Awards & Benefits
Playing & Practice Seasons
There shall be a clear line of demarcation between the intercollegiate athletics program and professional sports. However, prior to initial full-time collegiate enrollment, an individual may enter into an agreement to compete on a professional team and compete on a professional team under certain circumstances. Individuals who initially enroll full time at a collegiate institution after August 1, 2010, are allowed to enter into agreements with professional teams provided the agreement does not guarantee or promise payment (at any time) in excess of actual and necessary expenses to participate on the team. Furthermore, in sports other than men's ice hockey, skiing, and tennis, to specify that a student-athlete who does not initially enroll full-time in a collegiate institution within one year (six months for tennis) or the next opportunity to enroll following the high school graduation date of the prospective student-athlete's class and participates in organized events after the specified time period shall be charged with a season of intercollegiate competition for each year of participation and shall fulfill an academic year in residence (one year for each year of competition in tennis) upon matriculation at the certifying institution before being eligible to represent the institution in intercollegiate competition.
An individual loses amateur status and is not eligible for intercollegiate competition if he or she does any one of the following after enrolling full time at a collegiate institution:
- Uses athletic skill (directly or indirectly) for pay in any form in that sport;
- Accepts a promise of pay (even if pay to be received after intercollegiate competition);
- Signs a contract and commits to play professional athletics, regardless of legal enforceability or any consideration received;
- Receives, directly or indirectly, a salary, reimbursement of expenses or any other form of financial assistance from a professional sports organization based on athletics skill or participation, except as permitted by NCAA rules and regulations;
- Competes on any professional athletics team as defined by Bylaw 12.02.8, even if no pay or remuneration for expense was received;
- After initial full-time collegiate enrollment, enters into a professional draft in a manner not permitted by NCAA rules and regulations (one-time exception rule); or
- Enters into an agreement with an agent.
NCAA Bylaw 12.3 specifically prohibits eligible student-athletes from entering into written or oral agreements with agents for the purpose of marketing athletics ability or reputation in any sport. The penalty is immediate ineligibility and, if not reported, possible forfeiture of athletic contests in which the involved student-athlete performed.
Student-athletes should be encouraged to report to the compliance office any contact from an individual who represents him/herself as an agent, athletic talent scout, or someone who attempts to arrange a meeting with the same. This could be a certified sports agent, a local business, family friend, lawyer, or a loyal Pacific supporter. Student-athletes should not be communicating with an agent, and under no circumstances should the student-athlete sign anything or accept anything else from the agent (even a meal, soda, etc.). Any contact should be reported to the Compliance Office at the first possible moment. If a student-athlete wishes to explore his/her options in a sports-related career, he/she should set up a meeting with the Compliance Office.
NCAA regulations permit student-athletes to be involved in campus and community charitable projects (e.g., sports skills, reading at schools) and/or appearance in educational projects (books, videos, articles, etc.) under certain circumstances and provided that the student-athlete misses no class time to attend the events. Any such participation requires prior approval of the Compliance Office. The Student-Athlete Promotional Activity Request Form must be signed by all participants and the agency representative to ensure the event is within the guidelines of NCAA regulations.
While most types of events are permissible, it is important to have a clear understanding of exactly what will be taking place and how the student-athlete will be involved. An example of a permissible student-athlete appearance would be for student-athletes to read to students at a local elementary school. NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199 outlines in further detail the list of permissible activities. An example of a non-permissible activity would be for student-athletes to appear at a local commercial restaurant to promote business for the local restaurant.
Failure to comply with these regulations can result in the loss of eligibility for the student-athlete. It should be noted that student-athletes who have completed their eligibility, but are still receiving athletically-related financial aid, continue to be subject to this regulation.