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«NCAA COMPLIANCE INFORMATION Every student-athlete is subject to NCAA, Southern Conference and Samford University rules and requirements that can ...»

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Every student-athlete is subject to NCAA, Southern Conference and Samford University rules and requirements that can

affect your collegiate eligibility. These policies, some of which are outlined in this section, may change on a yearly basis.

The Athletic Department’s Compliance Staff will meet with you once each year to discuss NCAA rules and regulations. It is

your responsibility to be knowledgeable of the rules and regulations.

Samford University is charged with the following rules and regulations set forth by the NCAA and the Southern Conference.

Specifically, the NCAA constitution provides that each institution shall be responsible for:

• Controlling its intercollegiate athletics program in compliance with NCAA rules and regulations;

• Monitoring its programs to ensure compliance, identifying and reporting to the NCAA instances in which compliance has not been achieved, and taking appropriate corrective measures;

• Ensuring that members of the institution’s staff, student-athletes, and other individuals or groups representing the institution’s athletics interests comply with all applicable NCAA rules.

All individuals associated with the Athletic Department (coaches, staff, student-athletes, boosters, etc.) are expected to act with honesty and sportsmanship at all times. Unethical conduct is a serious charge and can be cited for a number of reasons, not limited to the following: refusal to furnish information relevant to a possible NCAA violation, knowingly arranging for fraudulent academic credit for a prospective or enrolled student-athlete, knowingly providing a prospect or enrolled studentathlete with extra benefits, or knowingly furnishing false or misleading information during an NCAA investigation.


The easiest way to avoid an NCAA rules violation is to ask a coach or staff member BEFORE you enter into any situation or accept any sort of potential benefit. Involvement in a rules violation can have serious effects on your eligibility to practice, compete, or receive athletic scholarship aid. Protect yourself and your team by talking to your coaches, sport administrator, or Compliance staff members whenever a question arises.


AGENTS Student-athletes with eligibility remaining may engage in limited activities related to a potential professional athletic career.

For more information see a member of the Compliance Staff for a copy of the NCAA’s Guide to a Career in Professional Athletics.

The following are examples of activities that will not jeopardize a student-athlete’s eligibility:

• you may request information from a professional team or organization about your professional market value;

• you or your parents or legal guardians, may negotiate with a professional team;

• you MAY secure advice from an attorney or third party concerning a proposed professional contract, provided the attorney or the third party does not represent you in negotiations for that contract. An attorney may not be present during discussions of a contract offer with a professional team, nor may the attorney have direct contact (in person, by telephone, by regular mail or email) with the professional sports organization (this would be considered representation). You are required to pay such an individual at their normal rate.

Student-athletes may jeopardize their eligibility if they engage in any of the following activities.

• You may NOT agree (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing your athletics ability or reputation in that sport.

• You may NOT agree (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent until after your eligibility has ended, including your team’s post-season competition.

• You, your relatives, or your friends, may NOT accept benefits from an agent, financial advisor, runner or any other person associated with an agency business. These benefits include (but are not limited to) transportation, money and gifts, regardless of the value of the benefit or whether it is used.

• You may NOT retain professional services (legal advice) for personal reasons at less than the normal charge.

• You may NOT try out with a professional team in a sport or permit a professional team to conduct medical examinations during the academic year (including vacation periods) while you are enrolled as a regular full-time student.

AMATEURISM You are not eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics if you have ever taken pay, or promise of pay, for competing in that sport, agreed to participate in professional athletics in that sport, played on any professional athletics team, or used your athletics skill in any form in that sport.

The NCAA revised the rules regarding pre-enrollment activities after August1, 2002. If you have questions about any of your activities prior to enrolling at Samford please see the Compliance Staff.


Various local, regional and national organizations often recognize student-athletes for their athletic, academic, or other achievements. Before accepting any award, please check with the Compliance Staff to see what you may accept in conjunction with the award. This is particularly important if the awarding organization wants you to travel to a ceremony to accept the award and pay for your travel expenses. The NCAA regulates what sort of expenses you may receive, and accepting excess expenses may threaten your eligibility.


The NCAA prohibits student-athletes from owning and operating their own camps or clinics. However, student-athletes are often asked to participate in camps and clinics in a variety of ways. It is not permissible for a student-athlete to receive compensation just for appearing, lecturing or demonstrating at a camp or clinic. Additionally, student-athletes need to be cautious about lending their names and/or images to help promote a camp or clinic. Should you wish to assist with any nonSU camp or clinic, please contact the Compliance Staff to verify whether or not it is permissible activity before agreeing to be involved in the camp or clinic.


The NCAA rules restrict the type of promotional appearances that student-athletes may make throughout the year. Requests for appearances form outside the Athletic Department require PRIOR written approval from the Athletic Director.

Coaches and staff may coordinate your participation in promotional or charitable activities on behalf of the Athletic Department. Approval for these activities is granted through a blanket waiver signed by student-athletes prior to the start of team activities.

However, you may be asked to participate in a promotional or charitable activity from someone outside of the Athletic Department. Should this type of situation arise, please contact the Compliance Staff immediately to obtain the necessary approval. It is an NCAA violation to participate in such activities without prior approval and could jeopardize your

eligibility. Below are a few common examples of requests that a student-athletes receive:

- A booster asks a student-athlete to donate a private lesson as an auction item for a school fundraiser;

- A former teammate is conducting a charitable clinic and asks some student-athletes to assist at the clinic;

- A local charity contacts a student-athlete to speak at a fundraising dinner.


NCAA rules prohibit the use of an enrolled student-athlete’s name or picture to endorse a commercial product or service. All requests for any commercial appearances in conjunction with an event or commercial product must be approved by the Compliance Staff. Modeling, appearances in commercial advertisements, or acting in movies or TV could be considered an amateurism issue and must receive prior approval. The penalty for violating this rule is loss of eligibility. Remember, seemingly harmless things such as posing for a calendar may be a violation.

A common problem for student-athletes is in the area of implied endorsements. Remember that if you demonstrate a product on behalf of a company, and/or provide a comment or interview about a product, service or company, you are jeopardizing your eligibility. Please be cautious about these types of circumstances and contact the Compliance Staff BEFORE engaging in any type of activity.


An extra benefit is any special arrangement by a Samford employee or a representative of Samford’s athletics interests (i.e., a booster) to provide you, your relatives, or your friends with any benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.

Receipt of a benefit is not an NCAA rules violation only if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to all Samford students, or if it is available to a particular segment of the student body on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.

Accepting an extra benefit or preferential treatment can have serious effects on your athletic eligibility. If you are ever in doubt about a gift, benefit, or service, ask your coach or a member of the Compliance staff.

GAMBLING In NCAA Bylaw 10.3, all forms of gambling by student-athletes, institutional coaches AND athletic department staff are prohibited. All student-athletes, coaches and athletic department staff are prohibited from soliciting or accepting a bet for money and/or non-monetary material items that have tangible value (e.g., shirt, dinner). Prohibited forms of gambling include, but are not limited to: pools, fantasy leagues, activities with a bookmaker, bets placed at a Sports Book, parlay cards, or other types of organized gambling.

This prohibition extends to all sports, both at the collegiate and professional levels, in which the NCAA conducts championship competition, Division 1-A football, and emerging sports.

As always, all student-athletes, coaches and staff have a collective responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with all NCAA and Southern Conference rules. If you have any questions about this rule or other regulations, please see a member of the Compliance staff.

The NCAA’s position on gambling:

“The NCAA opposes all forms of legal and illegal sports wagering. Sports wagering has the potential to undermine the integrity of sports contests, and jeopardize the welfare of student-athletes and the intercollegiate athletics community. Sports wagering demeans the competition and competitors alike by sending a message that is contrary to the purposes and meaning of “sport.” Sports competition should be appreciated for the inherent benefits related to participation of student-athletes, coaches, and institutions in fair contests, not the amount of money wagered on the outcome of the competition.”


Competition on an outside team is allowed only during the official vacations published in the University catalog. Always check with your head coach or the Compliance staff before you participate in an outside competition.

A. All sports other than basketball – You are not eligible in your sport for the remainder of the year and the next academic year if, during the academic year, you compete as a member of any outside team in non-collegiate, amateur competition.

B. Basketball only – You are not eligible if you have played in an organized, outside basketball competition after you became a candidate for or a member of an intercollegiate team or after you enrolled at an NCAA institution that recruited you to play basketball. It is only permissible to play on an NCAA-approved summer league team with prior approval from the athletic department.


In order to participate in varsity athletics at Samford, you must be certified as eligible under NCAA, Southern Conference, and Samford University rules and regulations. Eligibility certification must be completed prior to joining a team and taking part in any athletically-related activities. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the Compliance Staff.

All Student-Athletes must:

• Attend an orientation session with the Compliance Staff;

• Receive a copy of the Student-Athlete Handbook, including the NCAA Rules Summary and a list of banned substances;

• Sign a copy of the NCAA Student-Athlete Statement, NCAA Drug-Testing Consent Form; and Samford Eligibility Questionnaire;

• Meet the NCAA Progress-Toward Degree requirements (upperclassmen);

• Be certified by the NCAA Clearinghouse (freshmen only);

• Be registered for 12 credit hours;

• Pass a minimum of 6 credit hours during the previous semester of full-time enrollment.


NCAA rules require that all student-athletes be registered in 12 credit hours to be eligible for competition. The only exception to this rule is for seniors in their final semester, who may be enrolled in only the number of units they need to graduate. In this situation, you must have certification on file with the Compliance Office before you will be eligible for competition.

You also must be enrolled in 12 credit hours to be eligible for practice. The NCAA allows you to practice for five days at the beginning of the semester without being enrolled. Beginning with the sixth day, you must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours to be eligible for practice.


The NCAA requires ALL student-athletes to pass at least SIX credit hours each semester in order to be eligible for competition during the following semester. This requirement does carry over from year-to-year so, for example, spring semester academic performance determines eligibility for fall sports.


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