Who is a Prospective Student-Athlete?

In sports other than men's basketball, a prospective student-athlete, also known as a recruit or prospect, is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. In men's basketball, a prospective student-athlete is any individual who has started classes for the seventh grade. 

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Who is a Booster?

You are a Booster or Representative of Athletics Interests if you:

  • Currently are or have ever been a member of a booster organization that supports Redhawk Athletics;  

  • Have ever made financial contributions to the athletics department or a booster organization;

  • Currently are or have ever been involved with the recruitment of a prospect;

  • Have ever provided or are currently providing benefits to an enrolled student-athlete or their relatives or   friends; 

  • Have otherwise been involved in promoting the Southeast Missouri State University's athletic  program    (e.g.,  alumni and friends);

  • Have ever provided or helped to arrange employment for student-athletes;

  • Currently are the parent(s) or legal guardian(s)  of an enrolled student-athlete;

  • Currently are or have ever been a season ticket holder.

 Consequences to Boosters for NCAA violations:

Under NCAA rules, Southeast Missouri State University is responsible for all actions of its boosters.   Therefore, it is also our responsibility to make you aware of consequences for violating the rules described   within this website. Boosters found in violations of NCAA rules are subject to losing benefits and privileges.   The NCAA Committee on Infractions has processed cases in which penalties have included  both the   disassociation of boosters with the institutions and the loss of season ticket privileges.  

   "Once a Booster...ALWAYS a Booster"

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As a Representative of Athletics Interests you are permitted to...

Rules for Representatives of Redhawk Athletics Interests relating to PROSPECTIVE student-athletes:

·         Attend high school or two-year college athletic contests or events where prospects may compete, but you may not contact the prospect or their relatives or guardians.

·         Continue existing friendships with families of prospects, but you may not attempt to recruit the prospect.

·         Engage in permissible pre-enrollment activities with a prospect, such as a summer employment, provided the   prospect has already signed a National Letter of Intent and the institution is aware and informed if these   contacts are made.

·         Have a phone conversation with a prospect only if the prospect initiates the call. Such a call may not be     pre-arranged by any institution staff member or another representative of athletic interests. All questions    regarding the intercollegiate athletics program must be referred to the proper Southeast Athletics staff member.

Rules for Representatives of Redhawk Athletic Interests relating to CURRENT student-athletes:

·         Provide an occasional family home meal to a student-athlete or an entire team. The meal must take place at   the home.  It may NOT take place in a restaurant; however, the meal may be catered. Requests for these   types   of occasional meals receive prior approval from the Compliance Office.

·         Employ student-athletes under any certain circumstances with prior approval from the Southeast Athletics   Department. Both the student-athlete and the employer must sign a written statement PRIOR to beginning   any employment during the academic year. Student-athletes may be compensated only for work actually   performed at a rate commensurate with the going rate in the area for similar services.

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As a Representative of Athletics Interests you are NOT permitted to...

Relating to PROSPECTIVE student-athletes, you are NOT permitted to:

  • Contact a prospect or his/her parent in person, by telephone or in writing (letters, instant message, message   boards, or email) for the purpose of recruiting the prospect. Contact may not be made with a prospect or   his/her parents on or off the Southeast Missouri State University campus.

  • Approach a Southeast Missouri State  coach who is with a prospect. This places the coach in an   uncomfortable situation because the coach is not able to introduce the booster to the prospect.

  • Have face-to-face contact with a prospect or his/her family with the purpose of recruiting him/her to Southeast Missouri State.

  • Mail any materials to a prospect. This includes newspaper, clippings, press releases, media guides, posters game programs, schedule cards, emails, etc.

  • Provide prospect or his/her family or friends with any extra benefits.

  • Contact or request anything (transcript, videotape) from a prospect's counselor or coach in order to evaluate   the athletic or academic ability of prospect.

Relating to CURRENT student-athletes, you are NOT permitted to:

  • Provide extra benefits to any student-athlete and his/her family.

  • Use the name of picture of a student-athlete to directly or indirectly advertise, recommend or promote the  sale or use of a commercial product or service.

  • Provide an honorarium to a student-athlete who has been approved for a speaking engagement. Student-athletes may receive only necessary travel expenses for prior approved speaking engagements.

  • Provide free or reduced rate housing for a student athlete or his/her family, even on weekend visits.   Additionally, student-athletes are specifically not allowed to house-sit for boosters.

  • You MAY NOT provide room, board, or transportation costs incurred by friends or family of an enrolled student-athlete to visit campus or attend an away athletic contest.

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Occasional Meals

A student-athlete may receive an occasional family home meal from a representative of athletics interests on infrequent and special occasions under the following conditions:

  • The meal must be provided in an individual's home (as opposed to a restaurant) and may be catered; and

  • A representative of the institution's athletics interests may provide reasonable local transportation to student-athletes to attend the meal only if the meal function is at the home of that representative.

In order to request an occasional meal with our student-athletes you MUST fill out an Occasional Meal Request form with the compliance department.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 Current Student-Athletes

 May I provide a student-athlete with gifts?

No, a gift would be considered an extra-benefit which is impermissible, unless it is available to all the University's students and their family regardless of athletic ability.

  May I provide discounted housing or rent to student-athletes?

No, discounted housing or rent would be considered an extra-benefit and impermissible.

Is it permissible for a booster to provide an enrolled student-athlete with professional services (for which a fee would normally be charged) for personal reasons?

No. Professional services provided at a fee less than the normal rate or at no expense to a student-athlete are considered extra benefits.

May I purchase a complimentary admission ticket from a student-athlete?

No, a student-athlete may not receive payment for his or her complimentary admissions and may not exchange them for any item of value.

Can boosters fundraise or donate money to send a student-athlete's parents to an athletic contest?

No. Under NCAA rules and regulations, such activity may jeopardize the student-athlete's eligibility.

May I allow a student-athlete to use my telephone to make long distance phone calls?

No, this would constitute an extra benefit and is impermissible.

I have an extra car that I don't use, is it ok to lend it to a student-athlete?

The provision of free transportation would constitute an extra-benefit. This includes loaning an automobile, free plane tickets home, or paying for transportation for the student-athlete's relatives to attend a competition.

May I provide a scholarship to a particular student-athlete?

No, a scholarship may not be provided to a particular student-athlete; however a booster or alumni may make an athletic scholarship contribution to the Athletics Department.

May I employ a student-athlete?

It is permissible for a booster or alumni to employ a current student-athlete. Compensation must be based upon work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with services of like character in that locality. Compensation may not be based upon the student-athlete's reputation, fame, publicity or athletic success. The student-athlete may not receive any benefits not provided to other employees and may not be used to advertise, promote or endorse the employer or product.

May a student-athlete make a public appearance at a business establishment for purposes of  signing autographs?

No. It should be noted that student-athletes may make appearances at schools, hospitals or other non-profit charitable organizations, provided they do not receive compensation and such activities are authorized by the athletic department.

Prospective Student-Athletes

Who is considered to be a prospective student-athlete (prospect)?

A prospect is a student in the ninth grade or above regardless of their athletic talent. Prospects are also students in prep schools and junior colleges.

How long is a prospective student-athlete considered to be a prospect?

A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after committing to or signing a National Letter of Intent with the Southeast Missouri State University, or any institution, and both the institution and the prospect continue to be governed by NCAA recruiting legislation regarding prospects until the prospects reports for regular squad practice or the prospect attends his/her first day if classes in any regular semester.

Is there any way a booster can help identify prospects?

A booster can assist the coaching staff in the recruiting process by notifying them of any student they think would be a strong addition to the University and the athletics program. Boosters may also send Southeast's coaching staff any newspaper clippings or other information about prospects. The coach can then make the appropriate contact. Boosters are also permitted to attend high school or two year college athletic contests or other events where prospects may compete on their own. Boosters are not permitted to contact the prospect or the prospect's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) at these events.

Is it permissible to contact a perspective student-athlete or his/her parents or legal guardians?

No. An athletic representative may not contact a prospect or his/her parents in person, by telephone or in writing. Contact may not be made with a prospect or his/her parents on or off the Southeast Missouri State University campus.

May I go talk to a prospective student-athlete before, after or on the sidelines at the prospect's athletics contest?

An athletics representative is allowed to attend and observe a prospective student-athlete's athletic contest, but may not make contact with the prospective student-athlete, his or her parents or coaches during such occasion.

Is this contact rule applicable to "established family friends" or neighbors?

No. However, it must be understood that such contacts cannot be made for recruiting purposes and cannot be initiated or arranged by Southeast Missouri State University coaching staff members. In addition, the established relationship between the booster and the prospect must have occurred prior to the friend or neighbor becoming a prospect.

Is it permissible for an athletic representative to telephone a prospect once the prospect has committed to or signed a National Letter of Intent and congratulate them?

No. Even if the purpose of the call is only to congratulate the prospect, he/she is still a prospect and the same contact rules apply after committing or signing that applied before. Do not contact a prospect without first checking with the Compliance Office, unless the prospect is a relative.

During recruitment, or prior to an individual's enrollment, can an athletic representative be involved directly or indirectly in making arrangements for a prospect, the prospect's relative, or friends to receive money, financial aid, or equivalent inducements?

No. Furthermore, it would not be permissible to make such arrangements for current student-athletes at Southeast Missouri State University.

What are considered other types of inducements that are prohibited for prospects, their relatives or friends?

Other types of inducements that are prohibited include, but are not limited to the following: cash or loans;   promise of employment after college education; special discounts or payment arrangements on loans;   employment or relatives or friends of prospects; arrangement for free or reduced charges for professional or personal services, purchases or charges; use of an automobile; providing transportation to and from summer  job or any other site; co-signing a loan; the loan or gift of money or other tangible items (clothes, cars, jewelry,  electronic/stereo equipment); free or reduced cost housing arrangements; entertainment costs on or off campus; educational expenses (typing costs, course supplies, use of copy machine); or registration for summer sports camps.

May I e-mail or post messages on a prospective student-athlete's MySpace, Facebook or similar web site and try to convince him or her to attend the Southeast Missouri State University?

An athletics representative may not e-mail or post messages on the webpage or website of any prospective   student-athlete.




This website is intended to provide an overview of applicable NCAA rules.  It does not contain all information relevant to representatives of athletics interests.

*If you have any questions, please contact the Compliance Office at: (573) 986-6844 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (573) 986-6844      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.*

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What is an Extra Benefit?

  • An extra benefit is considered to be any special arrangement to a prospect or an enrolled student-athlete,  their family/relatives, and/or their friends that is not expressly authorized by NCAA regulations.

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Cash or loan of money in any amount

  • Special discounts, payment arrangements or co-signing of a loan

  • The purchase of meals or services at commercial establishments

  • Involvement in arrangements for free or reduced charges for meals, merchandise, tickets, services, products  or rent

  • Use of automobile or other personal property (e.g., boats, houses, motorcycles)

  • Gift items (e.g., jewelry, electronics, clothes, holiday gifts, long distance phone cards, gift certificates)

  • Any financial aid other than that administered by the institution

  • Free or reduced cost of housing arrangements

  • The payment of registration fees for athletic camps

  • Promise of employment after college graduation

  • Employment of friends or relatives

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Letter to our Boosters:

 Thank you for your support of Southeast Missouri State University Athletics.  It is our hope that you will continue  to be involved in Redhawk Athletics.  Under NCAA rules, Southeast Missouri State University is responsible for   the actions of all of its boosters.  A single violation could jeopardize the eligibility of a current or prospective   student-athlete for intercollegiate competition at Southeast Missouri State University.  Additionally, if found to be   in violation of NCAA rules, boosters may face a range of penalties, including loss of season ticket privileges or    even disassociation from Southeast Missouri State University Athletics. 

It is our responsibility to make you aware of the potential consequences for violating NCAA rules.  This website   contains an overview of some of the common rules and regulations that are applicable to you as a representative    of  athletics interest.  If you have additional questions, you are encourage to contact our Compliance Office    directly at (573) 986-6844573-986-6844

Thanks again for your continued support of Southeast Athletics.  Go Redhawks!

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