MLBPA Agent Certification

Key Documents

The following links will allow you to download copies of important documents related to the representation of Players.

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.

Click here to Download the Agent Regulations in English
Haga clic aqui para descargar las Regulaciones de Agentes en español (click here to download the Agent Regulations in Spanish)

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, 2016.

Click here to Download the 2012-2016 Basic Agreement
Haga clic aqui para descargar el 2012-2016 Acuerdo Basico en español (click here to download the Basic Agreement in Spanish)

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.

Click here to Download the Major League Rules

Joint Drug Agreement

The Joint Drug Agreement went into effect in December 2011 and is scheduled to terminate Dec. 1, 2016 (the same date as the Basic Agreement). In January 2013, MLB and MLBPA announced several key amendments to the JDA, including the adoption of in-season blood testing for Human Growth Hormone and enhanced testing techniques aimed at improving detection of illegal testosterone usage. In 2014, the MLBPA and MLB again substantially amended the Joint Drug Agreement to, among other things, increase the frequency of testing from 1,400 to 3,200 random urine tests a year, increase the number of hGH tests, subject all Players to random IRMS testing, prohibit the use of DHEA, and increase penalties for each violation of the program.

Click here to Download the Joint Drug Agreement
Click here to Download a Joint Memo concerning the 2015 Updates to the JDA
Haga clic aqui para descargar el Programa Conjunto de Prevencion y Tratamiento de Drogas en español (click here to download the Joint Drug Agreement in Spanish)

Forms

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.

Click here to Download the Player Agent Designation form in English
Click here to Download the Player Agent Designation form in Spanish

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.

Click here to Download the Designation of Recruiter or Client Maintenance Provider form

Designation of Expert Agent Advisor

An Applicant to be an Expert Agent Advisor who fulfills all of these requirements is not certified until he or she is designated by a General Certified Agent to assist him or her in carrying out the duties of a General Certified Agent on the Designation of Expert Agent Advisor form

Click here to Download the Designation of Expert Agent Advisor form

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:

Click here to Download the Authorization to Conduct a Background Investigation

Loan and Gift 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.

Click here to Download the Loan and gift disclosure form