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Compliance Corner October 2011

Are You a Booster?

You are a Representative of Athletics Interest (booster) if you:
• Contribute to the Athletics Department or its booster organizations (i.e. Bearcats Club)
• Join or participate in Binghamton University’s various Athletics Department booster groups (i.e. sport specific “friends of” groups, etc.)
• Hold, or have ever held season tickets
• Have a guardianship role over a student-athlete (i.e., parent or legal guardian)
• Provide allowable benefits (i.e., summer jobs) to enrolled student-athletes
• Promote Binghamton University Athletics in any way

Once you are identified as a booster, you retain that identity forever. Boosters are bound by NCAA, America East Conference and Binghamton University rules. As a result, boosters are responsible for notifying the Binghamton University Athletic Compliance Office of any potential rules violations.  Even if a violation is unintentional, the eligibility of a prospective student-athlete (recruit) or enrolled student-athlete could be placed in jeopardy.

Allowable Booster Activities
• Viewing a prospect’s game on your own initiative
• Receiving a call from a prospect only if the prospect initiates the call and it is not for a recruiting purpose
• Continuing to have contact with an established family friend or neighbor who is a prospect
• Notifying the Binghamton University coaching staff of outstanding prospects

As a Booster you may NOT:
• Contact or call a prospect
• Contact or call a prospect’s parent, coach, principal or counselor
• Assist with the actual evaluation of talent
• Purchase a ticket from a student-athlete

As a Booster you may NOT give/provide a prospect:
• Cash or loans in any amount
• Gifts of any kind including on special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas, etc.
• Free or reduced cost services, rentals, or purchases of any type (e.g., clothing, airline tickets, car repairs, meals, etc.)
• Use of an automobile or transportation
• Hospitality in your home
• Ticket to an athletic or other event

Remember: Only coaches and authorized employees may be involved in the recruiting process. NCAA rules specifically prohibit boosters from engaging in recruiting activities.

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