Regulations on Amateurism

Only an amateur student-athlete is eligible for intercollegiate athletic participation in a particular sport. A student-athlete loses amateur status and shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if he or she:

  • is paid (in any form) or accepts the promise of pay for participation in an athletic contest
  • signs a contract or verbally commits with an agent or a professional sports organization
  • requests that his or her name be placed on a draft list or otherwise agrees to negotiate with a professional sports organization (EXCEPTION: A student-athlete in the sport of basketball may enter a professional league's draft one time during his or her collegiate career without jeopardizing eligibility in that sport, provided the student-athlete declares his or her intention to resume intercollegiate participation within 30 days after the draft. The student-athlete's declaration of intent shall be in writing to the institution's director of athletics.)
  • uses his or her athletic skill directly or indirectly for pay in any form (TV commercials, skills demonstrations)
  • plays on a professional athletic team
  • participates on an amateur sports team and receives, directly or indirectly, any salary, incentive payment, award, gratuity, educational expenses or expense allowances (other than playing apparel, equipment, actual and necessary travel, and room
  • and board expenses for practice and games)

To avoid the risk of jeopardizing his or her current or future eligibility, a student-athlete should always check with the assistant athletic director for compliance and/or his or her coach prior to participating in any contest in which awards or prizes are to be given and/or before beginning any employment related to his or her sport or sport skills.