You are one of the best at the sport you play and are considering performing professionally. There are many things you need to think about before you commit to a life like that. Here are a few things you should know before you sign a contract.
Have a Back-Up Plan
As those who specialize in athlete representation can tell you, playing sports can take a toll on your body especially if you are working for hours almost every day of the week. Many athletes retire at an early age which means you will need another career to fall back on. If you can, finish your degree in college. It will be helpful to find a job if you need to after your career in professional sports.
Be a Team Player
To be paid to play team sports, you need to be able to communicate well with others. Even if you are alone as you perform, you have to be able to talk to your coaches, your managers, your agent, and possibly the media and your fans. The better you can interact with other people, the more likely your entire group will as well and the closer you will be to winning a championship.
Have Realistic Expectations
While there are many professional athletes who make quite a bit of money doing what they love, some who are not in the spotlight will earn less. Consult an agent to see what the median range is for the position you will play then evaluate if you can live on that wage. You may also be able to get endorsements from corporations to make a little extra money along with your salary. Once you have determined that you are satisfied with that level of pay, you can sign with an organization and start living your dream.