In NCAA-speak a booster or donor to athletics is a representative of athletics interests.
A representative of athletics interest (Bylaw 13.02.10) is anyone who has:
• Participated in or is a member of an organization promoting the institution’s athletics program;
• Contributed to the athletic department or its booster club;
• Assisted or have been requested by the athletic department staff to assist in the recruitment of prospects;
• Assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families; or
• Been involved in otherwise promoting the institution’s athletics program.
Once an individual is identified as a representative of the institution’s athletics interest, the person retains that identity indefinitely.
Note: Rollins College is subject to penalties for all violations committed by any representative of athletics interest or support organization (Bylaw 2.8.1).
Five Rules of Thumb
1. Only coaches and athletics department staff can be involved in the recruiting process. Boosters are precluded from all recruiting activities, including face-to-face contacts with a prospect and his/her relatives and friends at any time.
2. A prospect remains a prospect even after signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) or financial aid agreement to attend Rollins. The prospect’s status changes when he/she begins full-time enrollment or when he/she begins official team practice immediately prior to the start of classes.
3. Do not provide any “extra benefits” or make special arrangements for the prospect OR to an enrolled student-athlete. An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or an athletics representative to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete’s relatives or friends with a benefit unavailable to the general student population, family or friends not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.
4. You can assist the Rollins coaching staff in recruiting by notifying them of any student you think would be a strong addition to the Rollins athletics program. The coach can then make the appropriate contact.
5. As an athletics representative (booster), you are not precluded from continuing friendships with the families of prospective or enrolled student-athletes. You simply cannot encourage a prospect’s participation in a specific institution’s athletics program or provide benefits to student-athletes that you were not providing before they became prospects or enrolled student-athletes.
Recruiting Do's and Don'ts for Representatives of Athletics Interests (Boosters/Donors)
Rollins boosters/donors are permitted:
To have on-campus contact with a prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete's relatives or legal guardians
Written communication with prospective student-athlete or prospective student-athlete's relatives or legal guardians
To have on-campus contact with a prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete's relatives or legal guardian during a prospective student-athlete's official visit
May view a prospective student-athlete's athletics contest on his or her own initiative, provided you do not contact the prospect or the prospect's relatives, coach, principal or counselor.
Rollins boosters/donors may not:
Make recruiting contact with a prospective student-athlete (someone who has started classes for the 9th Grade or a two-year JUCO student) or the prospective student-athlete's relatives or legal guardians.
- No in person or face-to-face contact on or off campus
- No telephone calls
- No letters
- No emails, chat rooms, blogs, instant messaging
- No facsimiles
- No social networking websites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
- May not contact the prospective student-athlete if viewing a prospective student-athlete's contest
May not contact a prospective student-athlete's coach, principal or counselor in an attempt to evaluate the prospective student-athlete
May not visit a prospective student-athlete's educational institution to pick up film/videotape or transcripts pertaining to the evaluation of the prospective student-athlete's academic eligibility or athletics ability