It's a business....but I will preface this with the fact that both my son and I really like his coach and club this year, but we have experienced coaches who didn't really coach.
$300 may be a bit high but it's close for the bigger club.....with "A" licensed coaches
$300 coaching fees in the fall
$300 coaching fees in the spring
$600x15kids=$9000 per team
4 teams....$36,000 (4 teams is not the norm for lower level coaches but 2-3 is not out of the ordinary)
That doesn't include the fees that "directors" or "heads of..." get on top of coaching fees.
Also, your 'better' coaches are also coaching Super Y, or some other scrambling of letters. DA, ODP, ECNL,....
I find your warning very timely.
It's your kid, and he is $600 (or less in many cases) of yearly pay.
I think many coaches really like kids and genuinely want the players to do well, but the money aspect should not be forgotten. Is winning the tournament good for the morale of the team or good for the website? Why do we need to travel to Tennessee for a tournament? Are we spending $500 in a weekend in Chattanooga to reciprocate for the Chattanooga team coming to us (business), or are we doing something good for kids?
Losing $600 in player's fees at the end of the year isn't that big of a deal; it can be replaced by the next family shortly after tryouts.
It's a business..."a non-profit" business...but still a business.