2. Any individual who is an alumnus, benefactor, season ticket holder or simply a fan of the athletics programs at Boise State University is considered a representative of its athletics interests and is subject to these restrictions.
3. The only individuals who are permitted to contact prospective student-athletes about their interest in attending Boise State University are certified institutional staff members, such as coaches, athletics administrators or other university officials.
4. Please note that according to NCAA regulations an individual is considered a prospective student-athlete until the day they enroll at the institution or report for the first day of preseason practice. Therefore, the above restrictions are applicable until that time. In addition, if a prospective student-athlete signs a Letter-of-Intent to attend Boise State University, an institution's athletics representative is not permitted to call that prospect and congratulate them on their signing -- this is also a violation and could jeopardize the prospect's eligibility.
Who Is A Current Student-Athlete?
A student-athlete is any Boise State University student who is a member of an athletics team. NCAA Rules Regarding Contacts and Benefits For Currently Enrolled Student-Athletes
- You MAY entertain student-athletes but not their family or friends. NCAA rules do permit institutional staff members and athletics representatives to provide student-athletes with an occasional meal (once a semester) provided the meal is at the staff member's or athletics representative's home and not a restaurant. This does not limit a student-athlete from eating at the home of a different athletics representative during the same semester.
- You MAY, if you would like, donate to the university in order to recognize a student-athlete's participation in a special event.
- You may NOT provide a currently enrolled student-athlete any benefit or special arrangement.
- You may NOT pay for or arrange for payment of room, board or any type of transportation for a student-athlete.
- You may NOT provide room, board or transportation costs for family or friends of enrolled student-athlete to visit campus or attend home or away athletic contests.
- You may NOT use the names, picture or appearance of an enrolled student-athlete to advertise, recommend or promote sales or use of a commercial product or service of any kind. Any use of a student-athlete's name, picture or appearance must receive authorization from the Compliance Office.
- You may NOT provide any payment of expense or loan an automobile for a student-athlete to return home or to any other location.
- You may NOT provide an honorarium to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement. All speaking engagements must be approved in advance by the Compliance Office.
- You may NOT allow a student-athlete, his/her relatives or friends to use your telephone to make free calls.
- You may NOT provide free or reduces cost lodging in your home to a student-athlete's family and friends.
*Note: NCAA regulations concerning student-athletes remain in effect throughout the entire year (including summer break). If a student-athlete has completed his/her final season of eligibility, all NCAA regulations must be adhered to until he/she graduates or leaves school.
What is An "Extra Benefit"?
An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution's athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete's relative or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation, or available to the Boise State University's general student body.
Rules Regarding Promotional and Community Service Activities for Student-Athletes
All charitable, educational and nonprofit promotional activities involving student-athletes must have prior approval from the Compliance Office. All such events are coordinated through the Student Services Program. 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 Regarding Gambling
The NCAA prohibits student-athletes or Athletics Department staff members from knowingly providing information to individuals involved in organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition. In addition, student-athletes or Athletics Department staff members may not solicit a bet on any intercollegiate team or accept a bet on any gambling activity involving intercollegiate athletics and professional athletics through a bookmaker, parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling.
NCAA rules and recruiting guidelines for boosters:
Institutional Control and Compliance Institutional control of athletics is a fundamental requirement of NCAA Legislation. Specifically, the NCAA constitution provides that each institution shall be responsible for:
- Controlling its intercollegiate athletics program in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Association.
- Monitoring its program to insure compliance, identifying and reporting to the Association instances in which compliance has not been achieved and taking appropriate corrective actions.
- Insuring that members of the institution's staff, student-athletes and other individuals or groups representing the institution's athletics interests comply with all applicable Association rules.
Representatives of Athletics Interest
Note: A prospective student-athlete (prospect) is a person who has started classes for the ninth grade.
1. Do not telephone, write or make in-person contact (either on- or off-campus) with a prospective student-athlete for the purpose of soliciting his or her participation in the athletic program.
2. Do not become directly or indirectly involved in making arrangements for prospect, the prospect's relatives or friends to receive money or financial aid of any kind.
3. Do not provide any transportation to prospects, including transportation to campus to attend athletic events.
4. Do not contact a prospective student-athlete's coach, principal or counselor in an attempt to evaluate the prospect, and do not visit the prospect's educational institution to pick-up films or transcripts.
5. Do not provide free tickets or tickets at a reduced cost to any Boise State University home or away events to prospects, their relatives or friends.
6. Do not pay or offer to pay registration fees for summer sports camps for a prospect.
7. Do feel free to attend high school and community college athletic events that you would usually attend. You simply cannot have any contact with the prospect or relatives of the prospect. Should the parents or a prospect ask you questions, please direct their question to the appropriate coach at Boise State University.
If you have incidental contact with a prospect or relatives of the prospect, be sure to contact the compliance office.
1. Only coaches and athletic department staff members can be involved in the recruiting process. All "athletic representatives" who are not employees of the Boise State University are prohibited from contacting a prospect by telephone, letter or in-person, on- or off-campus, for the purpose of encouraging participation in athletics at Boise State University.
2. It is not permissible for prospects, student-athletes or their relatives and friends to receive any extra benefits or special arrangements. Examples of extra benefits that you cannot provide to these individuals include, but are not limited to:
- Cash or loans in any amount
- Co-signing or arranging a loan
- Providing gifts of any kind (e.g., clothing, airline tickets, or holiday cards)
- Providing special discounts for goods and services
- Use of an automobile
3. As an athletic representative, you can continue friendships with families who have prospects or enrolled student-athletes (e.g., backyard barbecues, picnics). You simply cannot encourage a prospect's participation in Bronco athletics or provide benefits to a student-athlete.
Advertisements and Gifts
1. Do not use the name or picture of a student-athlete to directly or indirectly advertise, recommend or promote the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind.
2. Do not provide an honorarium to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement. When an athlete speaks to educational and charitable groups, actual and necessary travel expenses may be provided if approval is granted by the Compliance Office.
3. Do not provide gifts or awards to a student-athlete for his/her athletics performance. All awards must conform to award restrictions and must be approved by the Boise State University Compliance Office.
4. It is permissible to invite a student-athlete to your home for an occasional meal, but please coordinate such activity with the Boise State University Compliance Office.
Rules Governing Recruiting
A "representative of the institution's athletics interest," is anyone who is known (or should be known) by a member of the institution's athletic administration to:
(A) Be a member of or have participated in any organization promoting the institution's intercollegiate athletics program (i.e., booster club),
(B) Have made any financial contribution to the institution's intercollegiate athletics program or to an athletic booster organization,
(C) Have provided benefits to enrolled student-athletes,
(D) Have assisted in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes,
(E) Have been involved, in any way, in the promotion of the University's athletics program. Note: Once an individual is identified as a representative of the institution's athletics interests, the person retains that identity indefinitely.
Rules Governing Student-Athlete Employment
1. Do not provide employment to a prospective student-athlete or enrolled student-athlete without first obtaining approval for the Boise State University Compliance Office.
2. Do not employ a prospect prior to the completion of the prospect's senior year in high school.
3. Do not provide transportation for prospects or student-athletes in your employment unless such transportation is provided to all employees.
4. NCAA rules stipulate that compensation may be paid to a student-athlete only for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services.
5. Such compensation may not include any remuneration for value or utility that the student-athlete may have for the employer because of publicity, reputation, fame or personal following that he or she has obtained because of athletic ability.
6. The Office of Athletic Compliance must keep written records verifying all student-athlete employment records.
A student-athlete, coach and/or employee of Boise State University may not provide information to individuals involved in any type of organized gambling concerning sporting events. In addition, student-athletes, coaches and employees of the Boise State University Athletic Department may not solicit or accept any wager on any intercollegiate or professional athletic contest.
Agents and Amateurism
A student-athlete loses his/her amateur status and shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if:
- One negotiates, signs or enters into any written or oral agreement with an agent.
- One accepts or receives any extra benefits (including family members) from an agent or anyone who wishes to represent the student-athlete.
- Athletic skills are used for pay or promise of pay.
- One competes with a professional sports team and receives any compensation from a professional sports team. Consequences to Boosters for NCAA Violations Institutions are 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 for Boosters
A booster MAY:
- forward general information to appropriate Boise State coaches about a prospect;
- provide the coach of a prospect with the names of Boise State University coaches and direct inquiries about any of the athletic programs toward the respective coach;
- attend high school or junior college athletic competitions at his or her own initiative, but is not permitted to contact any prospects at the contest;
- continue established relationships with family friends and neighbors, even when prospects may be involved;
- contact a prospect regarding a summer job prior to his or her enrollment at Boise State University, provided such contact is made after a prospect has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Boise State University. Employment of a prospect must not begin until after the prospect has graduated from high school;
- contribute funds to finance a scholarship for a particular sport or team position;
- provide student-athletes with an occasional meal at his or her home provided the booster does not provide or arrange for transportation and the activity is approved in advance by the respective head coach;
- employ student-athletes; however, the rate of compensation must be consistent with the rate in this area for like services and must be for work actually performed; and/or
- have student-athletes speak at charitable or educational functions; however, the student-athlete must not receive an honorarium for the speaking engagement.
In addition, the student-athlete must receive prior approval from the department of athletics.
Boosters MAY NOT EVER:
Related to prospects and recruiting:
- write a letter to a prospect or a prospect's family;
- telephone a prospect or a prospect's family;
- make an in-person contact with a prospect or a prospect's family on or off the campus of Boise State University with the intention of encouraging a prospect's enrollment and ultimate participation in Boise State athletics;
- contact student-athletes attending another four-year institution regarding his or her possible transfer to Boise State University;
- approach a Boise State University coach who is speaking with a prospect and/or a prospect's family at an athletic event;
- make contact with a prospect or a prospect's family during a prospect's official visit (this includes contacting a prospect at an athletic event, entertaining the prospect, or providing Boise State University tickets for the prospect);
- provide cash or an automobile to a student-host or prospect for use during a prospect's official visit;
- contact a prospect's coach, principal or counselor for the purpose of evaluating a prospect;
- obtain game films or transcripts from a prospect's school to be used at Boise State University;
- pay or offer to pay registration fees or other costs related to attendance of summer sports camps for a prospect;
- contribute funds to finance a scholarship for a particular prospect;
- be directly or indirectly involved in making arrangements for a prospect or the prospect's relatives or friends to receive money, financial aid or an equivalent inducement;
- entertain high school, preparatory or junior college coaches in any location. (This includes providing tickets to a prospect's coach to any Boise State University contest.); and/or
- reimburse a prospect's coach for expenses incurred in transporting a prospect to visit Boise State University's campus (unofficially or officially).
Boosters MAY NOT EVER:
Related to enrolled student-athletes:
- provide a student-athlete with any extra benefits or special arrangements such as expense money, movie passes, free meals at restaurants or free or reduced housing arrangements;
- provide preferential treatment or discounted professional services because of a student-athlete's athletic reputation or pay-back potential as a professional athlete;
- provide use of long distance services free of charge to student-athletes;
- pay for or provide typing or tutorial services for course related projects or reports;
- pay a student-athlete's expenses or loan an automobile to a student-athlete for use to return home or to travel to another destination for a personal reason or to receive an athletically related award;
- provide a student-athlete with an award or gift for his or her athletic participation, even after the student-athlete's graduation and exhaustion of eligibility;
- employ a student-athlete or use his or her picture or name to directly advertise, recommend or promote a commercial product or service.
(This includes selling or donating to a raffle/auction any item autographed by a current Boise State University student-athlete; such items cannot be sold or donated until after the student-athlete has graduated from Boise State University.);
- provide the family or friends of student-athletes with transportation or housing expenses to visit an enrolled student-athlete or attend an away-from-home contest.
Common Questions/Answers About Recruiting
Q: What are the basic provisions of the boosters regulation?
-A: The so-called "booster-ban" legislation (NCAA Bylaw 13.01.5.1) applies to Division I and became effective August 1, 1987. It reads as follows: "In Division I, representatives of an institution's athletic interests (as defined in 13.02.12) are prohibited from making in-person, on- or off-campus recruiting contacts, or written or telephone communications with a prospect or the prospect's family or legal guardians."
Q: What is a "booster" (that is a representative of a university's athletic interests)?
-A: Bylaw 13.02.12 defines a booster. An abbreviated version of this regulation is set forth below: A "Booster" is any individual who is a member of the university's athletics booster club, has ever made any donations to the club or athletic department, is involved in any manner of recruiting prospects or in providing benefits (summer jobs) to enrolled student-athletes, or is otherwise involved in promoting the university's athletics program.
Q: Once a person has been identified as a booster, how long do they retain that status?
Q: Is the university responsible for the acts of boosters and booster support groups?
-A: Yes. Boosters are governed by the same NCAA rules and regulations as those placed upon all university staff members.
Q: Can boosters entertain relatives and friends of a prospective student-athlete at any site off-campus?
Q: Can a booster make contact with a prospective student-athlete and his or her legal guardian on an official visit to the campus?
Q: Is it permissible for a booster to transport, pay or arrange for the payments of transportation costs incurred by relatives of friends to visit the campus or elsewhere?
Q: Is it permissible for a booster to provide cash or the use of an automobile to the prospect or student host on his or her official visit to campus?
Q: Is it permissible for a booster to employ or arrange for the employment of a prospective student-athlete before the completion of the prospect's senior year in high school?
-A: No. But bylaw 220.127.116.11 permits an institution to arrange employment for a prospective student-athlete that begins after the prospect's senior year in high school. After a prospect signs a National Letter of Intent, it is permissible for a booster to contact concerning summer employment arrangements.
Q: Is it permissible for a booster to pay in whole or in part registration fees associated with summer sports camps?
Q: May a booster engage in evaluation activities on behalf of the university?
-A: The NCAA doesn't preclude a booster from viewing a prospect's contest on the booster's initiative, subject to the understanding that the booster may not make contact with the prospect. But the booster is prohibited from contacting the prospect's coach, principal, or counselor in an attempt to evaluate the prospect, as well as from visiting the prospect's educational institution to pick up film or transcripts pertaining to the evaluation of the prospect's academic or athletic ability.
Q: Is it permissible for a booster to extend funds to entertain a student-athlete and friends?
Q: Can a booster provide summer employment to a student-athlete?
-A: Yes, but compensation must be paid only for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services.
Q: Can a booster provide gifts or awards to a student-athlete for his or academic performance?
-A: No, all awards must conform to the NCAA awards legislation and must be approved by the university.
Q: May a booster provide an honorarium to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement?
-A: No. Student-athletes may receive only necessary travel expenses when speaking for educational or charitable groups. All speaking engagements must be approved in advance by the university.
Most Commonly Asked Questions
Q: May a booster attend a public event (e.g., high school awards banquet or dinner) at which prospects are in attendance?
-A: Yes, but 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 a booster to employ or use the name or picture of an enrolled student-athlete to directly or indirectly advertise, recommend or promote the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind?
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: When does a prospect become considered a student-athlete?
-A: A prospect becomes a student-athlete when he or she reports for regular squad practice or attends classes in any regular term.