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Boosters, Fans & Alumni
Under NCAA rules, a Representative of Athletics Interests (also known as a "Booster") is any individual who:
Has made any type of contribution to the athletics department.
Joined a booster club or any sport specific support group.
Provided benefits to prospective or enrolled student-athletes, or their families.
Assisted, in any manner, in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes.
Participated as a varsity athlete at Duke University.
Is a parent or legal guardian of an enrolled student-athlete at Duke.
Promoted the athletics program in any way.
Note: Once someone is identified as a Booster they remain a booster for life.
A Representative of Athletics Interests/Booster is permitted to:
Notify our coaches about prospects in their area.
Attend high school or two-year college athletic contests or other events where prospects may compete, but cannot contact the prospect, the prospect's relatives or coach.
Continue existing friendships with families of prospects, but cannot attempt to recruit the prospect.
Engage in permissible pre-enrollment activities with a prospect such as summer employment, provided the prospect has already signed a National Letter of Intent.
Have a phone conversation with a prospect only if the call is initiated by the prospect and there is no recruiting conversation.
A Representative of Athletics Interests/Booster is not permitted to:
Prohibited from making in-person on- or off-campus recruiting contact with a prospective student-athlete and his or her parents and/or legal guardians.
Prohibited from writing or telephoning a PSA and his or her family members and/or legal guardians.
A representative is prohibited from contacting a PSA's coach, principal or counselor in an attempt to recruit or evaluate the prospect.
NCAA rules prohibit any student-athlete from receiving any "extra benefits." The NCAA considers any special discounts or arrangements given to student-athletes or their friends and family that was not available to the general student body or public to be an extra benefit, and could jeopardize the student-athlete's eligibility.
A Representative of Athletics Interests/Booster may not offer or provide any benefits to a prospect or the prospect's relatives or friends including:
Arrangement of employment for a prospect's relatives
Gifts of clothing or equipment
Cosigning of loans
Loans to relatives or friends
Cash or like items
Any tangible items, including merchandise
Free or reduced-cost services, rentals or purchases
Free or reduced-cost housing
Use of institution's athletics equipment
Sponsorship of, or arrangement for, an awards banquet for high school or two-year college athletes by an institution, its boosters or its alumni groups or booster clubs
The presentation of award to prospects for outstanding athletics accomplishments.
A Merchant may not offer or provide any benefits to a student athlete:
Discounts and Credits
Free or Reduced-Cost Services
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