Fall 2011 Booster Newsletter
Partial List of Penalties for NCAA Infractions
Basic Do's and Don'ts Involving Prospective Student
Basic Do's and Don'ts Involving Current Student Athletes
Extra Benefits Involving Current Student Athletes
Who is a Booster?
NCAA Bylaw 13.02.11 defines "booster". In part, this regulation states:
"A booster (i.e., representative of the institution's athletics interests) is an individual, independent agency, corporate entity (e.g. apparel or equipment manufacturer) or other organization who is known (or who should have 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 families; or Have been involved otherwise in promoting the institution's athletics program.
The NCAA stipulates that once an individual has been identified as a "representative" of Florida Gulf Coast University’s athletic programs he or she retains this status forever. This is true even if the individual no longer contributes to the athletics program.
What is an Extra Benefit?
NCAA Bylaw 16.02.3 Extra Benefit. An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution's athletics interests to provide a student-athlete (or a student-athlete's relative or friend) a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their relatives or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution's students or their relatives or friends or to a particular segment of the student body (e.g., foreign students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.
• A student-athlete can receive a "benefit" if s/he can demonstrate that the same benefit is generally available to other FGCU students and their relatives and/or friends.
• A student-athlete cannot accept anything from an employee of FGCU or an Eagles athletics booster (e.g., use of a car, hair cut, clothing, gifts, money, tickets for any kind of entertainment, payment of long distance telephone calls). A student-athlete cannot accept room and/or board from any booster of FGCU athletics programs (This includes here in Florida, in the student-athlete's home city, or any other location.)
• A student-athlete cannot accept free or reduced merchandise or services from any merchant unless that free or reduced cost item is also available to the general public.
• A student-athlete cannot eat at a restaurant as the guest of an athletic booster or an employee of FGCU.
• On infrequent, special occasions (e.g., student-athlete's birthday, Thanksgiving, etc.), a student-athlete may accept an invitation to the home of an employee of FGCU or an athletic booster for a meal. The student-athlete may be provided transportation.
• A student-athlete's becoming "friends" with an athletic booster and or employee of FGCU does not change their status as far as NCAA rules are concerned.
• A student-athlete cannot use a FGCU Athletic Department copy machine, fax machine or make long distance phone calls using Athletic Department equipment.
• Members of the Athletic Department staff are not permitted to type reports, papers, letters, etc. for any student-athletes.
• A student-athlete cannot receive a special discount, payment arrangement or credit on a purchase (e.g., airline ticket, clothing), or service (e.g. laundry, dry cleaning) from an employee of FGCU or an athletic booster.
• An FGCU employee or a booster cannot provide student-athletes with a loan of money, a guarantee of bond, the use of an automobile or the signing or cosigning of a note to arrange a loan.
• Providing transportation to student-athletes is prohibited.
The acceptance by a student-athlete of any of the above extra benefits is a violation of NCAA regulations and places the student-athlete's eligibility for intercollegiate competition in immediate jeopardy. NCAA regulations require that you do not treat a student-athlete any differently than you would any other student at FGCU.