Booster Awareness

NCAA rules, regulations and definitions impacting alumni and supporters of Bowling Green State University.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M A BOOSTER?

  • You’ve participated in a group, agency and/or organization that promotes BGSU Athletics.
  • You’ve made a financial contribution to the BGSU Department of Athletics and/or a BGSU Athletics Booster Group (e.g., purchasing a ticket to a competition).
  • You’ve assisted or have been requested (by the Department of Athletics) to assist in the recruitment of prospects.
  • You’ve been involved in promoting the BGSU Department of Athletics.
  • You’ve assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes and/or their families.

WHAT IS AN EXTRA BENEFIT?

Any special arrangement made by an institutional employee or booster to provide a student-athlete, his/her friends or relatives benefits that are not authorized by the NCAA. Some examples include but are not limited to:

  • Money, special discounts and/or free or reduced products/services.
  • Use of a telephone or credit card for personal reasons without charge or at a reduced rate.
  • Entertainment services such as movie tickets, and/or tickets to professional sporting events.
  • Use of personal property such as beach homes, boats, cars and/or stereos.

WHAT IS A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETE?

A prospective student-athlete (PSA) is a student who had started classes for the ninth grade or above, including students in prep schools, junior colleges and other four-year institutions. In addition, a student who has not started classes for ninth grade becomes a PSA if the institution or a booster provides the individual or the individual’s relatives or friends with any financial assistance or benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students in general.

Two basic rules to follow are:

  • Treat all students as prospects.
  • Ask before you act.

A PSA remains a PSA even after he/she signs a National Letter of Intent or Financial Aid Agreement.A PSA remains a PSA until he/she either attends classes in any term at BGSU, participates in a regular squad practice or competition that occurs prior to the beginning of any term at BGSU, or officially registers, enrolls and attends classes during the summer prior to enrollment.

CONTACT WITH PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETES

All in-person, on- and off-campus recruiting contacts with a PSA or the PSA’s relatives or legal guardian(s) shall be made only by authorized institutional coaches or staff members. A contact is defined as any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardian(s) during which time any dialogue in excess of an exchange of a greeting occurs. Boosters are prohibited from contacting a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardian(s) to encourage the prospect to participate in intercollegiate athletics at BGSU.

BOOSTERS ARE PROHIBITED FROM ENGAGING IN THE FOLLOWING:

  • Any contact with a PSA at any time whether in person, by mail or by telephone.
  • Any contact with a PSA’s coach, principal or counselor to gain information that would assist in evaluating the PSA either athletically or academically, including visiting the PSA’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, transportation, free or reduced rent or housing, etc.).
  • Providing entertainment during the prospect’s official visit.
  • Sending anything to a prospect including letters, cards, newspaper clippings, game programs, postcards, e-mails, etc. (The type of materials that may be sent and who may distribute such materials is strictly regulated by the NCAA.)
  • Any contact with enrolled student-athletes at other four-year colleges or universities for the purpose of exploring their interest in transferring to BGSU. If a student-athlete enrolled at another institution contacts you, do not discuss the possibility of transferring with the athlete. Immediately tell the student-athlete to contact the BGSU Department of Athletics.

THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLES OF LIMITED CONTACT ARE PERMISSIBLE:

  • Contacts made with a PSA who is an established family friend, relative or neighbor so long as the contact is not arranged by a BGSU staff member and is not made for recruiting purposes.
  • An unavoidable, incidental contact with a prospect provided recruiting does not take place, only normal courtesy is involved and the contact is not pre-arranged.
  • Casual contacts at BGSU 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).

GOT QUESTIONS? ASK COMPLIANCE:

Harley King
Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance
(419) 372-0529
hdking@bgsu.edu

Lizzy Wilson
Assistant Director for Compliance
(419) 372-7844
wilsoem@bgsu.edu