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Reminder regarding contact with recruits/parents

Postby kmax on Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:52 am

This post was prompted by a recent thread started by a self proclaimed parent of an MSU recruit here on BobcatNation. I have removed that particular thread, but I want to post this information as a reminder to everyone here about the NCAA rules regarding contact and communication between "boosters" and potential student athletes (recruits) or their families. Remember that the definition of a booster is very broad (below from http://www.msubobcats.com/sports/2013/1 ... spx?id=208 ):
A booster is a representative of our Athletic Interests. Many different people can be considered boosters. In general, a booster is anyone who has:

· Made a contribution to the athletic department or booster club
· Is a member of the Bobcat Club or any sport specific booster club
· Has provided benefits to an enrolled student-athlete or his/her family
· Has helped arrange employment for a student-athlete
· Purchased season tickets
· Has otherwise promoted the athletic program in any manner

Once an individual has been identified as a booster, he or she retains this classification indefinitely.

As you can see from this definition a large percentage of the people on this board in some way could classify. I encourage everyone to hit that link above and read through some of the other sections as well. There is a section about social media there that will be helpful as well. This board is in essence that, and please apply the same caution here as you should be exercising on Twitter, Facebook, etc.

I reached out to Cami Bechtold from MSU compliance and asked her for some further guidance and she asked if we would post the following statement. If anyone has any questions or concerns about anything compliance related she encourages you to reach out to her and the compliance department. Her contact information can be found at http://www.msubobcats.com/staff.aspx?staff=5 . Additionally if you see a thread or post here on BobcatNation that you feel could be problematic from this standpoint please let myself or the other moderators know directly through a PM or email so that we can take the appropriate action as well.

MSU Compliance wrote:It is an NCAA violation for Boosters (the NCAA technical term is Representatives of Athletic Interest) to communicate directly with prospects and their family members. This includes on and off campus contact, general correspondence (tweets, Facebook posts, message boards, etc.), and telephone calls. This restriction remains in place until the student attends classes at MSU.

On behalf of Bobcat Athletics, we ask that you do not engage with prospects or their family members on Bobcat Nation as to avoid NCAA violations and possible consequences on the eligibility of the prospect.

Please leave the recruiting to Bobcat Coaches. We appreciate your continued support and enthusiastic dedication to Bobcat Athletics. We encourage you to continue to support our programs through permissible means (such as attending events, giving to the Bobcat Club, etc.) and ask that you seek guidance from our Compliance Office if you have questions.


Thanks for everyone's help and understanding with regards to this issue.
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Re: Reminder regarding contact with recruits/parents

Postby wbtfg on Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:00 pm

This is always an interesting, slippery slope, especially in Montana where the odds of knowing or being related to a potential recruit is relatively high.

But yeah, use good judgement and let the coaches do their jobs. I know I'd feel really bad if I did something to hurt the program.
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Re: Reminder regarding contact with recruits/parents

Postby kmax on Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:22 pm

wbtfg wrote:This is always an interesting, slippery slope, especially in Montana where the odds of knowing or being related to a potential recruit is relatively high.

But yeah, use good judgement and let the coaches do their jobs. I know I'd feel really bad if I did something to hurt the program.

Agreed, it is a small community and it is very easy to know someone. However, truly do get in contact with them and just ask. I've done that myself and they are happy to talk with you and go over your situation and just help you make sure everything is handled in the appropriate manner.
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