Boosters, Alumni and Fans
The Athletic Department would first like to thank you for your support of ETSU Athletics. As you continue to be involved with ETSU Athletics and the success we are embarking on there are several important things you should know with regard to prospective as well as current student-athletes. As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Atlantic Sun Conference, ETSU is responsible for the actions of all persons and organizations engaged in activities that promote ETSU's athletic interests.
We need your cooperation to ensure full compliance with NCAA rules. Violations of NCAA rules could affect the eligibility of prospects or current ETSU student-athletes, result in penalties being imposed by the NCAA, and lead to restrictions on your involvement with ETSU's athletics programs.
You are a Booster if:
- You have ever participated in East Tennessee State Athletics.
- You have made financial contributions to the athletic programs.
- You have been asked by athletic department staff to assist in recruiting.
- You have assisted or are providing benefits (i.e. summer jobs, or occasional family meals) to enrolled Student Athletes.
- You have otherwise been involved in promoting East Tennessee State Athletics in any way.
*Remember once you are a representative of athletic interest (booster), you are always a representative of athletic interest.
If you ever have a question regarding your involvement with ETSU Athletics, a student-athlete or a prospective student-athlete please do not hesitate to call me 423-439-5611 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do's and Dont's for Representatives of Athletics Interests
- If desired, provide an occasional family meal for student-athletes. The meal must be in the home of the representative of athletics interests, and the meal can be catered. You may also provide transportation for the athletes attending this meal.
- Attend games where prospects are competing, as long as no contact is made with the prospect or prospect's parents.
- Continue normal contact with prospects with whom you have pre-established relationships, as long as the contacts are not recruiting related.
- If desired, arrange employment for prospective student-athletes, as long as the employment begins after high school graduation, and pay is commensurate with the "going rate".
- Accept a phone call from a prospect, as long as the prospect initiates the call. All questions regarding the institution's athletics department should be directed back to the athletics department.
- Check with the Office of Compliance at 423-439-5611 before you do anything that may jeopardize a current or prospective student-athlete's eligibility. Better safe than sorry!
- Notify the Division of Athletics or coaching staff members about outstanding prospects.
- Provide a prospective student athlete, his/her parents, relatives, friends, or coaches with any material benefit. This includes, but is not limited to, free tickets to professional and collegiate athletics events, concerts, movie passes, gifts, loans of money, transportation, etc. This applies even if you obtained the tickets free of charge.
- Make recruiting presentations to groups of prospective student-athletes.
- Make in person on or off-campus recruiting contact , telephone calls, or establish written correspondence with prospective student-athletes.
- Entertain or provide awards or gifts for a current student-athlete, or his/her family and friends.
- Pay a student-athlete for a speaking engagement.
- Use a student-athlete's name, picture, or appearance to promote sales or advertise the use of a commercial product or service.
- Pay or offer to pay for registration fees for summer sports camps for a prospect.