Booster Do's and Don'ts
Boosters are permitted to take part in the following actions involving prospects:
- Informing UTEP coaches of talented prospects by contacting UTEP coaches and/or sending them newspaper clippings with the names of particular prospects.
- Attending a junior or senior high school, or junior college athletics event, but if you do so, you must avoid contact and conversations with prospects and their relatives.
- If you have an "established" relationship with a prospect, his/her parents, or relatives, you may continue normal contacts with the understanding that such contacts are NOT made for recruiting purposes and are not arranged by members of the institution's coaching staff. Essentially, a relationship is "established" if:
- The relationship predates the individual's status as a prospective student-athlete;
- The relationship predates the athlete's status achieved as a result of his/her athletics ability or reputation; and
- The relationship did not develop as a result of the athlete's participation in athletics or his/her notoriety related thereto.
Boosters are prohibited from the following actions involving prospects:
- Contacting a prospect's coach, principal, or counselor in an effort to evaluate a prospect's athletics ability.
- Visiting the prospect's institution to pick up film or transcripts pertaining to the evaluation of the prospect's academic eligibility or athletic ability.
- Contacting a prospect, his/her family, or legal guardians on or off the UTEP campus.
- Contacting a prospect, his/her family or legal guardians by telephone, by letter, or by electronic communication (i.e., e-mail or fax).
- Making special arrangements for entertainment for recruiting purposes.
- Paying in whole or in part a prospect's registration fees associated with the institution's sports camps.
- Directly or indirectly becoming involved in making arrangements for a prospect, the prospect's relatives, or friends to receive money, financial aid, or other equivalent inducements.
Boosters are permitted
to take part in the following actions involving enrolled student -athletes:
- You MAY provide enrolled student-athletes with an occasional home meal, provided the meal takes place at your home and not at a local restaurant establishment. The meal may be catered and must be restricted to infrequent or special occasions. All occasional meals provided to student-athletes must be approved by the Compliance Office before the meal takes place.
- Boosters are permitted to give student-athletes reasonable local transportation to their home on for an occasional home meal.
- A booster may have in-person, telephone, or e-mail contact with currently enrolled student-athletes.
Boosters are prohibited
from the following actions involving enrolled student-athletes:
- NCAA legislation expressly prohibits University supporters from providing "extra benefits" to enrolled student-athletes. An extra benefit is any special arrangement to provide a student-athlete or his/her family a benefit not authorized by NCAA legislation. In general, you may not provide anything or make special arrangements for student-athletes that are not available to the general student population.
- Boosters may not provide awards or gifts directly to a student-athlete for his/her athletic performance or ability. All awards must be approved by the Compliance Office.