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 opportunity for Coaches to invest their time into the talent of a Guardian’s child or ward through what we call the “Coaches Collective.” The Collective offers the tennis community:

  1. Uniform, familiar, easy to understand, digitally manifested and globally accepted Contracts.
  2. Uniform rules and regulations that govern all Members of the Association and their executed Contracts.
  3. Protection for Guardians 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.

A Guardian looking for premium Coaching for their child or word needs opportunity. These opportunities can be financially burdensome.  GTP has created the Coaches Collective which allows Certified Guardian’s of “Amateurs” an opportunity to receive premium Coaching today with a promise to Coaches, Trainers or Academies for future compensation based on a non-intrusive payment plan.

There are three (3) Classes of Members:

 

Clients: Guardians, Athletes and Minor Athletes

Providers: Trainers, Coaches and Academies

Representatives: Agents

 

CLIENTS

Guardian: Is either;

 

(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.

 

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

 

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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PROVIDER

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.

Initial Application Fee: (USD) $130

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

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

 

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

There are no hidden fees. All fees are outlined in the preceding FAQ question (What will this cost me?) and 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 Guardian status. However, your responsibilities as a Certified Guardian within the Association are as follows:

 

1) The Association will issue you quarterly invoices (ten days prior to the close of a calendar quarter) stating the amount of collective you as a Guardian have accrued and the total amount you owe with Coaches, Trainers and Academies.  Reconciliation will made directly to the Association and the Association will distribute to the appropriate Coaches, Trainers and Academies accordingly.

 

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 the responsibility of the Guardian to reconcile.

 

3) Upon the fifth year of the non-intrusive payment plan, a one time balloon payment is required. 

  1. A Guardian must fully understand and accept the Operating Agreement prior to initiating beginning a profile builder, 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 section (What will this cost me?). Total initial Guardian 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 a Guardian 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 a Guardian, you may wish to sample and utilize many different Coaches, Trainers and Academies to ensure the growth of your child or ward. 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 Guardian you are protected from exploitative Coaches, Trainers and Academies who seek a % in perpetuity in return for “pro-bono” coaching. Only compensate a Coach, Trainer or Academy for the services he or she provided and nothing more with a non-intrusive payment plan.

 

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

1) Keep upfront $ costs of training for your child or ward 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 the talent of your child or ward. (They won’t be fully compensated for five years)

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 a Guardian or Parent, you no longer have to spend 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 expectations.
  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 a Guardian, 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 a Guardian.

Additionally, Amateur Contracts differ from Engagement Contracts and Engagement Contracts differ from Engagement+ Contracts in the responsibilities that a Guardian, Athlete and Minor Athlete 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 a Guardian, Athlete or Minor Athlete 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 a Guardian, Athlete or Minor Athlete. 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 Association’s profile titled “My Collective.”

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

Guardians, Athletes and Minor Athletes:

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 an hour, day, week or month long contract do not exceed a certain maximum to ensure a Guardian, Athlete, or Minor Athlete 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. 

 

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. 

GTP’s Association gets rid of exclusivity. Any Certified Member can terminate Contracts whenever they feel the relationship is not working. We at the Association believe you as a Guardian, in an effort to grow your child or ward’s talent, must sample as many Coaches, Trainers or Academies as necessary until you feel the right fit. 

 

Protect your own reputation by promising to compensate your Coaches, Trainers and Academies for the services they have provided with a non-intrusive payment plan.

To ensure Guardians and Athletes are protected, the Association has placed limits how much deferred compensation a Coach, Trainer, Academy or Agent may ask or negotiate as well as the total amount of Collective that a Guardian or Athlete may accrue.

Length:

Contracts may be negotiated for as little as one (1) day up to a maximum of three (3) months.

Total deferred compensation minimum and maximums.

One day: (USD) Minimum $5 maximum $750

One week: (USD) Minimum $5 maximum $3500

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

Total accrued Collective: 

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).

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

 

This is the beauty of GTP. A Certified Guardian can terminate or stop working with any Coach, Trainer, Academy or Agent at any time for any reason. There should be no hard feelings as each Coach, Trainer, Academy and Agent will be compensated appropriately for the time and service that they rendered.

Should a Guardian terminate a Contract early , you will be responsible for the pro-rata portion of the executed Contract that has been completed. This pro-rata share will be added to the collective and the remaining Contract will be terminated.

Sorry, we do not allow contracts for longer than three (3) months for all Members protection. 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 Coach/Trainer/Academy-Guardian relationship.  Inevitably, exclusive relationships eventually destruct. It is at this time that bad business practice begins to shine. We eliminate this from possibly ever occurring. Exit contracts at any time you would like while at the same time ensuring that the Coaches, Trainers and Academies proper value is being deferred for a later date. All parties can exit a relationship amicably.

Yes. The Association reserves the right to terminate your Certification and any other Members for the that matter for, including but not limited to, any of the following reason:

(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 Guardian, Coach, Athlete, Trainer, Agent or Academy 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 Guardian, Coach, Athlete, Trainer, Agent or Academy is a habitual user of illegal drugs, or that the Certified Guardian, Coach, Athlete, Trainer, Agent or Academy is a habitual user of alcoholic beverages; or

(E) The repeated failure of the Guardian, Coach, Athlete, Trainer, Agent or Academy 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 Guardian, Coach, Athlete, Trainer, Agent or Academy 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) of 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 Guardian, Athlete or Minor Athlete a fee in excess of the maximums referenced herein; or

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

  1. Not renewing your Membership.
  2. Repeated terminations or claims of breach of Contract. (Three (3) or more in a calendar year)
  3. All reasons stated in FAQ Can I lose my Certification.

Base Compensation is the upfront total amount of Cash that you as a Guardian agrees to pay a Coach, Trainer or Academy for  their services outlined in a Certified Contract. GTP is not responsible for ensuring this compliance.

Deferred Compensation: Is the amount of compensation to be paid by you the Guardian in a non intrusive payment plan that begins one (1) year from the conclusion of the calendar quarter from when services were provided.

  1. Understand and accept the Association’s Operating Agreement, (b) Complete the Guardian Application, (c) Be accepted by the Association, (d) link your external bank account, to ensure membership renewal fees, (e) subscribe to complete enrollment.
  2. Click on Start a New Contract highlighted in red above your Association profile page.
  3. Is there a Coach, Trainer or Academy you would like to contract with but is not enrolled in GTP’s Association? Assist that person in registering with the Association.
  4. Once the Coach, Trainer or Academy has registered, click the contract you would like to begin.
  5. Choose the person you would like to contract with.
  6. Ensure you have negotiated the following terms of your contract prior to beginnings a new 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, Trainer or Academy execution.
  7. Wait for the final execution from GTP.
  8.  Begin 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 a Guardian, 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 (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 will provide, a Certified Trainer will provide and to what a Certified Academy will provide for services.

Additionally, Amateur Contracts differ from Engagement Contracts and Engagement Contracts differ from Engagement+ Contracts in the responsibilities of a Guardian, Athlete and Minor Athlete and how they must reconcile their accrued Collective.

The Coaches Collective is a term GTP’s Association has conceived and trademarked to represent the total amount of compensation that a Coach, Trainer or Academy has deferred for a later date while simultaneously meaning how much deferred compensation a Guardian, Athlete or Minor Athlete has outstanding to a Coach, Trainer, Academy or Agent.

 

All Member’s Collective is held and accounted for by GTP’s Association and can be viewed by a Member at any time as to what Collective they have individually accrued through their own private portal from their Association profile page. All Certified Members have given the Association the permission to manage, enforce, collect and disseminate this Collective per the regulations of the Association’s Operating Agreement.

The Aggregate Collective is the sum of all collectives that a Guardian, Athlete or Minor Athlete has accrued with each individual Certified Coach, Trainer or Academy. All Coaches, Trainers and Academies who have executed similar contracts (Amateur or Engagement Contracts) will be added to the total Collective and compensated according to their pro-rata share of that Members Collective.

ENGAGEMENT CONTRACTS:

Pro-rata means the percentage of a collection that you as a Coach would receive in reconciliation from an Athlete.

For example. If Athlete 1 ONLY has a collective with Coach A in the amount of $10k, should Athlete 1 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. 

Example 2: If Athlete 1 has a collective with Coach A in the amount of $10k and another collective with Coach B in the amount of $20k, total aggregate Collective would equal $30k. Should Athlete 1 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 and Coach B is 2/3 of the total Collective, 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 collective.

 

Engagement+ Contracts: 

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

Guardians, Athletes and Minor Athletes:

 

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 an hour, day, week or month long Contract do not exceed a certain maximum to ensure a Guardian, Athlete or Minor Athlete 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.

No exclusivity is the perk of GTP and the Association. GTP’s Association rids the sporting community of exclusivity. Any member can terminate contracts whenever they feel a relationship may not be working. Whenever a relationship ends, both sides can depart amicably knowing that value has been honored in the agreement. A Coach will be compensated in the future for the services he or she provided.

In an effort to protect Guardians, Athletes and Minor Athletes no Certified Contract may be negotiated by and between a Guardian 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: 

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).

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.

 

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 a Guardian and a Coach, Trainer or Academy.

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

GTP and the Association want to ensure relationships are working properly and can be re-negotiated should the relationship evolve for either side.

We at GTP and the Association feel that exclusivity is a root cause of the lack of growth of the Guardian-Coach relationship. At times, exclusivity is synonymous with compromising ones value, (working for nominal consideration for an extended period of time). Should a relationship terminate during this exclusive relationship, one side or another feels as if they are “owed” something, when in fact they are not.

With GTP and the Association, there will be no hard feelings if a relationship ends, for you as a Guardian know that you will be compensating a Coach at some point in the future.

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 Guardian, Coach, Athlete, Trainer, Agent, Academy or Minor Athlete is a habitual user of illegal drugs, or that the Certified Guardian, Coach, Athlete, Trainer, Agent, Academy or Minor Athlete is a habitual user of alcoholic beverages; or

(e) the repeated failure of the Certified Guardian, Coach, 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 Guardian, Coach, 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 the Association’s Operating Agreement Article 4 Section 4.02 or FAQ section (Characteristics of Certified Contracts); 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 annual Membership.
  2. Repeated terminations or claims of breach of Contract. (Three in a calendar year).
  3. All reasons stated in FAQ section How does GTP work? (Can I lose my Certification as a Guardian with the Association.)

Base Compensation:

Means the amount per hour, day, week or month, if any, to be paid currently by the Certified Guardian, Athlete or Minor Athlete, 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 Up-front compensation.

Deferred compensation:

Means, the sum of (a) the deferred amount per hour, day, week or month to be paid by the Certified Guardian, Athlete or Minor Athlete, 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%) accruing from and after the completion date of each such contract to be collected by the Manager, which amounts shall be made to 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 is not enrolled in GTP’s Association, assist that entity in registering and being Certified with the Association.
  4. Once the Provider has been Certified, select the Contract you would like to begin (Amateur Contract).
  5. Select the Certified Provider 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 Providers execution.
  7. Wait for Providers execution of Certified Contract.
  8. Wait for the final execution from GTP Manager.
  9. Begin work.

These things happen and we are well prepared and understanding.

As iron clad as any contract may seem, in the end, how a contract is fulfilled truly comes down to how the two entities of a contract work together. 

GTP and the Association will dispatch a quality control email one day following the last day of the term of every Certified Contract to ensure services were provided as promised.

One of two instances may occur:

  1. If you and your Athlete/Guardian determine that you both will be able to make up the lost time in a timely fashion, then agree that services have been provided and honor your commitments to one another in the near future. (Put a little faith in one another as honorable human beings)
  2. In the event either one of you may not be able to make up the lost time, GTP’s Association will host a mediation to determine the pro-rata share amenable for both parties to be added to the Collective from services that were rendered.

A Minor Athlete is a person under the age of eighteen (18). The Minor Athlete’s Guardian guarantees the contract based on 15% of the Minor Athlete’s Tournament Winnings. Because Contracts with Minors are very delicate, special permission must be requested from the Association. Once this is granted, the Contract will be taken to Palm Beach County Clerk Office to be acknowledged by the Court.

These things happen and we are well prepared and understanding.

As iron clad as any contract may seem, in the end, how a contract is fulfilled truly comes down to how the two entities of a contract work together. 

GTP and the Association will dispatch a quality control email a day following the last day of the term of every Certified Contract to ensure services were provided as promised.

 

One of two instances may occur:

  1. If you and your Athlete/Guardian determine that you both will be able to make up the lost time in a timely fashion, then agree that services have been provided and honor your commitments to one another in the near future. (Put a little faith in one another as honorable human beings)
  2. In the event either one of you may not be able to make up the lost time, GTP’s Association will host a mediation to determine the pro-rata share amenable for both parties to be added to the Collective from services that were rendered.

Payments by the Guardian

A Certified Guardian begins a quarterly payment plan to GTP’s Association beginning one year from the conclusion of the calendar quarter from when services were provided by a Certified Coach, Trainer or Academy on 14% of outstanding collective annually (Approximately 3.5% per quarter). These payments by a Guardian are made directly to GTP’s Association. The Association will then disseminate the appropriate compensation to Coaches, Trainers and Academies in the following order:

First to Coaches, Trainers and Academies who are  in Good Standing with the Association.

Second to Coaches, Trainers and Academies who are in suspended status (Not having renewed membership fee).

Third to Coaches, Trainers and Academies whose Certifications have been terminated. 

An invoice is sent ten (10) days prior to the conclusion of every quarter to every Guardian who has outstanding collective. Each Guardian will make this payment by the 1st of the month to GTP’s Association via the Associations third party processor via ACH, debit card or credit card on 3.5% of outstanding collectively (including interest) or 14% per year. 

Please don’t be late. If after ten (10) days you have not made the required payment, your membership will automatically be placed into suspend mode and any current or active Contracts will be immediately terminated.

If by the end of thirty (30) days, an invoice remains outstanding, your status automatically is terminated and any and all outstanding collective will be considered due immediately.

 

Yes. At any point you can make any payments you would like with no early termination fees.

It is your responsibility to begin to pay this down to continue to utilize GTP and the Association’s services and Contracts. The Association will not approve any Contracts that will place you as a Guardian above the USD $100k threshold (including interest). Please pay down your collective immediately.

Call the Association immediately. We put this in FAQ to ensure that you make fiscally responsible decisions. Do not take premium Coaching that when payments are required may force you out of your financial comfort zone. You may have to secure your next payment with some form of collateral. Do not sign Contracts that you will not be able to complete.

Amateur Contracts (Explained)

An Amateur Contract is a Certified Contract of GTP’s Association that is signed between a Certified Guardian of an Amateur with either a Certified Coach, Trainer and/or Academy. The Guardian is the guarantor and will pay for services received through a non intrusive payment plan.

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 Coaching or 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 Certified Guardian of someone younger than eighteen (18) years of age and either a Certified Coach, Certified Trainer or Certified Academy. With the permission of the Association, someone older than eighteen (18) may continue to execute Amateur Contracts with their Guardian. See next question below.

The answer is yes, but you must have the express permission of the Association. If your child or ward is over eighteen (18) and wishes to maintain their NCAA eligibility or for other reasons, the Association may grant the ability to execute Amateur Contracts. Amateur Contracts are unlike Engagement or Engagement+ Contracts which reconcile the collective based on 15% of future Tournament Winnings.

Of course it matters. 

 

According to NCAA compliance rule 12.1.2.1.6 Preferential Treatment, Benefits or Services states. 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)

 

The Guardian is the Guarantor and ensures payments for services provided therefore ensuring the NCAA eligibility of a Guardian’s child or ward. 

  1. The ability to receive premium Coaching today and reconcile with a non intrusive payment plan tomorrow.
  2. The opportunity to try or sample a plethora of different Coaches without having moral obligations to Coaches who are charging pennies on the dollar.
  3. Write your own script. Compensate a Coach for their proper value so that you can say yes and no as you please.
  4. Universally known Contracts.
  5. Familiarity with Contracts.
  6. Hundreds of other Coaches and Guardians Certified with GTP’s Association. Travel the world using our system.

Are you a parent with a goal of making your child or ward the best they can be, specifically in this case…tennis? Wondering how to maximize their time and bring them the best Coaching without it feeling like a financial commitment?

Amateur Contracts allow for Coaching services today with a non intrusive payment plan tomorrow.

As a Guardian, with your membership, you can execute as many Amateur Contracts as you would like, however you may not have more than five (5) active Amateur Contracts at any one time.

Engagement Contracts (Explained)

As a Guardian, you are only allowed to execute Amateur Contracts and need not concern yourself with Engagement Contracts. However, if your looking to understand the complete GTP concept, and have a child or ward who may be turning eighteen (18) soon, please feel free to read. Your child or ward will at eighteen (18) years of age be required to apply and register as a Certified Athlete in order to execute Engagement Contracts  (unless permission has been granted by the Association to continue Amateur Contracts).

 

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 above 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 (prior to any taxes or withholdings). 

Upon an Athlete’s retirement, (Not having played eight (8) ATP, WTA or ITF 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 including interest annually. Payments to be made quarterly (3.5% per quarter). 

Engagement Contract by definition of the Association’s Operating Agreement means, a Contract entered into between a Certified Athlete or Minor Athlete and either a Certified Coach, Trainer or  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 and 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, Certified Trainer or Certified Academy. 

No. You may sign a Minor Engagement Contract which is a combination of an Amateur Contract and an Engagement Contract but with a few more requirements. See Minor Athlete Engagement Contract for more explanations.

Engagement Contracts will forego a Certfied Athletes NCAA eligibility. Do not execute an Engagement Contract with anyone who wishes to still participate in NCAA athletics.

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. The Athlete will receive an invoice quarterly representing 3.5% of remaining collective including interest.

Engagement Contracts allow Athletes the opportunity to pay for Coaching with what they can afford on 15% of their future Tournament Winnings. Simultaneously, Engagement Contracts make Coaches put “their money where their mouth is.” These Contracts force Coaches to believe not only in themselves and their abilities to turn your child or ward into a proverbial winner, but also that they truly believe in your child or wards talent. The Coach will defer his/her compensation today, and be compensated on future Tournament Winnings and success.

Engagement+ Contracts (Explained)

As a Guardian, you are only allowed to execute Amateur Contracts and need not concern yourself with Engagement+ Contracts. However, if your looking to understand the complete GTP concept, and have a child or ward who may be turning eighteen (18) soon with an awful lot of talent, please feel free to read. Your child or ward will at eighteen (18) years of age be required to register as an Athlete and if he or she either qualifies or applies to execute Engagement+ Contracts on his or her own, it may not be bad to know what they will be getting into.

 

According to the Associations Operating Agreement, and 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  or WTA 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 contained in the Association’s Operating Agreement. An Athlete is required to reconcile their collective based on 15% of their future Tournament Winnings and 10% of any endorsement deals executed during the term of the Engagement+ Contract.

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 any Certified Coach, Trainer or Academy 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/WTA 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,

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) then any remaining collective will be considered forgiven. Nothing more shall be collected by GTP or owed to any Coaches, Trainers or Academies.

 

Agents rolls

Agent Initiated Contracts are Certified Contracts initiated by a Certified Agent between a Certified Athlete and a Certified Coach, Trainer or Academy. The Certified Agent should assist with negotiations on upfront (base) compensation (if any) and deferred compensation, terms of the Contract and extensions.

 

Currently Guardians are not able to execute Agent Initiated Contracts in an effort to ensure your child or ward’s NCAA eligibility remains intact.

Agents or Representatives of professional Athletes currently receive zero compensation for establishing Coaching or hitting sessions for their Players. Consequently, Agents usually look for the Coach who is willing to compromise their value. In an effort to encourage Agents to value a Coach/hitting partner we have created Agent Initiated Contracts so that the Agent will be compensated from a pro-rata portion of what GTP collects.

Minor Engagement Contracts

Minor Engagement Contract means, a Contract executed by a Certified Guardian, on behalf of a Certified Athlete under the age of eighteen (18) but above the age of fourteen (14), 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 of Coaching and Training 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.

 

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

Certified Guardians are currently not able to execute Minor Engagement Contracts. These Contracts may only be signed between a Certified Coach, Trainer and Academy with a Certified Minor Athlete or Certified Athlete.

Miscellaneous

We added this to ensure you enter GTP and the Association with eyes wide open. The Association has been created entirely to attempt to enhance 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 principal of every Contract, but in order to run this platform we must cover our overhead. 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 all amounts could be deemed to be immediately due and payable. Access to the use of our Contracts would immediately cease and any active Contracts would immediately be voided.