The University of Massachusetts has set forth policies and procedures for the Athlete-Agent and Advisor Program, including the process by which athlete-agents and advisors register with the UMass Compliance Office and contact and arrange meetings with student-athletes and/or their families. The purpose of this program is to enable the Compliance Office to effectively monitor the status of athlete-agents and advisors who wish to contact student-athletes and the process by which they do so.
1. To ensure compliance for all involved individuals and entities with applicable NCAA rules (including bylaw 12.3);
2. To provide athlete-agents, advisors, and student-athletes and their families with guidelines to follow to ensure that the eligibility of student-athletes is not jeopardized; and
3. To assist UMass student-athletes and the athlete-agents and advisors who seek to represent them
Applicability: This policy applies to all UMass student-athletes and all athlete-agents and advisors who wish to contact UMass student-athletes or their families.
Required UMass Compliance Office Forms and Documents:
1. Athlete-Agent Registration; and
2. Request to Contact
12.3 USE OF AGENTS
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.
126.96.36.199 Representation for Future Negotiations. An individual shall be ineligible per Bylaw 12.3.1 if 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.
188.8.131.52 Benefits from Prospective Agents. An individual shall be ineligible per Bylaw 12.3.1 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.
*Not intended to be exhaustive; involved parties should familiarize themselves with relevant and applicable NCAA bylaws.