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FOR BOOSTERS, ALUMNI AND FANS 

The Kansas State University Athletic Department takes great pride in abiding by NCAA and Big 12 Conference rules and guidelines that govern Division I competition. For the benefit of the many alumni, fans and booster club members who are so active in supporting and assisting the Wildcats throughout the year, we would like to remind everyone of a few definitions and rules that apply to all athletic representatives and boosters

Things You Should Know

Common Questions

Donation and Appearance Requests

Occasional Meals

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW 

Information every K-State booster, alumnus, and fan should know about NCAA and Conference rules and regulations.

Are you a Representative of K-State's Athletic Interests (i.e., Booster)?

You are a representative of K-State's athletic interests, commonly referred to as a booster, if you meet any of the following conditions:

-You have participated in or you are a member of an agency or organization that promotes Kansas State Athletics;
-You have made financial contributions to the athletic department or to an athletic booster organization of Kansas State University;
-You have been involved in promoting K-State's athletic program;
-You have provided benefits (i.e., summer employment or occasional family meals) to enrolled student-athletes;
-You are the parent or legal guardian of an enrolled student-athlete;
-You have purchased or received tickets to a Kansas State athletics event.

It is important to note: Once deemed an athletic representative ('booster'), he or she retains that title indefinitely.

COMMON QUESTIONS FOR BOOSTERS 

As a Booster of Kansas State University, what can I do?

If you know of a high school or junior college student-athlete who might want to attend Kansas State, the only permissible activity for a representative is to call the appropriate K-State coach.

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 offered to a prospect or current student-athlete which is unavailable to the general student population.

Who is a 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 Kansas State University.  Consequently, both K-State and the prospective student-athlete continue to be governed by NCAA recruiting legislation 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 K-State Athletics, please explain that NCAA legislation prohibits you from discussing athletics with them. Please direct their inquiries to the K-State Athletic 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 K-State 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 K-State 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, MySpace). 

• 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 K-State athletes?

• As outlined below, feel free to invite a student-athlete to your home for an occasional meal.  However, before you provide the meal at your home, you must first complete the occasional meal request form, which can be found in the occasional meal section below.  Please complete the form and submit it to the K-State Compliance Office for approval.

How can I assist with summer employment?

• 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.

• You may and are encouraged to notify the head coaches or the athletic department of job possibilities for student-athletes.


**For more information regarding permissible and impermissible relations between boosters and student-athletes, please read the short education piece that is linked below.**

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DONATION AND APPEARANCE REQUESTS 

The following information outlines the K-State Athletics Department policy and procedure in regards to donation requests.  Please review the information listed below so that you are familiar with what can and cannot be provided with per NCAA rules.  Click on the PDF link to view what will and will not be provided at the discretion of each sport program with regard to Athletic Department policy. The donation request form is available below. 

If questions about NCAA rules as they pertain to donation requests, please contact the Compliance Services staff.  

NCAA Bylaw 13.15 - PRECOLLEGE EXPENSES
     - The institution shall not directly or indirectly provide or arrange financial assistance to pay the costs of a prospect's educational expenses prior to enrollment

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.

PERMISSIBLE
 - In sports other than men's basketball, it is permissible for a member institution's coach or representative of its athletics itnerests 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 charit 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 member institution's state or within a 100 mile radius of the member institution's campus if outside the state.


These forms should be completed if you wish to have a member of the K-State Athletics Department present at your event.  This form should be submitted directly to the office of the requested individual.  The form will then be forwarded to the Compliance Services Office for approval based on NCAA bylaws only.  It is at the discretion of the requested individual whether or not they will attend the engagement.  Please submit this form well in advance of the date of your event so that proper direction and approval can be provided.

NCAA Bylaw 13.1.9 - BANQUETS, MEETINGS and NCAA PROMOTIONS

• Banquet/Meeting at Prospect's Educational Institution
     - NOT PERMISSIBLE during a Dead Period
     - Banquet or meeting must be initiated or conducted by the educational institution
     - Coach is NOT PERMITTED to make a recruiting presentation in conjunction with the appearance
     - Coach MAY NOT have any direct contact with any prospects (or prospect's parents/legal guardians) in attendance
     - Coach MAY NOT engage in any evaluation activities

• Banquet/Meeting at Location other than Prospect's Educational Institution
     - NOT PERMISSIBLE during a Dead Period
     - Banquet or meeting must be initiated and conducted by an entity other than the coach's institution
     - Coach is NOT PERMITTED to make a recruiting presentation in conjunction with the appearance
     - Coach MAY NOT have any direct contact with any prospects (or prospect's parents/legal guardians) in attendance
     - Coach MAY NOT engage in any evaluation activities

Donation Request and Student Athlete Appearance Request Forms
Coach Appearance Request Form


It is permissible for a K-State fan, alumni, or booster to host a meal in their home for a current student athlete.  This form must be submitted to the Compliance Services Office and the meal must be approved PRIOR to hosting any student-athletes in your home.    

OCCASIONAL MEALS 

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 K-State alumni, fan, booster, etc. The meal may not be held at a
          restaurant.
     • It is permissible to cater the meal to your home.
     • It is permissible to provide reasonable, local transportation to the student athlete receiving the meal. 

 PDF Occasional Home Meal Form
 
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