Frequently Asked Questions

RECRUITING ISSUES

 

Q:  What is a representative of BYU’s athletics interests (booster)?

A:  A “booster” is someone who has ever:

  • Been a member of an organization promoting BYU Athletics (e.g., Cougar Club).
  • Contributed to the Athletic Department or its booster organizations.
  • Assisted in the recruitment of prospects for BYU.
  • Provided benefits (e.g., summer jobs or occasional meals) to prospects, enrolled student-athletes or their family.
  • Promoted the athletics program at BYU in any other way.

*Remember, once you become a booster, you retain that identity indefinitely.*

Q:  Who is a “Prospective Student-Athlete”?

A:  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.  An individual remains a prospect until he or she starts classes at BYU or reports for practice, whichever occurs first.

Q:  Can a booster recruit for BYU Athletics?

A:  No.  The only persons who can permissibly contact a recruit are BYU coaches and athletic department staff members.  Boosters may not make any recruiting contact with prospects or their relatives.  This precludes phone calls, letters, emails, Facebook/Twitter, and any face-to-face contact.

Q:  Is it permissible for a booster to pay, in whole or in part, registration fees associated with sports camps?

A:  No. Booster may not pay fees associated with sports camps on behalf of a prospect.

 

EXTRA BENEFITS

 

Q:  What is an extra benefit? What are some examples?

A:  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

Q:  Can a booster lend his or her phone to a prospective or currently enrolled student-athlete in order for them to make a phone call or send a text message?

A:  No, this would be considered an extra benefit, and is prohibited.  The student-athlete would be considered ineligible and would need to be reinstated with the NCAA.

Q:  Can a booster pay for the meal of a student-athlete or their family/friends in a restaurant?

A:  No, this would be considered an extra benefit, and is prohibited.  The student-athlete would be considered ineligible and would need to be reinstated with the NCAA.

Q:  Can boosters fundraise or donate money to send a student-athlete’s parents to an athletic contest?

A:  No.  Under NCAA rules and regulations, such activity may jeopardize the student-athlete’s eligibility.

Q:  As a booster, can I give a student-athlete Christmas/birthday/wedding/graduation presents?

A:  No.  Boosters are prohibited from providing student-athletes with any gifts, privileges or services and would be considered by the NCAA as an extra benefit.

 

APPEARANCES, AUTOGRAPHS AND OTHER AMATEURISM ISSUES

 

Q:  May a student-athlete make a public appearance at a business establishment for purposes of signing autographs?

A:  No.  Student-athletes are not permitted to directly or indirectly endorse a commercial product or company.

Q:  At what types of organizations would it be permissible for a student-athlete to speak and/or appear?

A:  There are certain instances in which student-athletes are permitted to be involved in charitable, educational, or non-profit promotional activities, upon approval through the BYU Compliance Office.

Q:  Can a booster pay a student-athlete to speak at a booster club function?

A:  No.  Student-athletes may not receive compensation; however, it may be permissible for a student-athlete to be reimbursed for actual and normal expenses that were incurred by attending the event (i.e., meals, transportation, lodging).  Please check with the BYU Compliance Office prior to the event taking place.

Q:  Is it permissible for a BYU booster club to invite high school coaches to its meetings?  Can those high school coaches attending the meeting/luncheon for free?

A:  No, it is not permissible for the booster club to invite high school coaches to its meetings unless the invitation is advertised and extended to all members of the general public who are interested in attending.  Any high school coach who does attend must pay any associated costs (i.e., admission or meal costs).

Q:  Can a booster follow a student-athlete on Twitter, reply to a student-athlete’s tweet, or “friend” a student-athlete on Facebook?

A:  Yes, a booster can follow and communicate with current student-athletes on Facebook and/or Twitter.  However, boosters need to refrain from communicating with or about prospective student-athletes.

 

GENERAL ISSUES

 

Q: Is BYU responsible for the actions of its boosters and booster groups?

A:  Yes.  BYU is responsible for the conduct and actions of its boosters; therefore, it is BYU’s responsibility to educate, monitor and encourage them to ask before they act.  If a violation occurs, even unintentionally, it may jeopardize the eligibility of a prospect or current student-athlete.    

Q:  What action should a booster take if he/she becomes aware of a rules violation?

A:  The booster should contact the BYU Compliance Office to discuss the information.