A GUIDE FOR PENN ALUMNI, ATHLETIC SPONSORS, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF ATHLETICS INTEREST
Am I an ATHLETIC REPRESENTATIVE?
- You are considered a representative of athletics interests (i.e., Booster) if you are or have ever been a member of any group that supports or promotes the athletics program (e.g., Sports Board or Penn Champions Club), or if you have helped in any way to recruit student-athletes.
- Once an individual is identified as a representative of athletics interest, that individuals retains that status for life.
This means that any contact you have with a Penn enrolled or prospective student-athlete can affect the eligibility of that individual student-athlete and/or Penn team to compete in NCAA and Ivy competition.
- All recruiting of prospective student-athlete should be left to the coaches.
- What is a PROSPECT?
- Any student who has started classes for the ninth grade or seventh grade for men’s basketball.
- NCAA rules prohibit representatives of an institution’s athletics interests from having any contact with prospects.
- Exception: If a family friend or neighbor is a prospect, you may continue to maintain that relationship. Please refrain from having recruiting conversations with that prospect.
- An extra benefit is any PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT, BENEFITS, OR SERVICES provided to a student-athlete or the student-athlete’s relatives or friends from someone other than a family member or legal guardian that is not also available to students who are not athletes
Examples of Extra Benefits:
- Free or discounted meals
- Free Admission
- Free or discounted rent/hotel room
- Pay for work not performed
- Free or discounted medical treatment
- Co-signing of a note to arrange a loan
- Payment of long distance telephone calls
- Free or discounted merchandise
- Free professional services
- Paying for work above the going rate
- Money or loans
- Use of car or other transportation
- Haircut or other grooming services
- Tickets for any kind of entertainment
- Providing department rate to parents for hotel rooms
- What happens if a student-athlete receives an extra benefit?
- A student-athlete who receives an extra benefit not authorized by the NCAA will be immediately INELIGIBLE for athletics competition. In all cases, the student-athlete will be required to repay the amount of the extra benefit to a charity.
HOW CAN I HELP?
- Join the Penn Alumni Interview Committee:
- Prospective student-athletes do not have to be treated differently than other applicants in the admissions process. If you are a member of Penn’s Alumni Interview Committee and are assigned to interview students are who also athletes, you may contact the student for these purposes, but these purposes only.
- Join the Penn Champions Club:
- This group provides support for teams through funding for special team trips, recruiting, and hosting receptions for teams at home and away contests. This is the best way to help your team of choice, and you’ll be kept up to date on their progress throughout the year.
- Identify Outstanding Student-Athletes:
- If you know of outstanding student-athletes in your area, send information to the coaches or give the coach a call and then let the coaching staff take it from there.
- Reminder – you may not contact prospects directly, nor may you contact high school coaches or guidance counselors to get information on prospects. There is no rule against attending their contests.
- Offer Assistance to the Coaching Staff:
- You may provide lodging, meals and transportation to coaches when they come to your community to contact and evaluate prospects.
- Provide Summer Jobs and Internships:
- If you know of positions in your business or community which might be filled by a student-athlete, please do not hesitate to let us know! Serving as a mentor is not an NCAA violation and we would love to help grow our student-athletes’ networks.
- Any job held by a student- athlete must be obtained by normal hiring practices.
- Any compensation from a job must be the going rate commensurate for the position in that area and they should only be compensated for work completed.
- The student-athlete may not receive any perk or benefit that is not given to any general employee in the same position.