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UTSA Athletics Compliance Office Boosters

Compliance brochure (.pdf)

As a member of the NCAA, the University of Texas at San Antonio is accountable for the actions of its boosters and fans. Even the best-intentioned action on a fan’s part may be a violation of NCAA rules. Please contact the UTSA Athletics Compliance Office if you have any questions concerning what is permissible.

What is a booster?
A “representative of UTSA’s athletics interests,” or “booster,” is anyone who:

Has ever participated in or is currently a member of the various athletic department support groups.

Has purchased season tickets.

Has made a donation to the athletics program.

Has helped arrange summer and/or vacation employment for student athletes.

Has been involved, in anyway, in the promotion of UTSA’s athletics program.

A booster may:

Attend as many athletic contests as you desire to evaluate talent

Call, write, or send newspaper articles to the UTSA Athletics coaching staff regarding outstanding student-athletes in his/her area

Feel free to offer assistance to members of the UTSA coaching staff who are recruiting in his/her community

Employ a prospect, but not until they come to UTSA as a full time student

A booster may not:

Contact the coach, the prospect or family members, the principal, or counselor in an attempt to evaluate a prospect

Visit the prospect's school to pick up transcripts or videotapes/film pertaining to the evaluation of the prospect's academic or athletic ability

Entertain a family, guardian, or parent of a prospect of campus

Contact a prospect, their guardian or parent on an official or unofficial visit to campus

Entertain high school, prep, or junior college coaches at any location

This is not an exhaustive list, so please ask before you act.

Extra benefits
Prospective and current student-athletes may not receive extra benefits. An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or representative of the institution’s athletic interests to provide a student-athlete or his/her family a benefit not authorized by NCAA legislation.  Extra benefits would include, but are not limited to:

An employment arrangement for a prospect’s relatives.

Gifts of clothing or equipment.

Cosigning of loans.

Providing loans to a prospect’s relatives or friends.

Cash or like items.

Use of an automobile.

Any tangible items, including merchandise.

Free or reduced-cost services, rentals or purchases of any type.

Free or reduced-cost housing.

Use of a college’s athletics equipment.

Sponsorship of or arrangement for an award banquet for high school, prep school or two-year college athletes by a college, athletics representative or its alumni groups.

Employment of a student-athlete at a rate higher than the wages paid for similar work.

Payment to a student-athlete for work not performed.

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