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  • Student Assistance Fund Application 2010-11 (PDF)
  • 2011-12 Student-Athlete Handbook (PDF)
  • Academic and Other Support Services
  • Code of Conduct (PDF)
  • Complimentary Admissions
  • Substance Abuse Education and Testing Program (PDF)
  • Employment
  • Exit Interview (PDF)
  • Extra Benefits
  • Medical Expenses
  • Participation on an Outside Team
  • Individual Participating in Competitive Events That Award Prize Money
  • Playing and Practice Season Limitations
  • Promotional Activities
  • Season of Competition
  • Transfer Requirements
  • Policy for Adding a Varsity Sport
  • Recruiting Code (PDF)
  • Employment Verification Form (PDF)
  • Outside Competition Form (PDF)
  • Summer Contact Form (PDF)
  • Fee-for-Lesson Employment Form (PDF)
  • Spring Student-Athlete Compliance Meeting Slides (PDF)

    Academic and Other Support Services

    PERMISSIBLE
    An institution may finance academic and support services that the institution, at its discretion, determines to be appropriate and necessary for the academic success of its student-athlete, including but not limited to:

  • Tutoring expenses;
  • Drug-rehabilitation program expenses;
  • Counseling expenses related to the treatment of eating disorders;
  • On-campus student development and career counseling (including the provision of related materials of little or no commercial value to student-athletes) utilizing outside resources;
  • Future professional athletics career counseling from a panel of at least three persons appointed by the institution's chief executive officer (or his or her designated representative from outside the athletics department). Not more than one such panel member may be an athletics department staff member, and all other panel members must be selected by the institution from among its full-time employees who are employed outside the athletics department. All panel members shall be identified to the national office (see Bylaw 12.3.4);
  • Actual and necessary expenses to attend proceedings conducted by the institution, its athletics conference or the NCAA that relate to the student-athlete's eligibility to participate in intercollegiate athletics or legal proceedings that result from the student-athlete's involvement in athletics practice or competitive events. The cost of legal representation in such proceedings also may be provided by the institution (or a representative of its athletics interests);
  • Use of computers and typewriters on a check-out and retrieval basis;
  • Use of copy machines, fax machines and the Internet, including related long-distance charge, provided the use is for purposes related to the completion of required academic course work;
  • Course supplies (e.g., calculators, art supplies, computer disks, subscriptions), provided such course supplies are required of all students in the course and specified in the institution's catalog or course syllabus;
  • Cost of a field trip, provided the field trip is required of all students in the course and the fee for such trips is specified in the institution's catalog; and
  • Nonelectronic day planners.

    NONPERMISSIBLE

  • Typing, word processing or editing services or costs

    Complimentary Admissions
    An institution may provide up to four complimentary admissions per home and away contest to a student-athlete in the sport in which the individual participates (practices or competes). DIVISION I REGULATIONS:
    1. Admissions shall be provided through a pass list for individuals designated by the student-athlete.
    2. The student-athlete's eligibility shall be affected by involvement in receipt of more than the permissible four complimentary admissions or the sale or exchange of a complimentary admission for any item of value.
    3. A fellow student is any student with an appropriate student identification card from Fresno State or from any other four-year collegiate institution. A student-ID must be presented at the gate in order to receive a ticket.
    4. All individuals utilizing a complimentary admission will be required to present valid identification at the gate.
    5. Individuals designated by the student-athlete to receive complimentary admissions are not permitted to receive any type of payment for these admissions or to exchange or assign them for any item of value.
    6. Fresno State may not provide a special arrangement to sell a student-athlete ticket(s) to an athletics event. Tickets shall be available for purchase by student-athletes according to the same purchasing procedures used for other students.
    7. A student-athlete may not purchase tickets for an athletics contest from the institution and then sell the tickets at a price greater than their face value.
    8. Fresno State or any representative of its athletics interests may not purchase or otherwise obtain tickets to a professional sports contest and make these tickets available to student-athletes enrolled in an NCAA member institution. It is permissible for Fresno State to provide tickets for team entertainment at an away-from-home contest.

    Employment
    Effective August 1, 1998, the NCAA will permit student-athletes receiving a full grant-in-aid to work during the academic year. Previously, student-athletes were only permitted to work during institutional vacation periods (e.g., seasonal holidays, spring break, and summer). If you wish to hire a student-athlete, it must first be cleared through the Fresno State Athletic Department. Compensation must be provided for work actually performed, and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services. Student-athletes cannot give private lessons or coaching, nor can their name, picture or reputation be utilized to promote the sale of any product or service. In addition, it is not permissible to provide transportation costs to or from the site of employment, or any other benefit, unless such benefits are provided for all employees in that employment situation. Student-athlete's earnings are limited depending on the amount of financial aid he/she is currently receiving. With this new legislation comes more of an opportunity to inadvertently break the rules. Please feel free to contact the Fresno State Athletic Compliance Office with any questions you may have.

    Permissible Employment Periods
    OFFICIAL INSTITUTIONAL VACATION PERIODS:

  • Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Christmas Holiday
    Student-athletes may obtain a job starting seven days prior to Christmas holidays if the seven days are required for obtaining the job.
  • Spring Break Holiday
  • Institutional Summer Months Beginning the day after the last day for the student's final exams. Ending the day prior to the first day of fall classes.
  • During the Academic Year (while classes are in session) Employment during any part of the academic year must have the approval of the athletic department prior to the beginning of any such employment.

    Criteria Governing Compensation to Student-Athletes
    COMPENSATION MAY BE PAID TO A STUDENT-ATHLETE:

  • only for work actually performed, and
  • at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services.

    COMPENSATION BASED ON FAME OR ATHLETICS ABILITY.
    Compensation may not include any remuneration for value or utility that the student-athlete may have for the employer because of publicity, reputation, fame, or personal following that he or she has obtained because of athletics ability.

    EMPLOYMENT ON A COMMISSION BASIS.
    An employer other than the student-athlete's institution may employ a student-athlete on a commission basis only if:

  • the cost of any preliminary training program for such employees is borne by the student-athlete (i.e., such costs may not be paid by a member institution or a representative of its athletics interests);
  • the personnel so employed consist of both student-athletes and nonathletes;
  • the employment of student-athletes does not result in the company's use of athletics reputations of such individuals to promote the sale of the company's products, and
  • the company is able to document that employees who are nonathletes receive earnings from sales commission at a rate generally equivalent to the commission rate realized by the student-athletes employed by the company.
    TRANSPORTATION TO JOB SITE.
    An employer or institution may not pay a student-athlete's transportation expenses to or from his or her vacation job, unless such expenses are paid for all employees in that situation.

    Athletically Related Employment Activities
    STUDENT-ATHLETE PROVIDING FEE-FOR-LESSON INSTRUCTION.
    A student-athlete may not receive compensation for teaching or coaching sports skills or techniques in his or her sport on a fee-for-lesson basis. Fee for lesson employment is only permitted prior to enrollment in an NCAA member institution or through a sports club or organization. A STUDENT-ATHLETE CANNOT HIRE THEMSELVES OUT TO INDIVIDUALS TO TEACH LESSONS IN HIS OR HER SPORT.

    BROKEN-TIME PAYMENTS.
    An individual may not receive "broken-time" payments except as authorized and administered by the United States Olympic Committee during the period immediately preceding and including actual Olympic competition. A permitted broken-time payment may cover financial loss as a result of absence from employment to prepare for or participate in the Olympic Games. Such compensation during any other period and payments administered independently of the USOC by other sports governing bodies (e.g., the United States Ski Association) are prohibited.

    BROKEN-TIME PAYMENTS WHEN INDIVIDUAL IS NOT ENROLLED IN REGULAR TERM.
    An individual may receive broken-time payments administered by the United States Olympic Committee or the national governing body in the sport during a period when the individual is not enrolled (full or part time) in a regular term to cover financial loss as a result of absence from employment as a direct result of practicing and competing on a national team, provided the amounts are consistent with the principles set forth in the criteria governing compensation section and do not exceed $250 per week, and the payment period covers no more than the period from the date the individual begins practice with the national team following selection to that team to one week after the conclusion of the competition.

    Definition of a national team. A national team is one selected, organized and sponsored by the appropriate Group A member of the United States Olympic Committee (or, for student-athletes representing another nation, the equivalent organization of that nation, or, for student-athletes competing in a non-Olympic sport, the equivalent organization of that sport). The selection for such a team shall be made on a national qualification basis, either through a defined selective process or by actual tryouts, publicly announced in advance. In addition, the international competition in question shall require that the entrants officially represent their respective nations, although it is not necessary to require team scoring by nation.

    STUDENT-ATHLETE PARTICIPATING IN ATHLETICS EQUIPMENT SALES.
    A student-athlete may not be employed to sell equipment related to the student-athlete's sport if his or her name, picture or athletics reputation is used to advertise or promote the product, the job or the employer. If the student-athlete's name, picture or athletics reputation is not used for advertising or promotion, the student-athlete may be employed in a legitimate sales position, provided he or she is reimbursed at an hourly rate or set salary in the same manner as any nonathlete salesperson.

    STUDENT-ATHLETE RECEIVING GOOD-WILL TOUR COMMISSIONS.
    A student-athlete representing the institution in a good-will tour during summer months, in conjunction with the tour, may sell such items as jackets, blazers or similar institutional promotional items to booster groups or other friends of the institution on a salary, but not a commission, basis.

    WORKING AT SPORTS CAMPS OR CLINICS.
    A student-athlete who is employed in any sports camp or clinic must meet the following requirements:

  • the student-athlete must perform duties that are of a general supervisory character and any coaching or officiating assignments shall represent not more that one-half of the student-athlete's work time, and
  • compensation provided to the student-athlete shall be commensurate with the going rate for camp or clinic counselors of like teaching ability and camp or clinic experience and may not be paid on the basis of the value that the student-athlete may have for the employer because of the athletics reputation or fame the student-athlete has achieved. It is not permissible to establish varying levels of compensation for a student-athlete employed in a sports camp or clinic based on the level of athletics skills of the student-athlete.
  • a student-athlete who only lectures or demonstrates at a camp/clinic may not receive compensation for his or her appearance at the camp/clinic.
    STUDENT-ATHLETE RUNNING HIS/HER OWN CAMP.
    A student-athlete with remaining eligibility is not permitted to conduct his or her own camp or clinic.

    PROVISION OF TRAVEL EXPENSES TO ALL EMPLOYEES.
    A student-athlete may receive actual travel expenses (including lodging and meals in transit and prepaid plane tickets or cash advances) ONLY if such travel expenses are paid and procedures for reimbursement of expenses are used for all employees of the camp/clinic. Credit cards may not be provided to a student-athlete to pay such expenses.

    STUDENT-ATHLETES RECEIVING CASH ADVANCES BASED ON ANTICIPATED EARNINGS.
    In the case where all employees do not receive travel expenses, a cash advance based on anticipated earnings may be provided to a student-athlete only if such advance does not exceed the estimated actual and necessary cost of travel or the student-athlete's estimated employment earnings, whichever is less, and such a benefit is available to all camp employees.

    RECEIVING TRANSPORTATION FROM COACH OR REPRESENTATIVE OF ATHLETICS INTERESTS.
    Actual transportation from an institution's coach or representative of its athletics interests may be provided to a student-athlete only if travel expenses are paid for all employees of the camp/clinic.

    DIVISION I FOOTBALL STUDENT-ATHLETES

  • Employment in specialized camp - Athlete's institution. Division I: No member of an institution's intercollegiate football squad who has eligibility remaining may be employed or otherwise participate in that institution's basketball or football camp.
  • Employment in specialized camp - Other than athlete's institution. Division I: A member of an institution's intercollegiate football squad who has eligibility remaining may be employed in any camp that specializes in the sport of football, other than his own institution's camp, PROVIDED not more than one football student-athlete from any one Division I institution is employed.
  • Employment in diversified sports camp. Division I: A member of an institution's intercollegiate football squad who has eligibility remaining may be employed as a counselor in any diversified camp, including a diversified camp conducted by the student-athlete's own institution, provided no more than one member with eligibility remaining of the previous year's football squad of any one Division I member institution is so employed.

    Extra Benefits
    EXTRA BENEFIT. An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution's athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete's relative or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their relatives or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution's students or their relatives or friends or to a particular segment of the student body (e.g., foreign students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability. [16.02.3]

    Benefits, Gifts and Services
    A student-athlete may not receive a special discount, payment arrangement or credit on a purchase (e.g., airline tickets, clothing) or a service (e.g., laundry, dry cleaning) from an institutional employee or a representative of its athletics interests.
    A student-athlete may not accept athletics equipment, supplies or clothing (e.g., tennis racquets, golf clubs, balls, shirts) from a manufacturer or commercial enterprise.

    Medical Expenses
    Individuals in the medical profession who are involved in the examination of or treatment of student-athletes should be aware of the various expenses an institution is permitted to provide to a student-athlete. Listed below are these expenses with any limitations that apply to specific types of injuries or illnesses.
    Please note that you should never treat a student-athlete with the assumption that the athletic department will provide the expenses for the treatments. Always check with the appropriate institutional employees (e.g., trainers, athletic administrators) prior to treating a student-athlete for an injury or illness that he/she may indicate the athletic department will provide expenses for.
    Permissible Medical Expenses
    These are medical expense benefits incidental to a student's participation in intercollegiate athletics that may be financed by the institution.
    1. Athletics medical insurance.
    2. Death and dismemberment insurance for travel connected with intercollegiate athletics competition and practice.
    3. Drug-rehabilitation expenses.
    4. Counseling expenses related to the treatment of eating disorders.
    5. Special individual expenses resulting from a permanent disability that precludes further athletics participation. The injury or illness must involve a former student-athlete or have occurred while the student-athlete was enrolled at the institution, or while the prospective student-athlete was on an official paid visit to the institution's campus.
    6. Glasses, contact lenses or protective eyewear (e.g., goggles) for student-athletes who require visual correction in order to participate in intercollegiate athletics.
    7. Medical examinations at any time for enrolled student-athletes.
    8. Medical examinations for prospective student-athletes. The examination can not include any test or procedure designed to measure the athletics agility or skill of the prospect. (Only the physician and trainer may be present during exam. No coaches or other institutional staff members are allowed.)
    9. Expenses for medical treatment (including transportation and other related costs) incurred by a student-athlete as a result of an athletically related injury. Expenses may include the cost of traveling to the location of medical treatment or the provision of actual and necessary living expenses for the student-athlete to be treated at a site on or off campus during the summer months while the student-athlete is not actually attending classes. Medical documentation must be available to support the necessity of the treatment at the location in question.
    10. Surgical expenses to a student-athlete (including a partial or nonqualifier) who is injured during the academic year while participating in voluntary physical activities that will prepare the student-athlete for competition.
    11. Medication and physical therapy utilized by a student-athlete during the academic year to enable the individual to participate in intercollegiate athletics, regardless of whether the injury or illness is the result of intercollegiate competition or practice.
    12. Preseason dental examination conducted in conjunction with a regular preseason physical examination.
    Non-Permissible Medical Expenses
    GENERAL RULE on benefits is that if a medical expense does not fit into one of the 12 permissible categories listed above, we are not allowed to pay for it UNLESS the benefit is available to other nonathletes at Fresno State.
    These are student-athlete medical expense benefits that may NOT be financed by the institution.
    1. Student-athlete health insurance. Unless the student-athlete is in a certain sector of the student-body that is required to purchase health insurance.
    2. Surgical expenses to treat a student-athlete's injury or illness that was not a result of practice for or participation in intercollegiate athletics at the institution and did not occur in voluntary physical activities that will prepare the student-athlete for competition.
    3. Medical or hospital expenses incurred as the result of an injury while going to or from class, or while participating in classroom requirements, unless similar services are provided by the institution to all students or by the terms and conditions of the institution's overall insurance program.
    4. Teeth cleaning, provisional filling of teeth or other dental work, unless the dental work is directly related to an injury to the teeth that occurred during practice or competition.

    Participation on an Outside Team
    RESTRICTIONS ON ACADEMIC YEAR OUTSIDE COMPETITION
    Outside Competition, Basketball.
    A student-athlete who participates in any organized basketball competition except while representing the institution in intercollegiate competition in accordance with the permissible playing season specified in 17.5 becomes ineligible for any further intercollegiate competition in the sport of basketball (see 14.7.3 and 14.7.4 for exceptions and waivers). [Bylaw 14.7.2] See the Athletic Compliance Office about these additional exceptions and waivers.

    Sports Other Than Basketball:
    In Division I, a student-athlete in any sport other than basketball who participates during the academic year as a member of any outside team in any noncollegiate, amateur competition becomes ineligible for intercollegiate competition in that sport for the remainder of the year and for the next academic year (see 14.7.3 and 14.7.4 for exceptions and waivers), unless restored to eligibility prior to that time by the NCAA Eligibility Committee. A student-athlete is permitted to practice on such a team. [Bylaw 14.7.1.] See the Athletic Compliance Office about these additional exceptions and waivers.

    Exception: A student-athlete may compete outside of the institution's declared playing and practice season as a member of an outside team in any noncollegiate, amateur competition during any official vacation period published in the institution's catalog and during the summer. The numbers for some sports may differ from vacation periods during the academic year to the summer, so be sure to check. The number of student-athletes from any one institution shall not exceed the applicable limits set forth below.

    STUDENT-ATHLETE LIMITS AS OUTLINED IN ARTICLE 17 FOR COMPETITION ON AN OUTSIDE, AMATEUR TEAM
    Sport# of S-As During Vacation Period# of S-As During Summer# of S-As on Outside Team's Foreign Touri
    Baseball44ii4
    Basketball0iii2iv2
    Cross Country2No limit2
    Football555
    Golf2No limit2
    Soccer5vi55
    Softball44vii4
    Tennis2No limit2
    Track & Field7No limit7
    Volleyball2vii22
    Wrestling5No limit5
    ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON SUMMER OUTSIDE COMPETITION
    BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL:
    No more than FOUR players from the Fresno State team may play on the same outside baseball/softball team. Competition on an outside amateur baseball/softball team may only occur during the summer months or during vacation periods which are outside of Fresno State's declared playing and practice season. Competition on an outside team during any other part of the academic year will render you ineligible for the remainder of that academic year and the following academic year.
    Baseball student-athletes must obtain the Athletic Director's written, prior approval prior to participation in a summer league. See the Athletic Compliance Office for details.

    MEN'S AND WOMEN'S BASKETBALL:
    Competition on an outside team may only occur between June 15th and August 31st and only in NCAA-approved summer leagues. A team shall include on its roster no more than one player with intercollegiate basketball eligibility remaining from any one college and Division I and II players must limit their competition to one team in one league. The summer league must be within 100 air miles of Fresno State or within 100 air miles of your official residence at the end of the academic year. Each student-athlete must consult his/her coach prior to and must have the prior, written approval of the athletic director prior to participating in any summer league.
    A student-athlete who participates in any organized outside basketball competition except while representing the institution in intercollegiate competition or in an NCAA approved summer league will be ineligible for any further intercollegiate competition in the sport of basketball.

    SOCCER:
    No more than FIVE players from the Fresno State team may play on the same outside soccer team. Competition on an outside amateur soccer team may only occur during the summer months or during vacation periods which are outside of Fresno State's declared playing and practice season. Competition on an outside team during any other part of the academic year will render you ineligible for the remainder of that academic year and the following academic year.

    ALL OTHER SPORTS:
    Limitations on the number of student-athletes only apply to representing an outside team during the academic year vacation periods which are outside the declared playing and practice season. Competition on an outside amateur team may only occur during the summer months or during vacation periods which are outside of Fresno State's declared playing and practice season for your sport. Competition on an outside team during any other part of the academic year will render you ineligible for the remainder of that academic year and the following academic year.

    Individual Participating In Competitive Events That Award Prize Money
    The following information was prepared by the NCAA Legislative Services staff and distributed to the Chief Executive Officers of National Governing Bodies. This information was a result of many individuals participating in individual tournaments (e.g, tennis, golf, track) and accepting prize money based on their place of finish. Many individuals assume that so long as the prize money does not exceed the individuals expenses related to the competition then it is ok to accept the prize money. THIS IS COMPLETELY INCORRECT. An individual will lose their NCAA amateur status if they accept any prize money based upon their place of finish. Please read the following information closely prior to participating in any event that is awarding prize money. Applicable Amateurism Legislation.

  • Bylaw 12.1.1.-(a). An individual loses amateur status and, thus, shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if the individual uses his or her athletics skill (directly or indirectly) for pay in any form in that sport.
  • Bylaw 12.1.1-(b). An individual loses amateur status and, thus, shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if the individual accepts a promise of pay even if such pay is to be received following completion of intercollegiate athletics participation.
  • Bylaw 12.1.2-(f). An individual loses amateur status through the receipt of pay, which includes actual and necessary expenses or any other form of compensation to participate in athletics competition (while not representing an educational institution) from a sponsor other than an individual upon whom the athlete naturally or legally is dependent or the nonprofessional organization that is sponsoring the competition.
  • Bylaw 12.1.2.-(j). An individual loses amateur status through the receipt of pay, which includes any payment, including actual and necessary expenses conditioned on the individual's place finish or performance or given on an incentive basis, or receipt of expenses in excess of the same reasonable amount for permissible expenses given to all individuals involved in the competition.
  • Bylaw 12.1.2-(l). An individual loses amateur status through the receipt of pay, which includes cash, or the equivalent thereof (e.g, trust fund), as an award for participation and competition at any time, even if such an award is permitted under the rules governing an amateur, noncollegiate event in which the individual is participating. An award or cash prize that an individual could not receive under NCAA legislation may not be forwarded in the individual's name to a different individual or agency.
  • NCAA Bylaw 12.2.3.1 An individual may participate singly or as a member of an amateur team against professional athletes.

    Case Studies.
    (NOTE: The following situations assume that if the event requires a participant to indicate whether he or she will participate as an amateur or professional, the individual indicates that he or she will compete as an amateur.)

    Situation: An individual participates in a competitive event (e.g., tennis tournament, track meet) sponsored by a nonprofessional organization in which prize money will be awarded to participants based on their place finish in the event. The individual participates in the event for three days and receives $3,000 cash based on his or her place finish in the event.
    Question: Has the individual jeopardized his or her athletics eligibility for NCAA competition in the applicable sport?
    Answer: Yes. The individual has accepted pay in the form of a cash award for participating in the competition and, thus, would not be eligible (subject to restoration) to compete in intercollegiate competition in the applicable sport.

    Situation: An individual participates in a competitive event (e.g., tennis tournament, track meet) sponsored by a nonprofessional organization in which prize money will be awarded to participants based on their place finish in the event. The individual remains in the event for five days and qualifies for $500 cash based on his or her place finish in the event. Because the individual's actual and necessary expenses (i.e., travel, room and board) are $750, the nonprofessional organization sponsoring the competition allows the individual to keep the $500 in prize money to help defray some of his or her actual and necessary expenses.
    Question: Has the individual jeopardized his or her eligibility in the applicable sport? Answer: Yes. The individual has accepted pay in the form of a cash award based on his or her athletics skill in the applicable sport. Although the individual's prize money does not exceed his or her actual and necessary expenses, because the payment was conditioned on the individual's place finish in the event, the individual no longer would be eligible (subject to restoration) to participate in intercollegiate competition in the applicable sport.

    Situation: An individual participates in a competitive event (e.g., tennis tournament, track meet) in which a nonprofessional organization sponsoring the competition provides prize money to participants based on their place finish in the event. The individual participates in the event for three days and, based on his or her place finish, earns $1,000 in prize money. The individual's actual and necessary expenses are $300. Because the individual's prize money earnings based on place finish exceed his or her actual and necessary expenses, the sponsor of the competition allows the individual to keep $300 of the prize money to cover his or her actual and necessary expenses.
    Question: Has the individual jeopardized his or her eligibility for intercollegiate competition in the applicable sport?
    Answer: Yes. The individual has accepted pay in the form of a cash award based on his or her athletics skill in the applicable sport. Although the individual's actual and necessary expenses do not exceed the amount of the individual's prize money based on place finish, the actual and necessary expenses are conditioned on the individual's place finish and are provided to the individual out of his or prize earnings. Thus, the individual would not be eligible (subject to restoration) for intercollegiate competition in the applicable sport.

    Situation: An individual participates in a competitive event (e.g., tennis tournament, track meet) sponsored by a nonprofessional organization in which prize money is awarded to participants based on their place finish in the event. The individual participates in the event for the entire week and earns $5,000 in prize money based on his or her place finish in the event. The sponsor agrees to hold the individual's earnings in escrow until such time as the individual has completed his or her intercollegiate athletics eligibility in the applicable sport. The individual agrees to accept such earnings subsequent to exhausting eligibility in the applicable sport.
    Question: Has the individual jeopardized his or her eligibility for intercollegiate competition in the particular sport?
    Answer: Yes. The individual has accepted a promise of a cash award based on his or her place finish in the event to be received following completion of the individual's intercollegiate athletics participation. Thus, the individual would not be eligible (subject to restoration) for intercollegiate competition in the applicable sport.

    Situation: An individual participates in a competitive event (e.g., tennis tournament, track meet) sponsored by a nonprofessional organization in which prize money is awarded to participants based on their place finish in the event. Prior to the competition, the nonprofessional sponsor has agreed to provide the individual's transportation to and from the event as well as $100 for each day the individual participates in the competitive event to cover the individual's meals and lodging (assume that the $100 a day is a reasonable amount to cover meals and lodging). The individual participates in the event for three days and could receive $1,000 based on his or her place finish in the event. The individual accepts the $300 (and transportation expenses to and from the event) and the return ticket home.
    Question: Has the individual jeopardized eligibility for intercollegiate competition in the applicable sport?
    Answer: No. The individual has not used his or her athletics skill for pay in any form in the applicable sport. The individual has received actual and necessary expenses from the nonprofessional sponsor of the competition, and such expenses were not conditioned in any manner on the individual's place finish or performance in the event. Thus, the individual remains eligible for intercollegiate competition in the applicable sport.

    Situation: An individual participates in a competitive event (e.g., tennis tournament, track meet) sponsored by a nonprofessional organization in which prize money is awarded to the participants based on their place finish in the event. The nonprofessional sponsor has agreed to reserve a pool of funds to provide actual and necessary expenses to the amateur participants in the competition. The pool of funds will be based on the potential earnings based on the place finish of all the amateur participants in the event. In other words, if a participant decides not to accept the prize money based on place finish, the earnings will be retained by the nonprofessional organization sponsoring the event and will be placed in a pool to cover the actual and necessary expenses of amateur competitors. The sponsors agree to provide each amateur participating in the event a reasonable amount of expenses (e.g., $100 a day) to cover the individual's actual and necessary expenses while participating in the event. The individual participates in the event for four days and could receive $2,000 prize money based on his or performance in the event. The sponsor provides the individual with $400 and transportation to and from the event to cover his or her actual and necessary expenses.
    Question: Has the individual jeopardized his or her eligibility for intercollegiate competition in the applicable sport?
    Answer: No. The individual in question did not accept pay in the form of cash based on his or her place finish in the event. Such funds were retained by the nonprofessional sponsor of the competition to establish a pool in order to provide actual and necessary expenses to amateur participants. The individual received actual and necessary expenses from the sponsor that were not conditioned on the individual's place finish or performance in the event. Thus, the individual remains eligible for intercollegiate competition in the applicable sport.

    As you can see from the above-mentioned situations, an individual jeopardizes his or her eligibility if the individual accepts pay in the form of cash that is based on or tied to the individual's place finish or performance in the competitive event, even if such earnings do not exceed the individual's actual and necessary expenses to participate in the tournament. Thus, nonprofessional sponsors of competitive events that wish to make funds available to cover the actual and necessary expenses of amateur participants in the event may do so provided the expenses are a uniform, reasonable amount to cover the participant's actual and necessary expenses and are not based in any manner on the individual's place finish or provided directly out of the individual's prize money earnings in the event. It is advisable for such an agreement to be included either in the application or entry form for the event or for some arrangement to be made with the individual prior to participation in the event. Thus, the individual will understand that he or she will be receiving a uniform, reasonable amount of funds to cover actual and necessary expenses for each day of participation in the event, regardless of how well he or she performs in that event. Such an arrangement will not jeopardize the individual's amateur status in the applicable sport.

    Playing and Practice Season Limitations
    17.1.6.1 Daily and Weekly Hour Limitations -- Playing Season.
    A student-athlete's participation in countable athletically related activities (see 17.02.1.1) shall be limited to a maximum of four hours per day and 20 hours per week.
    Golf Practice Round Exception. A practice round of golf may exceed the four-hours-per-day limitation, but the weekly limit of 20 hours shall remain in effect. A practice round played on the day prior to the start of a collegiate golf tournament at the tournament site shall count as three hours, regardless of the actual duration of the round.
    Competition Day. All competition and any associated athletically related activities on the day of competition shall count as three hours regardless of the actual duration of these activities.
    Practice may not be conducted at any time (including vacation periods) following competition, except between contest rounds or events during multiday or multievent competition (e.g., double-headers in softball or baseball, rounds of golf in a multiday tournament).
    Preseason Practice. Daily and weekly hour limitations do not apply to countable athletically related activities occurring during preseason practice prior to the first day of classes or the first scheduled contest, whichever is earlier.
    Vacation Periods and Between Terms. Daily and weekly hour limitations do not apply to countable athletically related activities occurring during an institution's official vacation period.

    17.1.6.2 Weekly Hour Limitations - Outside of Playing Season.
    Only a student-athlete's participation in the countable athletically related activities specified in (c), (d) and (e) below shall be permitted. Participation in such activities shall be limited to a maximum eight hours per week, of which not more than two hours per week may be spent on individual skill workouts set forth in (e) below and 17.1.6.2.1. A student-athlete may not participate in any countable athletically related activities outside the playing season during any institutional vacation period (e.g., summer, academic year).

    17.1.6.2.1 Skill Instruction. Participation by student-athletes in individual skill-related instruction [including the activities set forth in 17.02.1.1-(f)] in sports other than football is permitted outside the declared playing season, provided not more than four student-athletes from the same team are involved in skill-related instruction with their coach(es) at any one time in any facility and the student-athletes request the instruction.

    17.1.6.2.2 Conditioning Activities. Conditioning drills per 17.1.6.2 that may simulate game activities are permissible, provided no offensive or defensive alignments are set up and no equipment related to the sport is used.

    17.02.1.1 Countable Athletically Related Activities. The following are considered countable athletically related activities and must be counted in the weekly or daily time limitations specified under 17.1.6.1 for Divisions I and II: A. Practice, which is defined as any meeting, activity or instruction involving sports-related information and having an athletics purpose, held for one or more student-athletes at the direction of, or supervised by, any member or members of an institution's coaching staff. Practice is considered to have occurred if one or more coaches and one or more student-athletes engage in any of the following activities:
    1. Field, floor or on-court activity;
    2. Setting up offensive or defensive alignment;
    3. Chalk talk;
    4. Lecture on or discussion of strategy related to the sport;
    5. Activities using equipment related to the sport;
    6. Discussions or review of game films, motion pictures or videotapes related to the sport, except for the observation of an officiating clinic related to playing rules that is conducted by video conference and does not require student-athletes to miss any class time to observe the clinic; or
    7. Activities conducted under the guise of physical education class work (e.g., any class composed of or including primarily members of an intercollegiate team on a required attendance basis or where the class utilizes equipment for the sport);
    B. Competition;
    C. Required weight-training and conditioning activities held at the direction of or Supervised by an institutional staff member;
    D. Participation in a physical-fitness class conducted by a member of the athletics staff;
    E. In Division I and II sports other than football, participation outside the institution's declared playing season in individual skill-related instructional activities with a member of the coaching staff and that occur at the request of the student-athlete (see 17.1.6.2.1);
    F. In Division I and II individual sports, participation outside the institution's declared playing season in individual skill-related instructional activities with a member of the coaching staff except for individual workout sessions during the summer that occur at the request of the student-athlete;
    G. Required participation in camps, clinics or workshops; H. Individual workouts required or supervised by a member of the coaching staff except for those sports subject to the safety exception. A coach may design a voluntary general individual workout program for a student-athlete (as opposed to a specific workout program for specific days) but cannot conduct the individual's workout;

    SPORTS WITH A SAFETY EXCEPTION:
    A coach may spot or provide safety or skill instruction but cannot conduct the individual's workouts:
    1. Equestrian -When the student-athlete is engaged in riding;
    2. Track and field-When the student-athlete is engaged in field events; and
    3. Wrestling-When the student-athlete is engaged in wrestling.

    I. On-court or on-field activities called by any member or members of a team and confined primarily to members of that team that are considered as requisite for participation in that sport (e.g., captain's practices);

    J. Visiting the competition site in the sports of cross country, golf and skiing;
    K. Use of an institution's athletics facilities when such activities are supervised by or held at the direction of any member of an institution's coaching staff. Facilities may be reserved for such use during the academic year. It is not permissible to reserve facilities during the summer, except in Division I and II, to participate in permissible individual workouts in individual sports at the request of the student-athlete(s);
    L. Involvement of an institution's strength and conditioning staff with enrolled student-athletes in required conditioning programs. Strength and conditioning personnel may monitor voluntary individual workouts for safety purposes.

    Promotional Activities
    All charitable, educational and nonprofit promotional activities must have the written approval of the athletic director PRIOR to any student-athlete(s) participating. This permission or release form may be obtained from Christopher Moore, Compliance Coordinator at Fresno State. Not having this form completed could render the student-athlete ineligible. The organizational leader, the student-athlete and the athletic director must sign the promotional activities release form that lists the criteria an activity must satisfy before the student-athlete's participation.
    Pursuant to NCAA Bylaw 12.5.1.1, a member institution or recognized entity thereof (e.g., fraternity, sorority or student government organization), a member conference or a noninstitutional charitable, educational or nonprofit agency may use the student-athlete's name, picture or appearance to support its charitable or educational activities or to support activities considered incidental to the student-athlete's participation in intercollegiate athletics, provided the following conditions are met:
    1. The specific activity or project in which the student-athlete participates does not involve cosponsorship, advertisement or promotion by a commercial agency other than through the reproduction of the sponsoring company's officially registered regular trademark or logo on printed materials such as pictures, posters or calendars. The company's emblem, name, address and telephone number may be included with the trademark or logo. Personal names, messages and slogans (other than an officially registered trademark) are prohibited;
    2. The student-athlete does not miss class;
    3. All moneys derived from the activity or project go directly to the member institution, member conference or the charitable, educational or nonprofit agency;
    4. The student-athlete may accept legitimate and normal expenses from the member institution, member conference or the charitable, educational or nonprofit agency related to participation in such activity, provided it occurs within the state or, if outside the state, within a 100-mile radius of the member institution's campus;
    Note: A student-athlete may accept legitimate and normal expenses from an institution, conference, or educational, charitable or nonprofit agency to participate in promotional activities during a vacation period (e.g., summer) only if such activities occur in the state of the student-athlete's vacation residence or, if outside the state, within 100 miles of such residence. [Interpretations Committee Minutes No. 10, July 26, 1994]
    5. The student-athlete's name, picture or appearance is not utilized to promote the commercial ventures of any nonprofit agency, and
    6. Any commercial items with names or pictures of student-athletes may be sold at outlets controlled by the charitable or educational organization (e.g., location of the charitable or educational organization, site of charitable event during the event) or the member institution in which the student-athlete is enrolled.

    Season of Competition
    A student-athlete shall not engage in more than four seasons of intercollegiate competition in any one sport. Any amount of competition where a student-athlete represents the institution will count as a full season.
    Five-Year Rule-Division I
    A student-athlete shall complete his or her seasons of participation within five calendar years from the beginning of the semester or quarter in which the student-athlete first registered for a minimum full-time program of studies in a collegiate institution, with time spent in the armed services, on official church missions or with recognized foreign aid services of the U.S. government being excepted. For foreign students, service in the armed forces or on an official church mission of the student's home country is considered equivalent to such service in the United States

    Transfer Requirements
    Student-athletes at NCAA member institutions are not permitted to contact other NCAA institutions about transferring without first obtaining the permission of the athletic director at their current institution. Without such permission, another institution may not contact the student-athlete nor encourage a transfer. Furthermore, without the permission to contact other schools, the student-athlete may not receive any type of institutional financial aid during their first academic year at the new institution.
    If you wish to transfer to Fresno State from another four year school, please contact your athletic director prior to attempting to contact a coach or staff member at Fresno State.

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