Athletic Compliance

This site serves as an informational resource for NCAA rules that impact boosters (alumni), prospective student-athletes, and enrolled student-athletes. We hope you will utilize the pertinent information, located below, to gain a better understanding of how you can help maintain a championship culture of compliance.

Everyone has a role in compliance. Following these rules protects the eligibility of enrolled and prospective student-athletes as well as the integrity of Central Michigan University and the Intercollegiate Athletics Department. The rules can be complicated, so please do not hesitate to contact the Athletic Compliance Office if you have any questions or concerns. Remember to always ask before you act!



Compliance Staff

Rachel Blunt
Associate AD for Institutional Support Services
 (989) 774-1294  blunt2r@cmich.edu
Jacob Owen
Director of Compliance
 (989) 774-1294  owen2j@cmich.edu
Meredith Moore
Compliance Intern
 (989) 774-1294 athlcompliance@cmich.edu
Ryan Allen
Assistant Director of Institutional Services
 (989) 774-2103 allen1r@cmich.edu
Sue King
Senior Office Specialist
 (989) 774-3187 king1js@cmich.edu

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Current Chippewas

Employment
If a student-athlete wishes to work during the academic year he or she must first speak with the Compliance Office to ensure NCAA compliance.

Please note that certain NCAA rules apply to student-athlete employment:

  • The student-athlete cannot be hired based on his/her athletic ability or the value that the student-athlete may have for the employer because of the athletics reputation or fame the student-athlete has achieved.

  • The student-athlete is to be compensated only for work actually performed.

  • The student-athlete cannot be paid more than the going rate in the locality for similar services

Gambling
The NCAA has established strict guidelines and sanctions concerning gambling activity by student-athletes. Student-athletes shall not knowingly participate in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics through a bookmaker, parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling.

NCAA Penalties for Involvement in Gambling Activities:

  • Student-athlete's involvement in activities designed to influence outcomes or win/loss margins ("fixing the game) shall result in permanent loss of all eligibility.

  • Student-athlete's involvement in accepting or soliciting bets on their own institution shall result in permanent loss of all eligibility.

  • Student-athlete's involvement in any other type of sports wagering through organized gambling shall result in at least one year loss of all eligibility.

Links
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NCAA
NCAA Summary of Regulations
2016-17 Banned Drug List

Playing and Practice Season Limitations
Out-of-Season Athletically Related Activities
  • A student-athlete's participation in the off-season will be limited to a maximum of eight hours per week of countable athletically-related activities. Note: a maximum of only two hours per week may be dedicated to individual skill instruction.

  • Outside the playing season, all athletically-related activities are prohibited one week prior to the beginning of the final examination period through the conclusion of each student-athlete's final exam.

Playing Season
  • A student-athlete's participation in countable athletically-related activities during his/her declared playing season is limited to a maximum of four hours per day and 20 hours per week. You must be given one day off per week. Note: a day of competition counts as three hours, regardless of how long the competition lasts.

Vacation Period and Between Terms
  • Daily and weekly limitations do not apply to countable athletically-related activities occurring during an official vacation period (as listed in Central Michigan University's official calendar) and during the academic year between terms when classes are not in session.

Examples of Countable Athletically Related Activities:

  • Practice
  • Competition
  • Required weight training and conditioning
  • Film or videotape reviews
  • Meetings on athletically related matters
  • Individual workouts

Note: Voluntary workouts that are required or supervised by coaching staff members are considered to be countable athletically related activities.


Examples of Noncountable Athletically Related Activities:

  • Recruiting activities (e.g., serving as a student host)
  • Voluntary workouts (not supervised or mandated by an athletics staff member)
  • Academic and/or Compliance meetings
  • Fundraising activities
  • Travel to and from practice or competition
  • Promotional activities (community service, media day, etc.)
  • Meetings with coaches on nonathletic matters
  • Training table or competition-related meal


Post Eligibility Aid

The Post-Eligibility Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance to those student-athletes who have completed their athletics eligibility, but have not completed their degree requirements. The program does not allow a student-athlete to pursue an additional minor, second degree, or attend graduate school. Special consideration will be given to student-athletes who have demonstrated academic success and have a record of participation in community service and continuing education projects.

NCAA Student Assistance Fund

The following student-athletes will receive preference when applying for funds:

  1. Pell-eligible student-athletes, including student-athletes who have exhausted their athletics eligibility or are no longer able to participate because of medical reasons.

  2. Student-athletes who are receiving countable aid and who have demonstrated financial need, including student-athletes who have exhausted their athletics eligibility or are no longer able to participate because of medical reasons.

  • Demonstrated financial need is defined as the cost of attendance minus expected family contribution prior to any athletics related aid or other aid being awarded.

  • Domestic student-athletes will have demonstrated financial need if they qualify for a Pell Grant or have demonstrated financial need determined annually by the institution's financial aid department using the federal methodology.

  • Demonstrated financial need for foreign student-athletes must be determined and certified annually in writing by the official foreign student entity of the institution outside of the department of athletics.

Non-qualifiers in their initial year of residence are not eligible to receive assistance from this fund. All student-athletes must qualify for the fund on an annual basis.


Chippewa Coaches

Manuals
Recruiting Calendars (2017-18)
Recruiting Calendars (2016-17)
Recruiting Quick Reference (2017-18)

Future Chippewas

Who is a Prospective Student-Athlete?
In sports other than men's basketball, a prospective student-athlete, also known as a recruit or prospect, is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade.

  • In men's basketball, a prospective student-athlete is any individual who has started classes for the seventh grade.

  • In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual's relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide generally to prospective students.

Note to Transfers
Under current NCAA guidelines, institutional staff members at Central Michigan University may not respond via e-mail or telephone to four-year institution transfer student-athletes prior to obtaining 'permission to contact' from the first institution. The release may be emailed directly to Central Michigan University's Athletic Department at owen2j@cmich.edu. Generally, four-year transfer students must also obtain an additional release from their previous institution to be immediately eligible for competition at Central Michigan University.

What are the Division I Eligibility Requirements?
The following requirements are needed for a high school prospecs to be eligible for athletically related financial aid, practice, and competition during his/her intial year of enrollment at Central:

  • Complete the 16 core courses listed above.

  • Ten of the 16 core courses must be completed before the seventh semester (senior year) of high school

  • Seven of the 10 core courses must be in English, math, or science

  • Earn a core-course GPA of at least 2.300

  • Present a qualifying test score on either the ACT or SAT test.

  • Graduate high school

Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center after the completion of your junior year in high school. Your transcript, which includes three years of grades, should be submitted to the Eligibility Center by your high school. Additionally, you should have your ACT or SAT test scores forwarded directly to the Eligibility Center when registering to take the exam.

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Amateurism Information
Only amateurs are eligible to participate in NCAA sanctioned athletic competition in a particular sport. Your eligibility status as an amateur is defined by your entire career, including the time spent prior to entering college. Amateur athletes participate in sports for personal and social reasons not directly related to financial gain. When student-athletes receive benefits not allowed by NCAA regulations, they lose their amateur status, thus becoming ineligible for intercollegiate athletics competition.

Amateur Status
An individual loses amateur status and thus shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if the individual:

  • Uses his or her athletics skill (directly or indirectly) for pay in any form in that sport;

  • Accepts a promise of pay even if such pay is to be received following completion of intercollegiate athletics participation;

  • Signs a contract or commitment of any kind to play professional athletics, regardless of its legal enforceability or any consideration received;

  • Receives, directly or indirectly, a salary, reimbursement of expenses or any other form of financial assistance from a professional sports organization based on athletics skill or participation;

  • Competes on any professional athletics team, even if no pay or remuneration for expenses was received;

  • After initial full-time collegiate enrollment, enters into a professional draft; or

  • Enters into an agreement with an agent.



Recruiting Information
Recruited Student-Athletes
You become a "recruited student-athlete" at Central Michigan University if any coach or representative of the University's athletics interests (booster or other representative) approaches you or any member of your family about enrolling and participating in intercollegiate athletics at Central. Activities by staff members or athletics representatives that cause you to become a recruited prospective student-athlete are:

  • Providing you with an official visit;

  • Having an arranged, in-person, off campus encounter with you or your parent(s), relatives, or legal guardian(s);

  • Initiating or arranging a telephone contact with you, your relatives or legal guardians(s) on more than on occasion for the purpose of recruitment.



Recruiting Definitions
Official Visit - A visit to an institution that is financed in whole or in part by the institution. Official visits may not exceed 48 hours in length. The college may provide up to six (6) complimentary admissions to an on-campus athletics event in which the institution's team competes. A prospective student-athlete may take a maximum of five (5) official visits, with no more than one made to any single institution.

Unofficial Visit - A visit to an institution at the prospective student-athlete's expense. The college may provide up to three (3) complimentary admissions to an on-campus athletics event in which the institution's team competes. Transportation to view off-campus practice or competition sites within a 30-mile radius are also permissible. There is no limit on the number of unofficial visits a prospect can make to a particular institution.

National Letter of Intent - A binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and a member institution, whereby the prospect agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid to the prospect for one academic year.

Contact Period - A period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.

Dead Period - A period of time when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the institution's campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes. However, it is permissible for an institutional staff member to write or telephone a prospective student-athlete during a dead period.

Evaluation Period - A period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to be involved in off-campus activities designed to assess the academic qualifications and playing ability of prospective student-athletes. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts with prospective student-athletes are permitted during an evaluation period.

Quiet Period - A period of time when it is permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on the institution's campus. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made during a quiet period.

Recruiting Period - In men's basketball, a recruiting period is a period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.

Contact - Any face-to-face encounter between a prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete's parents, relatives or legal guardians and an institutional staff member or athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of a , prospect's parents (or legal guardian) or relative and a college staff employee or athletics representative; if the conversation goes beyond a greeting.

Evaluation - Any off-campus activity designed to assess the academic qualifications or athletics ability of a prospective student-athlete, including any visit to a prospective student-athlete's educational institution (during which no contact occurs) or the observation of a prospective student-athlete participating in any practice or competition at any site.

Recruiting Links

What is an Extra Benefit?
An extra benefit is considered to be any special arrangement by an institutional employee or representative of the institution's athletics interests to provide a prospect or a current student-athlete, their family/relatives, and/or their friends that is not expressly authorized by NCAA regulations. Specifically prohibited financial aid, benefits and arrangements include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Cash or loan of money in any amount;

  • Special discounts, payment arrangements or co-signing of a loan;

  • Purchase of meals or services at commercial establishments;

  • Involvement in arrangements for free or reduced charges for meals, merchandise, tickets, services, products or rent;

  • Use of automobile or other personal property (e.g., boats, houses, motorcycles);

  • Gift items (e.g., jewelry, electronics, clothes, holiday gifts, long distance phone cards, gift certificates);

  • Any financial aid other than that administered by the institution;

  • Free or reduced cost of housing arrangements;

  • Payment of registration fees for athletic camps;

  • Promise of employment after college graduation;

  • Employment of friends of relatives;

  • Entertaining prospects and/or the prospect's relatives or friends at any site either on- or off-campus.

Chippewa Boosters, Alumni & Fans

Letter to Our Boosters
Thank you for your support of Central Michigan University Athletics. It is our hope that you will continue to be involved in Chippewa Athletics. Under NCAA rules, Central Michigan University is responsible for the actions of all of its boosters. A single violation could jeopardize the eligibility of a current or prospective student-athlete for intercollegiate competition at Central Michigan University. Additionally, if found to be in violation of NCAA rules, boosters may face a range of penalties, including loss of season ticket privileges or even disassociation from Central Michigan University Athletics.

It is our responsibility to make you aware of the potential consequences for violating NCAA rules. This website contains an overview of some of the common rules and regulations that are applicable to you as a representative of athletics interest. If you have additional questions, we encourage you to contact our Compliance Office directly at 989-774-1294.
Thanks again for your continued support of Chippewa Athletics.

Fire Up Chips!

Who is a Booster?
You are a Booster or Representative of Athletics Interests if you:

  • Currently are or have ever been a member of a booster organization that supports Chippewa Athletics;

  • Have ever made financial contributions to the athletics department or a booster organization;

  • Currently are or have ever been involved with the recruitment of a prospect;

  • Have ever provided or are currently providing benefits to an enrolled student-athlete or their relatives or friends;

  • Have otherwise been involved in promoting the Central Michigan University's athletic program (ex. alumni and friends);

  • Have ever provided or helped to arrange employment for student-athletes;

  • Currently are the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of an enrolled student-athlete;

  • Currently are or have ever been a season ticket holder.


Consequences to Boosters for NCAA violations
Under NCAA rules, Central Michigan University is responsible for all actions of its boosters. Therefore, it is also our responsibility to make you aware of consequences for violating the rules described within this website. Boosters found in violations of NCAA rules are subject to losing benefits and privileges. The NCAA Committee on Infractions has processed cases in which penalties have included both the disassociation of boosters with the institutions and the loss of season ticket privileges.

"Once a Booster...ALWAYS a Booster"


Who is a Prospective Student-Athlete?
In sports other than men's basketball, a prospective student-athlete, also known as a recruit or prospect, is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. In men's basketball, a prospective student-athlete is any individual has started classes for the seventh grade.

Rules for Representatives of Chippewa Athletic Interests relating to PROSPECTIVE student-athletes, you ARE permitted to:

  • Attend high school or two-year college athletic contests or events where prospects may compete, but you may not contact the prospect or their relatives or guardians.

  • Continue existing friendships with families of prospects, but you may not attempt to recruit the prospect.

  • Engage in permissible pre-enrollment activities with a prospect, such as a summer employment, provided the prospect has already signed a National Letter of Intent and the institution is aware and informed if these contacts are made.

  • Have a phone conversation with a prospect only if the prospect initiates the call. Such a call may not be pre-arranged by any institution staff member or another representative of athletic interests. All questions regarding the intercollegiate athletics program must be referred to the proper Central Michigan University Athletics staff member.

Rules for Representatives of Chippewa Athletic Interests relating to CURRENT student-athletes you ARE permitted to:

  • Provide an occasional family home meal to a student-athlete or an entire team. The meal must take place at the home. It may NOT take place in a restaurant; however, the meal may be catered. Requests for these types of occasional meals receive prior approval from the Compliance Office.

  • Employ student-athletes under any certain circumstances with prior approval from the Chippewa Athletics Department. Both the student-athlete and the employer must sign a written statement PRIOR to beginning any employment during the academic year. Student-athletes may be compensated only for work actually performed at a rate commensurate with the going rate in the area for similar services.

Relating to PROSPECTIVE student-athletes, you are NOT permitted to:

  • Contact a prospect or his/her parent in person, by telephone or in writing (letters, instant message, message boards, or email) for the purpose of recruiting the prospect. Contact may not be made with a prospect or his/her parents on or off the Central Michigan University campus.

  • Approach a Central Michigan University coach who is with a prospect. This places the coach in an uncomfortable situation because the coach is not able to introduce the booster to the prospect.

  • Have face-to-face contact with a prospect or his/her family with the purpose of recruiting him/her to Central Michigan University.

  • Mail any materials to a prospect. This includes newspaper, clippings, press releases, media guides, posters game programs, schedule cards, emails, etc.

  • Provide prospect or his/her family or friends with any extra benefits.

  • Contact or request anything (transcript, videotape) from a prospect's counselor or coach in order to evaluate the athletic or academic ability of prospect.

Relating to CURRENT student-athletes, you are NOT permitted to:

  • Provide extra benefits to any student-athlete and his/her family.

  • Use the name of picture of a student-athlete to directly or indirectly advertise, recommend or promote the sale or use of a commercial product or service.

  • Provide an honorarium to a student-athlete who has been approved for a speaking engagement. Student-athletes may receive only necessary travel expenses for prior approved speaking engagements.

  • Provide free or reduced rate housing for a student athlete or his/her family, even on weekend visits.

  • Additionally, student-athletes are specifically not allowed to house-sit for boosters.

  • You MAY NOT provide room, board, or transportation costs incurred by friends or family of an enrolled student-athlete to visit campus or attend an away athletic contest.


What is an Extra Benefit?
An extra benefit is considered to be any special arrangement to a prospect or an enrolled student-athlete, their family/relatives, and/or their friends that is not expressly authorized by NCAA regulations.

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Cash or loan of money in any amount

  • Special discounts, payment arrangements or co-signing of a loan

  • The purchase of meals or services at commercial establishments

  • Involvement in arrangements for free or reduced charges for meals, merchandise, tickets, services, products or rent

  • Use of automobile or other personal property (e.g., boats, houses, motorcycles)

  • Gift items (e.g., jewelry, electronics, clothes, holiday gifts, long distance phone cards, gift certificates)

  • Any financial aid other than that administered by the institution

  • Free or reduced cost of housing arrangements

  • The payment of registration fees for athletic camps

  • Promise of employment after college graduation

  • Employment of friends or relatives

Occasional Meals
A student-athlete may receive an occasional family home meal from a representative of athletics interests on infrequent and special occasions under the following conditions:

  • The meal must be provided in an individual's home (as opposed to a restaurant) and may be catered; and

  • A representative of the institution's athletics interests may provide reasonable local transportation to student-athletes to attend the meal only if the meal function is at the home of that representative.

In order to request an occasional meal with our student-athletes you MUST fill out an Occasional Meal Request form with the compliance department.

Frequently Asked Questions

Current Student-Athletes
May I provide a student-athlete with gifts?
No, a gift would be considered an extra-benefit which is impermissible, unless it is available to all the University's students and their family regardless of athletic ability.

May I provide discounted housing or rent to student-athletes?
No, discounted housing or rent would be considered an extra-benefit and impermissible.

Is it permissible for a booster to provide an enrolled student-athlete with professional services (for which a fee would normally be charged) for personal reasons?
No. Professional services provided at a fee less than the normal rate or at no expense to a student-athlete are considered extra benefits.

May I purchase a complimentary admission ticket from a student-athlete?
No, a student-athlete may not receive payment for his or her complimentary admissions and may not exchange them for any item of value.

Can boosters fundraise or donate money to send a student-athlete's parents to an athletic contest?
No. Under NCAA rules and regulations, such activity may jeopardize the student-athlete's eligibility.

May I allow a student-athlete to use my telephone to make long distance phone calls?
No, this would constitute an extra benefit and is impermissible.

I have an extra car that I don't use, is it ok to lend it to a student-athlete?
The provision of free transportation would constitute an extra-benefit. This includes loaning an automobile, free plane tickets home, or paying for transportation for the student-athlete's relatives to attend a competition.

May I provide a scholarship to a particular student-athlete?
No, a scholarship may not be provided to a particular student-athlete; however a booster or alumni may make an athletic scholarship contribution to the Athletics Department.

May I employ a student-athlete?
It is permissible for a booster or alumni to employ a current student-athlete. Compensation must be based upon work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with services of like character in that locality. Compensation may not be based upon the student-athlete's reputation, fame, publicity or athletic success. The student-athlete may not receive any benefits not provided to other employees and may not be used to advertise, promote or endorse the employer or product.

May a student-athlete make a public appearance at a business establishment for purposes of signing autographs?
No. It should be noted that student-athletes may make appearances at schools, hospitals or other non-profit charitable organizations, provided they do not receive compensation and such activities are authorized by the athletic department.

Prospective Student-Athletes
Who is considered to be a prospective student-athlete (prospect)?
A prospect is a student in the ninth grade or above regardless of their athletic talent. Prospects are also students in prep schools and junior colleges.

How long is a prospective student-athlete considered to be a prospect?
A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after committing to or signing a National Letter of Intent with the Central Michigan University, or any institution, and both the institution and the prospect continue to be governed by NCAA recruiting legislation regarding prospects until the prospects reports for regular squad practice or the prospect attends his/her first day if classes in any regular semester.

Is there any way a booster can help identify prospects?
A booster can assist the coaching staff in the recruiting process by notifying them of any student they think would be a strong addition to the University and the athletics program. Boosters may also send Central Michigan's coaching staff any newspaper clippings or other information about prospects. The coach can then make the appropriate contact. Boosters are also permitted to attend high school or two year college athletic contests or other events where prospects may compete on their own. Boosters are not permitted to contact the prospect or the prospect's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) at these events.

Is it permissible to contact a perspective student-athlete or his/her parents or legal guardians?
No. An athletic representative may not contact a prospect or his/her parents in person, by telephone or in writing. Contact may not be made with a prospect or his/her parents on or off the Central Michigan University campus.

May I go talk to a prospective student-athlete before, after or on the sidelines at the prospect's athletics contest?
An athletics representative is allowed to attend and observe a prospective student-athlete's athletic contest, but may not make contact with the prospective student-athlete, his or her parents or coaches during such occasion.

Is this contact rule applicable to "established family friends" or neighbors?
No. However, it must be understood that such contacts cannot be made for recruiting purposes and cannot be initiated or arranged by Central Michigan University coaching staff members. In addition, the established relationship between the booster and the prospect must have occurred prior to the friend or neighbor becoming a prospect.

Is it permissible for an athletic representative to telephone a prospect once the prospect has committed to or signed a National Letter of Intent and congratulate them?
No. Even if the purpose of the call is only to congratulate the prospect, he/she is still a prospect and the same contact rules apply after committing or signing that applied before. Do not contact a prospect without first checking with the Compliance Office, unless the prospect is a relative.

During recruitment, or prior to an individual's enrollment, can an athletic representative be involved directly or indirectly in making arrangements for a prospect, the prospect's relative, or friends to receive money, financial aid, or equivalent inducements?
No. Furthermore, it would not be permissible to make such arrangements for current student-athletes at Central Michigan University.

What are considered other types of inducements that are prohibited for prospects, their relatives or friends?
Other types of inducements that are prohibited include, but are not limited to the following: cash or loans; promise of employment after college education; special discounts or payment arrangements on loans; employment or relatives or friends of prospects; arrangement for free or reduced charges for professional or personal services, purchases or charges; use of an automobile; providing transportation to and from summer job or any other site; co-signing a loan; the loan or gift of money or other tangible items (clothes, cars, jewelry, electronic/stereo equipment); free or reduced cost housing arrangements; entertainment costs on or off campus; educational expenses (typing costs, course supplies, use of copy machine); or registration for summer sports camps.

May I e-mail or post messages on a prospective student-athlete's MySpace, Facebook or similar web site and try to convince him or her to attend the Central Michigan University?
An athletics representative may not e-mail or post messages on the webpage or website of any prospective student-athlete.


Agents

12.02.1 Agent
An agent is any individual who, directly or indirectly:
(a) Represents or attempts to represent an individual for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability for financial gain; or
(b) Seeks to obtain any type of financial gain or benefit from securing a prospective student-athlete's enrollment at an educational institution or from a student-athlete's potential earnings as a professional athlete.

Am I allowed to have contact with an agent?
YES! The NCAA does not prohibit contact between a student-athlete and an agent as long as the student-athlete and his family and friends do not have an agreement for representation with the agent and do not receive any benefits from that agent or any of the agent's representatives. (Benefits: meals, transportation, housing, etc.)

Am I allowed to have any type of agreement with an agent?
NO! You are not permitted to have a written or oral agreement with an agent or anyone who is employed by or acting on behalf of an agent or sports agency (i.e., "runner").

Is an agent allowed to contact teams on my behalf to arrange private workouts or tryouts prior to exhausting eligibility?
NO! You cannot have an agent arrange a private workout/tryout with an NFL team.

Can my family members or other individuals who are associated with me as a result of playing football (e.g., high school coach, summer football coach, etc.) have an agreement with an agent to perform services on my behalf?
NO! Family members and other individuals are not permitted to enter into any agreements with an agent on your behalf.

Am I allowed to have an agreement with an agent if it is for future representation?
NO! You are not permitted to agree to a future representation agreement with an agent.

Is an agent allowed to provide me any benefits?
NO!You, your family or your friends are not permitted to receive any benefits from an agent. Examples of material benefits include money, transportation, dinner, clothes, cell phones, jewelry, etc. Please note that benefits may also include activities such as arranging a tryout with a professional team and coordinating tryout schedules.

Am I permitted to have an advisor during this process?
YES! Provided the advisor does not market you to NBA teams, you permitted to have an advisor during this process. However, it is not permissible for the advisor to contact teams on your behalf to arrange private workouts or tryouts. (Note: If you receive assistance from an advisor, you must pay for their services, and cannot receive them cost-free.)

May a sports agent or booster play a role in securing a loan to pay for disability insurance?
NO! Do not allow a third party (including a sports agent or a booster) to be involved in any arrangement for securing a loan to pay for disability insurance.

Can an institution cancel my athletics scholarship if I have an agreement with an agent?
YES! An institution is permitted to rescind your athletics scholarship if you have an agreement with an agent.

May a trainer, agent, runner, or advisor utilize your name/likeness to promote their business?
NO! Allowing a business or company to utilize your name or likeness to promote a business jeopardizes your amateur status along with your eligibility.

Amateur Status
An individual loses amateur status and thus shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if the individual:

(a) Uses his or her athletics skill (directly or indirectly) for pay in any form in that sport;
(b) Accepts a promise of pay even if such pay is to be received following completion of intercollegiate athletics participation;
(c) Signs a contract or commitment of any kind to play professional athletics, regardless of its legal enforceability or any consideration received;
(d) Receives, directly or indirectly, a salary, reimbursement of expenses or any other form of financial assistance from a professional sports organization based on athletics skill or participation, except as permitted by NCAA rules and regulations;
(e) Competes on any professional athletics team, even if no pay or remuneration for expenses was received;
(f) After initial full-time collegiate enrollment, enters into a professional draft; or
(g) Enters into an agreement with an agent.

Trainers
You may hire a trainer, but you must pay the going-rate for his/her services. Please note, you may be rendered ineligible if you accept their services cost-free.

12.3.1 General Rule
An individual shall be ineligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport if he or she ever has agreed (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation in that sport. Further, an agency contract not specifically limited in writing to a sport or particular sports shall be deemed applicable to all sports, and the individual shall be ineligible to participate in any sport.

12.3.1.1 Representation for Future Negotiations
An individual shall be ineligible he or she enters into a verbal or written agreement with an agent for representation in future professional sports negotiations that are to take place after the individual has completed his or her eligibility in that sport.

12.3.1.2 Benefits from Prospective Agents
An individual shall be ineligible if he or she (or his or her relatives or friends) accepts transportation or other benefits from:
(a) Any person who represents any individual in the marketing of his or her athletics ability. The receipt of such expenses constitutes compensation based on athletics skill and is an extra benefit not available to the student body in general; or
(b) An agent, even if the agent has indicated that he or she has no interest in representing the student-athlete in the marketing of his or her athletics ability or reputation and does not represent individuals in the student-athlete's sport.

Key Points to Remember
You will lose your eligibility IF:

  1. You agree orally or in writing to be represented by an agent or any individual acting on behalf of the agent (e.g., runner).

  2. You accept any benefits from an agent, a prospective agent or any individual acting on behalf of the agent (e.g., runner).

  3. Any family member agrees orally or in writing for you to be represented by an agent.

  4. Any family member accepts any benefits from an agent or an individual acting on behalf of an agent.

  5. You tryout with a professional team during the academic year and miss class.



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Rachel Blunt
Associate AD for Institutional Support Services
 (989) 774-1294  blunt2r@cmich.edu
Jacob Owen
Director of Compliance
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Meredith Moore
Compliance Intern
 (989) 774-1294 athlcompliance@cmich.edu
Ryan Allen
Assistant Director of Institutional Services
 (989) 774-2103 allen1r@cmich.edu
Sue King
Senior Office Specialist
 (989) 774-3187 king1js@cmich.edu

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