Each head coach is issued an NCAA manual and must take responsibility for compliance issues related to his/her staff and student-athletes. The manual should be studied thoroughly.
Coaches are encouraged to ask questions of the Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance, Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance, or Director of Athletics. If the Faculty Athletics Representative is to be involved in policy questions, it should be done through those listed above, not through a coach. In general, when in doubt, coaches and staff should check before acting.
It is department policy to adhere to all applicable rules and regulations.Compliance is the responsibility of the entire athletics department, as well as all individuals and organizations that promote athletics at UMass.
Rules Education Program
Requesting Rules Interpretations
Reporting Potential Violations
NCAA Eligibility Center
National Letter of Intent
Certification of Competitive Eligibility
Playing & Practice Season
Student-Athlete Seasons of Competition
- Guidelines Regarding a Student-Athlete's Seasons of Competition
- Recording of Student-Athlete Participation
- Guidelines for Medical Hardship Waiver Requests
- Outside Competition - student-athletes must receive approval from the Compliance Services Office prior to participating in competition as a member of an outside sports team or as an individual. Pending CSO approval, student-athletes in all sports (except football) may compete in non-collegiate amateur competition during select time periods (e.g., summer break, official UMass vacation periods when team it out-of-season).
NCAA regulations permit a UMass coach or staff member to provide a student-athlete or an entire team with an occasional meal (and transportation to attend the meal) at any location in the Amherst area (e.g., home, campus, restaurant).
A UMass booster (or representative of athletics interests) may also provide a meal on infrequent and special occasions, but these meals must take place at the individual's home, on campus or at a facility that is regularly used for home competition. Boosters may provide transportation to the meal only if it takes place at their home.
UMass regulations limit occasional meals to once per month per student-athlete.
All occasional meals must be preapproved by the Compliance Services Office.
NCAA rules prohibit all student-athletes, coaches, and staff from wagering on any intercollegiate and professional sport, at any level, that is sponsored by the NCAA. This ban also applies to pools or fantasy leagues in which an entry fee is required and there is an opportunity to win a prize or money.
The NCAA strictly prohibits student-athletes, coaches and staff from engaging in the following activities:
- Soliciting a bet on any intercollegiate or professional team.
- Accepting a bet on any team representing the institution.
- Soliciting or accepting a bet on any intercollegiate or professional competition for any item (e.g., cash, shirt, dinner) that has tangible value.
- Participating in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling, including pools, auctions and fantasy leagues.
- Knowingly providing information to individuals involved in any type of organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition.