This sport has taken on an international flavor big time. Your playing career can extend into the coaching ranks as a HC or as a specialist.
The professional side of this sport has excellent income possibilities for a person who is willing to travel and live from contract to contract. Some of the up and coming markets are not here in the States, but overseas in the warmer climates.
Pay particular attention to the development of China and the Asian markets for your skills. Playing and providing services for your country are great, but in the professional game, it’s about the money - mom, apple pie and Mount Rushmore come later.
If your going to accept a contract to play, coach, or provide services to a club or organization in another country, start looking around for an attorney who has contacts in that country and that understands international codes of business, POE (port of entry) regulations, passport and health (shots) restrictions, labor relations *** that’s a biggie***, and a ton of other things that will definitely cause you concern later on.
If you’re going to play or provide services outside of the US, your not protected my ANY laws here, nor does the US Consulate really care one way or the other - believe me you’re on your own.
I don’t mean to take the enjoyment and anticipation out of your experience - but I’ve had experience with overseas contacts and players that I’ve coached, and all but a few did not pay attention to what I’m telling your here. So, start a check list with your attorney of the things that you want to protect yourself with. Consider some of these:
- Prepaid travel expenses to include meals and accommodations - WITH RESERVATION CONFIRMATIONS IN WRITING.
- Formal written contract of your services to be provide with an exact start and stop date and … TIME.
- Specifically stating under what laws is this contract governed by - nation wise, province, county, trade association, governing board of ministers, union impacts, and so on.
- A full disclosure of the organization that is contracting you - board of directors, governing bodies, managers, ownership - past and present, date of incorporation - and type of business entity, limited liability impacts, and are you considered an independent contractor not an employee ** big impact on your here.
Now here’s the things that all players like yourself overlook when being contacted by someone:
-Why would a person be looking at you, thousands of miles away, when there’s plenty of talent, just as good as you are, right in their own backyard? Or, have they - along with you, done their shopping and then will decide to discard one or more of you later on?
- Does the person(s) who contacted you do this for a living? How long? How did they get into this line of work? What connection do they have with the people that are looking for players or people to provide services?
Ask these two questions right off the bat and sit back and listen to the reasonableness of the answers. Be discreet and respectful - after all this is business. Any balk by the person(s) that your asking should warrant a concern deeper. Hence, a good attorney that understands this business and the country that your looking at. Oh, by the way - being contacted by a guy from Honduras for a club in Greece is not out of the picture, but it should start you thinking … how come? Need a further explanation on that one, let me know.
There’s lot of other subjects that I could cover, but for now, possibly these things that I’ve mention may have something for you to think about.
Please don’t think that I’m trying to discourage you - no way. I sincerely wish you the very best. Welcome to the business.