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10 Rules Boosters Should Know
UMC Teambackers Guide to NCAA Rules Compliance
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10 Rules Boosters Should Know

· KNOW BEFORE YOU GO! If you are not sure, CALL the Athletics Director or the Compliance Office. Remember, "the only dumb question is the one not asked." NCAA rules are complex and not uniformly applied. Some apply only to Division I schools. Others may be able to do things differently. Just because someone says or is doing something different, don't assume the rule has changed. Please check with us!

· ACTIVE RECRUITING INVOLVEMENT is limited to coaches. Only coaches are permitted to be directly involved in the recruiting process. They are the only ones who may meet a prospect or the prospect's parents in person; place a phone call to the prospect; or write to a prospect. BOOSTERS ARE PROHIBITED from making in-person, on or off-campus recruiting contacts, as well as written or telephone communications with a prospect or the prospect's family.

· ALUMNI/BOOSTER EVENTS can violate recruiting regulations if prospects are in attendance. A coach's appearance at an event where prospects are present could make it a "recruiting event" and everyone present would be committing a violation. If you are arranging or attending alumni or booster events, do not bring or invite prospects and explain to parents the importance of prospect-age youngsters not attending.

· EXTRA BENEFITS are any special arrangements by an institutional employee or booster to provide a currently enrolled student-athlete or prospect, or their parents and relatives, a benefit not expressly authorized by the NCAA or which is not available to all students in general. Boosters shall not offer, provide or arrange financial assistance, directly or indirectly, to pay (in whole or in part) the cost of the prospect's educational or other expenses other than summer employment.

· ATTENDING ATHLETICS CONTESTS at schools in your community is permitted, but contacting a prospect, prospect's parents or prospect's coach while you are there is prohibited. If you see or hear of a potential prospect for UMC, contact the coaches with basic information (school, position, coach).

· OCCASIONAL FAMILY HOME MEALS may be provided to an enrolled student-athlete, or an entire team. The meal must be served at the host's home. (It cannot be at a restaurant.) It may be catered. Such meals must be restricted to infrequent and special occasions. Only the host and school staff members may provide transportation to the function. NCAA REGULATIONS DO NOT PERMIT SPONSOR FAMILIES OR ADOPT-A-PLAYER ARRANGEMENTS.

· UNAVOIDABLE INCIDENTAL CONTACT with a prospect is not a violation if the contact: a.)was not prearranged; b.)doesn't take place on the grounds of the prospect's educational institution or site of a competition; c.) is not made for the purpose of recruitment, and d.) involves only normal civility. For example if you meet a prospect in the normal course of your business, there is no violation as long as you do not try to influence the prospect's choice of schools; or if you attend an athletics event and come into contact with a prospect or the prospect's parents, there would be no violation if you excuse yourself in a timely and courteous manner and do not discuss UMC (even if the other party brings up the subject). If there is an established, long-time relationship with a prospect and his/her family, you can continue that relationship, but you should not become involved in the prospect's consideration of which school to attend.

· EMPLOYING STUDENT-ATHLETES AND PROSPECTS is permissible in certain situations. A booster can employ a prospect only during the summer immediately prior to the prospect attending UMC. Enrolled student-athletes need to look at their situation when considering job arrangements. In all cases the individual must be paid the same as others employed in similar positions in your area and must actually perform the work. CONTACT THE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR or COMPLIANCE OFFICE BEFORE EMPLOYING PROSPECTS OR STUDENT-ATHLETES.

· STUDENT-ATHLETE APPEARANCES are permissible at a local church, school, charity or non-profit agency. The appearances must be carefully arranged and have prior written approval of the Athletics Director (not just a coach).

· USING A STUDENT-ATHLETE'S NAME, PICTURE OR LIKENESS is permitted only if the purpose of the ad is to recognize the individual (or team) or to extend best wishes. In this case only the name, address and official logo of the business may appear in the ad. Advertising for a commercial product or service of any kind, which includes an enrolled student-athlete's picture, is not permitted. This includes group pictures where individuals are not identified and/or not in uniform (e.g. a "game action" photo).



UMC Teambackers Guide to NCAA Rules Compliance

Your support of UMC athletics is vital and always appreciated. Traditions are continuing to be built upon and the student-athletes and UMC's athletics staff are working hard to set a standard for the future. As a supporter of UMC's athletics program there are certain restrictions regarding your involvement with student-athletes. Please help UMC assure compliance with NCAA rules and regulations by taking a few moments to read this information. The eligibility of our student-athletes and the reputations of the athletic department and the University depend in large part upon your cooperation.

UMC's Tradition

Supporters of the University of Minnesota , Crookston are justifiably proud of UMC's tradition in both academic accomplishments and athletic achievements. Student-athletes, coaches and athletic administrators have worked very hard to achieve and maintain both academic and athletic excellence within the UMC athletic department.

The tradition has been built on integrity. Winning is important, but winning the right way is crucial. The UMC Athletic Department is committed to following all NCAA rules governing the recruitment and treatment of student-athletes.

The purpose of the following information is to educate you regarding NCAA rules pertaining to you and your potential relationship with student-athletes.

Key Rules

-Bylaw 13.02.12: You are a "representative of UMC's athletic interests" just by being an alumnus or fan who has been or is involved in promoting the University's athletic program. Promoting the program can be in the form of booster club membership, making financial contributions, assisting in recruiting, or providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families.

-Bylaw In Division II, representatives of an institution's athletics interests are prohibited from making in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or telephone contacts with a prospective student-athlete or the prospect's family. On campus contact is permitted in Division II.

-Bylaw The use of a student-athlete's name, picture or appearance to support any charitable, educational or non-profit promotional activity requires the signature of the student-athlete and the authorized representative of the event on a release statement that requires written approval from the Director of Athletics. Forms may be obtained from the UMC Athletics Department at 281-8424. A student-athlete's name, picture or appearance cannot be used to promote any commercial agency's fundraising activities. Athletes may not be used to endorse any commercial products.

-Bylaw 13.2: Representatives of athletics interests shall not be involved in any way in making arrangements for or giving any financial aid or other benefits to prospects or their families/friends.

-Bylaw 16.12: Representatives of athletics interests shall not supply any "extra benefits" to enrolled student-athletes not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation and unavailable to the general student employment arrangements, or free or reduced cost housing, services or purchases.

Here are some activities that are permissible:

For the prospective student-athlete, a booster may.

•  Contact a prospect after he or she has signed a National Letter of Intent with UMC for the purpose of arranging summer employment.

•  Provide UMC with names or newspaper clippings of talented prospects in your area.

For the enrolled student-athlete, a booster may.

•  Have contact with enrolled student-athletes on campus.

•  Invite a student-athlete or an entire team to your home for a meal. The meal, which may be catered, should be limited to infrequent or special occasions (Thanksgiving, birthday, etc.). Remember, however, the student-athlete must provide his or her own transportation. Please arrange any team in-home meals through the UMC athletic department or the coaching staff.

•  Contribute to UMC Teambackers. This organization helps subsidize the University's commitment to many athletic scholarships which benefit many athletes annually.

Contact Person

The rules summary on this page is not comprehensive and NCAA legislation can be subject to varying interpretations and changes. Questions regarding rules relating to relationships between athletics representatives and recruits or enrolled student-athletes can be directed to UMC's Compliance Officer:

Jason Tangquist
Associate Athletic Director for Compliance
Lysaker Sports Center
2900 University Avenue
Crookston , MN 56716
(218) 281-8424

Thank you for your support of UMC athletics. Your full cooperation in keeping UMC's commitment to excellence and athletic integrity intact is appreciated. Your compliance and cooperation will help ensure the eligibility of both high school prospects and enrolled student-athletes.

Thank you,
Jason Tangquist and the UMC Athletic Department


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