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At what point are you considered semi-pro?

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03-04-2012, 12:36 PM
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At what point are you considered semi-pro?

I'm doing my resume (CV) and I'm wondering if I should write that I've been playing semi-pro hockey for the past 3 years. I think that something like this can make your CV look good.

At what point are you considered semi-pro?

Here are some details:

- it's the 1st league in Switzerland, 3rd division, right under the NLA and NLB (professional leagues). It's the highest "amateur" league in the country.
- we practiced (past tense cuz the season is finished) 3-4 times a week, had to be there 1 hour before every practice, had to warm up, do exercises, had to be ready 5-10 minutes before ice-time for instructions, exercise explanation, etc... don't know if this is helpful but it's just to give you an indication of how "professional" we were (or not)
- had 1 to 2 games a week
- got paid for it, it wasn't much (three number figure for the entire season) but still got something, also got a credit for equipment.
- went to gym every week to maintain gains, to work on conditioning, avoid injuries.
- during the season, outside of university, playing hockey and being involved with everything around it was basically the only thing I did.

Can this be considered semi-pro sports? I'm guessing the fact that I got paid to play a sport is decisive here.

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I'm doing my resume (CV) and I'm wondering if I should write that I've been playing semi-pro hockey for the past 3 years. I think that something like this can make your CV look good.

At what point are you considered semi-pro?

Here are some details:

- it's the 1st league in Switzerland, 3rd division, right under the NLA and NLB (professional leagues). It's the highest "amateur" league in the country.
- we practiced (past tense cuz the season is finished) 3-4 times a week, had to be there 1 hour before every practice, had to warm up, do exercises, had to be ready 5-10 minutes before ice-time for instructions, exercise explanation, etc... don't know if this is helpful but it's just to give you an indication of how "professional" we were (or not)
- had 1 to 2 games a week
- got paid for it, it wasn't much (three number figure for the entire season) but still got something, also got a credit for equipment.
- went to gym every week to maintain gains, to work on conditioning, avoid injuries.
- during the season, outside of university, playing hockey and being involved with everything around it was basically the only thing I did.

Can this be considered semi-pro sports? I'm guessing the fact that I got paid to play a sport is decisive here.
The definition of a semi-professional athlete is one that gets paid for playing, but not enough for it to be their full time job (not a living wage). So yeah, I'd say that counts.

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The definition of a semi-professional athlete is one that gets paid for playing, but not enough for it to be their full time job (not a living wage). So yeah, I'd say that counts.
I was unaware that was the "official" definition. Thanks.

I'd like more opinions, just to be sure though.

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Sure...you got paid...reasonably high level. I'd be comfortable putting it on my resume.

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I'd say it's Semi-pro based on everything that you said. But you then I saw you said it was ''amateur''..

Amateur doesn't count as semi-pro, correct?

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Amateur means you don't get paid, Professional means you do. Semi-Pro means you don't get paid enough and need to work a day job.

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I'd say it's Semi-pro based on everything that you said. But you then I saw you said it was ''amateur''..

Amateur doesn't count as semi-pro, correct?
Well that's just the name they give it. I think it's there to distinguish it from the 2 national leagues (NLA and NLB).

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if you are getting paid, its a job. whether you make enough to live on is a different story.

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Amateur means you don't get paid, Professional means you do. Semi-Pro means you don't get paid enough and need to work a day job.
yeah the amount I got was very small but I'm still getting paid.



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if you are getting paid, its a job. whether you make enough to live on is a different story.
Yeah that seems about right. To call it a "job" is perhaps a bit far fetched but I was definitely training like a semi-pro if not a pro.



So I guess I can put "semi-pro" athlete on my resume.

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When you say 'resume', do you mean a professional resume to get a white collar job, etc.? If so, I don't think whether you call it semi-pro or not even matters. Just desribe the activity and committment you made as evidence of your discipline. I don't think an employer is going to care whether you call it amateur or semi-pro.

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Not disagreeing with anyone in this thread, but according to most of your definitions, wouldn't the CHL be considered semi-pro hockey?

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I definitely think that's considered semi-pro.

"A semi-professional athlete is one who is paid to play and thus is not an amateur, but for whom sport is not a full-time occupation, generally because the level of pay is too low to make a reasonable living based solely upon that source, thus making the athlete not a full professional athlete."

^ stole that from wikipedia.

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If you're getting paid then definitely.

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Not disagreeing with anyone in this thread, but according to most of your definitions, wouldn't the CHL be considered semi-pro hockey?
CHL as in Canadian junior hockey rather than American minor-league CHL based in the south, yes?

Yes, they would be considered semi-pro players. That's why they are not allowed to play in the NCAA.

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CHL as in Canadian junior hockey rather than American minor-league CHL based in the south, yes?

Yes, they would be considered semi-pro players. That's why they are not allowed to play in the NCAA.
agreed thats why major junior players loose NCAA eligibility. money exchanges hands.

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