic offer your services to give individual baseball lessons to the families of the children. If there are only two of you, you might want to hire some of the high school atheletes you know to help out.
Just a suggestion. Good luck!
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The new url is http://www.geocities.com/sportslessons/1
Let me know what you think!
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