Representative of Athletics Interest (NCAA Bylaw 13.02.10)
A Representative of Athletics Interest (booster) is anyone who is known (or should be known) by a member of the institution’s executive or athletic administration to:
Note: Once an individual is identified as a Representative of the Institution’s Athletics Interest, the person retains that identity forever.
Institutional Control and Compliance (NCAA Bylaw 6.01)
Institutional Control of athletics is a fundamental requirement of NCAA Legislation. Specifically, the NCAA Constitution provides that each institution shall be responsible for:
Rules Governing Recruitment of Prospective Student-Athletes (NCAA Bylaw 13)
You are prohibited from: (NCAA Bylaw 13)
As a representative of the institution’s athletics interest, you are permitted to: (NCAA Bylaw 22.214.171.124)
Rules Governing Contacts and Benefits for Student-Athletes (NCAA Bylaw 16)
In addition to regulating contact of our representatives of athletics interest with prospects, the NCAA also regulates contact with current UWF student-athletes, as well as their relatives and friends. An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of athletics interest to provide a student-athlete, prospect, or their relatives or friends a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. In general, you may not provide a benefit that is not authorized by NCAA legislation or make special arrangements for student-athletes and prospective student-athletes that are not available to the general student population.
Examples of prohibited extra benefits not allowed by NCAA rules, but are not limited to, are as follows: (NCAA Bylaw 16)
As a representative of the institution’s athletics interest, you are permitted to: (NCAA Bylaw 16)
Consequences to Boosters for NCAA Violations:
Institutions required by the NCAA to notify boosters of consequences regarding rules violations. Boosters found in violation of NCAA rules are subject to losing benefits and privileges, including season tickets. The NCAA Committee on Infractions has processed cases in which penalties have included both the disassociation of boosters with the institution and the loss of season ticket privileges.
Rules Governing Student-Athlete Employment
Student-athletes receiving grant-in-aid will be eligible for employment during the regular academic year as well as during the university’s official vacation periods (winter and spring break) and the summer.
The following rules are applicable to student-athlete employment:
Rules Governing Promotional Activities for Student-Athletes
All charitable, educational, and nonprofit promotional activities involving student-athletes must have prior approval from the Athletics Director. Student-athletes are not permitted to be involved in the advertisement, recommendation or promotion of sales or use of a commercial product or service of any kind.
Rules Governing Agents and Amateurism (NCAA Bylaw 12)
A student-athlete who loses his or her amateur status shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if:
Rules Governing Gambling (NCAA Bylaw 10.3)
A student-athlete, coach and/or employee of the UWF Athletic Department may not provide information to individuals involved in any type of organized gambling concerning sporting events. In addition, student-athletes, coaches and staff of the UWF Athletics Department may not solicit or accept any wager on any intercollegiate or professional athletics contest.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can an athletics representative be involved in any way when a prospect is on an official or unofficial visit?
A: Yes. However, the Athletics Representative may have contact only on campus during the student-athletes official or unofficial visit. Off campus contact is prohibited.
Q: Is it permissible for an athletics representative to provide summer employment for student-athletes?
A: Yes. Please remember that compensation must be paid only for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for services of like character.
Q: May a student-athlete’s name or picture be used to directly or indirectly advertise, recommend, or promote the sale or use of a commercial product or service?
A: No. Such activity would jeopardize the eligibility of the student-athlete. The NCAA membership has always maintained that student-athletes not be involved in the promotion of a commercial product.
Q: Is it permissible for a booster to reimburse the coach for expenses incurred in transporting a prospect to visit the campus?
Q: Is it permissible for a booster to pay in whole or in part registration fees associated with sport camps?
Q: Is the contact rule applicable to established family, friends, and neighbors?
A: No. However, it must be understood that such contacts may not be made for recruiting purposes and are not initiated by a member of the institution’s coaching staff.
Q: May a booster attend a public event (e.g., high school awards banquet or dinner) at which prospects are in attendance?
A: Yes. Please remember that contact with a prospect may not be prearranged by an athletics department staff member, and no attempt may be made to recruit the prospect.
Q: Is it permissible for an athletics representative to provide enrolled student-athletes a home cooked meal?
A: Yes. Provided it is on an “occasional” basis and any such meal is not at a restaurant. Please note: All requests must receive prior approval from the athletics department.
Q: Is UWF responsible for the acts of boosters and booster support groups?
A: Yes. Boosters are governed by the same NCAA and institutional rules and regulations as those placed upon all institutional athletics staff members.
Q: When is a prospect considered a student-athlete?
A: A prospect is considered a student-athlete when he or she reports for regular squad practice or attends classes in any term at the college.
Q: Is it permissible for a booster to provide an enrolled student-athlete with professional services (for which a fee would normally be charged) for personal reasons?
A: No. Professional services provided at a fee less than the normal rate or at no expense to a student-athlete are considered extra benefits.
Q: May a student-athlete make a public appearance at a business establishment for any purpose such as signing autographs etc.?
A: No. Such appearances can be construed as a direct or indirect endorsement of the commercial establishment, thus jeopardizing the eligibility of the student-athlete. It should be noted that student-athletes may make appearances at schools, hospitals, or other nonprofit or charitable organizations provided they do not receive compensation (other than expenses) and such activities are authorized by the athletics department.
Q: Is it permissible for a booster to provide gifts or awards to a student-athlete for his or her athletics performance?
A: No. All awards must conform to NCAA awards legislation and must be approved by UWF.