The University of Notre Dame Athletic Compliance Office is committed to assisting the Department of Athletics in reaching the objectives outlined in the Department's Mission Statement. Notre Dame believes in the concept of shared compliance responsibilities. Members of the athletics department, other institutional staff members, student-athletes as well as all individuals and groups representing Notre Dame's athletics interests are responsible for ensuring Notre Dame's commitment to integrity and rules compliance.
The University of Notre Dame is committed to the principle of institutional control in operating its athletics program in a manner that is consistent with the letter and spirit of NCAA, conference and university rules and regulations. The University's commitment is to maintain control of its athletics programs through cooperation between responsible administrators, coaches, faculty, all institutional staff members, student-athletes and representatives of the University's athletics interests.
Are You a Representative of Notre Dame Athletics Interests?
You are a representative of Notre Dame's athletics interests, more commonly known as a "booster", if you meet any of the following conditions:
- You have ever been a member of any organization that promotes Notre Dame's athletics program (e.g., Quarterback Club, Three Point Club, Fast Break Club).
- You have made a financial contribution to the Notre Dame athletics department or its booster organization.
- You are or have been a season ticket holder in any sport.
- You have provided benefits (e.g., summer jobs or occasional family meals) to enrolled student-athletes.
- You have ever, in any way, promoted the athletics program at Notre Dame
NOTE: Please remember that once you become a booster, you retain that identity indefinitely
Who is a Prospective Student-Athlete?
A prospective student-athlete, commonly known as a "prospect", is any individual who has started classes for the 9th grade. In addition, student-athletes enrolled in preparatory school or two-year colleges are considered prospects. Ultimately, a student remains a prospect until enrollment at a four-year collegiate institution.
Who Can Recruit for the University of Notre Dame?
Only University of Notre Dame Coaches who successfully complete the annual NCAA Coaches Certification Exam, which tests their knowledge of NCAA recruiting legislation, are permitted to be involved in the recruiting process.
NCAA Rules Regarding Booster Involvement with Prospects
- make any recruiting contacts with prospects or their relatives. This includes telephone calls, letters, emails, and facsimiles, along with any face-to-face contact either on or off-campus.
- assist Notre Dame coaches by picking up transcripts, films, or any other information pertaining to a prospect's ability from the prospect's educational institution.
- provide financial aid or benefit or any kind (e.g., clothing, special discounts, lodging, meals, transportation, tickets, loans of money) to prospects or their relatives.
- make contact with a prospective student-athlete or his/her parents when the prospect is on campus for and official or unofficial recruiting visit.
- contact a prospective student-athlete to congratulate him/her on signing a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Notre Dame.
- provide transportation or arrange for payment of transportation costs for a prospect or his/her relatives or friends to visit campus.
- earmark funds for specific prospects to attend a Notre Dame summer camp. Instead, you must donate the funds to the high school, and the school and the students will decide which camps they will attend.
- employ or arrange for employment of a prospect before ht completion of his/her senior year. After graduation, a booster may employ a prospect as long as compensation is for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with experience and the going rate.
- provide ANYTHING to a prospect or the prospect's family or friends without prior approval from the Compliance Office.
NCAA Rules Regarding Booster Involvement with Enrolled Student-Athletes
- forward information about prospects to the appropriate coaching staff member.
- view a prospect's athletics contest on you own initiative, provided you do not contact the prospect or his/her relatives, coach, principal, or counselor in an attempt to evaluate the academic or athletic abilities of the prospect. You are responsible for all incurred costs or fees at a contest.
- speak to a prospect on the telephone ONLY if you prospect initiates the call. You May Not have a recruiting conversation, but you may refer questions about the athletics program to the athletics department staff.
You may not
- pay for or arrange for payment of room, board, or any type of transportation at anytime for currently enrolled student-athletes, their relatives, or their friends.
- provide student-athletes with any sort of extra benefit, which refers to any special arrangement to provide a student-athlete or his/her relatives or friends with a benefit unavailable to the general student population.
- provide student-athletes with any special discount, payment arrangements (e.g., cosigning a loan), credits on a purchase (e.g., airline ticket, clothing), or services (e.g., dry-cleaning, transportation).
- allow student-athletes to use you telephone to make free calls.
- provide awards or gifts to student-athletes for any reason. This also prohibits honorariums for speaking engagements. All wards to student-athletes must meet all NCAA legislation and be approved by the Compliance Office.
- entertain student-athletes or their family and friends. The only exception to this is that you may, on an occasional basis, provide a student-athlete or team (not family members or friends) with a meal. The meal can be catered, but it must be in your home.
NOTE: These rules apply throughout the student-athlete's entire enrollment at the University of Notre Dame (including summer break).
NCAA Rules Regarding Student-Athlete Employment
Prospects may be employed by boosters during the summer prior to their enrollment at the University of Note Dame. Please not that this employment may not begin until the prospect has graduated from high school.
Current student-athletes may seek employment during the academic year and during Notre Dame vacation periods. There is no longer a limit on the amount of money they can earn during these periods.
The Compliance Office must keep written records verifying all student-athlete employment records.
The following rules are applicable to student-athlete employment:
- Employers must complete applicable paper-work and file with the Compliance Office prior to hiring a student-athlete.
- Student-athletes may be compensated only for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate for similar services.
- Student-athletes may not be hired based on their athletics abilities.
NCAA Rules Regarding Promotional Activities for Student-Athletes
As it would affect their amateur status, student-athletes are not permitted to be involved in the advertisement, recommendation, or promotion of commercial products or services. However, there are some instances when student-athletes are permitted to be involved in certain charitable, educational, or nonprofit promotional activities. These events must be approved by the Compliance Office prior to the student-athletes' participation. If you are interested in in involving student-athletes in this sort of activity, please contact us at 574-631-8090.
NCAA Rules Regarding the Internet
The internet is considered similar to email, telephone calls, or general correspondence. Therefore, it should not be used by boosters to contact prospects, their families, or their coaches. Participation in "chat rooms" with prospects is also strictly prohibited.
Consequences for Boosters who Violate NCAA Rules
Under NCAA rules, the University of Notre Dame 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 violation are subject to losing benefits and privileges, including season tickets. In addition, the NCAA Committee on Infractions has required institutions to disassociate boosters from the institution.
Q: Can a representative of athletics interest (booster) be involved when a prospect is on an official or unofficial visit?
A: NO. Boosters are precluded from all recruiting activities, including face-to-face contacts with a prospect or his/her relatives at anytime.
Q: Can boosters contact prospects to encourage them to attend the University of Notre Dame?
A: NO. Any such contact could result in the prospect being declared ineligible to participate in athletics at the University of Notre Dame.
Q: May a booster engage in evaluation activities on behalf of the institution?
A: A booster may view a prospect's contest on his/her own initiative, provided no contact is made with the prospect or his/her family. However, this evaluation may not take place at the request or direction of a University of Notre Dame staff member, and a booster is not permitted to contact anyone associated with the prospect in an effort to evaluate him/her.
Q: May a booster attend a public event (e.g., high school awards banquet or dinner) at which prospects are in attendance?
A: Yes. However, contact with prospects or their families may not occur, and no attempt can be made to recruit the prospect.
Q: May a student-athlete's name, picture, or appearance be used in a promotional activity?
A: It depends on the situation. Please contact the Compliance Office at 574-631-8090 with your specific questions.
What Can You Do?
If you know of a high school student-athlete who might want to attend the University of Note Dame, we encourage you to call the appropriate coach, as this is the only permissible recruiting activity for boosters.
Two Final Reminders
1. Please contact the Compliance Office at 574-631-8090 if you need a specific NCAA rule interpretation.
2. Ask before you Act!