The Brigham Young University Athletics Department is committed to abiding by all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Mountain West Conference (MWC) rules and regulations. The BYU Compliance Office seeks to assist administrators, coaches, faculty, student-athletes and representatives of the University’s athletics interests in understanding the rules and regulations of NCAA athletic participation. Early and frequent education is a key component of compliance to all rules and regulations.
ARE YOU A BOOSTER?
If any of these apply to you, then you are a representative of BYU's athletics interests (booster). If you have:
- Been a member of Cougar Club or any other group that supports athletics
- Made any financial contributions to the athletics department
- Provided benefits, such as summer jobs, to enrolled student-athletes or their families
- Been a season ticket holder
- Been involved in promoting BYU’s athletics program in any way
Only BYU coaches may be involved in the recruiting process. Boosters may not make any recruiting contact with prospective student-athletes (prospect or recruit). Boosters are prohibited from the following:
- DO NOT telephone, write or make in-person contact with a prospect for recruiting purposes.
- DO NOT contact a prospect’s coach, principle or counselor in an attempt to evaluate the prospect.
- DO NOT become involved in making arrangements for a prospect, the prospect’s relatives or friends to receive money or financial aid of any kind.
- DO NOT visit a prospect’s school to acquire films or transcripts in an attempt to evaluate the prospect’s academic or athletic eligibility.
- DO NOT have contact with prospects, their relatives or friends during any of their visits to BYU’s campus.
- DO NOT contact student-athletes enrolled in other four-year institutions regarding the possibility of transferring to BYU.
Even though there are many rules prohibiting your involvement with prospects and the recruiting process, as a booster you are permitted to do the following:
- Notify BYU coaching staff about noteworthy prospects in your area.
- Attend a prospect’s athletics event on your own initiative, provided no contact with the prospect, the prospect’s parents or coach occurs.
- Continue existing friendships, provided solicitation of a prospect’s enrollment does not occur.
An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or booster to provide prospects, student-athletes or their relatives or friends a benefit not expressly authorized by the NCAA.
Examples of impermissible “extra benefits” include, but are not limited to:
- Providing cash, loans or co-signing for a loan
- Gifts of any kind
- Special discounts for goods and services
- The use of an automobile
- Free or reduced-cost services, purchases or rentals
- Entertainment on– or off-campus
- Free or reduced-cost rent or housing
Student-athletes may have a job during the academic year, but information must be provided to the Compliance Office.
NCAA Bylaw 12.4.1:
Compensation may be paid to a student-athlete:
- Only for work actually performed
- At a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services
Also, student-athletes may not be hired because of their athletic ability or reputation.