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NCAA Rules All Ivy Alumni and Friends of Athletics Should Know
Ivy League Alumni are proud of the standards of excellence in academics and athletics that are a tradition of each institution. Of equal value is the fact that student-athletes are full members of the student body, with no special priveleges like athletic scholoarships. In the Ivy League, conducting out programs with integrity is very important. Please read the following information to learn how you can help carry on this tradition.
College Athletics the Right Way...
Carrying on the Ivy tradition of excellence is hard work, and competition among the best institutions is intense. Searching for a competitive edge is part of the challenge, and we know that you want to help your favorite institution and be part of a winning team.
Meeting those challenges means playing by the rules. The NCAA has rules for coaches, players, and you! As part of the team, you must know the rules of the game.
NCAA Rule: Who is giverned by the rules?
Interpretation: This means that any contact you have with current or prospective student-athletes at your institution can affect the eligibility of your institution's individual student-athletes and teams to compete in NCAA and Ivy competition.
All Recruiting of Prospective Student-Athletes Must be Done by Institutional Staff Members
NCAA Rule: Who is a "Prospect"?
Interpretation: This means that recruiting any student who has started classes for the ninth grade is subject to NCAA rules.
NCAA Rule: Contacting Prospects
Interpretation: You may not have contact with a prospect or his or her parents, on or off campus, in person, by telephone or in writing.
One Limited Exception: Student-athletes do not have to be treated differently than other applicants in the admissions process. If you are a member of your institution's Alumni Schools Committee and are assigned to interview students who are also athletes you may contact the student for these purposes, but for these purposes only! Alumni Schools Committee members may not have contact with prospects whom they are not assigned to interview.
Another Limited Exception: If a family friend or neighbor is a "prospect" then you may continue to maintain this relationship, however you may never have a recruiting conversation.
Prospective and Enrolled Student-Athletes May Not be Given Extra Benefits
NCAA Rule: What is an Extra Benefit?
Interpretation: This means that under no circumstances may you provide an individual prospect or enrolled student-athlete with any of these benefits. Teams which are visiting your area for ccompetition may be provided with meals while on a team trip. You may never take an individual or small group of athletes or prospects to a restaurant for a meal.
Prospects' trips to campus must be financed by the athletic department under very specirfic guidelines, and invitations for such trips may only be made by coaches. Contact the Athletic Director if you would like to contribute to a fund which is used for this purpose.
One Limited Exception: Enrolled student-athletes who are unable to travel home for holidays may be invited for a meal in your home, but not in a restaurant. You may not provide transportation for their trip to your home, however, and this may be done only infrequently and on special occasions. Make sure you have the Athletic Director's permission before extending an invitation.
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About the Ivy League...
The formal agreement which founded the Ivy League as an athletic conference was signed by the presidents of the eight institutions in February 1954. The basic intent of the original agreement was to improve and foster intercollegiate athletics while keeping the emphasis on such competition in harmony with the educational purpose of the institutions.
While football is where it started, the Ivy League now crowns champions in 32 sports and continues to sponsor intercollegiate programs of national prominence for women and men.
Ivy teams have enjoyed tremendous success in NCAA championships, winning recent national championships in several men's and women's sports, including crew, ice hockey, fencing, lacrosse, and squash. Ivy champions in baseball, basketball, field hockey, soccer, softball, and volleyball have entries in the NCAA tournament, and teams in basketball, field hockey, and soccer have reached the final four.
For further information on NCAA rules, especially those relating to
contact between alumni and student-athletes or prospective
student-athletes, please contact the athletic department of your
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