Boosters, Fans & Alumni
- Has made any type of contribution to the athletics department.
- Joined a booster club or any sport specific support group.
- Provided benefits to prospective or enrolled student-athletes, or their families.
- Assisted, in any manner, in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes.
- Participated as a varsity athlete at the University of Rhode Island.
- Is a parent or legal guardian of an enrolled student-athlete at URI.
- Promoted the athletics program in any way.
- Note: Once someone is identified as a Booster they remain a booster for life.
A Representative of Athletics Interests/Booster is permitted to:
- Notify our coaches about prospects in their area.
- Attend high school or two-year college athletic contests or other events where prospects may compete, but cannot contact the prospect, the prospect's relatives or coach.
- Continue existing friendships with families of prospects, but cannot attempt to recruit the prospect.
- Engage in permissible pre-enrollment activities with a prospect such as summer employment, provided the prospect has already signed a National Letter of Intent.
- Have a phone conversation with a prospect only if the call is initiated by the prospect and there is no recruiting conversation.
A Representative of Athletics Interests/Booster is not permitted to:
- Prohibited from making in-person on- or off-campus recruiting contact with a prospective student-athlete and his or her parents and/or legal guardians.
- Prohibited from writing or telephoning a PSA and his or her family members and/or legal guardians.
- A representative is prohibited from contacting a PSA's coach, principal or counselor in an attempt to recruit or evaluate the prospect.
NCAA rules prohibit any student-athlete from receiving any
"extra benefits." The NCAA considers any special discounts or
arrangements given to student-athletes or their friends and family
that was not available to the general student body or public to be
an extra benefit, and could jeopardize the student-athlete's
A Representative of Athletics Interests/Booster may not offer or provide any benefits to a prospect or the prospect's relatives or friends including:
- Arrangement of employment for a prospect's relatives
- Gifts of clothing or equipment
- Cosigning of loans
- Loans to relatives or friends
- Cash or like items
- Any tangible items, including merchandise
- Free or reduced-cost services, rentals or purchases
- Free or reduced-cost housing
- Use of institution's athletics equipment
- Sponsorship of, or arrangement for, an awards banquet for high school or two-year college athletes by an institution, its boosters or its alumni groups or booster clubs
- The presentation of award to prospects for outstanding athletics accomplishments.
A Merchant may not offer or provide any benefits to a student athlete:
- Discounts and Credits
- Free or Reduced-Cost Services
- Preferential Treatment