Information for Alumni, Boosters, and Representatives of Athletics Interests
If at any time you have questions regarding NCAA rules, please do not hesitate to contact the Bearkat Athletics Compliance Coordinator at 936-294-4440 or email at email@example.com .
BOOSTER EDUCATION VIDEO (12 Minutes)
A Representative of Athletics Interests (Booster) is any individual who has:
Once booster status is established, individuals retain that identity indefinitely.
• Notify Athletics or coaching staff members about outstanding prospects.
• You may attend games where prospects/potential recruits are competing, as long as no contact is made with the prospect or prospect's parents.
• You may continue normal contact with prospects with whom you have pre-established relationships, as long as the contacts are not recruiting related.
• You may arrange employment for known prospects and current student athletes, as long as pay is the "going rate" and the employment begins after high school graduation.
• Accept a phone call from a prospect, as long as the prospect initiates the call. All questions regarding athletics recruitment should be directed back to the athletics department.
• Provide an occasional/infrequent meal for current student-athletes. It may be in your home or on the SHSU campus and the meal may be catered. You may also provide transportation for the athletes attending a meal.
• Provide a prospect, his/her parents, relatives, friends, or coaches with any material benefit. This includes, but is not limited to, free tickets to professional and collegiate athletics events, movie passes, gifts, loans of money, transportation, etc.
• Make recruiting presentations to individual prospects or groups of prospects/potential recruits.
• Make in person on or off-campus recruiting contact, telephone calls, or establish written correspondence with prospects/potential recruits.
• Contact prospects via social networking sites, such as twitter or facebook.
• Use your personal website or social networking site to blog about, comment about or interview prospects/potential recruits.
• Provide reduced rate or free housing to current student athletes.
• Provide any room, board or any other type of living expenses to an athlete during the summer prior to enrollment including free or reduced rent or "house sitting" opportunities.
• Entertain or provide awards or gifts directly to current student-athletes, or family or friends.
• Pay a student-athlete for a speaking engagement.
• Use a student-athlete's name, picture, or appearance to promote sales or advertise the use of a commercial product or service.
• Pay or offer to pay for registration fees for summer sports camps for a prospect.
OTHER IMPORTANT NCAA BOOSTER INFORMATION
Due to the increasing popularity of social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace), the Bearkat Athletics Compliance has created this page as a quick reference for Bearkat fans.
Please remember that only coaches and Athletics Department
All boosters are prohibited from contacting prospects or members of a prospect's family by any means for the purpose of encouraging the prospect's participation in the Sam Houston State University athletics program.
Please know that although you may or may not consider yourself a booster of Bearkat Athletics, by engaging in any of the actions below the NCAA will consider you a booster.
Q. May I email or post messages on a prospective student-athlete's MySpace, Facebook or similar website?
NCAA Guidelines for Determining Whether Benefits Resulting from an Established Relationship are Within NCAA Legislation.
Official Interp Issued: Jun 06, 2000
The NCAA notes that the origin and duration of a relationship and the consistency of benefits provided during the relationship are key factors in determining whether the benefits provided are contrary to the spirit and intent of NCAA legislation.
The subcommittee determined that prior to initial full-time collegiate enrollment, a prospective student-athlete may receive normal and reasonable living expenses from an individual with whom the student-athlete has an established relationship (e.g., high-school coach, non-scholastic athletics team coach, family of a teammate), even if the relationship developed as a result of athletics participation, provided:
The subcommittee noted that the above mentioned interpretation does not apply to individuals who have no logical ties to the prospect. It also noted that a current student-athlete who, prior to initial collegiate enrollment, has been receiving normal and reasonable living expenses from an individual with whom he or she has an established relationship may continue to receive occasional benefits (e.g., meals during campus visits, reasonable entertainment) from an individual or family with whom the student-athlete has an established relationship.