So the elite GAA players have the GPA to keep an eye out for them.
The club players will have the CPA agitating for them.
But what about the lot of the intercounty manager?
If the roots of the Gaelic Players Association were put down by Glenmore's Eddie O Connor famously calling for team holidays after the Cats All Ireland win of 1993 then could remarks by the Waterford senior hurling boss Derek McGrath have a major effect on the role of the manager in this century?
The Deise boss is clearly grappling with the pressures of the modern game and says intercounty management has made teaching in De La Salle Waterford extremely difficult so he is taking a break not just for his sake but for the sake of his students.
Derek has been on parental leave since February 6th, following the birth of his son Fionn who is 16 weeks now, and has extended that until September.
The Waterford bainisteoir doesn’t believe the demands of intercounty management can be sustainable with full-time employment. “No, not a hope. I actually found I was becoming poor in the classroom. I just found I wasn’t with it fully. And for the lads sake, for the young fellas sake, I wasn’t teaching as well perhaps.
“A lot of the lads there would be looking for 600 points, and I’m in the middle of doing a gameplan up, you know, instead of going through whatever. That’s just the reality. I just found I wasn’t as committed to the teaching as I should have been, while I was in class. I know I could be vilified for that, or could be in trouble for saying that. But I just felt the best scenario for me at the moment was to be concentrating on hurling.''
It's worrying news for the Association that the best in the game find it hard to deliver on the commitment expected nowadays. Where we go from here is anyones guess!
Derek McGrath was speaking at the launch of the 2017 KN Group All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge, which takes place in Waterford in September. Visit www.gaagolf.com for more information.