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May 2000

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Summer Camps

Only with the existence of summer camps can parents ship their kids out of town, pay perfect strangers to take care of them, and still be considered great parents. All kidding aside, there exists several important rules and regulations involving summer camps and clinics.
NCAA Bylaw 13.13 defines an institution’s sport camp as any camp that is owned or operated by a member institution or an employee of the member institution’s athletics department, on or off its campus. For the sports of basketball and football, the camps may be conducted only in the months of June, July and August, unless the NCAA deems the camp a “developmental clinic.”

Sport camps must be open to all entrants, and may only be limited by number and age. In Division I football, “senior prospects” are not allowed to enroll, participate or be employed at summer camps (they may, however, attend developmental clinics). Also, summer camps may not be held during “dead periods.” The interaction between coaches employed at the camps and clinics and the prospects attending are not subject to recruiting calendar restrictions. However, any coach attending strictly to observe a prospect must comply with appropriate recruiting contact and evaluation periods.

Institutions, staff and representatives of its athletics interests may not employ, or give free or reduced admission privileges to a high school, prep school or two-year college athletics award winner. Further, a representative of athletics’ interests may not pay a prospect’s expenses to attend a member institution’s camp.

NCAA Bylaw states that, in sports other than football, student-athletes may by employed as counselors in camps or clinics as long as there are no organized practices and the director of athletics gives prior approval. Additionally, a student-athlete may receive travel expenses to work at a camp, as long as all employees of the camp receive similar expenses.

In Division I football, a student-athlete with eligibility remaining may not be employed by his own institution’s camps. He may, however, be employed by another institution’s camp, as long as he is the only student-athlete from his university employed. Football student-athletes may be employed by any diversified camp (i.e., a camp that offers a diversified experience without an emphasis on instruction, practice or competition in any particular sport), provided that no more than one football student-athlete (with remaining eligibility), from any one Division I institution is employed.

Student-athletes with remaining eligibility are not allowed to conduct their own camp or clinic. Further, neither a prospective student-athlete, nor an enrolled student-athlete may operate any type of concession at a sport camp using their own money. However, an enrolled student-athlete is permitted to work at a concession being run by the camp for pay at a reasonable rate.

If you have any further questions regarding summer camps please contact the Compliance Office at 644-4272 (brochures are available)! Remember, rule following camps make for FSU champs!

Summer Employment

The weather is warm and the humidity will soon make you sweat bullets after venturing outside for mere seconds. This can mean only one thing . . . it’s summer time!

With the summer upon us, it is time to address the subject of student-athlete summer employment. NCAA Bylaw states that a student-athlete may receive legitimate summer employment earnings without any restriction on the amount of compensation received even if the student-athlete is attending summer school as a recipient of institutional financial aid. Further, such employment earnings are not considered in determining the amount of athletically related financial aid the student-athlete may receive for the summer term.

Despite the flexibility of this rule, one must keep in mind that all other rules and regulations governing the employment of student-athletes applies. This includes Bylaw 12.4.1, which states that any compensation must be for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services.

Basketball Summer Leagues

For those of you ballers’ who will be lacing em’ up for a summer league team, keep the following rules and regulations in mind. Remember that all summer league participants in the sport of basketball must be in an approved league and receive permission from the institution’s athletics director. A summer league includes any organized league that is in operation from June 15 – August 31.

If a student-athlete is transferring, permission must be obtained from the school to which the student-athlete is transferring. In this situation the student-athlete will not count on the roster as a representative of either institution. This distinction is important because of the rule that allows only one student-athlete from an institution on each summer league team.

From the Interpretation File

Bylaw 30.14.4: Summer League Baseball; Player Limitations and Written Permission.

A maximum of four student-athletes may participate on the same summer baseball league team from the same Division I collegiate institution. In order to participate on a summer league team, a student-athlete must receive WRITTEN PERMISSION from the institution’s director of athletics (or the director’s official representative). If the student-athlete is transferring to another institution then the written permission must be obtained from the member institution to which the student-athlete is transferring.

Contest Questions

1) May a student-athlete receive an unlimited amount of money for legitimate summer employment?

a) Yes

b) No

2) May a student-athlete receive pay in excess of that which is earned by other employees doing similar work?

a) Yes

b) No

Submit your answers to the Compliance Office by May 31st!

……In the News

Can’t Eat For Free Dog . . . :

An owner of a local Japanese restaurant in Fresno, California admitted to giving away “several thousand dollars” worth of free food to Fresno State Bulldogs’ men’s basketball players. NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from receiving “extra benefits” such as free meals.

Beware of Dietary Supplements:

Lehigh kicker Jaron Taaffe was suspended for one year by the NCAA for taking a dietary supplement that contained the banned substance androstenedione. Anddrostenedione is one of 23 anabolic agents banned by the NCAA. “I equated steroids with something you buy in an alley and inject yourself with,” Taaffe said. “You should never assume anything about supplements these days.”

This Little “Piggie”:

According to an 11-count federal indictment, former AAU coach Myron Piggie gave UCLA basketball player JaRon Rush $5,000 in January 1998 for the lease of a car with the condition that Rush not accept a basketball scholarship from Kansas. A federal grand jury claims that Piggie paid JaRon Rush $17,000; Kareem Rush of Missouri $2,300; Corey Maggette, who played one season at Duke, $2,000; Andre Williams of Oklahoma State $250; and Korleone Young $14,000. The federal indictment accuses Piggie of defrauding UCLA, Duke, Missouri and Oklahoma State because the players’ amateur status was compromised by their accepting money while in high school.

Piggie is accused of paying players with the understanding they would repay the money with interest after they began drawing professional salaries and product endorsements. Piggie is also accused of conspiring with sports agents to determine the future professional value of the players.

Nebraska Wrestling Coach Down for the Count:

Nebraska wrestling coach Tim Neumann resigned recently, admitting he “made a couple mistakes through the years.” Neumann would not elaborate on the nature of his “mistakes.” However, according to two former Husker wrestlers and a current assistant coach, the crux of an investigation conducted by the school is focused on possible improprieties in the handling of scholarships.

The alleged “improper handling” of scholarships is rumored to involve cash payments and gifts such as football tickets used to make up for deficiencies in promised scholarship amounts. The Nebraska wrestling program, which lists 27 athletes on its 1999-2000 roster, can grant the equivalent of 9.9 full scholarships with a total value of $140,000.

Under Neumann, the Huskers recorded six finishes in the nation’s top 10, including an eighth-place showing at the NCAA meet last month in St. Louis. Neumann, 42, the 1990 national coach of the year, departs with a 199-77-6 record in dual meets.

Important Reminders

  • Coaches, please schedule your “coaches meetings” w/ Pennie Parker immediately!
  • Coaches, please bring your 2000 summer sport camp brochures to Brian Battle immediately!
  • Coaches, remember to turn in your monthly recruiting logs!
  • Coaches, remember to “stay on top of” all of the academic and Clearinghouse issues of your student-athletes for eligibility purposes!

May Recruiting Calendar

Men’s Basketball
May 1 – May 31……………Quiet Period

Women’s Basketball

May 1 – May 31……………Quiet Period


May 1 – May 31……………Quiet Period

(20 consecutive days may be designated as an Evaluation Period)


May 1 – May 22…..Cont./Eval. Period

May 23 – May 30 (noon)……Dead Period

May 30 (noon) – May 31……Quiet Period


Mr. Bob Minnix
Associate Athletic
Director for Compliance and Legal Affairs

Ms. Pennie Parker
Director of Compliance Services

Mr. Brian Battle
Compliance Coordinator

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