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Courtesy: NU Media Relations
06/20/2012
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Booster Guidelines

On behalf of the University of Nebraska student-athletes, coaches and Athletics Department staff, I would like to express my appreciation for your continued support of our entire athletics program.

The University of Nebraska is known for its loyal, passionate, and knowledgeable fans. It is this type of fervent support that not only assists Nebraska student-athletes in reaching their full potential on and off the playing field, but also draws the next generation of student-athletes to our campus. However, as a University of Nebraska booster, please remember that you are also required to know and follow NCAA regulations.

Our coaches, student-athletes, and Athletics Department staff members are knowledgeable about NCAA regulations because they receive on- going education. But, to truly attain the excellence the University of Nebraska strives for, we also need our supporters to be educated about these same regulations. In turn, you will be assisting us with protecting the eligibility and well-being of our current and future student-athletes.

Please review the information listed on the right side of this page which includes some of the most important and frequently asked questions about NCAA regulations for boosters. Since this document cannot address everything you may need to know, I encourage you to contact our office with questions that may arise. Our staff can be reached at 402-472-2042 or Compliance@Huskers.com.

Thank you and Go Huskers!
Jamie Vaughn, Associate Athletic Director for Compliance

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FROM BOOSTERS

What is a Booster?

Anyone who engages in the following is a booster for the University of Nebraska:

  • Belongs to a University of Nebraska athletics booster club;
  • Makes financial donations to the Athletic Department or a specific team;
  • Assists in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes;
  • Employs, gives benefits to, or provides services to a student-athlete, a prospective student-athlete or the relatives/friends of either; or e) Promotes the University of Nebraska athletics program.

What is an "Extra Benefit"?

An “extra benefit” is any benefit provided to a student-athlete or a student-athlete’s relatives or friends that is not authorized by NCAA legislation or available to the general student body. The following list is not exhaustive, but includes examples of “extra benefits” that jeopardize a student-athlete’s eligibility:

  • Free or discounted: food, merchandise, housing, tickets, repairs, haircuts, tattoos, golf/gym memberships, jewelry, etc;
  • Use of a car, boat, or ATV;
  • Gifts, loans, money, or gift cards.

CAN I CONTACT PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETES (RECRUITS) FOR THE HUSKERS?

No. It is not permissible for boosters to contact recruits. This restriction applies to, but is not limited to, the following forms of contact:

  • Face-to-Face Interaction;
  • Phone Calls/Skype;
  • Email/Text Messages;
  • Facebook, Twitter, and all other forms of social media communication.

Remember to ask before you act. Contact the Athletic Compliance Office by phone at (402) 472-2042. The compliance fax number is (402) 472-6961 and the office can be reached by email at compliance@huskers.com.