USU Compliance Booster Information
You are a booster if you:
- Have participated in booster or alumni groups at USU
- Have contributed to the athletics department or booster organizations
- Have assisted in recruiting student athletes
- Have been involved in promoting the athletics program
- Have provided benefits such as summer employment to a student athlete or their family
- Are the parent/guardian of a current student athlete
Once you have become a booster, you retain that identity for life. USU is ultimately responsible for actions of all boosters in relation to NCAA rules.
Terms that boosters should know:
Representative of Athletics Interest: fancy NCAA name for a booster
Prospective student athlete: an individual who has started classes for the ninth grade.
Enrolled student athlete: a current student athlete at USU who has joined an intercollegiate team.
Recruiting contact: any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or a prospect's parent/guardian, and a USU coaching staff member or booster during which dialogue goes beyond a greeting.
Extra Benefit: any special gift or arrangement provided to an enrolled student athlete, relative, or friend that is not offered or available to the general student body of USU or expressly authorized by NCAA rules.
Who can recruit for Utah State?
- Only Utah State University coaches who have passed the NCAA Recruiting Rules Examination may recruit a student-athlete. Boosters may not actively encourage a prospective student-athlete to attend USU. If a booster has a long standing relationship with a prospective student-athlete (neighbor, close family friend), that booster obviously may have contact with the prospective student-athlete, but should still not "recruit" the individual to USU.
A booster may:
- Attend a prospect's athletic contests (no contact allowed)
- Call, write, or send newspaper articles to USU coaches regarding outstanding student-athletes in his/her area
- Offer assistance to coaches who are recruiting in his/her community
- Contact a prospect to discuss summer employment after that prospect has signed a National Letter of Intent
- Provide an occasional family home meal to a student-athlete or team. This meal must be in the booster's home and not in a restaurant. Meals must occur infrequently and on special occasions. Transportation may be provided by the booster only if the meal is in the booster's home. Please make arrangements for such meals through the coaching staff or Compliance Office.
A booster may not:
- have face-to-face contact in excess of a greeting with a prospect or their parents, guardians or relatives to encourage them to enroll at USU (contact includes phone calls, letters, emails, faxes)
- mail anything to a prospect including newspapers, posters, programs, etc.
- provide tickets, transportation or lodging for a prospect, coach or relative to visit USU
- contact a prospect's counselor, principal or coach in an effort to evaluate or solicit that prospect
- provide any extra benefit or special arrangement to a prospect or current student athlete
- go to the high school of a prospect to pick up transcripts or video/film to give to a college coach
- entertain guests, friends or relatives of a prospect at any site
- have any contact with a prospect during an official or unofficial visit
- provide free admission to a prospect at an away game for the USU team
- pay fees for prospect to attend a USU summer camp
- provide on-campus entertainment to a prospect during an official visit
- Donate to a non-profit organization that supports a boys basketball club team, an individual associated with a boys basketball club team, or to another team that has someone USU is recruiting
Examples of prohibited extra benefits:
- loans or co-signs to a student athlete or relatives
- giving money, clothing, equipment, or other merchandise
- providing a meal at a restaurant
- giving any kind of gift
- giving special discounts for purchases that are not given to the general public
- allow prospect to use your phone to make free local or long distance calls
- providing a free ticket to any athletic, university, or community event
- providing use of a car or housing
Questions and Answers:
Q: What if a booster attends an athletic event and finds him/herself sitting next to the parents of a prospect?
A: Do not initiate conversation with the relatives. If conversation is initiated with the booster, respond in a civil manner but do not discuss the Utah State Athletics Program with them. If they ask questions about the program, remind them that the NCAA prohibits a booster from discussing the program with them. Encourage the family to contact the Utah State Athletic Department directly.
Q: May a prospect contact a booster by telephone?
A: Yes, as long as the prospect initiates the phone call. The call may not be prearranged by an athletic department member, and the conversation may not involve recruiting. The booster must refer questions about the Utah State athletic program to the athletic department.
Q: What if a prospect knows that a booster is a Utah State graduate and contacts him/her to ask questions about USU?
A: If a prospect contacts a booster, he/she may answer questions regarding various aspects of Utah State as long as NO discussion takes place regarding the USU athletic program. If a prospect asks about USU athletics, please refer him/her to the appropriate coaching staff.
Q: How long does a prospect remain a prospect? Do these rules change once a prospect signs a National Letter of Intent?
A: A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after committing to or signing a National Letter of Intent with Utah State or any institution, and both the institution and the prospect continue to be governed by NCAA recruiting rules regarding prospects until the prospect reports for regular squad practice or the prospect attends his/her first day if classes in any regular semester. A booster may not call a prospect who signs a National Letter of Intent, even if only to congratulate him/her.
Q: May a booster make contact with a prospect and his/her parent/guardian on an official visit to USU?
Q: Is the no contact with prospects rule applicable to "established family friends" or neighbors?
A: No. However, it must be understood that such contacts cannot be made for recruiting purposes and cannot be initiated or arranged by Utah State coaches. In addition, the established relationship between the booster and the prospect must have occurred prior to the friend or neighbor becoming a prospect.
Q: May a booster attend a public event (e.g. high school awards banquet) when prospects are in attendance?
A: Yes, but any contact with a prospect must not be prearranged by a USU coach or athletics staff member. The booster should make no attempt to recruit any prospects.
Q: May a booster "evaluate" a prospect on behalf of Utah State Athletics?
A: NCAA Bylaws do not prohibit a booster from watching a prospect's athletic contest as long as no contact is made. The booster may not contact the prospect's coach, principal or counselor.