Many times individuals
are unsure if they are considered boosters or not. Below we have designed
a quiz to help you determine if you are a booster. There are numerous ways
to become a booster and it would be impossible to list all of them here.
Therefore, if you have any questions, please ASK
BEFORE YOU ACT!
1. Are you a member
of the Buck/Cardinal Club?
2. Have you given money or a donation to an individual Stanford sport
or any portion of the Stanford Athletics Department?
3. Are you a corporate sponsor of the Athletic Department?
4. Have you volunteered your time to the Athletic Department or any individual
5. Are you a member of any Stanford booster organization (12th Man, 6th
Man Club, Fast Break Club, etc)?
If you answered "YES"
to any of these questions, you are a booster!
Rules for Boosters
Regarding PROSPECTIVE Student-Athletes
with a prospect as long as the booster has an established relationship
prior to the student being a prospect and as long as there is no attempt
to recruit the prospect.
Watch a prospect's
athletic contest, but not have contact with that prospect.
Bring to Stanford's
attention outstanding prospects from the booster's local area. HOWEVER,
a booster may not get involved in the actual evaluation of the prospect,
contact a prospect's coach, principal or counselor nor visit the prospect's
educational institution to pick up film or transcripts pertaining to the
prospect's athletic or academic abilities.
Talk to a prospect
via telephone if the call is initiated by the prospect. The call cannot
be initiated or arranged by Stanford coaching staff members. The booster
must refer any questions about Stanford's athletic program to the Athletic
Department and the booster may not encourage the prospect to attend Stanford.
Booster May Not:
Contact a prospect
or his/her parents in person, by telephone or in writing (letters or email)
for the purpose of recruiting the prospect. Contact may not be made with
a prospect or his/her parents on or off the Stanford campus.
Approach a Stanford
coach who is with a prospect. This puts the coach in an uncomfortable
situation because the coach is not able to introduce the booster to the
Have contact with
student-athletes at institutions other than Stanford for the purpose of
contact with a prospect or his/her family with the purpose of recruiting
him/her to Stanford.
Mail anything to
a prospect. This includes newspapers, clippings, press releases, media
guides, posters, game programs, schedule cards, emails, etc.
Contact a prospect's
counselor, principal or coach in order to evaluate a prospect. Additionally,
a booster may not pick up videotapes or transcripts of the prospect at
his/her high school or junior college.
Provide a prospect
or his/her family or friends any extra benefits. A booster may not provide
extra benefits to current student-athletes either.
Rules for Boosters
Regarding CURRENT Student-Athletes
A Booster May:
Provide an occasional
family home meal to a student-athlete or an entire team. The meal must
take place in the home, NOT a restaurant, however the meal may be catered.
Requests for these types of occasional meals should be made through the
Employ a student-athlete
under certain circumstances with prior approval from the Stanford Athletic
Department. Student-athletes who are not freshmen may receive employment
income in certain situations. Both the student-athlete and the employer
must sign a written statement PRIOR to beginning any employment during
the academic year. Student-athletes may be compensated only for work actually
performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in the area for
similar services. The general limit on employment earnings that do not
count towards NCAA limits is $2000 annually.
Booster May Not:
Provide extra benefits
to any student-athlete and his/her family. Additionally, extra benefits
may not be given to a prospect and his/her family.
Use the name or picture
of a student-athlete to directly or indirectly advertise, recommend or
promote the sale or use of a commercial product or service.
Provide an honorarium
to a student-athlete who has been approved for a speaking engagement.
Student-athletes may received only necessary travel expenses for prior
approved speaking engagements.
Provide free or reduced
rate housing for a student athlete or his/her family, even on weekend
visits. Additionally, student-athletes are specifically not allowed to
house-sit for boosters.
The Buck/Cardinal Club is a very valuable part of the Stanford Athletic
Department. All present and past members of the Buck/Cardinal Club are
considered boosters and therefore are held to these standards. Please
review the information on what boosters may or may not do and ASK BEFORE
to Get More Information
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