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With that, your adherence to all applicable NCAA rules and regulations is essential as we strive to maintain and enhance our national athletic prominence while protecting the University’s tradition of integrity and values. As you embark on campus in order to cheer on the Irish, please be mindful of your interaction with prospective and current Notre Dame student-athletes, their families and friends. Ask before you act!
Representatives of Athletics Interests
1. ALWAYS ASK BEFORE YOU ACT! Breaking NCAA rules can render prospects and
student-athletes ineligible for competition. The
NCAA holds the university accountable for the actions of its fans
Extra Benefits should not be offered to a prospective student-athlete, current student-athlete or their family or friends by anyone (regardless of a booster affiliation). An extra benefit is defined as anything that is offered based solely on participation in intercollegiate athletics. If something is offered to all students at Notre Dame or to the general public, a student-athlete may accept the benefit as it doesn't carry an athletics nexus. Examples of extra benefits are (but are not limited to):
The list above is not exhaustive. Please refrain from ever offering our prospective and current student-athletes, their families, and their friends anything that isn't available to all students or the general public.
Who is a Representative of Athletics Interests?
The NCAA broadly defines a "booster" as an individual, agency, entity or organization who is known by an institution to:
Not necessarily. Not all Notre Dame alumni are considered boosters. Likewise, a booster does not have to be a graduate of Notre Dame. Boosters meet at least one of the criteria listed above. Thus, an individual who has ever made a financial contribution to the Athletics Department is a booster. In a general sense, a season ticket holder in any sport at any time is a booster. Members and financial supporters of the Notre Dame Monogram Club or any other Notre Dame athletic organization are boosters. These are only a handful of examples of typical "boosters" who may be affiliated with an athletic program. Many additional scenarios exist, but, regardless of a booster affiliation with the university, it is important that all supporters follow NCAA rules as they interact with prospects, current student-athletes, their families and friends.
Who are Prospective Student-Athletes?
A prospective student-athlete is any student who has started classes for the ninth grade (seventh grade in basketball). Any student younger than the ninth grade who receives any benefits from an institution or athletics representative would also be considered a prospective student-athlete as would an enrollee at a preparatory school or two year college. It is important that prospects enjoy a positive campus visit within the constraints of the NCAA regulations. Football game weekends are an invaluable experience for all 26 varsity sports to showcase the tradition of our beloved university to prospective student-athletes. Thus, please do not provide anything to a prospect, the prospect’s family or the prospect’s friends that is not available to the general public without consulting with the Compliance Office.
It should be our goal, as the best alumni and fans in the country, to preserve and protect each and every student-athlete’s eligibility. All NCAA legislation cannot be covered in a limited space such as on this site. Therefore, any questions should be forwarded to the Compliance Office in the Department of Athletics at 574-631-9647.
Why is it so important boosters be educated?
Boosters Can Cause Violations! Only countable coaches are authorized to recruit. Supporters of Notre Dame are prohibited from contacting a prospective student-athlete and cannot participate in recruiting conversations. Boosters continue to reach out to prospective student-athletes, their families or friends. In particular, social media such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter have created an open forum for boosters to overstep NCAA boundaries. Notre Dame does NOT condone this contact.
It is necessary for the NCAA and Notre Dame Compliance to regulate social media. Otherwise, we would be unable to maintain a level playing field for recruiting consistency as some coaches and programs receive more prevalent support than others.
Boosters are prohibited from any contact with a recruit, unless a recruit contacts the booster, and even then, the booster is not allowed to discuss recruiting. NCAA rules do not allow comments about possible recruits on an institution’s social media page or a page belonging to someone affiliated with the institution. In addition, these pages cannot feature photos of prospects and messages cannot be sent to recruits using these social media technologies other than through their e-mail function. Consider the recent headlines and keep Notre Dame out of the news:
IU Men’s Basketball is denying any involvement in the "1,000 Hoosier Fans For Cody Zeller" campaign sweeping Facebook
Kentucky fans "Bring Patrick Patterson to Kentucky" Campaign to Facebook
Ohio State admits 'secondary violations' of NCAA recruiting rules in pursuit of lineman Henderson
WHEN BOOSTERS ATTEMPT TO RECRUIT PROSPECTS, INSTITUTIONS SUFFER.
Please refrain from offering current student-athletes, their families, and friends anything that is not available to the general public or the Notre Dame student body. This includes any benefit or special arrangement such as free or reduced cost lodging, meals or services.
Student-athletes are highly encouraged to personalize any items that they autograph to the recipient. This ensures that items are less likely to appear for sale on internet auction sites for the financial gain of a third party vendor.
The University of Notre Dame receives several hundred requests for memorabilia from organizations each year. Please know that all requests are given serious consideration, however, due to the high volume of requests we receive, the following guidelines must be followed to assure fairness.
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