Fans, parents, alumni and boosters
Are you a booster?
Boosters (referred to by the NCAA as "representatives of athletics interests") are those who:
- participate in, or have been members of, any other booster group that supports athletics;
- have made financial contributions to SFU’s Athletics in general or to its programs;
- have assisted in the recruitment of student-athletes;
- provide, or have helped arrange, benefits for enrolled student-athletes or their families;
- participated as a student-athlete at SFU; or
- have been involved in promoting SFU in any other way.
If you fit into any of these groups, you are a booster. According to the NCAA, once an individual has been identified as an SFU booster, that person is a booster of SFU for life.
SFU Athletics is ultimately responsible for the actions of all boosters in relation to NCAA rules and regulations.
The NCAA has specific regulations on what is and what is not acceptable behaviour by boosters in relation to prospective student-athletes (PSAs) or currently enrolled student-athletes.
- Prospective student-athletes (PSA) remain prospects even after they sign a National Letter of Intent. They do not lose prospective student-athlete status until the start of classes or the first day of practice.
- Student-athletes who accept any benefits based on special considerations as athletes, or because of athletic skill, will jeopardize their eligibility for intercollegiate athletic participation.
- NCAA rules regarding student-athletes remain in effect throughout the entire year, including the summer vacation period.
- SFU is responsible for the actions of any individual or group that can be classified as a "representative of athletics interest" and, as such, any group or individual acting independently still falls under the jurisdiction of NCAA legislation and the SFU Athletics department.
A booster MAY NOT:
- Contact a PSA or the PSA's parent(s), legal guardian(s) or relative(s) in person either on the SFU campus or at any other location for a recruiting purpose.
- Communicate with a PSA or a member of the PSA’s family by any means (e.g., phone, in person, email) for recruiting purposes (e.g., encouraging them to enroll at SFU).
- Mail anything to PSAs, including newspapers, clippings, posters, programs, etc.
- Pick up videotapes or other media or transcripts relating to a prospective student-athlete at their high school or junior college.
- Contact a PSA's counsellor, 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; or providing holiday or birthday gifts.
- Provide, arrange, or pay for transportation for any SFU student-athlete.
- Use the name, image, or personal appearance of an enrolled student-athlete to advertise, recommend, or promote sales or use of a commercial product or service of any kind. Even the sale of a picture of a current student-athlete would place the student-athlete's eligibility in jeopardy.
- Use the name, image, or personal appearance of an enrolled student-athlete to promote an educational or charitable cause until it has been approved by SFU's compliance office.
- Allow a student-athlete or their friends or relatives to use your telephone to make free local or long-distance calls.
- Employ student-athletes at a wage that is greater than the standard rate for jobs in the area.
- Make any recruiting contacts. This includes email and computer interaction, letters, telephone calls, or face-to-face interaction on or off campus. Only SFU coaches who have passed the NCAA Recruiting Rules Examination may be involved in recruiting student-athletes.
- Entertain PSAs or their relatives and/or friends at an SFU home or away game.
- Provide enrolled student-athletes with professional services (for which a fee would usually be charged) for personal reasons. Professional services provided to a student-athlete at less than usual charge, or no charge, is considered an Extra Benefit which is prohibited.
- Contact a PSA's coach, principal, or counsellor in an attempt to evaluate the prospect, or visit a high school or college campus to pick up film or other media or transcripts pertaining to the evaluation of a PSA's academic or athletic ability.
- Provide an honorarium to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement. Student-athletes may receive only necessary travel expenses when speaking to educational or charitable groups. All speaking engagements must be approved in advance through SFU's compliance office.
- Contact prospective student-athletes, including any contact through computer message boards, email, My Space, instant messaging, text messaging, letters, and any other form of correspondence. Only coaches and Athletics department staff members are permitted to be involved in the recruiting process and only SFU coaches who have passed the NCAA Recruiting Rules Examination may be involved in recruiting student-athletes.
- Do anything for prospective or enrolled student-athletes without prior authorization from the SFU compliance office for SFU Athletics.
A good general rule to remember is that if you do something special for the entire student body, you can also do it for the student-athlete. Always make arrangements for such activities through the head coach or the compliance office. Please, ASK BEFORE YOU ACT.
A booster MAY:
- Notify SFU coaches about prospects in your area that may be strong additions to SFU athletic teams.
- Forward information on prospective student-athletes to the appropriate coaching staff.
- Attend high school or two-year college athletic contests or other events in which PSAs may compete, provided no recruiting contact occurs with the prospect or the prospect’s relatives.
- Continue to maintain friendships with families of PSAs (as long as the booster is an established friend or neighbour) and there is no attempt to recruit the prospect or student-athlete.
- Talk to a PSA via telephone only if the PSA initiates the conversation and the call is not for recruiting purposes.
- Employ a prospect after he or she has completed the final year in high school or the requirements for graduation at a two-year college, as well as current SFU student-athletes, and in doing so provide compensation commensurate with the going rate in the locality.
- Provide an occasional family home meal to a student-athlete or an entire team, if the meal takes place in the home as opposed to a restaurant. Meals must be restricted to infrequent and special occasions (eg, one a semester). A booster may provide transportation to the student-athlete or team only if the meal takes place in the booster's home.
- Provide funding to support a high school athletics program located in the booster's community provided that they act independently of SFU. The contributed funds must be channelled through normal fund-raising procedures and the funds cannot be earmarked for a specific student-athlete. SFU Athletics can support fund-raising projects that involve schools where students are in Grade 8 and younger. SFU Athletics can also support charitable community fund-raising projects where the proceeds will not benefit Grade 9s and above. SFU Athletics is prohibited from providing any tangible support to high school fund-raising events aimed at raising money for any facet of the high school, including the athletics program.
- Contact a PSA and their legal guardian(s) on an official visit to campus.
- Contact established family, friends or neighbours of a PSA. However, such contacts may not be made for recruiting purposes and may not be initiated by a SFU coaching staff member.
- Attend a public event (e.g., high school awards banquet) at which PSAs are in attendance, but any contact with PSAs may not be prearranged by an SFU Athletics staff member and no attempt may be made to recruit the prospect.
- Evaluate a PSA on behalf of SFU Athletics as long as the booster does not contact the prospect. However, the booster is prohibited from contacting a PSA's coach, principal, or counsellor in an attempt to evaluate the prospect, as well as prohibited from visiting a high school or junior college campus to pick up film or other media or transcripts pertaining to the evaluation of a PSA's academic or athletic ability.
Contact that is not prearranged and involves only normal civility is not precluded. Conduct any such contact without reference to SFU. Remove yourself from the situation in a timely and civil manner.
If you have questions, please ASK BEFORE YOU ACT.