THE Lautoka Rugby Union has doubled the club registration fees for the 2014 season.
This is to meet all the expenses for the staging of the club competitions throughout the season.
A total of 38 clubs were registered last year paying $400, however only 16 were able to clear the fees.
The union was only able to recover $12,924 from the $15,200 that was paid.
Lautoka secretary Salesi Vulakoro said they allowed the clubs to pay the fees in instalments.
Vulakoro said the clubs that had not cleared the fees last year would be deregistered.
"We have increased the registration fees from $400 to $800," he said.
"This is because of the high costs involved in running the club competition. The registration fees will also include the payments for the match officials which the clubs had to fork out separately previously.
"Clubs which want to register two teams will have to pay $900 which breaks down to $450 for each team. That is an incentive for the clubs to expand their squad. Last year we had 38 clubs registered but only 16 paid the full registration fees which is not good because we cannot run the club competition like that.
"The clubs that paid the full registration fees last year will be allowed to participate this year. Those clubs can pay half registration fees by 28 February to be eligible."
Vulakoro said new clubs could apply for registration.
"We are hoping to start the season in mid-March," he said.
"Any new club that wants to register this year will have to pay $300 up-front. Those teams that have not paid from the last season will be deregistered.
"They will have to register as a new club and will have to start from the bottom division. We have been too soft on them for a long while."
The Lautoka competition divisions are Super Premier, Premier, Senior A and Senior B.
The annual general meeting will be held this Friday.