NCAA Compliance for Potential Employers/Mentors

As a potential employer or mentor, you must abide by the NCAA guidelines pertaining to hiring and/or mentoring a student-athlete.

NCAA Bylaws Governing Employment

Under NCAA Bylaw 12.4, Compensation may be paid to a student-athlete
(a) Only for work actually performed, and
(b) At a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services.
Such compensation may not include any remuneration for value or utility that the student-athlete may have for the employer because of the publicity, reputation, fame or personal following that he or she has obtained because of athletics ability. (Source: NCAA Compliance Handbook, Bylaw Article 12)

NCAA Bylaws Governing General Principles

NCAA Bylaw 16 states that a student-athlete shall not receive any extra benefit. Receipt by a student-athlete of an award, benefit or expense allowance not authorized by NCAA legislation renders the student-athlete ineligible for athletics competition in the sport for which the improper award, benefit or expense was received. If the student-athlete receives an extra benefit not authorized by NCAA legislation, the individual is ineligible in all sports.

An extra benefit is defined as any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution’s athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete’s relative or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their relatives or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution’s students or their relatives or friends or to a particular segment of the student body (e.g., international students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.

(Source: NCAA Compliance Handbook, Bylaw Article 16)

It is your responsibility as a potential employer or mentor to understand the policies set forth by the NCAA. If there is any question you may have regarding compliance with the NCAA Guidelines, please contact the specific institution you are interested in.