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Amateurism

If you plan to participate in intercollegiate athletics at any NCAA Division I or II institution, your status as an amateur must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center along with your initial eligibility before representing the institution in competition. When you register with the clearinghouse, you will be asked about benefits and activities that might impact your status as an amateur. The information you provide about your athletics participation will be reviewed and a determination will be made as to whether your amateurism status should be certified or if a penalty should be assessed before certification. To access additional information about the amateurism certification process click below:

Introduction to Amateurism Certification Process

The following information applies to prospective student-athletes who have not previously initially enrolled full-time at any collegiate institution beginning August 1, 2002.

  • Definition of a professional team: A professional team is an organized team that provides any of its players more than actual and necessary expenses, as specified, or declares itself to be professional
    • Actual and necessary expenses include:
      • Meals directly tied to competition and practice held in preparation for such competition;
      • Lodging directly tied to competition and practice held in preparation for such competition;
      • Apparel, equipment and supplies;
      • Coaching and instruction;
      • Health/medical insurance;
      • Transportation (i.e., expenses to and from practice and competition, cost of transportation from home to training/practice site at the beginning of the season and from training/practice site to home at the end of season);
      • Medical treatment and physical therapy;
      • Facility usage; and
      • Entry fees
      • An individual shall not be eligible for intercollegiate athletics if the individual ever competed on a professional team, regardless of whether the individual knew (or had reason to know) that the team was a professional team.
      • An individual, prior to initial, full-time collegiate enrollment is permitted to enter a professional league's draft and/or be drafted without jeopardizing intercollegiate eligibility.
      • An individual is not permitted to retain an agent or receive any benefits from an agent.
      • An individual is not permitted to sign a contract with a professional team.
      • An individual, prior to initial, full-time collegiate enrollment, is permitted to accept prize money based on place finish in an open athletics event, not to exceed actual and necessary expenses, from the sponsor of the event.
      • An individual, prior to initial, full-time collegiate enrollment, is permitted to accept educational expenses (i.e., tuition and fees, room and board and books) from any individual or entity other than an agent, professional sports team/organization or representative of an institution's athletics interests, provided such expenses are disbursed directly through the recipients' educational institution (e.g., preparatory school, high school).
      • An individual is not permitted to accept any direct or indirect salary, gratuity or comparable compensation.

For more information regarding amateurism please visit: http://www.ncaa.org