GUIDELINES FOR THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ALUMNI, FRIENDS,VSF MEMBERS AND ATHLETES
ARE YOU A REPRESENTATIVE OF ATHLETICS INTERESTS?
YES, if you...
Have ever participated in or are currently a member of the Vandal Boosters, Inc, (Vandal Scholarship Fund) or any agency or organization promoting Idaho’s athletic programs.
Have ever made a donation to the University of Idaho’s men's or women's athletic programs (including gifts of cash, goods or services).
Have ever provided or are providing employment for student-athletes at the request of an Athletic Department staff member.
Have ever assisted or been requested to assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes.
Have ever otherwise been involved in promoting UI’s athletic programs.
Once an individual has been identified as an athletics representative, he/she retains this identity forever, even if that person subsequently discontinues contributions to or involvement with the athletic programs.
WHO IS A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETE?
A prospective student-athlete is defined as any student who has started classes for the ninth (9th) grade (including students attending two-year colleges). However, it is possible for a younger student to be considered a prospect, so it is a good idea to treat ALL athletes as prospects, regardless of age.
NCAA legislation prohibits representatives of athletic interests from being involved in any recruiting activities on or off campus. Only authorized institutional staff members may recruit. An athlete is considered a prospect for purposes of NCAA legislation until he/she reports for regular squad practice or attends the first day of classes at the University of Idaho.
Legislation specifically prohibits:
Any contact with a prospect at any time whether in person, by mail or by telephone
Any contact with a prospect's coach, principal or counselor to gain information that would assist in evaluating the prospect either athletically or academically, including visiting the prospect's educational institution to pick up film or transcripts
Any involvement, directly or indirectly, in making arrangements for or giving any financial aid or other benefits to a prospect or his/her family, relatives or friends (such as gifts, awards, loans, employment, etc.)
Mailing anything to a prospect including letters, cards, newspaper clippings, game programs, etc. The NCAA restricts the type of materials that maybe sent and who may distribute such materials
Any contact with enrolled student-athletes at other four-year colleges or universities for the purpose of exploring their interest in transferring to Idaho. If a student-athlete enrolled at another institution contacts you, do not discuss transfer with him/her. Immediately tell him/her to contact an Idaho Athletic Department staff member
Limited contact is permissible, such as:
Contacts made with a prospect who is an established family friend, relative or neighbor so long as the contact is not arranged by an Idaho staff member and is not made for recruiting purposes
An unavoidable, incidental contact with a prospect provided recruiting does not take place, only normal civility is involved and the contact is not pre-arranged Casual contacts at Idaho’s athletic events, if incidental
Contacts about summer employment only after the prospect has signed a National Letter of Intent or, in the case of a junior college prospect, only after the prospect has graduated or officially left the junior college
Contact involved in a normal working relationship (i.e., booster who is a doctor or dentist who treats a prospect professionally) provided no recruiting is involved
Viewing a prospect's game at your own initiative (must not involve contact with the prospect)
CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENT-ATHLETES
Representatives of athletic interests are limited in their involvement with enrolled student-athletes (students at the University of Idaho who are members of any intercollegiate athletic team) and must be careful not to provide a benefit to a student-athlete that would render him/her ineligible for athletic participation.
Prohibited benefits for student-athletes or their friends, family and relatives include:
Room, board or transportation costs for friends or family of an athlete to visit campus or attend an away game
Loan of an automobile to an athlete for any reason or provision of any type of transportation (except in conjunction with an occasional home meal)
Use of telephones or credit cards for personal reasons without charge or at a reduced rate
Cash or special discounts, payment arrangement, or credit on purchases or services
Expenditure of funds to provide any type of entertainment
Provision of typing or other services associated with school projects or reports
Loan of money in any amount
Guarantee of bond
Purchase of meals or services at commercial establishments
Signing or co-signing a note to arrange a loan
Tickets to an athletic, university or community event (including professional sports contests)
Use of personal property (ski condos, summer homes, cars, stereos, equipment, etc.)
Gifts for Christmas, birthdays, etc.
Free or reduced-cost services or goods (dry-cleaning, movies, haircuts, etc.) Serving as a "sponsor family" or "home-away-from-home family"
Use of a student-athlete's name, picture or personal appearance to promote a commercial product, service or business
Representatives of athletic interests may:
Employ a student-athlete with eligibility remaining provided:
Payment is based on actual work performed and at a rate of pay comparable to the going rate for similar work
Employment does not result in an athlete's receiving money in excess of that permitted by NCAA legislation
Employment is approved in advance by the Athletic Department's compliance director
Student-athlete and employer sign a written statement before work begins agreeing to abide by NCAA employment regulations and earnings limitations
Contribute money to be administered by the Athletic Department:
For the booster club, a memorial fund, endowed scholarship, etc.
To support a specific sport program
Entertain teams at away contests provided all team members are included and advance approval has been obtained from the Athletic Department
Provide an occasional meal (including transportation) to a student-athlete:
In the representative's home only
On an infrequent basis or special occasion (such as Thanksgiving or Christmas)
Invite a student-athlete to speak to a youth, educational or charitable group:
Appearance must be approved in advance by the Athletic Department
Athlete may not receive an honorarium
Athlete may receive necessary travel expenses, provided event is within the state of Idaho or within 100 miles of the UI campus)
Athlete may not miss class
In conformance with NCAA regulations, any individual who enters into an agreement with the University that results in a special athletic benefit or privilege may have that benefit or privilege withheld if the individual engages in any conduct that is determined to be a violation of NCAA legislation.