Athlete's Tip of the Month November

Amateurism Do's and Don'ts
NCAA Bylaw 12 and Ivy Manual Bylaw IV-B-1

NCAA rules govern on sports in which you are seeking eligibility. However, Ivy rules prohibit eligibility in all sports if a student is professionalized in any sport. If you are a professional in one sport, you may compete on the junior varsity level in another sport, but never at the varsity level. Let's take a look at the "do's" and "don'ts" regarding amateurism in the Ivy League.

Do's

If you have remaining eligibility, you may engage in the following activities without jeopardizing your eligibility in that sport:

You may seek counseling about a future professional athletic career through your head coach or your institution's professional sports counseling panel. They may contact agents and professional teams or organizations on your behalf. You may request information from a professional team or organization concerning your professional market value. You, your parents or legal guardians, or your institution's professional sports counseling panel may negotiate with a professional team. You may secure advice from an attorney concerning a proposed professional contract, provided they do not represent you in negotiations for that contract. The attorney may not have direct contact with the professional team on your behalf. In the sport of basketball, you may enter a professional league's draft without jeopardizing eligibility in that sport, provided you are not drafted and declare in writing to your athletic director your intention to resume your intercollegiate competition within 30 days of your initial declaration for the draft. You may borrow against future earnings potential from an established or accredited commercial lending institution for the purpose of purchasing insurance against a disabling injury/illness, provided a third party is not involved in arranging for the loan. You are permitted to receive one on-campus medical examination during the academic year by a professional league's scouting bureau. You may play in an individual all-star game after signing with an agent, provided all team competition has concluded and you have completed your seasons of eligibility.

Don'ts

If you have remaining eligibility in a sport, you may jeopardize your eligibility in that sport if you engage in any of the following activities:

You may not agree, either orally or in writing, to be represented by an agent or "runner" until after your eligibility has ended, including your team's postseason competition, for a future time or for the purpose of marketing your athletic ability or reputation. You, your relatives or friends may not accept benefits from an agent, runner, or financial advisor. These benefits include (but are not limited to) transportation, money and gifts, regardless of the benefit. Once an agreement (oral or written) has been made with an agent or to compete in professional athletics, you are ineligible for participation, regardless of the legal enforceability of the contract. You may not receive preferential benefits or treatment because of your reputation, skill, or payback potential as a future professional athlete. You may not retain professional services (legal advice) for personal reasons at les that the normal charge. You may not ask to be placed on a draft list or supplemental draft list of a professional league in a sport, except for basketball. You may not be awarded institutional financial aid when you are under contract to or are currently receiving compensation from a professional sports organization.