November 12, 2004 - by
TIP OF THE WEEK (11/15/04)

Amateur Status: An individual loses amateur status and thus shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if the individual:

a. Uses his or her athletics skill (directly or indirectly) for pay in any form in that sport;
b. Accepts a promise of pay even if such pay is to be received following completion of intercollegiate athletics participation;
c. Signs a contract or commitment of any kind to play professional athletics, regardless of its legal enforceability or any consideration received;
d. Receives, directly or indirectly, a salary, reimbursement of expenses or any other form of financial assistance from a professional sports organization based upon athletics skill or participation, except as permitted by NCAA rules and regulations;
e. Competes on any professional athletics team per Bylaw 12.02.4, even if no pay or remuneration for expenses was received;
f. Subsequent to initial full-time collegiate enrollment, enters into a professional draft; or
g. Enters into an agreement with an agent.
(NCAA Bylaw 12.1.1)

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