For Boosters/Representatives of Athletic Interests
Who is a booster?
An individual is considered to be a representative of Northern Arizona University athletics interests just by being a former student friend or fan. Once an individual is identified as an athletic representative, the person retains that identity indefinitely.
Representatives of athletics
interests are subject to NCAA regulations and both the
representative and Northern Arizona University are subject to
penalties for any violation of NCAA rules by athletic
representatives or their support organization.
NCAA Bylaw 13.02.11
A "representative of the
institution's athletics interests" is an individual who is known
(or who should have been known) by a member of the institution's
executive or athletics administration to:
* Have participated in or to be a member of an agency or organization promoting the institution's intercollegiate athletics program;
* Have made financial contributions to the athletics department or to an athletics booster organization of that institution;
* Be assisting or to have been requested (by the athletics department staff) to assist in the recruitment of prospects;
* Be assisting or to have assisted
in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their
* Have been involved otherwise in promoting the institution's athletics program.
Four "Rules of Thumb" all "Boosters" should know:
1. Do not do anything for prospective or enrolled student-athletes without specific authorization from the NAU Division of Athletics.
2. If a student-athlete accepts any benefits based on his or her special consideration as an athlete or because of athletic skill, the student-athlete may lose all eligibility for intercollegiate athletic participation.
3. Only coaches and athletic department staff members are permitted to be involved in the recruiting process. Alumni, friends and other representatives of athletic interests, who are not employed by the university, are not permitted to contact a prospective student-athlete (or members of the prospect's family) by letter, telephone, or in person (on or off-campus) for the purpose of soliciting their participation in the athletics program. NAU faculty members are permitted to engage in in-person contact with prospects ONLY on the NAU campus.
4. The prohibition of contact with
a prospective student-athlete is not intended to relate to
unavoidable incidental contacts with prospects by representatives
of a member institution's athletic interests, it being understood
that such contact is not pre-arranged by the representative of
athletic interest or a division of athletics staff member, is not
made for the purpose of recruitment of the prospective
student-athlete and involves only normal civility. In other words,
if you meet a junior or senior or junior college student during
your normal courses of business, there is no problem with the
contact as long as you complete the conduct of your affairs with no
talk about Northern Arizona University. However, if you are
attending an alumni or athletic event and find yourself talking to
parents of a prospect, do not talk about the NAU athletic program
and remove yourself from the situation in a civil manner.
FAQ - Athletic Representative's Involvement with Prospective Student-Athletes