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The Athletic Department takes great pride in abiding by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Lone Star Conference rules and guidelines that govern Division II competition. For the benefit of the many alumni, fans and booster club members who are so active in supporting and assisting the Lions throughout the year, we would like to remind everyone of a few definitions and rules that apply to all athletic representatives and boosters.
NCAA Principles Institutional Control
It is the responsibility of Texas A&M University-Commerce to control its intercollegiate athletic program in compliance with the rules and regulations of the NCAA.
The Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic department has responsibility for the conduct of its program includes responsibility for the actions of its staff members and for the actions of any other individual, booster or organization engaged in activities promoting the athletic interests of the institution.
Texas A&M University-Commerce must monitor its program to assure compliance and to identify and report to the NCAA instances in which compliance has not been achieved. An institution found to have violated NCAA rules is subject to disciplinary and corrective actions as determined by the NCAA.
NCAA Definitions Athletic Representative/Booster
You are considered to be a Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic representative if you: • Are a present or past member of a Texas A&M University-Commerce booster club or agency that promotes the Lions’ intercollegiate athletic program; • Have made financial contributions to the athletic department or to an athletic booster organization of the Texas A&M University-Commerce; • Are, or have been, providing benefits (e.g., summer jobs, meals etc.) to enrolled student-athletes, their family members or friends; • Are, or have been involved in any manner of promoting the Texas A&M University-Commerce intercollegiate athletic program. Please note: Once an individual is identified as an athletic representative, that person retains that identity indefinitely. Texas A&M University-Commerce is ultimately responsible for the acts of all “representatives of athletic interests” in relation to NCAA rules and regulations.
A prospective student-athlete is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade or above, including students in prep schools and junior colleges as well as students who have officially withdrawn from a four-year institution and plan to transfer to another institution. In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution or a Texas A&M University-Commerce booster provides the individual or the individual’s relatives or friends with any financial assistance or benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students in general. A good rule of thumb is to treat ALL STUDENTS as prospects.
A student-athlete is a student whose enrollment was solicited by a member of the Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic staff or other representative of athletic interests with a view toward the student’s ultimate participation in the intercollegiate athletic program.
A contact is any face-to-face encounter between a prospect, or the prospect’s parent or legal guardian, and a Texas A&M University-Commerce staff member or athletic representative during which any dialogue occurs.
Recruiting is any solicitation of a prospect or a prospect’s family member (or guardian) by an institutional staff member or by athletic representative of the institution, for the purpose of securing the prospect’s enrollment and ultimate participation in Texas A&M University-Commerce’s intercollegiate athletic program.