Golden Grizzlies Compliance
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Boosters, Alumni & Fans

In this section, you will find answers to some of the most frequently-asked questions about compliance for “representatives of athletics interests”, commonly known as “boosters”. You are considered a booster if you:
  • Have participated in or are a member of an agency or organization that promotes Oakland's athletics programs;
  • Make a financial contribution to Oakland University athletics or its booster organizations (or are a member of these organizations);
  • Assist in the recruitment of prospects for Oakland;
  • Provide benefits (e.g., jobs, occasional meals) to enrolled student-athletes;
  • Have purchased season tickets for any Oakland athletics program; or
  • Have otherwise promoted Oakland's athletics programs.
Once you become a booster, you retain that identity forever. As a booster, you are responsible for knowing the NCAA, Horizon League and Oakland rules that apply to you, and Oakland University is held accountable for your actions. Please use this website as a basic guide to what you need to know, but if you ever have a question about the rules or regulations, please contact the Athletics Compliance Office. Answers to the questions on this site appear when you click on the question.

Thank you for your support and Go Golden Grizzlies!
Common
Questions
As a Golden Grizzlies booster, it seems like there are a lot of things I can't do...what CAN I do?

 If you know of a high school or other prospective student-athlete who might want to attend Oakland, the only permissible activity for a booster is to notify the appropriate coach. Let our coaches take it from there!

Your attendance at Oakland events, donations through our Athletic Development Office, and your support in helping Oakland University follow NCAA rules are all encouraged and appreciated. If you ever have questions about NCAA, Horizon League, or institutional rules, what they mean, or what you need to know, never hesitate to contact the Athletics Compliance Office directly.


What is an "extra benefit"?

An extra benefit is any special arrangement to provide a student-athlete or their relatives or friends with a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Such benefits include, but are not limited to: the provision of any transportation, meals, clothes, entertainment, preferential loan terms, wages not commensurate with duties, or other benefits which are unavailable to the general student population (unrelated to athletics ability).


Who is a “prospective student-athlete” (“prospect”)?

A prospective student-athlete ("prospect") is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. Additionally, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual's relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally.


How long is a “prospective student-athlete” considered a “prospect”?

A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after signing a National Letter of Intent to attend Oakland University.
(Please consult this guide for answers to common questions surrounding the NLI) Consequently, both Oakland and the prospective student-athlete continue to be governed by NCAA recruiting rules until:

a. the individual officially registers and enrolls in a minimum full-time program of studies and attends classes in any term of a four-year collegiate institution's regular academic year (excluding summer);
b. the individual participates in a regular squad practice or competition at a four-year collegiate institution that occurs before the beginning of any term; or
c. the individual officially registers and enrolls and attends classes during the summer prior to initial enrollment.


What can an athletics representative do with “prospects”?

An athletics representative may attend a prospective student-athlete's athletics contest (i.e., high school or two-year college) on his or her own initiative. However, it should be understood that the athletics representative may not have contact with the prospect (or his or her family members) on such occasions. If you are ever put in a position where a prospect, or their parents, begin raising questions about Oakland Athletics, please explain that NCAA rules prohibit you from discussing athletics with them. Please direct their inquiries to the Oakland Athletics Department.
  • You may continue established family relationships with friends and neighbors. Contacts with sons and daughters of those families are permitted as long as they are not made for recruiting purposes and are not prompted by Oakland coaching staff members. You are permitted to engage in your normal activities with prospects and their parents who are family friends.
  • Feel free to attend a public event (i.e. awards dinner) at which prospects are in attendance. No attempt should be made to contact or recruit the prospect at these events.
Please note that it would be permissible for you to notify Oakland coaching staff members regarding any prospective student-athletes you know about.


May I have contact with prospects?

No.
  • Contact with prospective student-athletes for recruiting purposes is prohibited. Contact includes emails, phone calls, letters, face-to-face contact, and social media websites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
  • You may not have contact with a prospect's coach, principal, or counselor in an attempt to evaluate the prospect.

What can I do for current Oakland athletes?
  • Feel free to reach out to the Athletics Department or Athletics Compliance office if you are interested in supporting our student-athletes. As a representative of athletics interests, you are allowed to provide a student-athlete or an entire team with an occasional meal. You will need to contact the Athletics Compliance Office, however, before you provide the meal at your home.
  • You may pay student-athletes who are employed by you for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate for similar services in the community and your business. Student-athletes are required to complete paperwork before beginning employment.
  • You may and are encouraged to notify the head coaches or the athletic department of job possibilities for student-athletes.
Occasional
Meals
It is permissible for an Oakland fan, alumni, or booster to host an occasional meal in their home for a current student athlete. Boosters must contact the head coach of the appropriate team and the meal must be approved by the Athletic Compliance Office PRIOR to hosting any student-athletes in your home.

NCAA Bylaw 16.11.1.5 - Occasional meals

  • It is NOT PERMISSIBLE for the meal to take place in a restaurant.
  • The meal MUST take place in the home of the Oakland alumni, fan, booster, etc.
  • It is permissible to cater the meal, provided it is at the home of the Oakland alumni, fan, booster, etc.
  • It is permissible to provide reasonable local transportation to the student athlete receiving the meal (i.e. no limousines, specially-rented automobiles, etc.)
Donation &
Appearance Requests
Please contact the Athletics Compliance Office with questions about NCAA rules as they pertain to donation or appearance requests, or to request that an athletics department staff member or student-athlete make an appearance at your event.

NCAA Bylaw 13.15 - Precollege expenses
An institution shall not directly or indirectly offer, provide or arrange financial assistance, directly or indirectly, to pay (in whole or in part) the costs of a prospective student-athlete's educational or other expenses for any period prior to his or her enrollment.

Permissible

In sports other than men's basketball, it is permissible for a coach or representative of its athletics interests to contribute to an organization that may consist in part of prospect-aged individuals (e.g., YMCA, Boys and Girls Club), provided the assistance is not earmarked for a particular prospective student-athlete, is not earmarked for the purpose of contributing to a boys' basketball program, and is offered in conjunction with the organization's regular fundraising efforts.

An institution may contribute to a local charity fundraiser (e.g., to assist in covering medical expenses for a local resident) under the following circumstances:
  • No benefits may be provided directly to prospective student-athletes (e.g., anyone who is in the ninth grade and above);
  • The institution is not recruiting any prospect-aged individuals in the recipient's immediate family;
  • The institution may make donations only to a bona fide trust fund that is established for such fund-raising purposes;
  • The recipient resides in the institution's state or within a 100 mile radius of the institution's campus if outside the state.
Not Permissible
  • Donation of items to high school, prep school, two-year college groups or individuals to assist in raising money for its programs;
  • An athletics department staff member (e.g. coaching staff member) may not provide any financial contributions to a high school, prep school, or two-year college athletics program through participation in a funding-raising event;
  • An institution may not sponsor a table, provide memorabilia, or provide institutional support in conjunction with a banquet or other function that will directly or indirectly benefit prospects.
NCAA Bylaw 13.1.9 - Banquets, Meetings and NCAA Promotions

Banquet/Meeting at a Prospect's Educational Institution
  • Not permitted during a "Dead Period" in that sport's recruiting calendar
  • Banquet or meeting must be initiated or conducted by the educational institution
  • A coach is not permitted to make a recruiting presentation in conjunction with the appearance
  • A coach may not have any direct contact with any prospects (or prospect's parents/legal guardians) in attendance
  • A coach may not engage in any evaluation activities
Banquet/Meeting at a location other than a Prospect's Educational Institution
  • Not permitted during a "Dead Period" in that sport's recruiting calendar
  • Banquet or meeting must be initiated and conducted by an entity other than the coach's institution
  • A coach is not permitted to make a recruiting presentation in conjunction with the appearance
  • A coach may not have any direct contact with any prospects (or prospect's parents/legal guardians) in attendance
  • A coach may not engage in any evaluation activities