Every person, from fan to student-athlete, plays an important role in complying with NCAA rules. BYU-Hawaii is held responsible by the NCAA for the actions of its boosters. If a booster commits a violation, BYU-Hawaii may be subject to penalties from the NCAA. Who is a booster, you ask? If you are reading this, chances are, YOU ARE A BOOSTER!
A “representative of BYU-Hawaii’s athletics interests” (booster) is someone who has ever:
- Been a member of an organization promoting BYU-Hawaii Athletics
- Contributed to the Athletic Department or its booster organizations.
- Assisted in the recruitment of prospects for BYU-Hawaii.
- Provided benefits (e.g., summer jobs or occasional meals) to prospects, enrolled student-athletes or their family.
- Promoted the athletics program at BYU-Hawaii in any other way.
Remember, once you become a booster, you retain that identity indefinitely.
Can I Help Student Athletes?
While we are appreciative of everything our boosters do for our athletic programs, providing help to our student-athletes could cause severe consequences on their eligibility. Please be careful not to provide any type of extra benefit to a student-athlete or their family/friends.
Who is a “Prospective Student-Athlete”?
A “prospect” is a student that has started classes for the ninth grade. A student that has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospect if the student receives any benefits that the institution does not provide to all prospective students in general. A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after he/she signs a National Letter of Intent. He/she does not lose prospect status until the start of BYU-Hawaii classes or the first day of practice.
If you know of a prospect that you feel would make a positive addition to one of BYU’s athletic teams, please contact the coach of the respective sport and let them know!
A booster may:
- Continue to maintain contact with a prospect and their family as long as the booster is an established friend or neighbor and there is no attempt to recruit the student-athlete.
- Have incidental contact – not prearranged by the athletic department – with a prospect.
- Talk to a prospect via telephone only if the prospect initiates the conversation and the call is not for recruiting purposes.
- Watch a prospect's athletic contest, but may not have contact with that prospect.
A booster may not:
- Have face-to-face contact with a prospect or their parents, legal guardian(s), or relatives to encourage them to enroll at BYU-Hawaii or have any face-to-face contact in excess of the exchange of a greeting.
- Telephone or write to prospects or their parents, encouraging them to enroll at BYU-Hawaii.
- Mail anything to prospects, including newspapers, clippings, posters, programs, etc.
- Pick up videotapes or transcripts relating to a prospect at his/her high school or junior college.
- Contact a prospect's counselor, principal, or coach in an attempt to evaluate that recruit.
- Provide a prospective/enrolled student-athlete any benefit or special arrangement. Examples of "benefits" include but are not limited to: special discount payment arrangements; a loan of money in any amount; the use of a car; the purchase of meals or services at commercial establishments; selling or giving a student-athlete tickets to athletic, institution, or community events; the use of personal property; and providing holiday or birthday gifts.
An extra benefit is any special arrangement provided to a student-athlete or their family/friends that is not authorized by NCAA rules. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Cash or gifts
- Use of personal property (e.g., boats, summer homes, cars, phones)
- Discounts on purchases (e.g., tickets, clothing)
- Discounts on services (e.g., dental/medical services, automotive services, laundry)
- Arranging, providing or co-signing on a loan
- Meals at restaurants or groceries
- Clothing or equipment
- Free or reduced cost housing
Student-athletes may be invited to the home of a booster on an infrequent basis to have an “occasional meal.” These meals may only be provided in the home of a booster (as opposed to a restaurant) and may be catered. All occasional meals must receive prior approval by the BYU-Hawaii Compliance Office.
Boosters may employ current student-athletes as long as they are being paid the going rate and are being compensated only for work actually performed. All employment arrangements must be approved through the BYU-Hawaii Compliance Office.
Can I Recruit?
DON’T RECRUIT! The only persons who can permissibly contact a prospective student-athlete are BYU-Hawaii coaches and athletic department staff members. Boosters may not make any recruiting contact with prospects or their relatives. This precludes phone calls, letters, and emails, as well as any face-to-face contact either on- or off-campus.