Booster Defined
Consequences for Violations
Institutional Control
Prospect Defined
Recruiting (What can I do?)
What is an extra benefit
Employment of a Student-Athlete
Promotional Activities
Commonly Asked Questions

Representative of Athletics Interest (Booster)

A booster is anyone who is known (or should be known) by a member of the institution's executive or athletic administration to:

  • Be, or have been, a member of a Texas Tech booster organization;
  • Make or have made a donation to the Texas Tech men's or women's athletics programs or athletics booster organizations (e.g., Red Raider Club, Marsha Sharp Leadership Circle);
  • Be assisting or to have been requested (by the athletics department staff) to assist in the recruitment of prospects;
  • Be, or have been, involved in arranging or providing benefits (e.g., summer employment) for enrolled student-athletes' or their families;
  • Be, or have been, involved in promoting Texas Tech's athletics program in any way.
Note: Once an individual is identified as a booster, the person retains that identity INDEFINITELY.

Consequences to Boosters for NCAA Violations

Texas Tech is required by the NCAA to notify boosters of consequences regarding rules violations. Boosters found in violation 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 institution and the loss of season ticket privileges.

Institutional Control and Compliance

The NCAA requires that each institution be responsible for:

  • Controlling its intercollegiate athletics program in compliance with the rules and regulations of the NCAA;
  • Monitoring its program to insure compliance, identifying and reporting to the NCAA instances in which compliance has not been achieved and taking appropriate corrective actions;
  • Insuring that members of the institution's staff, student-athletes and other individuals or groups (including boosters) comply with NCAA rules.

Prospect Defined

A prospective student-athlete is defined by the NCAA as any person who has begun classes for the ninth grade.

  • A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after he or she has signed a National Letter of Intent or accepts an offer of financial aid to attend Texas Tech University.
  • The prospect remains a prospect until they report for the first day of classes for a regular term (fall or spring).
  • Only coaches and athletic department staff members can be involved in the recruiting process. In general, all boosters who are not employed by Texas Tech University are prohibited from contacting, by phone or in person, a prospect or prospect's family to encourage the prospect to participate in intercollegiate athletics at Texas Tech University.

Rules Governing the Recruitment of Prospective Student-Athletes

As a booster, you are prohibited from:

  • Contacting a prospect in person on or off our campus.
  • Writing or telephoning a prospect or a member of the prospect's family.
  • Making arrangements for a prospect or the prospect's relatives or friends, to receive money or financial aid of any kind.
  • Providing transportation for a prospect or the prospect's relatives or friends to visit our campus.
  • Providing free tickets or tickets at a reduced cost for prospects or the prospects relatives or friends to attend an athletic event.
  • Entertaining high school, preparatory school or community college coaches.
As a booster, you are permitted to:
  • Notify our coaches about prospects in your area that may be strong additions to our teams.
  • Attend high school or two-year college athletic contests or other events where prospects may compete, however, you may not contact the prospect or the prospect's relatives.
  • Continue existing friendships with families of prospects, but you many not attempt to recruit the prospect.
  • Employ a prospect after they have completed their senior year in high school or requirements for graduation at a two-year college.

Rules Governing Contacts and Benefits for Student-Athletes

In addition to regulating contact of our boosters with prospects, the NCAA also regulates contact with current Texas Tech University student-athletes, as well as their relatives and friends.

An EXTRA BENEFIT is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a booster to provide a student-athlete, prospect, or their relatives or friends a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.

In general, you MAY NOT provide anything or make special arrangements for student-athletes and prospective student-athletes that are not available to the general student population. Examples of prohibited extra benefits not allowed by NCAA rules, but are not limited to, are as follows:

  • Providing cash or loans in any amount, or signing or co-signing for a loan.
  • Providing gifts of any kind, including birthday cards and holiday gifts.
  • Providing special discounts for goods and services (e.g., car repairs, legal services, haircuts).
  • Providing free rent or reduced rent, housing.
  • Purchasing complimentary admissions from a student-athlete.
  • Providing an honorarium to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement.
As a booster, you are permitted to:
  • Invite a student-athlete into your home for an occasional meal (e.g., once a semester), but the Athletic Compliance Office and head coach must give approval of such an activity.
  • Meet with and receive autographs from student-athletes during Texas Tech University sponsored pre-season events (e.g., Autograph Day).

Rules Governing Gambling

A student-athlete, coach and/or employee of Texas Tech University MAY NOT provide information to individuals involved in any type of organized gambling concerning sport events. In addition, student-athletes, coaches and employees of Texas Tech University Athletic Department may not solicit or accept any wager on any intercollegiate or professional athletics contest.

Rules Governing Student-Athlete Employment

Texas Tech University is permitted to arrange employment during the summer for prospective student-athletes prior to their enrollment as a freshman or a junior college transfer and for enrolled student-athletes.

All student-athletes are eligible for employment during the regular academic year as well as during the university's official vacation periods (e.g., Christmas and spring break) and the summer. The Compliance Office must keep written records verifying all student-athlete employment. The following rules are applicable to student-athlete employment:

  • The student-athlete is compensated only for work actually performed at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services;
  • The student-athlete has not been hired based on the publicity, reputation, fame or personal following that he or she has obtained because of his or athletics ability;
  • Transportation to and from work for student-athletes may not be provided unless transportation is provided for all employees; and
  • Employers and the student athlete must sign a written statement from the Compliance Office that the above conditions will be met. The written statement must be on file in the Compliance Office prior to the student-athlete's first day of work.

Rules Governing Promotional Activities for Student-Athletes

The Texas Tech CHAMPS/Life Skills program focuses on areas such as career development, community outreach and personal development. Community service has evolved into one of the cornerstones of the CHAMPS program. We feel student-athletes can serve as positive role models to impressionable young minds and serve as excellent representatives of the Texas Tech Athletic Department. The Red Raider Speaker's Bureau was formed to encourage more interaction between student-athletes and the Lubbock communities.

Please keep the following in mind when considering a TTU student-athlete for your event or activity:

  • All charitable, educational and non-profit promotional activities involving student-athletes must have prior approval from the CHAMPS/Life Skills Coordinator. Request forms for such an appearance can be obtained by calling 742-0150.
  • All appearances must be requested at least two weeks prior to the event.
  • Student-athletes are not permitted to be involved in the advertisement, recommendation or promotion of sales or use of a commercial product or service of any kind.
  • The Red Raider Speaker's Bureau will primarily serve schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and non-profit organizations.
  • The student-athletes cannot miss class to attend any activity.
  • Although the Life Skills staff will try to fulfill your exact request, specific athletes cannot be guaranteed.
  • It is not permissible to provide an honorarium to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement.
  • When a student-athlete speaks to educational or charitable groups, actual and necessary travel expenses may be provided if approval is granted by the Compliance Office.

Compliance with NCAA rules is of the highest priority for our athletics program and institution. As a member of the NCAA, Texas Tech University is responsible for the actions of its boosters and fans. Even the best-intentioned action on your part may be a violation of NCAA rules. Please contact the CHAMPS/Life Skills Coordinator or a Texas Tech Compliance officer if you have any questions.

Remember to ASK before you ACT.

Most Commonly Asked Questions

Can a booster be involved in any way when a prospect is visiting campus?
No. A booster is precluded from all recruiting activities.

Is it permissible for a booster to provide employment in the academic year or summer for student-athletes?
Yes. Please remember that compensation must be paid only for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services. Both the student-athlete and the employer must sign a written statement prior to beginning any employment.

May a student-athlete's name or picture be used to directly or indirectly advertise, recommend, or promote the sale or use of a commercial product or service?
No. Such activity would jeopardize the eligibility of the student-athlete.

Is it permissible for a booster to reimburse the coach of a prospect for expenses incurred in transporting a prospect to visit the campus?

Is it permissible for a booster to pay in whole or in part registration fees associated with sports camps?

Is the contact rule applicable to established family, friends and neighbors?
No. However, it must be understood that such contacts may not be made for recruiting purposes and are not initiated by a member of the institutions coaching staff.

May a booster attend a public event (e.g., high school award banquet or dinner) at which prospects are in attendance?
Yes. Please remember that an athletics department staff member may not prearrange contact with a prospect and no attempt may be made to recruit the prospect.

Is it permissible for a booster to provide enrolled student-athletes a home cooked meal?
Yes. Provided it is on an "occasional" basis and any such meal is not at a restaurant. Please note, all requests must receive prior approval from the compliance office.

Is Texas Tech responsible for the acts of boosters and booster support groups?
Yes. Boosters are governed by the same NCAA and institutional rules and regulations as those placed upon all institutional athletics staff members.

When does a prospect become a student-athlete?
A prospect becomes a student-athlete when he or she reports for regular squad practice or attends classes in any term (Fall or Spring).

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 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.

Is it permissible for a booster to provide gifts or awards to a student-athlete for his or her athletics performance?
No. All awards must conform to NCAA awards legislation and must be approved by Texas Tech.

Can boosters fundraise or donate money to send a student-athletes parents to an athletic contest?
No. Under NCAA rules and regulations, such activity may jeopardize the student-athlete's eligibility.

What action should an athletic representative (booster) take, if he/she becomes aware of a rules violation?
The athletic representative should contact the Athletic Compliance Office or the Athletic Director's Office to report and/or discuss the information pertinent to the violation. If the athletic representative wishes to remain anonymous, he/she can contact the Athletic Compliance Office to provide information without giving a name. The Athletic Compliance Office will review the information and process it as necessary.


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