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NCAA Rules for Boosters

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Under NCAA Rules parents, alumni, and friends may be categorized as "boosters/representatives of athletics interests." This site is provided as a quick reference tool to the many NCAA Rules and Regulations that apply to "boosters/representatives of athletics interests."

Please recognize that Marist College appreciates the interest and support of all its constituencies, but urges each of you to become familiar with the rules and regulations of the NCAA. It is very important that Marist College retains institutional control over our programs and reports any problems to the NCAA. We depend on our coaches, staff and you as a representative to help us maintain clean and honest programs.

Marist College continually strives for academic and athletic excellence. Combined with that pursuit is an on-going commitment to ethical conduct by all members of its staff and supporters. Please remember that even the simplest, inadvertent actions on your part can jeopardize the eligibility of student-athletes and/or prospects and the compliance of the College with NCAA regulations. By understanding these rules you, as a supporter, can better assist Marist Athletics in ensuring that our programs are maintaining the highest standards of sportsmanship and fair play.

PLEASE NOTE: The scope and complexity of NCAA legislation precludes complete coverage on this Web site. We suggest, therefore, that you forward additional questions to the Compliance Officer or Athletic Director.


Recruiting Regularions:

According to NCAA Bylaw 13.02.10 "Recruiting is any solicitation of a prospect or prospect's relatives (or legal guardians) by an institutional staff member or by a representative of athletics interests for the purpose of securing the prospect's enrollment and ultimate participation in the institution's athletics program."

According to NCAA Bylaw 13.02.3 a contact consists of "any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or the prospect's parent, relative or legal guardian(s) and [a Marist staff member] or an athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange of a greeting." Also, any face-to-face meeting that is prearranged or that occurs at the prospect's school or at any competition or practice site, involving the prospect or the prospect's team, regardless of the conversation that occurs, is a contact. Therefore, only Marist College coaches who have passed the NCAA Recruiting Examination may be involved in the recruitment process for any sport.

According to NCAA Bylaw 13.02.9, a prospective student-athlete (prospect) is a "student who has started classes for the ninth grade. In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual's relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the
institution does not provide to prospective students generally."

With these definitions in mind, here are some basic do's and don'ts of NCAA recruiting regulations to keep in mind:

  • YOU MAY NOT make any on- or off- campus contacts, including written and telephone communications, to a prospect or the prospect's family. If a coach has a recruit at an athletic event, you should not approach the coach until the prospect and family have gone elsewhere. If a prospect approaches you off campus regarding the Marist athletic program, explain that NCAA rules prohibit you from discussing the program. Suggest to the prospect that he or she should contact the head coach of the sport for information.
  • YOU MAY NOT become directly or indirectly involved in making arrangements to receive money or financial aid of any kind for a prospect, or the prospect's family or friends.
  • YOU MAY NOT provide room, board or transportation of any kind or any other benefit to a recruited student-athlete during the period of the individual's eligibility including the summer prior to initial enrollment.
  • YOU MAY NOT pay or offer to pay registration fees for summer sports camps for a prospect.
  • YOU MAY NOT make contact with a prospect and his or her family on an official visit to Marist.
  • YOU MAY NOT provide cash or the use of an automobile to a prospect or student host on his or her official visit to Marist.
  • YOU MAY NOT transport, pay or arrange for payment of transportation costs for a prospect, family or friends at ANY time.
  • YOU MAY NOT contact an enrolled student-athlete at another institution for the purpose of encouraging transfer to Marist College and participation in our athletic program.
  • YOU MAY NOT contact the prospect's coach, principal or counselor for the purpose of evaluating the prospect. This includes visiting a prospect's institution to pick up film/videotape or academic transcripts.
  • YOU MAY NOT entertain a prospect and/or relatives and friends of a prospect at any site, either on- or off-campus.
  • YOU MAY NOT provide tickets at no or reduced cost to any Marist home or away athletic or non-athletic event for prospects, their relatives or friends. Only the Athletic Department can provide complimentary admissions to prospects and only for HOME events.
  • YOU MAY NOT pay or arrange for transportation for a prospect and/or relatives and friends of a prospect to visit campus. While it is permissible for a friend or neighbor to transport a high school or community college student who is NOT an athlete to the campus, NCAA regulations prohibit that activity for a prospect.
  • YOU MAY NOT entertain high school, prep school or junior college coaches at ANY time. This includes providing transportation for these coaches at ANY time or reimbursing them for expenses they may have incurred in transporting a prospect to visit Marist.
  • YOU MAY have a telephone conversation with a prospect ONLY if the prospect initiates the call. However, you are not permitted to have a recruiting conversation with the prospect and the call cannot be prearranged by a institutional staff member.
  • YOU MAY attend high school and junior college athletic events at which prospects are participating. You simply cannot have any contact with the prospect or his or her parents or relatives.
  • YOU MAY continue established family relationships with friends and neighbors. Contact with sons or daughters of these families is permitted as long as they are not made for recruiting purposes and are not initiated by Marist's coaching staff members.
  • YOU MAY send newspaper clippings or other information about prospects to the Marist coaching staff. This includes offering assistance to members of the Marist coaching staff who are recruiting in your community.
  • YOU MAY discuss summer employment arrangements with a prospect after he or she has SIGNED a National Letter of Intent with Marist. Please make sure you first check with the Marist Athletic Department first.

Employment Rules

Marist College and its Athletic Department asks that all boosters, prior to employing or arranging for the employment of a prospect or enrolled student-athlete, check first with the Marist Athletics Department. The department is permitted to make arrangements for summer employment for prospects prior to their enrollment as freshmen and to enrolled student-athletes during summer and semester breaks. Accurate record keeping must be maintained regarding employment. Therefore, the Athletic Department asks for your cooperation.

Regarding employment:

  • YOU MAY NOT employ or arrange for the employment of a student-athlete or prospect without first checking with the Marist Athletic Department.
  • YOU MAY NOT provide employment transportation for prospects or student-athletes unless such transportation is available to all employees.
  • YOU MAY pay student-athletes employed for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate for similar services in the community or business.
  • YOU MAY discuss summer employment arrangements with a prospect after he or she has SIGNED a National Letter of Intent with Marist

Am I a "Booster/Representative of Athletics Interests?"

  • You are a Representative/Booster of Marist College's Athletic Interests if:
  • You have ever participated in or been a member of the Red Fox Club or any other groups, which support specific athletic teams.
  • You are or have ever been an employee of Marist College.
  • You have ever contributed to the Marist athletic program or Athletic Scholarship Fund.
  • You have ever assisted in providing benefits to an enrolled student-athlete or his or her family or friends.
  • You have ever helped to arrange or have provided summer or semester break employment for an enrolled student-athlete.
  • You have ever helped to arrange or have provided summer employment to prospects who have signed an offer of admission to Marist College.
  • You have ever purchased season tickets for any of Marist's athletics programs.
  • You have ever promoted the Marist athletic program.
  • You have ever been involved with the Marist athletic program in any capacity.
  • You are the spouse of a Marist College athletics department employee.
  • You have ever contacted (by letter, telephone, or in person) a high school student, grades 9-12, for the purpose of encouraging the student to participate in the athletics program of Marist College.

NCAA rules state that once an individual has been identified as such a representative, the individual retains that identity for life. Marist is then ultimately responsible for the acts of all representatives in relation to NCAA rules and regulations.

Contacts with Enrolled Student-Athletes

The NCAA defines a student-athlete as one whose enrollment was solicited by a member of the athletics staff or other representative of Marist athletics interests with a view toward the student's ultimate participation in the Marist intercollegiate athletics program. Any other student becomes a student-athlete only when the student reports for a Marist athletic team.

With this in mind, here are some basic do's and don'ts with regard to contacting enrolled student-athletes.

  • YOU MAY NOT provide a student-athlete, or his or her friends or family members, any benefits or special arrangements.
  • YOU MAY NOT provide room, board or transportation to a student-athlete, or his or her friends or family, members at ANY time.
  • YOU MAY NOT expend funds to entertain student-athletes, or their friends or relatives. You can't even buy a soda or cup of coffee for them.
  • YOU MAY NOT use the name, picture or appearance of a student-athlete to directly advertise or promote the sale of or use of a commercial product or service.
  • YOU MAY NOT use the name, picture or appearance of a student-athlete to promote an educational or charitable cause until the Marist Athletic Department has approved it.
  • YOU MAY NOT provide or assist a student-athlete, or his or her friends or family members, in obtaining a loan of ANY kind.
  • YOU MAY NOT allow a student-athlete, or his or her friends or family members, to use your telephone to make free local or long distance calls.
  • YOU MAY NOT employ or arrange for the employment of a student-athlete without first checking with the Marist Athletic Department.
  • YOU MAY NOT employ student-athletes at a rate greater than the standard rate for similar jobs in your area.
  • YOU MAY NOT provide a student-athlete, or his or her friends or family members, ANY payment of expense or loan of any automobile at ANY time.
  • YOU MAY NOT allow a student-athlete, or his or her friends or family members, to use your facsimile machine for making or receiving transmissions.
  • YOU MAY NOT provide awards or gifs to a student-athlete for his or her athletic performance.
  • YOU MAY invite a student-athlete to your home for a meal but only for a special occasion (e.g., birthday). Remember that only you can provide the student-athlete transportation if needed.
  • YOU MAY invite a team for dinner or to meet with a group of alumni in a city where they are competing away form home. The NCAA permits student-athletes, as a team, to receive special benefits not permitted as individuals. Arrangements for such events must be made in advance with the Athletic Department.
  • YOU MAY establish relationships with student-athletes, as they and you are a part of the Marist community.

Contacts with High School and Junior College Coaches

Here are some basic do's and don'ts with regard to contacting high school or junior college coaches.

  • YOU MAY NOT contact the prospect's coach, principal or counselor for the purpose of evaluating the prospect. This includes visiting a prospect's institution to pick up film/videotape or academic transcripts.
  • YOU MAY NOT entertain high school, prep school or junior college coaches at ANY time.
  • YOU MAY NOT reimburse these coaches for expenses incurred in transporting a prospect to visit Marist.
  • YOU MAY NOT provide tickets or transportation for these coaches at ANY time. Only the Athletics Department can provide complimentary admissions and only to home athletic events for those coaches.

What is an "extra benefit?"

As defined by the NCAA, an "extra benefit" is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or representative of athletics interests to provide a student-athlete (or relative or friend of the student-athlete) a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Receipt of such a benefit is not considered a violation if that same benefit is generally available to the institution's students or their relatives and/or friends or to a particular segment of the student body determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.

In consideration of this definition, please recognize the following:

  • A student-athlete cannot accept anything from a Marist College employee or booster.
  • A student-athlete cannot accept free or reduced cost room and/or board from a Marist College employee or booster.
  • A student-athlete cannot eat at a restaurant as the guest of a booster or Marist College employee.
  • A student-athlete cannot accept free or reduced merchandise or services from any merchant unless that free or reduced cost item is also available to the general public.
  • A student-athlete cannot accept a special discount, payment arrangement or credit on a purchase or service from a Marist College employee or booster.
  • A student-athlete cannot accept frequent traveler miles for a trip financed by Marist College.
  • A student-athlete may be provided reasonable and occasional local transportation (within 30 miles) from a Marist College employee. (Please note that "occasional" means a special occasion such as a birthday.)
  • A student-athlete may accept, on an infrequent occasion, an invitation to the home of a Marist College employee or booster for a meal. (Please note that "infrequent" means a special occasion such as a birthday.)
  • A student-athlete cannot accept a loan of money, guarantee of bond, use of an automobile, or the signing or co-signing of a note to arrange a loan from a Marist College employee or booster.
  • A student-athlete cannot use an Athletics Department copy machine or fax machine, or make long distance telephone calls using a departmental telephone.
  • A student-athlete may not have his/her papers and/or reports typed by a member of the Athletics Department or booster.

Questions and Answers

Q: Who is able to recruit for Marist College?
A: Only Marist College coaches who have passed the NCAA Recruiting Examination may be involved in the recruitment process for any sport. Therefore, all boosters/athletics representatives who are not employed by the College are prohibited from contacting a prospect or members of the prospect's family by telephone, letter or in person on- or off-campus for the purpose of encouraging participation in Marist's athletic program.

Q: What are the basic provisions of the regulation?
A: In Division I, representatives of an institution's athletics interests are prohibited from making in person on- or off-campus recruiting contacts, or written or telephone communications with a prospect of the prospect's relatives or legal guardians.

Q: Is Marist responsible for the acts of representatives/booster and booster support groups?
A: Yes. Boosters are governed by the same NCAA and institutional rules as those placed upon all institutional athletics staff members.

Q: Once an individual has been identified as a representative how long does he or she retains this identity?
A: Forever

Q: Can I entertain relatives and friends of a prospect at a site off-campus?
A: No.

Q: Is the contact rule applicable to established family, friends or neighbors?
A: No. However, it must be understood that such contacts may not be made for recruiting purposes and may not be initiated by Marist's coaching staff members.

Q: May a prospect call a representative?
A: Yes. However the prospect must initiate the call and it can't be prearranged by any Marist institutional staff member. Be advised no conversation pertaining to recruiting can take place.

Q: May I evaluate a prospect on behalf of Marist?
A: NCAA legislation does not prohibit a representative from viewing a prospect's contest on his or her initiative. However, this is with the understanding that the representative may not contact the prospect.

Q: May I 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 Marist athletic department.

Q: May I provide employment to a student-athlete?
A: Yes. However, the student-athlete must receive prior written approval and be paid for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate for similar service in the community and your own business.

Q: May I contact high school coaches or guidance counselors directly regarding a prospect?
A: No. Such contact would involve specific athletic recruiting and not general institutional recruiting. Further, representatives are prohibited from visiting a prospect's educational institution to pick up game films or transcripts pertaining to a prospect.

Q: May I accompany the coach during his or her "home" visit with the prospect?
A: No. This would constitute your direct involvement in the athletic recruitment of a prospect.

Q: May I drive a prospect to a secondary school's reception in my local area?
A: No, unless such arrangements are made for all students in attendance. Otherwise, providing such transportation would be considered an "extra benefit" and would render the prospect ineligible to play if he or she enrolled at Marist College.

Q: What are considered other types of inducements?
A: Other types of inducements that are prohibited include, but are not limited to the following: cash or loans; promise of employment after college education; special discounts or payment arrangements on loans; employment of relatives or friends of a prospect; involvement in arrangement for free or reduced charges for professional or personal services, purchases or charges; signing or co-signing a note for a loan; the loan or gift of money or other tangible items (e.g., clothes, cars, jewelry); purchase of items or services from a prospect or prospect's family at inflated prices; and providing directly or indirectly transportation to enroll in classes at the College.

Please Note: Marist College encourages all representatives of Marist athletic interests to contact the Athletic Department if there is doubt concerning their contact with potential or enrolled studentathletes.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Recruiting violations by Marist staff and/or Representatives will result in the prospective or enrolled student-athlete becoming immediately ineligible to represent Marist in intercollegiate athletics. A major recruitment violation can cause a prospect to become permanently ineligible for intercollegiate athletics at Marist College.

Therefore Marist College encourages all representatives of Marist athletic interests to contact the Athletic Department if there is doubt concerning their contact with potential or enrolled studentathletes. Should you, at any time, have a question please do not hesitate in directing these inquiries to:

Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator
Marist College
James J. McCann Center
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: 845-575-3000, extension 2463
E-mail: athletics@marist.edu