Wednesday night, we hosted our fifth Zoom session for the 2022 NFL Agent Class. I spent the first hour discussing the vagaries of training: what to ask for, how to avoid costly add-ons, what you can expect from your client during his training period, and plenty more.
However, rather than just telling you about it, I decided to provide it at no cost here. Pass code is @N+GZD1g.
Here’s a look at our outline from Wednesday:
COMBINE PREP vs. PRO DAY PREP
- Combine prep is for combine invitees, starts first Monday of January
- Pro Day Prep is for non-combine invitees, typically starts mid- to late January
- Your first job when you sign a client is to find out when his pro day is
- If he doesn’t know, we have a record of pro day dates for most schools going back five years
- You may have to start your client for pro day training same time as combine prep
- Every trainer should have combine prep/pro day rep options
- Pro day prep should be cheaper, offer fewer bells and whistles
COST OF TRAINING
- Usually $500 to $1000 per week
- Most training terms are eight weeks; most trainers allow trainees to return post-pro day free
- All-star week money is not usually refunded
- Most trainers offer all-inclusive packages but not automatically
- Residence is where costs have gone sky-high, especially in southern markets (can exceed training cost); if your client will train from home or stay at school, that’s a big win
- Food is also not included, though this is not usually super expensive (food costs usually go M-F, sometimes M-S, but not Sunday)
- There are other massages, cold treatments, and extra services that are often a la carte; important to make sure the trainer knows you must authorize them
- Typically, a trainer will ask for half up front and half upon completion
- At times, trainers will look to make deals based on where the player goes in the draft (risers cost extra)
TRAINING AND YOUR CLIENT
- If you’re not around to monitor, your client may take days off; trainers don’t often hold players accountable
- There is lots of down time; make sure your client is prepared for that (weekends, most gyms don’t train)
- He may see others leaving on weekends, etc.; he may ask for tickets to fly home, etc.
- Also, players will compare their “deals” with their agents, so be ready for your client to come around asking for extras
SCHOOL vs. TRAINING FACILITY
- Only in last decade have Day 3/UDFA prospects felt like they could dictate training
- You will have to steer your client to affordable training
- Most players want to train somewhere other than their school (distractions, etc.)
- If you DO convince your client to train at school, plan on making at least some financial consideration
WHAT IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD TRAINING?
- Consider some kind of stipend – give the player a small amount with his option on how to spend it
- This tends to keep the player happy and may pay dividends later
- Combine training typically addresses speed and strength
- Many trainers are now offering position-specific training, as well (very hot right now)
- This is an additional cost; make sure you know costs before beginning
- Especially helpful before your client attends an all-star game.
THE TRAINING RIDER
- This is probably the most important point of this session
- You must protect yourself if you’re going to cover training
- The training rider is not part of the SRA; you must submit it separately
- Most training riders are proprietary
- A standard rider mandates that the player must pay back his training fees if he fires the agent before signing an NFL contract.
- This must be submitted to the NFLPA with the SRA.
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