Thanks Geoff for the sanity check. I agree I'm in for a whole lot of work. I'll be meeting with the photo rep of the league in a couple of weeks to go over many of the concerns that you've expressed. I'll let you know how this plays out.Good plan Mike, really all depends on the photo fee that you'll be getting in the end. With 360 kids it could be pretty good for you. Just remember, in the end a traditional T&I day is generally 1-2 days, and your done shooting. With action there are going to be multiple days in order to get all 30 teams, especially if they don't play on the same day. And some times kids aren't at the games you go to due to other things like vacation, other obligations etc. Let alone rainy days etc where there are cancellations. Will either make for some long days or a few long weeks. Hopefully the photo fee is enough to cover your work. And you get some traditional sales as well.
Lets put some figures into play here as well.
360 kids @ $20per (don't want to scare some players away sure the registration is high already) - $7200
30 teams probably cover 2-3 games of each to get all the players needed. So 30-45 games at an hour a piece, $160 per game at 45 games. Not bad but then figure in all the work to make sure you got all the kids, as well as teams. You could end up going back for 2-3 more games. You'll need to make sure you get complete rosters from the league, so you make sure you get everyone!! Plus post work.
Add to that your hope to get a T&I shots before the game, very tough to do, although possible. Figure if its an evening game and young teams they show up right before the game, like 5-10 minutes, not enough time to capture 2 teams of T&I. Unless you set it up with the teams prior there is a good chance your not getting it done.
Not saying its a bad idea, but if anything. Would be good to offer the action built in like you have, but also have them do a T&I day or 2. offer packages at a large discount so you can still make a little more decent $$.
One question I'd like to ask is with the photo fee how many photos are you required to produce for each kid?? Say one kid has 20 pix and another has 2 how is that fair with the fees??? I'd say if anything your in for a whole lot of work! Especially if photography is just a part time gig for you!!