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Who is a Booster?

A booster is an individual that:

  • Promotes Covenant athletics program.
  • Makes a financial contribution to Covenant athletics or its booster organizations.
  • Assists in the recruitment of prospects for Covenant.
  • Provides benefits (e.g., jobs, occasional meals) to enrolled student-athletes.

It is important to remember that once an individual has been identified as a booster, he or she retains that status forever.

Student-Athlete Employment

Student-athletes are permitted to earn income through legitimate employment opportunities.

A student-athlete may receive employment compensation:

  • Only for work that is actually performed and useful in nature;
  • Only for the number of hours actually worked;
  • At a rate commensurate with the going rate for similar services in the area.

A student-athlete may NOT receive:

  • Payment for value that he or she brings the employer because of publicity, reputation, fame or personal following because of his or her athletics ability;
  • Transportation to work or other benefits, unless the same benefits are available equally to all employees;

Fee-for-lesson Employment

NCAA rules permit student-athletes to be employed on a fee-for-lesson basis under the following prescribed conditions:

  • Fee-for-lesson employment may NOT take place in an institutional facility;
  • A student-athlete must actually provide skill instruction; "playing lessons" are not permissible;
  • Compensation must be paid by the lesson recipient or the recipient's family and not another outside individual or entity;
  • Payment must be at the going rate for such services in the area;
  • A student-athlete may not use his or her name in promoting or advertising the lesson.

Extra Benefits

It is an NCAA violation for a Covenant student-athlete to receive something that is not generally available to the Covenant student body. Extra benefits can include, but, are not limited to:

  • Money, gifts, clothing, tickets for entertainment, haircut, and use of a car.
  • Free or reduced-cost room or board anywhere.
  • Free or reduced-cost merchandise or services.
  • Use of Athletics Department copy/fax machines, long distance telephone services or free use of a cell phone.
  • Typing or editing reports, papers, letters, etc. for a student-athlete.
  • A loan of money or the consigning of a note to arrange a loan.
  • The sale or trade of complimentary admissions for merchandise, services or debt repayment.
  • The sale or trade of ANY items a student-athlete has received for his or her participation in athletics (e.g., gear, clothing, awards).

Accepting an extra benefit will jeopardize a student-athlete's eligibility to compete in NCAA sports.

Gambling

NCAA rules prohibit all student-athletes, coaches, and staff from wagering on any intercollegiate and professional sport, at any level, that is sponsored by the NCAA. This ban also applies to pools or fantasy leagues in which an entry fee is required and there is an opportunity to win a prize or money.

The NCAA strictly prohibits student-athletes, coaches and staff from engaging in the following activities:

  • Soliciting a bet on any intercollegiate or professional team.
  • Accepting a bet on any team representing the institution.
  • Soliciting or accepting a bet on any intercollegiate or professional competition for any item (e.g., cash, shirt, dinner) that has tangible value.
  • Participating in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling, including pools, auctions and fantasy leagues.
  • Knowingly providing information to individuals involved in any type of organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition.

Helpful Websites

Any questions or concerns should be directed to:

Tim Sceggel
Director of Athletics
tim.sceggel@covenant.edu
706.419.1517