There is a set process that all agents need to follow when approaching a player or their family in relation to discussing playing management.
The approaching players process is as follows and is the same for both male and female players:
A player must not be approached prior to 1 October in the year in which the player is last eligible to play in the National Under 16 Championships. (e.g. top age Under 16)
At least 7 days prior to approaching any player, the agent must provide written notification to the player's club notifying them of their intention to approach the player.
The initial approach to the player must be via a written letter of introduction, a copy will also be sent to the player's club. This written letter of introduction will be sent to the player via this website.
Players and their parents cannot be approached at the following times:
Prior to, during, or immediately after games or training sessions;
Whilst the player is participating in a state body finals series;
Whilst a player is participating in the National Under 16 and/or Under 18 Championships;
During a period commencing 7 days before the player's secondary school or university exams and concluding after those exams are completed;
A player shall not be approached via social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
Agents must not attend any AFL Combine
In relation to the National Under 18 Championships, a player cannot be approached whilst they are under the effective control of their state program, or as it is commonly referred to, whilst they are in 'camp' for matches played in the carnival. This includes periods that the player is training and travelling to and from games. For the avoidance of doubt, a player must not be contacted until they return home from their playing duties.
Once a player receives written notification via this website from a player agent they can elect to begin communication directly with the agent if they wish.
When a player elects to sign with a player agent, they will enter into a Standard Player Agent Agreement (SPAA) with the agent which is then lodged with the AFLPA. The player will then be listed as having signed with an agent and will no longer be eligible to receive approaches from other agents.
More information on the approaching players protocols can be found in the Agent Regulations.