You are a Booster or a Representative of Athletics Interest if you:
- Are or have ever been a member of a booster organization that supports VCU Athletics
- Have made financial contributions to the athletics department or a booster organization
- Are or have ever been involved with the recruitment of a prospect
- Have provided or are providing benefits to an enrolled student-athlete or their relatives or friend
- Have otherwise been involved in promoting the Virginia commonwealth University athletics program(e.g.,alumni and friends)
- Provided or have helped to arrange employment for student-athletes
- Are the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of an enrolled student_athlete
- Are or ever have been a season ticket holder
Some examples of boosters are: fans, undergraduate students, graduate students, all university faculty, staff and other employees and alumni.(This is not an exhaustive list.)
Is it possible to become a booster without doing anything listed above?
Yes. The NCAA has developed a four-part test to determine whether or not an individual has become a booster and/or provided a student-athlete, their relatives or friends with an impermissible benefit.
If any of the following statements are true then providing benefits to prospects or student-athletes, their relatives and friends can result in the student-athlete being rendered inelligible and cause the individual providing the benefit to be classified as a booster
- The relationship between the student-athlete (or parents of the student-athlete) and the individual providing the benefits developed as a result of the student-athlete's participation in athletics or their reputation as an athlete
- The relationship began only after the athlete became a prospect
- The relationship began only after the athlete had achieved notoriety due to his or her athletics ability or reputation
- The pattern of giving and/or frequency of giving increased after the athlete attained notoriety as a skilled athlete (e.g., purchased small gifts in the past and now purchase a television or other large gifts)
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Once a Booster... Always a Booster.
According to the NCAA, once an individual has been identified as a booster, he or she retains this identity forever.
"Top Ten" NCAA Rules
1. You may not provide current or prospective student-athletes, their families or friends a benefit that is not permitted by the NCAA. Specifically prohibited financial aid, benefits or arrangements include, but are not limited to, the following
- A special discount, payment arrangment or credit card on any purchase or service;
- Gifts or cash clothing or any other item with value;
- Loan of money or co-signing of a loan;
- An automobile, or use of an automobile or transportation expenses;
- Free or reduced-cost services, purchases or rentals;
- Employment or loans arrangements for a prospective or current student-athlete's friends or relatives;
- free or reduced-cost rent or housing;
- Payment to a student-athlete for speaking engagements; or
- Entertainment on - or off- campus.
2. Employment of current student-athletes during the academic year and vacation periods is permissible, provided the following conditions are met:
- A student-athlete may only be paid for work acuatlly performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in the area for similar services;
- A student-athlete may not be compenstated for any value that he or she may have for an employer becuase of any publicity, reputation, fame or personal following that he or she has obtained because of his or her athletic ability;
- Employers may not advertise a student-athlete's employment to generate extra business, nor may they use a student-athlete's name or picture to advertise, promote or recommend the sale or use of any commercial product or service;
- Student-athletes cannot be provided with any benefits not provided to other employees; and
- Student-athletes must report all jobs to VCU Athletic Compliance Staff.
3. It is not permissible to use a student-athlete's name, picture or appearance for any promotional activity without prior approval from VCU's Athletic Compliance Office. You may not use a student-athlete's name, picture or appearance for commercial purposes or sell student-athlete memorabilia
4. You may not provide student-athletes families or friends with entertainment expenses relation to VCU athletic events. For example, it is not permissible to provide student-athletes families or friends with complimentary admission to VCU athletic events or access to the Siegel Center.
5. Only VCU coaches may be involved in the recruiting process. You may not have any telephone, written(e.g.,letter, email,fax, Twitter, Facebook, chat rooms, message boards, etc.) or in person contact with a prospective student-athlete for recuiting purposes. A prospect is defined as an individual who has started classes for the ninth grade, including individuals enrolled in preparatory school and two-year institutions regarding the possibility of transferring to VCU.
6. Boosters may not provide prospective student-athletes or their families or friends with any expenses (e.g. transportation to visit campus, meals, lodging, complimentary admissions to VCU athletic events, educational expenses, medical expenses, etc.)
7. Boosters may not contact prospective student-athletes through any social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, message boards, chat rooms, blogs, etc.
8. You may not entertain a prospective student-athlete's high school, preparatory school, junior college or club coach or provide them with any other type of benefit.
9. You may not provide a benefit to a current student-athlete in exchange for the student-athlete's (autograph, memorabilia, varsity awards, A-10 awards, NCAA awards, etc.)
10. Ask Before you Act! VCU responsible for the actions of its boosters. When a violation occurs, regardless of intentions, it can jeopardize the elegibility of our prospective and current student-athletes and result in the student-athlete and the athletics program being penalized by the NCAA and A-10 Conference.
Please contact VCU's Athletic Compliance Office should you have any questions regarding NCAA Legislation.