Important Documents

REGULATIONS

GOVERNING

PLAYER AGENTS

These Regulations were first promulgated by the Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1988. They have remained in effect since then, with several limited amendments through the years, until being substantially expanded and amended in 2010 and again in 2014. These Regulations govern the conduct and fiduciary responsibilities for all Player Agents, Expert Agent Advisors and Applicants seeking to become Player Agents or Expert Agent Advisors.

BASIC

AGREEMENT

In 1968, the Major League Baseball Players Association negotiated the first-ever Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in professional sports. It has evolved and strengthened over the years with each generation of players, sometimes at great personal sacrifice, ensuring the continuity of rights for the next. The current CBA expires on Dec. 1, 2021.

 

MAJOR LEAGUE

RULES

The Major League Rules govern a number of issues including the draft, reserve lists, waivers, and optional assignments. Please note that to the extent that there is any conflict between the provisions of these rules and the provisions of the Basic Agreement, the Basic Agreement shall in all respects control.

 

JOINT DRUG

AGREEMENT

The current Joint Drug Agreement went into effect in December 2016 and is scheduled to terminate on December 1, 2021 (the same date as the Basic Agreement). The Agreement provides for in-season blood testing for Human Growth Hormone and enhanced testing techniques aimed at improving the detection of illegal testosterone usage. The MLBPA and MLB also agreed to substantially increase the frequency of random urine tests per year and increased the penalties for violations of the program.

Forms

DESIGNATION OF

RECRUITER OR

CLIENT MAINTENANCE PROVIDER

An Applicant to be a Limited Certified Agent who completes the background check and passes the written test is not a certified agent until he or she is designated on a Designation of Recruiter or Client Maintenance Service Provider form by a General Certified Agent.

 

PLAYER AGENT

DESIGNATION

An Applicant to be a General Certified Agent who completes the background check and passes the written test is not a certified agent until he or she is designated on a Player Agent Designation form by at least one Player, as defined by §2(B) of the Agent Regulations. In order to be authorized to represent a Player as described in §3(A) of the Agent Regulations, a person must first be designated by that Player on a Player Agent Designation form, signed by that Player (both in English and the Player’s native language if not English) and filed with the MLBPA. A Player Agent Designation form is valid for no more than one year or until revoked by the Player who signed it.

DESIGNATION OF

EXPERT AGENT

ADVISOR

The Major League Rules govern a number of issues including the draft, reserve lists, waivers, and optional assignments. Please note that to the extent that there is any conflict between the provisions of these rules and the provisions of the Basic Agreement, the Basic Agreement shall in all respects control.

AUTHORIZATION TO 

CONDUCT A BACKGROUND

INVESTIGATION

All Applicants for MLBPA Certification must submit to a background investigation. The MLBPA will conduct a background investigation following the submission of a completed Application for Certification, including the application fee, signed Declaration by Applicant, and a signed Authorization to Conduct a Background Investigation. Before completing this authorization form, please review the following information:

LOAN AND GIST

DISCLOSURE FORM

Any loans, or promise of loans, of money or any other thing of value by a Player Agent or Applicant to a player, or any persons related to or associated with such player, are prohibited without prior written approval of the MLBPA.

 

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