For the most part, I volunteer as a coach. Aside from the occasional end of season gift card from the parents, the infrequent offer to carpool to far away games, or unsolicited requests from parents for individual training sessions—I've never received any financial benefit from coaching my U12s. I enjoy staying current on my coaching education but this stuff does cost money. Is it in poor taste to ask the parents to donate a small amount, like $5-$10/family, to cover some of this cost? I certainly don't need the money and neither me nor the parents are truly struggling. But then again, money isn't plentiful in many sectors and regions these days, so I don't want it to feel like a shakedown either. Looking forward to your thoughts on the matter.