Never going to happen trip, that is infringing on a person's rights. I do think coaches who leave and especially solicit students to go as well is completely wrong and I think like I said in my other posts speaking with an attorney and drawing up a contract as a condition of employment is fine and I suppose if you wanted to add your thing about the coach having to pay if they left, if that is even legal you could try it but as your old coaches leave or retire I don't see many new ones signing on under that contract, I certainly would not. What if you come in sign this contract work there for 9 miserable months because your boss is awful and the way you are asked to coach is wrong and everything possible that can be bad about it is. Is it really fair for that employee to pay a grand to leave an awful place of employment? And trust me I have been at a gym like that. As a matter of fact I have had plenty of non coaching jobs like that, if I had to give them all a grand I would be broke. And sometimes things are just not a good fit, same for the kids. Like I said I do think too many leave for stupid reasons that they were too chicken to address with the owner but for some the gym is just not a good fit. In both cases I think proper leaving etiquette should happen, kids should say their goodbyes without telling the team where they are heading and coaches should do the same.