Start a Club
Becoming a Local Club is easy!
- You can share your passion for fitness with kids that need a positive influence.
- Set up and manage your own non-profit, without the administrative hassle of doing it from scratch.
- Have the appropriate legal, financial, and insurance structures in place so you're not putting yourself at risk.
- Save time by using our Member Resources (templates, form letters, best practices, and promotional material) to help grow and market your program.
- Accept tax-deductible donations and fundraise within the CrossFit community.
Ways to set up your program:
- If you're an existing CrossFit Affiliate, you can start training kids at the same time as you complete the necessary paperwork to become a Local Club. There are 2 easy ways to start training kids:
- If you currently have a CF Kids/Teens program, you can create "scholarship" spots for kids from the community to join these classes at no cost.
- You can also choose to have a separate "Steve's Club" class during hours that your gym isn't being used (typically after school hours 3:30-4:30pm or 4-5pm, or on the weekend).
- If you're a CrossFit L1 trainer, you can also start a Local Steve's Club. The easiest way to get started is to ask a local CrossFit Affiliate to act as a sponsor/host for a Steve's Club program (they already have equipment, insurance, and a member base to help with volunteering and fundraising).
- Another option for both a CF Affiliate and a CrossFit L1 trainer is to train kids in their neighborhood (bring the equipment and coaching to them). You can train kids at a gym, park, community center, church, Boys and Girls Club, school, etc. The best way to do this is to partner with an existing and established non-profit in the community that already has a group of kids to train.
NOTE: In all cases, we require you to obtain your CrossFit Kids certification within 1 year of becoming a Local Club, if you do not already have it.
Also, you can raise money right away (you don't have to wait to finish the Checklist) by hosting our annual BEAT THE STREETS Fundraiser in your community. You keep the money you raise during the event to fund your program (donations must first go to Steve's Club National Program, and then we send a check back to you once you complete the Checklist).
How to start your Local Club:
We've made it easy to become part of the Steve's Club National Program (SCNP). Each Local Club is very independent (it doesn't even need to be called "Steve's Club") and should be set up to best meet the needs of your community. Here's how to get started:
- Download the "Start a Local Club Checklist" and begin filling out the SCNP Application.
- After the call, you will be given access to our Member Resources page that has documents and templates for the steps in the "Start a Local Club Checklist".
NOTE: You do not need to obtain 501(c)(3) status from the IRS because SCNP has already done this as the "parent" or "umbrella" organization.
Your Local Club is considered a "chapter" of SCNP and our 501(c)(3) is extended to you once we add you to our Group Exemption (officially inform the IRS the you are a Local Club under our umbrella organization).
SCNP takes care of your status with the federal government (IRS) but you must:
- Become an official organization/business in your state.
- Apply for non-profit status in your state (some home states do #'s 1 and 2 at the same time).
- Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS.
We're excited for you to get started!
Become a Local Club to help "Strengthen the Nation, One Kid at a Time"