All member institutions of the NCAA, including the University of South Carolina, are bound by the same bylaws. In order to remain in compliance and maintain a successful athletics department, boosters should be familiar with some of these guidelines.

The NCAA defines recruiting as "Any solicitation of a prospect or his/her family by an institutional staff member or a representative of athletics interests for the purpose of securing the prospect's enrollment and participation in the institution's athletics program." Some of the activities include but are not limited to:

  • Providing transportation to the prospect to visit the campus;
  • Entertaining the prospect in any way while on campus;
  • Initiating or arranging telephone contact with the prospect or his/her family on more than one occasion for the purpose of recruitment;
  • An arranged, off-campus encounter with a prospect or any members of their family for the purpose of recruitment;
  • Entertaining the family members of a prospect on campus;
  • Sending correspondence to a prospect, other than a generic letter that requests general information;
  • The arrangement of meals, housing, transportation or academic interviews during an unofficial visit.

Boosters should also be aware that a prospective student-athlete as defined by the NCAA is any person who has begun class for the ninth grade. A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after he or she has signed a National Letter of Intent or accepts an offer of financial aid to attend the University of South Carolina. The prospective student-athlete remains a prospect until they report for the first day of classes for the regular term (fall or spring).

Any special arrangement made by an institutional staff member or a booster that provides a student-athlete or the student-athlete's friend or family a benefit that is not expressly authorized by NCAA rules is an extra benefit. If a benefit is generally available to the institution's students or their relatives or friends, it is not considered to be an extra benefit.

Examples of extra benefits to student-athletes include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing free or reduced-cost entertainment services from commercial agencies;
  • Providing free or reduced-cost services (e.g. providing reduced-cost haircuts or tanning);
  • Providing free or reduced-cost housing;
  • Providing increased employment salary based on the student-athlete's athletics ability, reputation, or fame;
  • Paying a student-athlete compensation for work not actually performed;
  • Providing free or reduced-cost services, rentals, or purchases of any type;
  • Providing free or reduced-cost storage of personal belongings (e.g. reduced-cost summer storage);
  • Allowing a student-athlete the use of your automobile;
  • Providing financial arrangements (e.g. signing or co-signing a loan);
  • Providing a loan of money, gift, or use of credit card;
  • Inviting current student-athletes to tailgating parties before or after football games (or any other athletics event);
  • Providing student-athletes with free or reduced-cost products (e.g. free or reduced-cost meals at a restaurant).



For questions regarding NCAA compliance at the University of South Carolina, please call (803) 777-1519.

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