NCAA Rules Summary for Alumni and Friends of the College

People often have questions about NCAA rules and what they permit alumni and friends of the College to do. The following is a summary of what is permitted and some examples of frequent problem areas.

The NCAA defines an extra benefit as any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution's athletics interest to provide a student-athlete (or a student-athlete's relative or friend) a benefit that is not generally available to other Randolph-Macon College students and their relative and/or friends or, is not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.

A "representative of Randolph-Macon College's athletic interests" is any individual who is known by the college to have been promoting, assisting, or financially supporting the athletic program.

Therefore, please be aware of the following:

1. A student-athlete cannot accept anything from an employee of Randolph-Macon College or a representative of Randolph-Macon College's athletic interests (e.g., use of a car, clothing, gifts, money, tickets for any kind of entertainment, payment of long distance telephone calls).

2.
A student-athlete cannot accept free or reduced cost room and/or board from any Randolph-Macon College or a representative of Randolph-Macon College's athletic interests. This includes in Virginia, in the student-athlete's home city or any other location. This would preclude a student-athlete from "house sitting" without paying rental costs at a comparable rate for similar housing in that locale.

3.
A student-athlete may not accept free or reduced cost storage room for personal belongings for the summer months from any Randolph-Macon College employee or a representative of Randolph-Macon College's athletic interests.

4.
A student-athlete cannot accept free or reduced merchandise or services from any merchant unless that free or reduced cost item is also available to the general public.

5.
A student-athlete cannot eat at a restaurant as the guest of a representative of Randolph-Macon College's athletic interests or an employee of Randolph-Macon College.

6.
A student-athlete cannot use a Department of Athletics copy machine, fax machine or make long distance phone calls using departmental equipment or the long distance access code of an employee of Randolph-Macon College or representative of Randolph-Macon College's athletic interests.

7.
Members of the Department of Athletics staff or a representative of Randolph-Macon College's athletic interests are not permitted to type reports, papers, letters, etc., for a student-athlete.

8.
A student-athlete cannot receive a special discount, payment arrangement or credit on a purchase (e.g., airline ticket, clothing), or service (e.g., laundry, dry cleaning) from an employee of Randolph-Macon College or Representative of Randolph-Macon College's athletic interests.

9.
A Randolph-Macon College employee or a representative of Randolph-Macon College's athletic interests cannot provide a student-athlete with a loan of money, a guarantee of bond, the use of an automobile or the signing or co-signing of a note to arrange a loan.

10.
A student-athlete may not accept frequent traveler miles for trips that are financed by the Department of Athletics.

11.
A Randolph-Macon College employee may provide a student-athlete only reasonable and occasional local (i.e., within a 30-mile radius of the Randolph-Macon's campus) transportation. However, a Randolph-Macon College employee may not utilize a College vehicle for purposes of assisting a student-athlete's move from one residence to another.

The acceptance by a student-athlete of any of the above extra benefits is a violation of NCAA regulations and places the S-A's eligibility for intercollegiate competition in immediate jeopardy. It is extremely important for both you and Randolph-Macon College to know and abide by all NCAA regulations. If you have any questions regarding NCAA regulations, ask an athletic administrator or contact the athletic department at 804-752-7223 before doing something that may jeopardize a student-athlete's eligibility to participate in intercollegiate athletics.

What can you do for Randolph-Macon athletics?

1. Representatives of Randolph-Macon College's athletic interests are encouraged to financially support its athletic programs through a gift to the institution's athletic support group; at Randolph-Macon this group is the Yellow Jacket Club. To make a gift to the Yellow Jacket Club you can call the Development Office at 804-752-3125 for more information.

2.
Representatives of Randolph-Macon College's athletic interests are encouraged to identify prospective student-athletes from their area who may have an interest in attending Randolph-Macon. This information can be forwarded to the athletic department by traditional mail, e-mail or phone.

3.
A representative of Randolph-Macon College's athletic interests may make in-person, on- or off-campus recruiting contacts with a prospective student-athlete. Any representative desiring to make contact with a prospect at the prospect's school must first obtain permission from the school authorities. Recruiting contact may not be made with a prospect prior to any athletic competition in which the prospect is participating. Contact shall not be made after the competition until the prospect is released by the appropriate authorities and leaves the dressing room. Off-campus contacts may not occur until the conclusion of the prospect's junior year in high school. *Randolph-Macon strongly encourages representatives of athletic interests to contact a member of a Randolph-Macon coaching staff before proceeding with the recruitment of any high school student-athlete to ensure that the college is not already recruiting the prospect, or to help coordinate the contact.

4.
On infrequent, special occasions (e.g., a birthday, Thanksgiving, etc.), a student-athlete may accept an invitation to the home of an employee of Randolph-Macon College or a representative of Randolph-Macon College's athletic interests, for a meal.