Who is considered a representative of UMass athletics interests (booster)?
Once an individual has been identified as a representative of UMass athletics interests (booster), he/she retains this identity forever, even if the individual discontinues contributions or involvement with the athletic programs. The University of Massachusetts is ultimately responsible for the acts of all boosters in relation to NCAA rules and regulations.
Preexisting Relationship with a Current or Prospective Student-Athlete
Boosters are prohibited from providing any type of benefit to a current or prospective student-athlete. NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199.6 prohibits preferential treatment, benefits or services because of the individual's athletics reputation or skill or pay-back potential as a professional athlete, unless such treatment, benefits or services are specifically permitted under NCAA legislation.
The only exception to this rule is if there is a clear preexisting relationship between the booster and the student-athlete. The NCAA membership services staff reviewed the application of NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52.6 as it relates to factual situations in which an individual (student-athlete or prospective student-athlete) has received benefits prior to collegiate enrollment from someone other than a family member or legal guardian, and agreed that the following objective guidelines generally should be used in determining whether such benefits are contrary to the legislation:
The subcommittee, however, noted that the origin and duration of a relationship and the consistency of benefits provided during the relationship are key factors in determining whether the benefits provided are contrary to the spirit and intent of Bylaw 184.108.40.206.6. The subcommittee determined that prior to initial full-time collegiate enrollment, a prospective student-athlete may receive normal and reasonable living expenses from an individual with whom the student-athlete has an established relationship (e.g., high-school coach, non-scholastic athletics team coach, family of a teammate), even if the relationship developed as a result of athletics participation, provided:
The subcommittee noted that the above mentioned interpretation does not apply to individuals who have no logical ties to the prospect. It also noted that a current student-athlete who, prior to initial collegiate enrollment, has been receiving normal and reasonable living expenses from an individual with whom he or she has an established relationship may continue to receive occasional benefits (e.g., meals during campus visits, reasonable entertainment) from an individual or family with whom the student-athlete has an established relationship. Such expenses may not include educational expenses associated with a grant-in-aid (i.e., tuition and fees, room and board, and required course-related books).
Please contact the UMass Athletic Compliance Office PRIOR to providing a benefit of any kind to a current or prospective student-athlete, and for questions regarding the above information.
Use of Student-Athlete's Name, Picture, or Likeness Prohibited
NCAA rules prohibit the use of a student-athletes name, picture, or likeness to be used in the promotion of any business (such as advertisements) or to appear on any commercial items such as t-shirts. The use of a UMass student-athlete's name, picture, or likeness in any commercial venture jeopardizes the eligibility of the student-athlete's eligibility. Please help us comply with NCAA rules and refrain from using the name, picture, of likeness of a UMass student-athlete in any advertising or on any commercial items.
NCAA Bylaw 220.127.116.11 Advertisements and Promotions After Becoming a Student-Athlete.
NCAA Bylaw 18.104.22.168 Use of a Student-Athlete's Name or Picture without Knowledge or Permission.