The Principles of NCAA Rules Compliance
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The Principles of NCAA Rules Compliance
Responsibility of the Institution
Each institution shall comply with all applicable rules and regulations of the Association (NCAA) in the conduct of its intercollegiate athletics programs. It shall monitor its programs to assure compliance and to identify and report to the Association instances in which compliance has not been achieved. In any such instance, the institution shall cooperate fully with the Association and shall take appropriate corrective actions. Members of an institution’s staff, student-athletes, and other individuals and groups representing the institution’s athletics interests shall comply with the applicable Association rules, and the member institution shall be responsible for such compliance. [NCAA Constitution 2.8.1]
Representative of Athletics Interest (Boosters)
- A “Representative of the Institution’s Athletics Interest” (booster) is anyone who is known (or should be known) by a member of the institution’s executive or athletic administration to:
- Participate in or have been a member of a sport support group or a booster club.
- Make or have made a donation to Louisiana State University Athletics or Tiger Athletic Foundation.
- Provide or have helped arrange employment for student-athletes or provided benefits to enrolled student-athletes.
- Have been involved in promoting the University’s athletics program, in any way.
- Participated as a varsity athlete at Louisiana State University.
- Please note: Once an individual is identified as a “Representative of the Institution’s Athletics Interest,” (booster) the person retains that identity forever.
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.
Recruitment of Prospective Student-Athletes
A prospective student-athlete is defined by the NCAA as any person who has begun classes for the ninth grade. A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after he or she has signed a National Letter of Intent or accepts an offer of financial aid to attend Louisiana State University. The prospective student-athlete remains a prospect until he or she reports for the first day of classes for a regular term (fall or spring).
All in-person, on- and off-campus recruiting contacts with a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardian(s) shall be made only by authorized institutional coaches or staff members. A coach is not permitted to recruit off-campus until he or she has been certified on an annual basis as to knowledge of applicable recruiting rules. A contact is defined as any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardian(s) during which time any dialogue in excess of an exchange of a greeting occurs. Boosters are prohibited from contacting a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardian(s) to encourage the prospect to participate in intercollegiate athletics at Louisiana State University.
The following are specific restrictions that apply to boosters:
- You are prohibited from telephoning or writing to a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardian(s).
- You are prohibited from providing entertainment during the prospect’s official visit.
- You are prohibited from providing transportation for a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardian(s) to visit our campus.
- You are prohibited from providing the prospect or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardian(s) with money or financial aid of any kind.
Rule of Thumb #1:
Do not interject yourself into the recruiting process.
As a booster, you are permitted to:
- Notify our coaches about prospects in your area that may be strong additions to our team.
- Attend high school or two year college athletic contests or other events where prospects may compete; however, you may not contact the prospect or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardian(s).
- Continue existing friendships with families of prospects, but you may not attempt to recruit the prospect.
Benefits for Enrolled Student-Athletes
- Receipt of an award, benefit or expenses allowance by a student-athlete, not authorized by the NCAA, renders the student-athlete ineligible for athletics competition.
- An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution’s athletics interest to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete’s relative or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.
- In general, boosters may not provide anything or make special arrangements for student-athletes (and prospective student-athletes) and the student-athletes’ friends or relatives that are not available to the general student population. Examples of extra benefits not allowed by NCAA rules include, but are not limited to, the following:
Providing cash or loans in any amount, or signing or co-signing for a loan.
Providing gifts of any kind, including birthday cards and holiday gifts.
Providing special discounts for goods and services (e.g., movie tickets, car repair, legal services, clothing, haircuts, meals).
Providing the use of an automobile, telephone.
Providing free or reduced rent or housing.
Providing student-athletes money for the exchange of complimentary tickets.
Rule of Thumb #2:
Do not provide student-athletes or their friends or relatives with a benefit or service without permission from the athletics department.
As a representative of the institution’s athletics interest, you are permitted to:
- Invite a student-athlete into your home for an occasional meal (once a semester), but please coordinate such activity with the respective head coach or with the Compliance Office. A request form must be completed and approved by the LSU Compliance Office prior to inviting the student-athlete.
- Meet with and receive autographs from student-athletes during LSU-sponsored pre-season events (i.e. Fan Photo Day or Meet the Team). Please be aware it is not permissible for you to sell the autographs or use the autographs to raise money for a special project.
Rule of Thumb #3
Do not hesitate to contact the athletics department with a compliance-related question and always ask before you act.
If there are any questions at all, please contact LSU’s Athletics Compliance Office at (225) 578-3891 or http://compliance.lsu.edu.