Athlete Agreements

Information about Athlete Agreements

The Athlete Ombudsman is available to offer athletes confidential advice regarding participation in elite sport and to help resolve disputes that might arise regarding any applicable NGB, USOC, IF, IOC/IPC rules, regulations, policies or privileges. Our role is to help you understand the rules and your rights. Common topics we discuss with athletes surrounds rights and obligations of signing particular agreements, including:

  • NGB Athlete Agreements - Overview
  • Code of Conduct
  • Media Release
  • Release of Liability
  • Commercial Terms Agreements
  • USOC Games Forms
  • IOC/IPC Eligibility Forms

The Athlete Ombudsman has created the following chart to outline recommendations of general principals an NGB could include in a particular athlete agreement. However, athletes should consult their own counsel prior to entering into an agreement.

 NGBs can require athletes to abide by a National Team/Event Agreement, Terms of Participation, a General Media Release, and a Code of Conduct. An NGB cannot condition an athlete's participation in a competition by signing a Commercial Agreement. 


Different types and formats of athlete agreements can be utilized, since there is not one model fits all NGBs. As every NGB has a different structure, NGBs do not need to include provisions that do not apply to their organization. NGBs may also find that alternate or additional provisions need to be included. 


Coming soon will be expanded information for each type of agreement listed above.