UAB Booster Guide
UAB Booster Brochure
NCAA Booster Regulations
UAB, a member of Conference USA and the NCAA, is responsible for
that its various constituencies (University staff and faculty, alumni
friends) abide by NCAA rules and regulations.
This brochure is a quick reference guide to NCAA rules and regulations.
This guide will give our alumni and friends a basic understanding of the
rules and regulations that they should know as people who care about
intercollegiate athletics. The brochure will provide answers to some of
common situations they may encounter. Since it cannot address every
applicable situation, please contact the athletics department if you
any questions before having contact with a prospective or enrolled
AM I A "REPRESENTATIVE OF ATHLETIC INTERESTS" OR "BOOSTER"?
Yes, if you
- have ever participated in or are currently a member of any of the
athletic department booster groups.
- have ever made a donation to the UAB men's or women's athletic program.
- have ever helped to arrange or have provided summer employment for
- have ever contacted a high school student, grades 9-12, for the purpose
encouraging this student to participate in the UAB athletic program.
- have ever been involved in promoting UAB's athletic program in any way.
Once an individual has been identified as a booster, he/she retains this
WHO IS A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETE?
A prospective student-athlete ("prospect") is a student who has started
classes for the ninth grade. It is possible under certain circumstances
a younger athlete to be a prospect, so it is recommended that you treat
athletes as prospects. A prospect does not lose his/her prospective
student-athlete status until the start of classes at UAB or the
of official team practice immediately prior to the start of classes.
IMPORTANT RULES YOU SHOULD KNOW
Only coaches and athletic department staff members can be involved in
recruiting process. Alumni, friends and other "representatives of
interests" who are not employed by the University are prohibited from
contacting a prospective student-
athlete (or members of the prospect's family or coach) by letter,
or in-person (on- of off-campus) for the purpose of soliciting
participation in the UAB athletic program. If you know a coach is
entertaining one or more prospects at an event on the UAB campus, please
not approach the coach while the prospects are present.
UAB athletic representatives may not provide an "extra benefit" to a
prospect OR to an enrolled student-athlete. Specific applications as
apply to the NCAA extra benefit rule to prospects and enrolled
student-athletes, their relatives or friends state that you:
- May not give them cash or loans in any amount.
- May not sign or co-sign a note with an outside agency to arrange a loan.
- May not employ relatives or friends of a prospect as an inducement for the enrollment of the prospect at UAB.
- May not give them gifts of any kind (e.g., birthday, Christmas) or free services (e.g., clothing, airline tickets, meals in restaurants, car repair, hair cuts).
- May not provide special discounts for goods or services.
- May not provide use of an automobile.
- May not provide them hospitality in your home other than for special occasions (e.g., Thanksgiving, birthday).
- May not invite them to your summer home to go sailing, fishing, etc.
- May not provide them transportation within or outside of the campus area (e.g., from the airport to campus, from the campus to your home, to summer job).
- May not entertain or contact a prospect or prospect's family on or off-campus.
- May not provide rent-free or reduced-rent housing.
- May not provide a benefit connected with on- or off-campus housing (e.g., specialized recreational facilities, individual television sets or stereo equipment).
- May not provide tickets to an athletic, institutional or community event.
- May not provide guarantee of a bond.
- May not provide promise of financial aid for post-graduate education.
- May not provide promise to a prospect of employment after college
You may assist the coaching staff in the recruiting process by notifying
them of any student you think would be a strong addition to the
and to the athletic program. The coach can then make the appropriate
contact with the prospect.
As an athletic representative, you are not precluded from continuing
friendships with families who have prospective or enrolled
(e.g. backyard barbeques, picnics). You simply cannot encourage a
prospect's participation in the UAB athletic program or provide extra
benefits to the student-athlete that you were not providing before he or
she became a prospect or enrolled student-athlete.
You may not invite selected junior high school, senior high school or
junior college student-athletes to alumni events. NCAA rules prohibit
contact between alumni and friends at both on-campus and off-campus
You may not provide employment to a prospective or currently enrolled
student-athlete without checking first with the UAB Athletic Department.
The athletic department is permitted to arrange employment for
student-athletes in the summer prior to their enrollment as freshmen.
rules permit a student-athlete to earn legitimate on- and off-campus
during semester or term time, provided such income in combination with
other financial aid included in the student-athlete's individual limit
not exceed the student's cost of attendance at the institution,
- The student-athlete has spent one academic year in residence at UAB
- The student-athlete is eligible academically to compete for UAB
Further, NCAA rules require a student-athlete prior to commencement for
employment to sign an affidavit to be kept on file in the athletics
department, which specifies:
- The student-athlete has not been hired based on his or her
ability or the value that the student-athlete may have for the employer
because of the athletic reputation or fame the student-athlete has
- The student-athlete is to be compensated only for work actually
- The student-athlete is to be compensated at a rate commensurate
with the going rate in that locality for similar services.
You may not use the name or picture of an enrolled student-athlete to
directly advertise, recommend, or promote the sale or use of a
product of any kind. Such use will render the student-athlete
Do not do anything for prospective or enrolled student-athletes without
specific authorization from the UAB Athletic Department.
If you have knowledge of any improprieties, intentional or
please let the Athletic Department know immediately so that we can take
UAB is proud to have the loyal support of and the continued interest in
athletic programs by our alumni and friends. As we strive for
we must always seek the highest standard of ethical conduct. With your
assistance and cooperation, we believe we can accomplish both goals.
WHOM DO I CONTACT?
Please direct any questions about contact with a prospective or enrolled
UAB Athletic Compliance Office
East Tower, Bartow Arena
Birmingham, AL 35294-1160