Every year, at least once, the sports teams at your school will be running annual fundraisers. School budgets rarely provide for everything that sports teams need to survive and thrive, so fundraising is an important element to keep everything moving along smoothly.

But if you're one of the people helping to organize things this year, you'll need to know the best way to come up with sports fundraising ideas that will send you down the road to success. Here's some good news: there are a lot of right ways to come up with youth fundraising ideas, and the truth is that you can probably take just about any idea you have and turn it into something that will work for you and for the team.

The key is to be smart about what your goals are, and match your fundraising volunteer group up with an activity that goes with what they would like to sell, and with what your supporters would like to buy. It sounds simple, but it can get complicated quickly. If your fundraising team is small, you'll want to stick with youth sports fundraising ideas that are low on shipping costs and high on profits. Scratch cards make sense, and so do pizza cards. If the team has permission to sell on school grounds, for instance during lunch periods or after school, then you could really do well with something traditional like candy fundraisers.

On the other hand, if you're sending your fundraising team out into the wider community, they may be better off with youth sports fundraising ideas that appeal to a bigger demographic, and something like catalogue fundraisers can be perfect for this. Basically all you need to do is be smart with your choices, and select some youth sports fundraising ideas that make sense for you and your team.