University of South Alabama Department of Athletics

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University of South Alabama Department of Athletics

A Summary for South Alabama Student-Athletes

ELIGIBILITY BASICS  Five-year rule: You are not eligible to compete in more than 4 seasons of intercollegiate athletic competition within a 5-year time frame.  You must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester in order to be eligible for practice and competition.  Six-hour rule: You must pass at least 6 credit hours each semester in order to be eligible for the next semester. (For example, a soccer student-athlete must pass 6 hours in the spring to eligible for the next fall.)  Progress towards degree rules: You must maintain all NCAA progress towards degree rules (e.g., credit hour minimums, GPA minimums, percentage of degree minimums) in order to be eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics. AMATEURISM  You will be declared ineligible for participation in your sport if you have ever: (a) taken pay, or the promise of pay, for competing in that sport; (b) agreed, orally or in writing, to compete in professional athletics in that sport; (c) played on any professional athletics team in that sport, regardless of whether or not you actually received payment; or (d) used your athletics ability for pay in any form in that sport.  You will be declared ineligible in any sport if you accept any pay for promoting a commercial product or service or allow your name or picture to be used in such a promotion.  You will be declared ineligible in any sport if you violate NCAA employment rules (see below). DRUG TESTING  The Department of Athletics, as well as the NCAA, conducts drug testing throughout the calendar year. You can obtain information about the NCAA’s drug testing program by visiting their website at http://www.ncaa.org. EMPLOYMENT  NCAA rules permit you to obtain employment at any time during the calendar year with no limit on the amount of money you may earn provided you adhere to the following regulations: (a) you are paid for work that you actually do; (b) you are paid at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services; and (c) your compensation does not include any remuneration for value that you may have for your employer as a result of your athletics reputation or fame.  If you plan to acquire a job during the academic year, you must fill out the appropriate paperwork with the compliance office.

EXTRA BENEFITS  An extra benefit is defined as anything you receive as a student-athlete that is not available to the general public or general student body.  You will be declared ineligible if you accept any type of benefit from a University of South Alabama employee or athletic booster. Benefits include, but are not limited to, a loan of money, the use of an automobile, free or reduced cost services, etc. SPORTS WAGERING  Student-athletes, coaches and staff members may not engage in professional or intercollegiate sports gambling activities.  You will be declared ineligible if you are found to have: (a) provided any team information to an individual involved in organized gambling activities; (b) placed a bet, accepted a bribe or agreed to throw, fix or illegally influence the outcome of any intercollegiate contest; or (c) engaged in any gambling activities that involve professional or intercollegiate athletics through bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling. OUTSIDE COMPETITION  You will be declared ineligible if your sport for the remainder of the season and the ensuing season if, during the academic year, you compete as a member of any outside team or in any non-collegiate, amateur competition.  If you are a participant in a sport other than basketball, you may compete outside of your declared playing and practice season as a member of an outside team in any non-collegiate, amateur competition that occurs during any official vacation period as published in the University of South Alabama catalog.  Please check with your head coach or the compliance office before participating in outside competition or as a member of an outside team. SPORTS AGENTS & FINANCIAL PLANNERS  You will be declared ineligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics if you have ever agreed (verbally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purposes of marketing your athletics ability or reputation in your sport.  You will be declared ineligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics if you have entered into a verbal or written agreement with an agent for representation in future professional sports negotiations that are to take place after you have completed you college eligibility in your sport.  You will be declared ineligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics if you (or your relatives or friends) have accepted transportation or other benefits from an agent, runner, financial planner or other associate.

Student-athletes are encouraged to contact their head coach or the Athletics Compliance Office at [email protected] with any questions related to NCAA rules and regulations.

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