FAQ

We are the first ever, accountability based sports Company specifically within the tennis industry, that sets out to protect the “sweat equity” a Coach or Trainer may provide to an Athlete or Guardian. GTP’s Association has established a uniform code of ethics, contracts, standards and accountability that everyone can agree to, while providing fair compensation and coaching opportunities for everyone.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following answers to Questions is not to supersede the Operating Agreement. This is merely offering guidelines of what the Operating Agreement states to frequently asked questions by Certified Members.

Membership fees/payments/requirements/reasons

GTP and the Association of Ethical Tennis Coaches and Players were created in an effort to bring uniformity, accountability and an opportunity for Coaches, Trainers and Academies to invest into the talent of a Certified Athlete, Certified Minor Athlete and Amateur with their time through what we call the “Coaches Collective.”

  1. Uniform, familiar, easy to understand, digitally manifested and globally accepted Contracts.
  2. Uniform rules and regulations that govern all Members of the Association.
  3. Protection for Athletes from exploitative Coaches seeking % in perpetuity. 
  4. An independent third party (the Association) to hold all entities accountable to promises made with executed Contracts.
  5. Archived records of whom has worked with whom.

An Athlete pursuing professional tennis needs opportunity. These opportunities can be financially burdensome.  GTP has created the Coaches Collective which allows Athlete’s an opportunity to receive premium Coaching today with a promise to Coaches, Trainers or Academies for future compensation, for coaching or training received, on 15% of their future Tournament Winnings.

The Association gives Athletes, Coaches, Trainers, Guardians, Agents and Academies all an equal voice and all an opportunity to practice better business.

There are three (3) Classes of Members:

 

Clients: Guardians, Athletes and Minor Athletes

Providers: Trainers, Coaches and Academies

Representative: Agents

 

CLIENTS

Athlete: A tennis player who is of eighteen (18) years of age or older who desires to participate and receive professional lessons and instruction.

 

Guardian: Means, (1) a parent or legal guardian of an individual Amateur who is under eighteen (18) years of age or; (2)  A parent or legal guardian of an individual Amateur who is above eighteen (18) years of age with the express consent of the Manager, whose parent or Guardian wishes to maintain responsibility for their child or ward’s collective in an effort to maintain their child or ward’s NCAA eligibility or for other extenuating circumstances.

 

Minor Athlete: A tennis player under eighteen (18) years of age but is fourteen (14) years of age or older and who, with his or her Guardian’s consent and oversight, has decided to forgo his or her amateur status, and who is or desires actively to pursue a career as a professional tennis player by competing in professional tournaments.

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PROVIDERS

Trainer:  A person who is a certified and licensed health care professional who practices in the field of sports medicine. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions.

 

Coach: A person who works with people who want to learn, improve, or compete in tennis. They lead one-on-one or group practices, often at a school or club on tennis court. A tennis coach should be able to gauge student abilities and provide them with instruction to improve their skills on the tennis court.

 

Academy: A camp or training program focused on developing sporting skills. Academies or camps may be conducted over a series of days, weeks or several months.

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REPRESENTATIVE

Agents: A legal representative (hence agent) for professional sports figures such as athletes and coaches who desire to actively pursue a career as a professional athlete or coach by competing in professional tournaments or coaching professional players.

NOTE: By applying for an Athlete Certification and then subsequently executing an Engagement Contract, you will forego your NCAA eligibility.

 

Initial Athlete Application Fee: (USD) $130

Initial Athlete Membership Fee: (USD) $100 pro-rated for the year from the day of your subscription.

Athlete (Annual) Membership fee: (USD) $100 Per year recurring Membership fee.

 

Total first payment required: Between (USD) $131-$230 depending upon the date of enrollment.

There are no hidden fees. All fees are also outlined in the Association of Ethical Tennis Coaches and Players Operating Agreement which you are required to read and fully comprehend prior to applying for Certified Athlete status. However, your responsibilities as a Certified Athlete within the Association are as follows:

 

1) The Association will issue you monthly invoices stating the amount of collective you as an Athlete have accrued with Coaches, Trainers and Academies.  Should you have any Tournament Winnings during a month, or any subsequent month while you have an outstanding Collective, you must reconcile your Collective with 15% of those Tournament Winnings (prior to any taxes or withholdings). Reconciliation will made directly to the Association and the Association will distribute to the appropriate Coaches, Trainers and Academies.

 

2) GTP and the Association does charge a 4% interest rate to any of the collective or deferred compensation that “sits on the books,” beginning on the date that any Executed Certified Contract completes to the time when the collective is reconciled. This will be retained by the Association and is the responsibility of the Athlete.

 

3) Post your (Athlete’s) retirement, an Athlete is required to being a reconciliation plan identical to the Certified Guardian’s reconciliation plan on 14% of outstanding collective annually to be paid quarterly. (Approximately 3.5% per quarter)

 

4) There is no penalty for paying off your collective early. Reconcile your collective at your convenience.

 

  1. A Certified Athlete must fully understand and accept the Association’s Operating Agreement prior to initiating a profile build, completing an Application or executing any Certified Contracts within the Association. Please seek the advice of legal counsel prior to accepting the terms of the Agreement.
  2. Complete and submit a full Application to the Association for review and pending acceptance.
  3. Link an external bank account to ensure reconciliation and membership fees are not delinquent to maintain Good Standing with the Association.
  4. Complete your subscription/ enrollment as mentioned in FAQ question (What will this cost me?). Total initial Athlete initiation fee to be between (USD) $131-$230 depending upon the date of enrollment.
  5. Understand your reconciliation requirements.
  6. Conduct yourself with integrity and within the guidelines of the Operating Agreement. (See FAQ Can I lose my Certification as an Athlete with the Association? Under Section How does GTP work?

NO. Absolutely NOT.  In fact we recommend using other contracts when they are the most conducive for you. GTP and the Association were created as an alternative way to conduct business. As an Athlete, you may wish to sample and utilize many different Coaches, Trainers and Academies to ensure your professional growth. The Coaches Collective is an effort to allow you to “write your own script.” Our non exclusive contracts allow you freedom to move from Coach to Coach while simultaneously binding all Members of our community to the same ethical and moral business practices.

As a Certified Athlete, you are also protected from exploitative Coaches, Trainers and Academies who seek a % in perpetuity. Only compensate a Coach, Trainer or Academy for the services he or she provided and nothing more.

 

NOTE: Only contracts executed within GTPs Association will be protected.

1) Keep upfront $ costs of training in your pocket.

2) Universally accepted contracts.

3) Use of our Certified Contracts.

4) Universal familiarity with our contracts.

5) An ability to receive premium Coaching or Training today.

6) An opportunity to see which Coaches, Trainers or Academies actually believe in your talent. (They won’t be compensated until you succeed)

7) Archived records of whom has worked with whom. (A Coach with a picture no longer suffices)

8) Uniform code of business conduct and ethics.

9) Freedom of leaving a Coach, Trainer or Academy at any time with no hard feelings.

10) No longer having to sign contracts for % of perpetuity.

 

 

If at any time you have found  yourself uncomfortable in a business relationship with a Coach, Trainer, Academy or Agent, GTP and the Association may be the answer. With uniform contracts that the community can easily understand, a uniform code of ethics and an independent third party to hold all parties equally accountable and to ensure each party delivers what they promised, as an Athlete you no longer have to fear spending a large sum of money upfront that you could otherwise save.

Maybe the Coaching or Training services your receiving may not meet the value you are seeking or you may have outgrown a current Coach or Trainer. Terminate contracts and relationships at any time. In the Association, exclusivity does not exist and ending relationships on amicable terms is now the new order as Coaches, Trainers and Academies know they will be compensated at some future time.

 

  1. At the conclusion of each contract, a quality control email will be promulgated to ensure that services offered were provided and in fact received according to both parties.
  2. Once this acknowledgement has been made by both contracting parties, GTP and the Association, through an advanced and sophisticated servicing system, will hold the agreed collective on the books.
  3. All Contracts are stored on confidential third party servers.
  4. Should you have outstanding collective from other Coaches, this will be added to your aggregate collective.
  5. View your total aggregate or outstanding Collective at any time through your private portal titled “My Collective,” which may be found on your profile page.
  6. At any time, should you believe records were not accurately updated, please contact the Association immediately.

Yes. Should you wish to reconcile your Collective, each invoice will contain a one time reconciliation figure. No penalties will be applied for reconciling early.

How does GTP Work?

The answer is Yes and No.

Yes: The contracts to each specific Certified Member are identical. Once you have executed a Certified Contract as an Athlete, the Contract will not be different the second time you utilize it. The only exception may be who you contract with and the amount of service, base compensation and deferred compensation you negotiate with a Coach, Trainer or Academy (if the Association decides to change the body of a Contract, you will be notified).

No:  Each contract varies slightly to cater towards what a Certified Coach, Trainer  or Academy will provide for services to you as an Athlete.

Additionally, Amateur Contracts differ from Engagement Contracts and Engagement Contracts differ from Engagement+ Contracts in the responsibilities that an Athlete, Minor Athlete and Guardian have as far as reconciling their accrued Collective.

The “Coaches Collective” is a term the Association has created and Trademarked to represent the total amount of deferred compensation that an Athlete, Minor Athlete or Guardian has outstanding to a Coach, Trainer or Academy while simultaneously meaning how much compensation a Coach, Trainer or Academy has deferred for a later date from services he or she rendered to an Athlete, Minor Athlete or Guardian. The Collective is held and accounted for by the Association and can be viewed by a Certified Member at any time as to what Collective they owe and or have individually accrued and when that Collective may be due through a private portal located on their profile titled “My Collective.”

The Aggregate Collective is the individual sum of all collectives that an Athlete has accrued with each individual Certified Coach, Trainer or Academy. An Athlete will be required to reconcile this collective through the Association for all Coaches, Trainers and Academies who have executed similar contracts ( Engagement or Engagement+ Contracts) and the Association will ensure each Coach, Trainer or Academy is compensated according to their pro-rata share of that Collective.

ENGAGEMENT CONTRACTS:

Pro-rata means the percentage of a collective that a Coach, Trainer or Academy who provided you service would receive. 

 

Example 1: If you as an Athlete have only 1 collective with Coach A in the amount of $10k, should you have Tournament Winnings in the amount of $50k, then $7.5k (15% of $50K) will be used to reconcile the outstanding collective to $2.5k.  You would make this payment directly to the Association upon receiving an invoice ten (10) days prior to the close of the month where your winnings occurred.

 

Example 2: If you as an Athlete have two Collectives.  One collective is with Coach A in the amount of $10k and another collective with Coach B in the amount of $20k, making your total aggregate Collective $30k. Should you as an Athlete have Tournament Winnings of $50k then 15% or $7.5k will be used to reconcile both collectives. Since Coach A is 1/3 of the total collective($10k of $30K) and Coach B is 2/3 of the total Collective ($20k of $30K), Coach A’s pro-rata share on $7.5k is 1/3 or $2500 while Coach B pro-rata share is 2/3 and will receive $5000 towards reconciling his or her collective. You would make this payment of $7.5k directly to the Association upon receiving an invoice ten (10) days prior to close of the month where your winnings occurred.

 

Engagement+ Contracts: 

Are identical to what is mentioned above with Engagement Contracts except the pro-rata portion attributed to each individual Coach, Trainer or Academy would also include 10% of any endorsement deals you may have executed as an Athlete during the term of each Engagement+ Contract.

Athletes, Minor Athletes and Guardians:

 

1) These Certified Members are protected from exploitative Coaches, Trainers and Academies who sign talent to % of earnings in perpetuity. 

2) Checks and balances have been put into place ensuring negotiated deferred rates for a day, week or month long contract do not exceed a certain maximum to ensure an Athlete, Minor Athlete or Guardian is not being exploited. (See What are Characteristics of the Certified Contracts in FAQ Section How does GTP work?)

 

Coaches, Trainers and Academies: 

The collective of any Guardian, Athlete or Minor Athlete from any Coach, Trainer or Academy is added together to create what we call the total Collective. Should an Athlete, Minor Athlete or Guardian fail on any obligation or commitment to reconcile this Collective, all Members involved in the Collective will be equally represented and protected.

 

Agents: Agents will now have “skin in the game” and any Contracts they have initiated will be under the same umbrella as Trainers, Coaches and Academies. Should a Guardian, Athlete or Minor Athlete default in their commitments, an Agent will be protected just the same.

GTP’s Association gets rid of exclusivity. Any member can terminate contracts whenever they feel the relationship is not working. We at the Association believe you as an Athlete, in an effort to grow, must sample as many Coaches, Trainers or Academies as necessary until you feel the right fit. By asking a Coach to compromise his or her value, essentially that Coach or Trainer believes you as an Athlete owe them something, when in fact you do not. You may have a moral obligation but no required business obligations.

Protect your own reputation by promising to compensate your previous Coaches, Trainers and Academies for the services they have provided you at their present value on eventual Tournament Winnings, thus paying for what you can presently afford. Giving a Coach, Trainer or Academy 20% for life in our opinion is indentured servitude.

In an Effort to protect Athletes, Minor Athlete and Guardians, no contract may be negotiated by and between an Athlete and either a Coach, Trainer or Academy, outside of the minimum and maximum compensation listed below.

 

Length:

All Certified Contracts can be negotiated for as little as one (1) hour up to a maximum of three (3) months.

 

Total deferred compensation minimum and maximums:

One (1) hour: (USD) Minimum $5 Maximum $750

One (1) day: (USD) Minimum $5 Maximum $750

One (1) week: (USD) Minimum $5 Maximum $3500

One (1) month: (USD) Minimum $5 Maximum $13000

 

Total accrued Collective: 

Athlete and Minor Athlete: No Certified Contract (Engagement Contract) will be approved by GTP and the Association that places a Certified Athlete or Minor Athlete over a (USD) $100k threshold for total collective (including interest) from Engagement Contracts.

Athlete: No Certified Contract (Engagement+Contracts) will be approved by GTP and the Association that places a Certified Athlete over a (USD) $175k threshold when all Engagement Contracts added with Engagement+ Contracts put them over this additional $75k threshold.

Guardian: No Certified Contract will be approved by GTP and the Association that places a Guardian over a (USD) $100k threshold for total collective (including interest).

 

Base compensation (Upfront compensation):

Total up front payments must be included in the contract, however GTP and the Association bear zero responsibility in the enforcement or compliance of this base or upfront payment between an Athlete or Minor Athlete and a Coach, Trainer or Academy

This is the beauty of GTP and its Association. A Certified Athlete can terminate or stop working with any Certified Member at any time for any reason. You must submit the notice of termination and the reasons of termination to the Association within one  week from the conclusion of an executed contract. 

The pro-rata portion of the executed contract will be added to your collective. Should you as an Athlete believe that the aforementioned Coach, Trainer, Academy or Agent has breached their Contract and should not be entitled to any pro-rata share, simply notify the Association of the breach and a mediation will commence.

Sorry, we do not allow contracts for longer than three (3) months. However, we do offer extensions to already executed contracts.

We at GTP feel that exclusivity is a root cause of the lack of growth of the Athlete-Coach relationship and our Contracts eliminate exclusivity. Many relationships are initially great but soon end in disastrous fashion merely because one side seems to not be valued. So long as everyones value is protected, then there is no reason to compromise your value in order to establish relationships. Now should a relationship terminate for any reason, there will be no hard feelings as you as an Athlete will make good to whatever Coach, Trainer or Academy that did right by you. 

Yes. The Association reserves the right to terminate your Certification or another Certified Member for any of the following reasons, including but not limited to:

(A) Certified Coach’s, Trainer’s, Agent’s or Academy’s gross insubordination, gross malfeasance, gross misconduct, or physical abuse with respect to any Certified Guardian’s child or ward or any Certified Athlete or Minor Athlete; or

(B) Certified Coach’s, Trainer’s, Agent’s or Academy’s infidelity, dishonesty or misrepresentation with his or her dealings with or on behalf of Certified Guardian’s child or ward or a Certified Athlete or Minor Athlete in any matter; or

(C) the conviction of the Certified Coach, Guardian, Athlete, Trainer, Agent, Academy or Minor Athlete of a felony involving moral turpitude with all appeals period with respect to such conviction having expired or with any final appeals having been pursued unsuccessfully to conclusion; or

(D) the certification by a doctor licensed to practice in the State of Florida or other jurisdiction in which a Certified Contract is to be performed that the Certified Coach, Guardian, Athlete, Trainer, Agent, Academy or Minor Athlete is a habitual user of illegal drugs, or that the Certified Coach, Guardian, Athlete, Trainer, Agent, Academy or Minor Athlete is a habitual user of alcoholic beverages; or

(E) the repeated failure of the Certified Coach, Guardian, Athlete, Trainer, Agent, Academy or Minor Athlete to comply with the material provisions of the Association’s Operating Agreement, or with written directives of the Manager consistent herewith in Manager’s sole discretion, including but not limited to being punctual for any and all training; or

(F) any pattern of failure by the Certified Coach, Guardian, Athlete, Trainer, Agent, Academy or Minor Athlete to perform his or her obligations under any Certified Contracts without satisfactory explanation or the reason therefore in Manager’s sole discretion; or

(G) if three (3) or more Certified Contracts shall have been terminated within any twelve (12) Month period as permitted under the provisions of section 3.05(g) in the Association’s Operating Agreement; or

(H) the violation of any National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) bylaw, rule or regulation in relation to any individual that has executed an Amateur Contract; or

(I)Charging a Certified Athlete, Minor Athlete or Guardian a fee in excess of the maximums referenced in Article 4 Section 4.02 of the Association’s Operating Agreement or in FAQ Section Contract Characteristics; or

(J) Certified Coach’s, Trainer’s, Agent’s or Academy’s inappropriate, unprofessional, personal relationship with a Certified Athlete, Minor Athlete and/or Guardian in any manner in Manager’s sole discretion.

  1. Not renewing your Membership.
  2. Repeated terminations or claims of breach of Contract. (Three in a calendar year)
  3. All reasons stated in Can I lose my Certification and FAQ section How does GTP work? (Can I lose my Certification as an Athlete with the Association.)

Base Compensation:

Means the amount per hour, day, week or month, if any, to be paid upfront by the Certified Athlete, Minor Athlete or Guardian as the case may be, to the Certified Coach, Trainer or Academy under the agreed-to terms in the contract with the Certified Coach, Trainer and/or Academy.

GTP is not responsible for ensuring compliance of any base or Upfront compensation.

Deferred compensation:

Means, the sum of (a) the deferred amount per hour, day, week or month to be paid by the Certified  Athlete, Minor Athlete or Guardian, as the case may be, to the Certified Coach, Trainer or Academy under the agreed-to terms in the contract with the Certified Coach, Trainer and/or Academy, plus (b) interest at the rate of four percent (4.0%) per annum accruing from and after the completion date of each such contract to be collected by the Manager. Collected compensation shall then be made to the appropriate Certified Coaches, Trainers, Agents or Academies as provided in Article III and Article V of the Association’s Operating Agreement.

  1. (a) Understand and accept the Operating Agreement, (b) complete the Association’s Application, (c) be accepted by the Association, (d) link your external bank account, (e) subscribe to complete enrollment and Certification.
  2. Click on Start a New Contract highlighted in red above your profile page.
  3. Have a Coach, Trainer or Academy you would like to work with but they are not yet enrolled in GTP’s Association, assist that entity in registering and being Certified with the Association.
  4. Once a Coach, Trainer or Academy has been Certified, select the Contract you would like to begin (Engagement, Engagement+).
  5. Select the Certified Coach, Trainer or Academy you would like to contract with.
  6. Ensure you have negotiated the terms of your contract (a) Term or total number of hours/days/weeks/or months, (b) commencement date, (c) services to be provided (sparring sessions, coaching sessions, hitting sessions, etc), (d) up-front base compensation (if any), (e) deferred compensation  (f) execute the contract and submit for Coach’s, Trainer’s or Academy’s execution.
  7. Wait for Coach’s, Trainer’s or Academy’s execution of Certified Contract. 
  8. Wait for the final execution from GTP Manager.
  9. Begin work.
NOTE: A Coach, Trainer or Academy can also Start a New Contract on your behalf.
An Agent may also initiate a Contract. All the onus is not on the Athlete. We are just attempting to empower the Athlete.

As an Athlete if you may terminate contracts at any time. Please be advised that if you terminate more than three (3) contracts in a year however your certification will be suspended. 

 

The beauty of GTP and the Association is to allow an Athlete to exit a relationship if it has gone bad. You will be responsible for reconciling for any services that had been rendered, however you will not be accountable for any future dates from the termination.

You as an Athlete must file for a Breach of Contract. No Coach, Trainer or Academy will be allowed to maintain a Good Standing with the Association if they have had three (3) filed Breach of Contracts against them. 

 

In the event of a breach of contract, file for the breach directly from your Association profile page or directly to the Manager with the address provided on your Contract. 

 

GTP and the Association will initiate an investigation followed by a mediation to determine how much pro-rata collective, if any, should be accounted for. An Athlete, upon filing for a breach, will not be held responsible for any dates or collective post the breach.

First congratulations on the success.

Second, you will be required to reconcile any outstanding collective up to $75k which is 15% of those winnings. Should your collective be less than $75k, none of the remainder need be attributed to any future earnings (so long as there is not an active Contract) Should there be an active Contract, the remainder of this earning will be applied to services provided until the term of the Contract is complete.

Collective Responsibilities as a Certified Athlete

A Certified Athlete is not allowed to execute Amateur contracts. Amateur Contracts are executed by the Guardian of a child or ward who wishes to retain their NCAA eligibility or who may not yet be prepared to fund their entire tennis career. If you would like someone to be the guarantor  of your Contracts and your above 18 years of age, please see FAQ of a Guardian and contact the Association for special exemption.

As a Certified Athlete you are permitted to utilize and execute Engagement Contracts. With these contracts you as an Athlete are afforded the opportunity to receive premium Coaching or Training today with a promise from you to make good on payments to the applicable Coach or Trainer some time in the future. 

 

A Certified Athlete (Professional) agrees to compensate a Certified Coach, Trainer or Academy for services rendered on 15% of their future Tournament Winnings(prior to taxes and withholdings). If, at an Athlete’s retirement (not having played eight (8) sanctioned ITF/ATP/WTA tournaments in two (2) consecutive calendar years) the Athlete will be required to begin a payment identical to a Certified Guardian’s payment plan, two (2) years post their retirement, on 14% of the outstanding collective annually. Payments will be made to the Association by the Athlete quarterly (3.5% per quarter including interest) At the conclusion of five (5) years a ballon payment by the Athlete is required on remaining collective to the Association. The Association will ensure the pro-rata portion of the collective is distributed to the appropriate Coaches, Trainers and Academies.

The Association has integrated a sophisticated third party software to ensure all executed contracts are accounted for. Each Certified Member will have a private portal on their Association’s profile page titled “My Collective,” which will showcase Collective owed and accrued for each Member.  This portal also showcases what payments have been made and how they have been allocated.

 

An invoice is sent ten (10) days prior to the conclusion of every month to each Athlete who has outstanding collective. Each Athlete will make this payment by the close of the following month to the Association should they have generated revenue from Tournament Winnings. Should you believe any records may not have been accurately updated please contact the Association immediately.

Tournament winnings means any monetary value a Certified Athlete receives in consideration for playing in a professional tennis tournament (prior to taxes and withholdings) that is sanctioned by the ATP, ITF, or WTA, or any substantially similar tennis organization that currently exists, or is created in the future.

These are next level contracts for Certified Athletes and Certified Coaches, Trainers and Academies.  These Contracts allow an Athlete to save upfront costs and compensate Coaches, Trainers and Academies in the future with what they can afford from 15% of Tournament Winnings (prior to any taxes or withholdings). Athletes and Coaches, Trainers or Academies may only execute these contracts with the express permission of the Manager if one of two following conditions exist:

 

 (1) The Athlete has been in the Top 150 Singles of the ATP/WTA within the last two (2) years or top 50 doubles of the ATP/WTA within the last two (2) years; or

 

(2) with the express permission of the Manager via the Engagement+ Application. 

 

By executing an Engagement+ Contract, an Athlete is required to reconcile their collective with 15% of their future Tournament Winnings(prior to any taxes or withholdings) and with 10% of any endorsement deals that are/were executed during the term of their Engagement+ Contract. 

Upon an Athletes Retirement, (not having played in eight (8) ATP, WTA or ITF sanctioned tournaments in two (2) consecutive calendar years) any outstanding Collective will be forgiven.

Archived records which you may view through your own private portal titled “My Collective” will illustrate the distributions.

Amateur Contracts (Explained)

An Amateur Contract is a Certified Contract of GTP’s Association that is signed between a Parent/Guardian of a Player with either a Certified Coach, Trainer and/or Academy. The Parent or Guardian is the guarantor and allows the parent or Guardian to pay for services provided over a set period of time. 

Amateur Contracts means, a contract entered into between a Certified Guardian and either;

1) A Certified Coach titled an “Amateur-Coach Contract” providing for tennis training, including but not limited to private or group tennis instruction, mental training, off-court training, sparring sessions, by the Certified Coach of a child or ward of the Guardian or

2) By a Certified Trainer, titled “Amateur-Trainer Contract” providing for, but not limited to, private or group instruction, mental training, stretching, off court fitness, dietary assistance, body-building, cardio and non-cardio fitness exercises and massage therapy, regardless of the ward’s age, or

3) By a Certified Academy, titled “Amateur-Academy Contract”, providing either Certified Coaching or Certified Training as just defined. Collectively called “Amateur Contracts.” Amateur Contracts to be executed by Guardians who wish to retain their child or ward’s status as an amateur containing all of the terms, provisions, and details of the Amateur Contract in the Association’s Operating Agreement, as the same may be amended by the Manager, in its sole discretion, from time to time by the Manager.

An Amateur Contract may only be signed between a Parent/Guardian of someone 18 years old and younger and either a Certified Coach, Certified Trainer or Certified Academy. 

Engagement Contracts (Explained)

An Engagement Contract is a Certified Contract of GTP’s Association executed between a Certified Athlete and either a Certified Coach, Trainer or Academy. 

The Certified Athlete must be eighteen (18) years of Age or older and is the guarantor. A Coach, Trainer or Academy is compensated on 15% of the Certified Athletes future Tournament Winnings. 

Upon an Athlete’s retirement, (Not having played eight (8)) ATP/ITF/WTA sanctioned tournaments in one year for two (2) consecutive years, the Athlete will begin a payment plan identical to that of the Certified Guardian on 14% of remaining collective yearly. Payments to be made quarterly at approximately 3.5% per quarter (including interest).

 

Engagement Contract means, a contract entered into between a Certified Athlete or Minor Athlete and either a Certified Coach, Certified Trainer or Certified Academy collectively titled “Athlete Engagement Contracts,” and individually “Athlete-Coach Engagement Contract,” “Athlete-Trainer Engagement Contract” and “Athlete-Academy Engagement Contract.”

Athlete-Coach Engagement Contracts provide for tennis training, including but not limited to private or group tennis instruction, mental training, off-court training or sparring sessions.

Athlete-Trainer Engagement Contracts include, but are not limited to, private or group instruction, mental training, stretching, off court fitness, dietary assistance, body-building, cardio and non-cardio fitness exercises and massage therapy.

Athlete-Academy Engagement Contracts provide all of the provisions that both a Certified Coach and Certified Trainer may provide as just defined, containing all of the terms, provisions, and details of the Athlete Engagement Contract(s) in the Association’s  Operating Agreement, as the same may be amended by the Manager, in its sole discretion, from time to time. 

 

 

Athlete Engagement Contracts may also be initiated by a Certified Agent to be executed by and between two (2) Certified Members titled “Agent-Initiated Engagement Contracts.”

 

 

An Engagement Contract may only be signed between a Certified Athlete of someone eighteen (18) years of age or older and either a Certified Coach, Trainer or Academy. 

If you are committed or intending to commit to NCAA intercollegiate sport, do not Certify as an Athlete. NCAA compliance rule of 12.1.2.1.6 states:

 

Preferential Treatment, Benefits or Services. Preferential treatment, benefits or services because of the individual’s athletics reputation or skill or pay-back potential as a professional athlete, unless such treatment, benefits or services are specifically permitted under NCAA legislation. [R] (Revised: 1/11/94, 1/14/08)

 

As an Athlete by executing an Engagement or Engagement+ Contract you will be forfeiting your NCAA eligibility.

As an Athlete, you will reconcile for the services you were provided based upon 15% of your Tournament Winnings. Additionally, should your winnings not cover your total Collective,  upon your retirement, you will begin a payment plan identical to the Certified Guardian at 14% per year or 3.5% quarterly (including interest).

Upon an Athletes retirement from the sport, not having played eight (8) sanctioned ITF/ATP/WTA tournaments in one year for two (2) consecutive calendar years, the Athlete is required to begin a payment plan on the collective outstanding to GTP’s Association. The Athlete will receive an invoice quarterly representing 3.5% of remaining collective including interest. 

Engagement Contracts allow you to ask a Coach, Trainer or Academy to put “their money where their mouth is.” If a Coach truly believes in your ability and their own ability to bring out the best in you, ask them to defer their compensation today, and be compensated once you succeed.

Yes. As an Athlete you can currently execute an unlimited number of Engagement Contracts, however you may not have more than five (5) active Engagement Contracts at any one time.

Engagement+ Contracts (Explained)

Engagement+ Contract means, a contract entered into between a Certified Coach, individually titled “Athlete-Coach Engagement + Contracts”, Certified Trainer, “Athlete-Trainer Engagement + Contracts, or by a Certified Academy titled “Athlete-Academy Engagement + Contracts” collectively titled “Athlete Engagement + Contracts” and a Certified Athlete who has either

(a) been previously approved by the Manager to execute such Agreement; or

(b) been (i) ranked in the ATP top one hundred fifty (150) for singles or (ii) top fifty (50) for doubles any time within the preceding two (2) years of the execution of the Athlete Engagement + Contract,

which may be amended by the Manager, in its sole discretion, from time to time and contains all of the terms, provisions, and details of the Athlete Engagement + Contract in the Association’s Operating Agreement.

A Certified Coach to provide tennis training, including but not limited to private or group tennis instruction, mental training, off-court training and sparring sessions.

A Certified Trainer to provide for, but not limited to private or group instruction, mental training, stretching, off court fitness, dietary assistance, body-building, cardio and non-cardio fitness exercises and massage therapy.

A Certified Academy to provide, including but not limited to, all of the provisions that both a Certified Coach and Certified Trainer provide as just defined. Athlete Engagement + Contracts may also be initiated by a Certified Agent to be executed by and between two (2) Certified Members titled “Agent-Initiated Engagement+ Contracts.”

An Engagement+ Contract may be executed by and between a Certified Coach, Trainer or Academy and a Certified Athlete who has either;

 

(a) been previously approved by the Manager to execute such Agreement via the Engagement+ Application; or

(b) been (i) ranked in the ATP/WTA top one hundred fifty (150) for singles or (ii) top fifty (50) ATP/WTA for doubles any time within the preceding two (2) years of the execution of the Athlete Engagement + Contract.

If you have collective based on an Engagement+ Contract, if the Athlete does not win, then upon the retirement of the Athlete (Not having played eight (8) sanctioned ITF/ATP/WTA tournaments in one year for two (2) consecutive calendar years) will be considered retired. Upon Retirement, all outstanding Collective will be forgiven! 

 

If you have collective based on an Engagement+ Contract, if the Athlete does not win, then upon the retirement of the Athlete (Not having played twelve (12) sanctioned ITF/ATP/WTA tournaments in two (2) consecutive calendar years) 

 

Yes. We at GTP feel that both the Coach and Athlete are taking equal risks with these Contracts and should things not work out…ALL OUTSTANDING COLLECTIVE WILL BE FORGIVEN.

Agents rolls

Agent Initiated Contracts are any of the aforementioned Certified Contracts initiated by a Certified Agent between a Certified Athlete and either a Certified Coach, Trainer or Academy. The Certified Agent should assist with negotiations on upfront (base) compensation, deferred compensation, services to be provided and the term of the contract.

Agents or Representatives of professional Athletes currently receive zero compensation for establishing Coaching or hitting sessions for their Players. Consequently, these Agents therefore are not looking out for the Athlete’s best interest. The Agent usually looks for the Coach who is willing to compromise their value and therefore may not be the most talented to bring out your best abilities, that Coach is only the cheapest. Now the Agent will have incentive to find you the best Coaching in town.

No. An agent will receive a pro-rata portion of what GTP collects as stated in section 1 (Are there any other hidden fees that GTP and the Association will charge?)

Minor Engagement Contracts

A Minor Engagement Contract may only be executed by and between a Certified Minor Athlete and Certified Coach, Trainer or Academy.

 

Minor Engagement Contract means, a contract executed by a Certified Guardian, on behalf of a Certified Minor Athlete under the age of eighteen (18), and either a Certified Coach, individually titled “Minor Athlete-Coach Engagement Contract,” a Certified Trainer, titled “Minor Athlete-Trainer Engagement Contract,” or Certified Academy titled “Minor Athlete-Academy Engagement Contract,” collectively called “Minor  Engagement Contracts.” A Certified Coach to provide tennis training,

including but not limited to private or group tennis instruction, mental training, off-court training and sparring sessions, by the Certified Coach of the Athlete. A Certified Trainer to provide for, but not limited to, private or group instruction, mental training, stretching, off court fitness, dietary assistance, body-building, cardio and non-cardio fitness exercises and massage

therapy. A Certified Academy to provide, including but not limited to, all of the provisions that both a Certified Coach and Certified Trainer provide as just defined containing all of the terms, provisions, and details of the Minor Athlete Engagement Contract(s) attached to the Association’s Operating Agreement, as the same may be amended by the Manager, in its sole discretion, from

time to time, with appropriate insertions called for by said contract and that has been accepted in writing by the Manager.

 

Contract may also be initiated by a Certified Agent by and between two (2) Certified Members

Miscellaneous

We added this to ensure you enter GTP with eyes wide open. This has been created entirely to attempt to enahnce and make business in our community better. Yes we collect interest on monies “on the books” yes we charge a membership fee, yes we collect 20% of everything that we collect, but in order to run this platform our overhead is nearing $80,000 per year. If you enjoy this as an alternative business method we would love to have you be a part of the GTP movement!

Obviously we will be sad to see you go as we clearly did not cater to something that made business better for you. You are more than welcome to cancel your membership at anytime by  heading to your profile page and selecting the terminate my membership button.  

Unfortunately, per the Operating Agreement, your Membership would be placed into terminated Status. With terminated status, if you had any collective outstanding to be owed, as a Terminated Athlete, all outstanding deferred compensation will become immediately due and payable.