This site has been created to inform supporters of Presbyterian College Athletics on the rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA.) “Representatives of athletics’ interests” are all alumni and friends of Presbyterian College athletics programs; you are bound under the same rules and regulations as the athletes, coaches, and staff. This contains a brief overview, if future questions/situations arise please be sure to, “ask before you act” because consequences of NCAA violations include:


• Enrolled student-athletes declared ineligible
• Eligibility of prospective student-athletes jeopardized
• NCAA regulations and sanctions placed on the college and athletic department
• Athletics representatives forced to disassociate from the college and/or loss of ticket privileges


What is a Representative of Athletics Interests (Booster/Donor)?

All alumni, friends, and employees of the College are categorized as ‘representatives of athletics interest.’ The NCAA stipulates that once an individual has been identified as a ‘representative’ or “booster/donor” he/she retains this status forever even if the individual is no longer associated with the athletics program. Furthermore the NCAA states that it is possible for a person to be a representative of more than one institution at the same time.

A representative of athletics interest is anyone who has ever:

• Made any type of contribution to the athletics department or to a booster club,
• Joined the institution’s booster club or any sport specific group,
• Provided or helped arrange employment for a student-athlete,
• Provided benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families,
• Assisted in any manner in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes,
• Promoted the institution’s athletics programs in any manner.

As a representative of athletics interest you may not:

• Contact a prospect’s coach, principal or counselor in an effort to evaluate a prospect,
• Visit the prospect’s institution to pick up film or transcripts,
• Contact a prospect, his/her parents, legal guardians, or spouse on or off campus,
• Contact a prospect by telephone or letter,
• Make special arrangements to entertain a recruit,
• Provide extra benefits to a prospect, student-athlete, or the parents, family and/or guardians of the prospects or student-athletes.

Who is a Prospective Student-Athlete?

A prospective student-athlete is a person who has started ninth (9th) grade, regardless of his/her athletic ability and/or participation. Please remember that a prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) or accepts an offer of financial aid from the institution. A person remains a prospect until he/she reports for the first day of classes for a regular (Fall/Spring) term.

What is an “Extra Benefit?”

Any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution’s athletics programs to provide a student-athlete (or relative/friend) a benefit that is not generally available to other Presbyterian College students.
Please take special consideration of the following:

Permissible Benefits:

-Have student-athletes attend a charity event in which you are involved. NOTE: Please contact the institution’s athletic compliance department.
-Provide summer employment to a student-athlete, provided compensation is only for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in the locale for similar services performed.
-Inviting a team for dinner or to meet with a group of alumni in a city where they are playing. NOTE: Please contact the institution’s athletic compliance department.
-A booster club, civic organization or alumni group of which you are a member may award a scholarship to a prospect. NOTE: Some restrictions apply – Please contact the institution’s athletic compliance department.

Illegal Benefits:

-Providing cash or other tangible items (e.g. clothes, cars, shoes) to a prospect or a student-athlete or his/her family or friends.
-Purchasing items or services from a prospect/student-athlete’s family at inflated prices.
-Providing the use of a car (including official visits to student hosts) or any free or reduced cost services to a prospect/student-athlete or his/her family or friends.
-Providing a loan, co-signing a loan or guaranteeing a bond for a prospect/student athlete.
-Providing tickets to an athletic event (institutional or community), or free admission to an institution’s away from home contest for a prospect/student-athlete or his/her family or friends.
-Promising employment after graduation or promising financial aid for post graduate education.
-Paying or arranging for the payment of transportation costs incurred by a prospect/student-athlete’s family or friends to visit the campus or elsewhere.
-Entertaining relatives or friends or a prospect/student athlete including at your home or another facility (e.g. restaurant).
-Employing relatives or friends of prospects as an inducement for enrollment.
-Buying Christmas, birthday gifts or any gifts or awards for athletic performance.
-Providing an honorarium to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement. (Only necessary travel expenses may be provided and this must be approved by the athletic department prior to the speaking engagement.)

• A student-athlete cannot accept anything from an employee or booster (i.e.-use of car, hair cut, clothing, gifts, money, tickets, payment of long distance calls.)
• Free/reduced cost of room and/or board cannot be provided. This includes on or off campus and at any location or time of year.
• Storage Room cannot be provided.
• Use of copy machine, fax machine, or other department equipment may not be provided.
• A student-athlete cannot eat at a restaurant as a special guest of an employee or athletics booster. However, on infrequent, special occasions a student-athlete/team may accept an invitation to the home (never a restaurant) of an employee or booster for a meal.
• Only reasonable (i.e.-within a 30 mile radius) and occasional local transportation may be provided.

Penalties

-Violations of recruiting rules or the provisions of extra benefits will result in the ineligibility of involved prospect/student-athlete at PC. In addition, multiple violations can jeopardize an entire program. Provisions of extra benefits can result in the institution being placed on probation, forfeiture of games, revenues and championships.
-Remember WHEN IN DOUBT, FIND OUT! You may jeopardize the career of a young person and the reputation of PC.
-The support and encouragement from athletic representatives (boosters) is appreciated by the athletic department. However, under NCAA rules there are strict limits on how you support an institution. When a violation occurs, intentional or unintentional, the school is responsible for your actions. Further, if a prospective or enrolled student-athlete accepts any benefit because of his/her athletic ability, a student-athlete may lose all eligibility to participate in intercollegiate athletics.

The importance of following all NCAA rules and regulations is imperative to maintaining the integrity of Presbyterian College and intercollegiate athletics. We ask all who are associated with the institutions athletics programs to help the College protect the spirit of competition, the athletics eligibility of our student-athletes, and the reputation of the College by adhering to the rules and regulations of the NCAA and by contacting the Compliance Office or the NCAA with all questions.

Remember the #1 Rule:
‘Ask Before You Act!’

Dee Nichols
Associate Athletics Director/ Compliance
(864) 833-8254 or e-mail danichols@presby.edu

 

Compliance Manual (Updated for 2014-15)

NCAA Compliance Web Site

Compliance Forms (Updated for 2013-14)

Academic Requirements For Student-Athletes

Student-Athlete Handbook