Who is considered to be a booster of Boise State University?
- A booster is any representative of Boise State University’s athletics interest. Once a person becomes a booster he or she remains a booster indefinitely.
- Common Examples include:
- A person who has in any way promoted the Boise State University athletics program.
- A person who has purchased season tickets for athletics contests.
- A current or past member of any organization that promotes Boise State University’s Athletics Department. An example of such organization is the Bronco Athletic Association.
- A person who has made a financial contribution to Boise State University, to the Boise State University Athletics Department, or to a Boise State University booster organization such as the Bronco Athletic Association.
- A person who has assisted in the recruitment of a Boise State University prospective student-athlete.
Is Boise State University responsible for the actions of its boosters and support groups?
- Yes, representatives of athletic interests [boosters] are subject to NCAA regulations and Boise State University is subject to penalties for any violations of those regulations by an athletics representative or agent.
- Such penalties that Boise State University may face for booster actions that are inconsistent with NCAA rules and regulations may include:
- A reduction in the number of scholarships a particular team is permitted to give out.
- A prospective student-athlete could be declared ineligible to attend Boise State University.
- An entire team could be declared ineligible to participate in NCAA or Conference competition.
- Forfeiture of competitions.
Who is considered to be a Boise State University prospective student-athlete?
- Any student who has started classes in the ninth grade.
- Any student who has enrolled in a preparatory school.
- Any student who has enrolled in a two-year college.
- A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after committing to or signing a national letter of intent. Both Boise State University and the prospect continue to be governed by NCAA recruiting legislation until the prospect reports for regular squad practice or the prospect attends his or her first day of classes in any regular semester.
What is recruiting?
- Recruiting is any solicitation of a prospect or the prospect’s family (or guardian) by a Boise State University staff member for the purpose of securing that prospect’s enrollment and ultimate participation in Boise State University’s intercollegiate athletics program.
- Recruiting is also any solicitation of a prospect or prospect’s family (or guardian) by a representative of Boise State University’s athletic interests [i.e. booster] for the purpose of securing that prospect’s enrollment and ultimate participation in Boise State University’s intercollegiate athletics program.
May a booster contact and/or recruit a Boise State University prospective student-athlete?
- A Boise State University booster may not contact a prospective student-athlete, or his or her parents or legal guardian, by telephone or in writing.
- Contact may not be made on or off the grounds of the Boise State University campus.
- With the evolution of technology it is important to note a Boise State University booster may not have contact with a prospective student-athlete via Facebook, Twitter, or other forms of social media.
May a booster who has had a long standing relationship with a prospective student athlete, such as a neighbor or long time family friend, have contact with that prospective student athlete or his or her family?
- Yes, but only if the relationship began prior to the prospect entering ninth grade.
- Even in situations where a booster has a long standing relationship and may have contact with a prospective student-athlete, such contact may not be for a recruiting purpose and cannot be arranged by the Boise State University coaching staff.
May a booster speak to a prospect on the telephone if the prospect initiates the conversation?
- Yes, but only if the prospect initiates the telephone call. An institutional staff member may not prearrange such a call and the booster may not have a recruiting conversation, but may exhibit normal civility.
- What may be discussed in these instances?
- Questions regarding various aspects of attending Boise State University that do not pertain to athletics.
- Questions that pertain to Boise State University’s athletics program must be referred to the Boise State University Athletics Department and no discussion of Boise State University Athletics should occur.
What if unavoidable incidental contact is made with a prospect by a booster?
- Steps should be taken to avoid contact with a prospect.
- Unavoidable incidental contact may be permissible but only if the contact:
- Involves only normal civility.
- Is not prearranged by a booster or athletics staff member.
- Does not take place at the prospects educational institution or at a site of organized competition or practice.
- Is not made for the purpose of recruiting the prospect.
During recruitment, or prior to an individual’s enrollment, can a booster be involved either directly or indirectly in making arrangements for a prospect, the prospect’s relatives, or the prospect’s friends to receive money, financial aid, or equivalent inducements?
- No, it is not permissible for a booster to make such arrangements for any of these individuals or for current student-athletes.
- Types of inducements that are prohibited may include, but are not limited, to the following:
- Cash or loans
- Promises of employment after college graduation
- Special discounts or payment arrangements on loans
- Arrangement for free or reduced charges for professional or personal services
- Use of an automobile
- Providing transportation to and from a summer job
- Co-signing a loan or gift of money or other tangible items such as clothes, cars, jewelry, etc.
- Free or reduced-cost housing arrangements
- Entertainment costs
- Education expenses such as typing costs, course supplies, use of a copying machine, etc.
May a booster provide an occasional meal to a Boise State University Student-athlete?
- Yes, but there are certain requirements if a booster wishes to provide a student-athlete with an occasional meal
- You must contact the Boise State University Athletics Compliance Office and complete an occasional meal form to ensure the meal will comply with NCAA and Boise State University rules and regulations.
- Boosters may only provide occasional meals in their homes or at a Boise State University campus facility regularly used for home competitions. Meals may be catered. Boosters may arrange for reasonable transportation to attend an occasional meal, but only if the meal occurs in the booster’s home.
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