Booster and NMSU Athletics Supporter

You are considered to be a NMSU athletics Booster if you

  • Are a present or past member of NMSU booster club or agency that promotes the Aggies’ intercollegiate athletic program
  • Have made financial contributions to the athletic department or to an athletic booster organization of NMSU
  • Are or have been providing benefits (e.g., summer jobs, meals, etc.) to enrolled student-athletes, their family members, or friends.
  • Are or have been involved in any manner of promoting the NMSU intercollegiate athletic program

Please Note:

Once an individual is identified as an athletics booster, that person retains that identity indefinitely.  NMSU is ultimately responsible for the acts of all “boosters of athletic interests” in relation to NCAA rules and regulations.

Guidelines and Reminders

  • A booster may not contact the prospect student-athlete, prospective student-athlete’s parents, prospect student-athlete’s coach, principal, or counselor in an attempt to evaluate or recruit the prospect
  • A booster may not expend funds to entertain or provide transportation for a prospective student-athlete, family members, or friends
  • A booster may not become directly or indirectly involved in making arrangements for a prospective student-athlete, or the prospective student-athlete’s family, or friend to receive money or financial aid of any kind
  • A booster may not contact a prospective student-athlete through a letter, telephone, or other forms of communication

Permissible Activities for a Booster

  • A booster can discuss summer employment opportunities with a prospective student-athlete after he/she has signed a National Letter of Intent with NMSU
  • A booster can attend high school athletic events without contacting prospective student-athletes
  • A booster can continue existing friendships with families and friends of prospective student-athletes
  • A booster can send recommendation letters, newspaper clippings, or similar information about prospective student-athletes to Aggie coaches

Current Student-Athlete’s Extra Benefits

Boosters may not provide any special arrangement considered to be an extra benefit by NCAA definition.  Examples of prohibited extra benefits include but not limited to:

  • Providing cash or loans in any amount
  • Providing the use of a telephone or credit card
  • Signing or co-signing for a loan or other forms of financial assistance
  • Arranging employment for a student-athlete’s relatives or friends
  • Transporting a student-athlete or providing the use of a vehicle
  • Providing free or reduced housing
  • Providing typing or tutoring services
  • Providing goods, services or rentals for free or at a reduced cost
  • Giving any type of gift (i.e, birthday or holiday)
  • Providing any type of entertainment (i.e, soft drink or event tickets)
  • Providing payment to a student-athlete for a booster club speaking engagement
  • Using the name, picture or appearance of a student-athlete to advertise or promote the sale of a product or service

Permissible Activities for a Booster

  • A booster can invite a student-athlete to participate in non-profit, charitable, or educational events (prior permission must be obtained from the Compliance Office)
  • A booster can invite a student-athlete into your home for an occasional meal (prior permission must be obtained from the Compliance Office)
  • A booster can pay a student-athlete the commensurate rate for actual and legitimate employment

Definitions:

Prospective Student-Athlete

A prospective student-athlete is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade or above, including students in prep schools and junior colleges as well as students who have officially withdrawn from a four-year institution and plan to transfer to another institution.  In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution or booster provides the individual or the individuals relatives or friends with any financial assistance or benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students in general. A good rule of thumb is to treat ALL STUDENTS as prospects.

Student-Athlete

A student-athlete is a student whose enrollment was solicited by a member of the athletic staff or other representative of athletic interests with a view toward the student’s ultimate participation in the intercollegiate athletic program.

Contact

A contact is a face-to-face encounter between a prospect, or the prospect’s parent or legal guardian, and an institutional staff members or athletic representative during which any dialogue occurs.

Recruiting

Recruiting is any solicitation of a prospect or prospect’s family member (guardian) by an institutional staff member or by an athletic representative of the institution, for the purpose of securing the prospect’s enrollment and ultimate participation in the institution’s intercollegiate athletic program.

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