The commitment to excellence by the entire FSU athletics family must be a priority in all aspects of the program. This commitment includes knowing and complying with NCAA rules. Everyone involved in FSU athletics programs is required to know the rules, and recognize this responsibility as a team effort. We want to continue our winning ways, but at Florida State, it is important to win the right way - and that means following the NCAA rules.
Representatives of Athletics Interests are commonly called "boosters". Under NCAA rules, a representative of the institution's athletics interest is any individual that has ever:
Contributed to the athletics department or to its booster club.
Joined the institution's booster club or any sport specific support group
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 program.
Purchased season tickets.
Please note three important points regarding this definition: (1) it is very easy to meet one of these criterion, thus each institution has thousands of athletics representatives; (2) once an individual becomes a representative of the institution's athletics interests, he or she retains that identity forever; and (3) under NCAA rules, the institution is responsible for all actions of its athletics representatives.
An extra benefit would include the provision of any transportation, meals, clothes, entertainment, preferential loan terms or other benefit offered to a student-athlete which is unavailable to the general student population.
Examples of extra benefits that you cannot provide to these individuals include, but are not limited to:
You may not provide a student-athlete any benefit or special arrangement.
You may not pay for or arrange for payment of room, board or any type of transportation for a student-athlete.
You may not provide room, board or transportation costs for family or friends of an enrolled student-athlete to visit campus or attend a home or away athletics contest.
You may not entertain student-athletes or their family and friends. One exception is that NCAA rules do permit representatives of athletics interests to provide student-athletes (not including their family and friends) with an occasional meal (defined as once a semester) provided the meal is at your home and not at a restaurant. You may provide transportation for this meal. All occasional meals must be pre-approved by the Compliance Office.
You may not use the name, picture or appearance of an enrolled student-athlete to advertise, recommend or promote sales or use of a commercial product or service of any kind. Any use of the name, picture or appearance of a student-athlete must receive authorization from the Compliance Office.
You may not sell photographs or autographs of student-athletes on sites such as eBay, regardless or whether or not the student-athlete received any monetary gain from you.
You may not provide any payment of expenses or loan of an automobile for a student-athlete to return home or to any other location.
You may not provide awards or gifts to a student-athlete for any reason. All awards must first be approved by the Compliance Office and meet all NCAA regulations.
You may not provide an honorarium to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement. All speaking engagements must be approved in advance by the Compliance Office.
You may not allow a student-athlete, his/her relatives or friends to use your telephone to make free calls.
Student-athletes are permitted to receive earnings from legitimate employment. Furthermore, athletic personnel and representatives of the university's athletics interest have the opportunity to be involved in assisting the student-athlete with their employment endeavors. NCAA rules stipulate that compensation may be paid to a student-athlete only for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar service. Such compensation may not include any remuneration for value or utility that the student-athlete may have for the employer because of publicity, reputation and fame or personal following that he or she has obtained because of athletic ability. Student-athletes must receive written permission from the Compliance Office prior to starting employment.
A prospective student-athlete is any student who has started classes for the ninth grade regardless of his/her athletics ability and/or participation. Any student younger who receives any benefit from an institution or representatives of athletics interests immediately becomes a prospective student-athlete. In addition, student-athletes enrolled in preparatory school or two-year colleges are considered prospective student-athletes.
A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after he or she has signed a National Letter of Intent or accepts an offer of financial aid to attend an institution. The prospect remains a prospect until he/she reports for the first day of classes for a regular term (fall or spring) or the first official day of practice (whichever comes first).
Only Florida State University Coaches who have successfully completed the NCAA Recruiting Rules Examination on an annual basis may be involved in the recruitment process. Representatives of our athletics interests may not make any recruiting contacts. This includes letters, telephone calls, e-mails, social networking sites (e.g. facebook or myspace) or face-to-face contact on- or off-campus with a prospect or a prospect's parents.
You may not become involved in making arrangements to receive money or financial aid of any kind for a prospect or the prospect's family or friends.
A student-athlete loses his or her amateur status and shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if:
A student-athlete, coach and/or an employee of Florida State University may not provide information concerning sporting events to individuals involved in any type of organized gambling. In addition, student-athletes, coaches and employees of Florida State University's athletic department may not solicit or accept any wager on any intercollegiate or professional athletic contest.
This guidebook was developed to offer a general overview of key NCAA rules regarding the interaction between athletics representatives and prospective student-athletes and enrolled student-athletes. This is not a comprehensive guidebook. Should you have further questions, please contact:
If you know of a high school student-athlete who might want to attend Florida State University, the only permissible activity for a representative is to call the appropriate coach.
Thank you for your support of intercollegiate athletics. We ask you for your support in keeping the FSU tradition of athletic integrity intact.
Your assistance will also ensure that the eligibility of both high-school prospects and enrolled student-athletes is protected.