How Can I Help Student-Athletes?
BYU athletics has thrived largely due to its passionate fanbase and the generous donations from our boosters. Our office appreciates our boosters and wants to help them understand NCAA legislation to ensure the eligibility of our student-athletes is not jeopardized. Please help us keep our athletes eligible by following the guidelines listed below:
Do NOT Provide Extra Benefits to Student-Athletes
An extra benefit is any special arrangement provided to a student-athlete or their family/friends that is not authorized by NCAA rules. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Cash or gifts
- Use of personal property (e.g., boats, summer homes, cars, phones)
- Discounts on purchases (e.g., tickets, clothing)
- Discounts on services (e.g., dental/medical services, automotive services, laundry)
- Arranging, providing or co-signing on a loan
- Meals at restaurants or groceries
- Clothing or equipment
- Free or reduced cost housing
Please be careful not to provide any type of extra benefit to a student-athlete or their family/friends.
You May Provide "Occasional Meals" To Student Athletes
Boosters are permitted to provide meals to student-athletes on "infrequent and special occasions." All occasional meals must be approved by the BYU Compliance Office prior to the day of the meal. Please allow 2-3 business days for occasional meal approval.
You May Employ Student-Athletes
Boosters may employ current student-athletes as long as they are being paid the going rate and are being compensated only for work actually performed. All employment arrangements must be approved through the BYU Compliance Office.
Further, NCAA legislation currently permits boosters to provide compensation to student-athletes for name, image, likeness agreements. These agreements must also be reviewed by the appropriate BYU athletic staff members to ensure that these contracts are not "pay-for-play" agreements.
Together, BYU and its boosters have made the athletic department a great success. Please do not hesitate to contact BYU Compliance Office staff with any questions.