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!
If you answered "YES" to any of these questions, you are a representative of athletics interest, also known as a booster or donor.
- Are you a member of the Buck/Cardinal Club?
- Have you given money or a donation to an individual Stanford sport or any portion of the Stanford Athletics Department at any time in the past?
- Are you a corporate sponsor of the Athletic Department?
- Have you volunteered your time to the Athletic Department or any individual sport?
- Are you a member of any Stanford booster organization (12th Man, 6th Man Club, Fast Break Club, etc)?
Rules Regarding Prospective Student-Athletes (PSA):
NCAA rules PERMIT an Athletics Representative to:
- notify our coaches about prospects in your area that may be strong additions to our teams;
- attend high school or two-year college athletic contests or other events where PSAs may compete, however, you may not have contact with the PSAs or their relatives for the purpose of providing information on Stanford;
- continue relationships with a PSA, his/her parents or relatives, provided the relationship pre-dates the PSA entering ninth grade and the relationship did not develop as a result of the PSA's athletics participation, but you may not recruit them to participate in Stanford Athletics;
- continue involvement with local youth sports that may include PSAs, provided you do not solicit any prospect's participation in Stanford Athletics.
NCAA rules specifically PROHIBIT an Athletics Representative from:
Rules regarding current student-athletes:
- contacting a PSA or their family in person on or off our campus. This includes calling, writing, emailing or text messaging;
- making arrangements for PSAs or their relatives or friends to receive money or financial aid of any kind;
- providing transportation for a PSA or the prospect's relatives or friends to visit our campus or reimbursing another party (including a PSA's coach) for providing that transportation;
- providing free tickets or tickets at a reduced cost for PSAs or their relatives or friends to attend an athletic event;
- entertaining high school, prep school or community college coaches;
- attending a PSA's sports event for the purpose of providing an evaluation requested by the Stanford coaching staff.
NCAA rules PERMIT Athletics Representatives to:
NCAA rules PROHIBIT an Athletics Representative from:
- invite student-athletes into their home for an occasional or special occasion meal on an infrequent basis. You may not provide meals to student-athletes in restaurant facilities or provide free meals to parents at any time;
- provide summer employment for enrolled student-athletes at the going rate for similar positions;
- provide housing for enrolled student-athletes, provided student-athletes pay market rate, as determined by the Compliance Services Office.
- providing cash or loans in any amount, or signing or co-signing for a loan for a student-athlete or parents;
- providing gifts of any kind, including birthday cards and holiday gifts, clothing and entertainment, or cars to student-athletes;
- providing special discounts for goods and services (e.g., car repairs, legal services, meals) to student-athletes or their families;
- providing free housing or reduced-rent housing to student-athletes or their families;
- purchasing complimentary admissions from a student-athlete (i.e., paying for the use of the athlete's game-day pass);
- providing an honorarium to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement;
- allowing free telephone or cellular phone usage by a student-athlete;
- providing room, board, transportation or any other special arrangement for a student-athlete's family or friends.