At Fordham University, we recognize that our boosters are strong
supporters of our athletics teams and wish to assist us in as many ways
as possible. However, NCAA legislation mandates that boosters not be
involved in any aspect of the recruiting process. The areas that are
restricted include all of the following listed below and apply to the
prospect, prospect's parents/legal guardian(s) and relatives.
Any gifts (e.g., clothing, special discounts, tickets to
events, loans ,or arrangement of loans or any other items) to prospects
or their relatives are prohibited. Providing transportation for a
prospect, prospect's relatives, or friends is strictly prohibited.
A booster may not pick up transcripts, film, or any other
information pertaining to the prospect's ability. Boosters may observe a
prospect's athletics contest, but may have no contact with the prospect
or their relatives, coach, principal, or counselor.
Before the completion of a prospect's senior year in high
school, any such employment by or arranged through a booster is
prohibited. Upon graduation a prospect can be employed as long as the
compensation is for work actually performed and at the rate commensurate
with experience (provided that they have signed the National Letter of
Intent and the Compliance Office is aware of the employment).
As an athletics representative, it is permissible to continue
established friendships with families who have prospects or enrolled
student-athletes (e.g., backyard barbecues, picnics). You simply cannot
encourage a prospect's participation in Fordham athletics or provide
benefits to a student-athlete.
Things Boosters MAY do:
Boosters who are established friends or neighbors of a
prospect may have contact with the recruit as long as they do not try to
recruit the prospect on behalf of an institution and such contacts are
not made at the direction of an institution's coaching staff.
A booster may have contact with a recruit
to discuss summer job arrangements only after the recruit has signed a
National Letter of Intent or an institution's written offer of financial
aid and/or admission.
A booster may have incidental contact with a
prospect (e.g., not prearranged by the athletics department) as long
as no recruitment occurs. Any contact made at the prospect's practice or
game is not considered incidental and is prohibited.
A booster may speak to a prospect by
telephone only if the prospect initiates the conversation and the call
is not for recruiting purposes. A prospect's questions about athletics
must be referred to the athletics department.
A booster may view a prospect's athletics contest on his or her own initiative, but the booster still cannot have contact with the prospect.
Things Boosters MAY NOT do:
A booster may not have face-to-face contact
with prospects or their parents, legal guardian(s), or relatives to
encourage them to enroll at an institution.
A booster may not telephone or write to
prospects or their parents, legal guardians(s), or relatives to encourage
them to enroll at an institution.
A booster may not pick up films or transcripts relating to a prospect at the recruit's high school or junior college.
A booster may not contact a prospect's counselor, principal, or coach in an attempt to evaluate the recruit.
Special Note Regarding Team Banquets/Gatherings for Alumni:
Team banquets/gatherings (e.g., a preseason kickoff alumni
dinner or alumni day) involving student athletes, alumni, head coaches,
and administrators are permissible, provided the following is in place:
- Where alcohol is served, access to and consumption of alcohol shall be strictly prohibited for student-athletes.
- Attendance is restricted for prospective student-athletes on official visits to the University.