Let's talk poaching

Fri 18th Dec 2015 - 8:14am General

Let’s talk about poaching.

It’s unprofessional, affects team/org stability and creates an environment of selfishness and entitlement. It’s bad... We all know that.

Do I blame orgs who poach? No. They are acting in their own self interest and trying to make the strongest org. Do they have my respect? No.

How do I protect my org from poachers?

  1. Contracts *this is not legal advice, just my opinion from my experience/knowledge. Do your own research.

No... I’m not talking a 1 paragraph contract saying ‘you play for me for 3 months you stay with me yes? Sign here’ that is fucking pathetic.

Do your research and construct a contract that will hold up on small claims court (this is probably the place you will be disputing your contract if it goes south). If you don’t know how to construct a contract, get help. You don’t have to use fancy legal speak. Think of EVERY scenario that can possibly happen and write a clause for it. Be CLEAR, SPECIFIC and have MEASURABLE consequences. The broader you make your contract statements the more likely they will be misunderstood or misinterpreted. Having a clear, measurable, fair consequence for behaviours will ensure your players know exactly what will happen if they perform their duties and if they do not.

Get a subscription to adobe, write up your contract in PDF and have your players sign it digitally.

You will constantly need revisions resolve issues that you may not have thought about, adding a clause is no big deal.


There is always room within a contract to adjust the terms if both parties can agree. Communication people. This goes for players as well as owners. Talk to your org if you are unhappy, work with them to solve the problem. If you cant solve a problem ask them out of your contract, if you talk to your org they will be more likely to help you work a solution.

  1. Community

Create an environment where your players WANT to stay with you. Provide VALUE for your players and they will pay you back with loyalty. Sometimes they will get an offer they can’t refuse, but a happy player is not going to break contract and risk getting sued. They will at least wait until the contract is over or mediate with the orgs to discuss transfer terms.

  1. Relationships

Reach out to other owners/managers and open lines of communication. HOPEFULLY this will enable discussions with management about player transfers to take place BEFORE approaching players (not always the case).





Chris Bridle

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