Seattle Pacific University works daily to
ensure that all enrolled student-athletes, prospects, coaches
administrators, boosters and fans comply with NCAA rules and
regulations. Maneuvering the rules maze can sometimes be
difficult. The links and information below are designed to provide
standard information regarding current student-athlete
eligibility, prospective student-athlete regulations &
processes and booster activity.
Please feel free to contact
Erin OConnell, Assistant
Athletic Director for Compliance (206) 281-2973, with questions
regarding this information or other NCAA rules and regulations.
Important Documents for Current
SPU Student-Athlete Handbook
Pacific University Intercollegiate Athletics Social Networking
Banned Drug List
Information for Prospective
- You are a prospective student-athlete if you
have started classes in the ninth grade or if SPU has provided
you (or your relatives or friends) any financial assistance or
benefits not otherwise provided to students generally.
- You become a recruited prospective
student-athlete when SPU or an SPU booster:
(a) Provides you with an official visit;
(b) Has an arranged, in-person, off-campus encounter with
you or the your relatives or legal guardian(s);
(c) Initiates or arranges a telephone contact with you,
your relatives or legal guardian(s) on more than one
occasion for the purpose of recruitment; or
(d) You are issued a National Letter of Intent or the
institution's written offer of athletically related
- Telephone calls and in-person contacts:
Phone calls and in-person off campus contacts to prospects by
an institutions coach may begin on June 15th of the
prospects senior year. Telephone calls by the prospect to
the institutions coach may be made at ANY TIME. If you are
not a senior prospect and you leave a voicemail for a coach, do
not expect a call back because it is an NCAA recruiting
- Official recruiting visits may
be financed and arranged by SPU athletics after the opening day
of classes of the prospects senior year in high school.
- Unofficial visits to SPU may be
made at the prospects expense at ANY time.
Links for Prospective Student-Athletes:
Amateurism Clearinghouse information
Letter of Intent Program
Athletics Tryout Release Waiver (PDF)
Information for Falcon Athletics Boosters
Representatives of Athletics Interests
is the NCAA terminology for an individual who supports collegiate
student-athletes in their quest for excellence in academics and
athletics. Another term for these individuals is boosters.
The NCAA maintains strict regulations for what boosters can and
cant do for enrolled student-athletes.
Seattle Pacific University is responsible for
the actions of our athletics boosters. Please familiarize yourself
with the below statements regarding SPU booster behavior.
A "representative of the institution's
athletics interests" is an individual who is known (or
who should have been known) by a member of the institution's
executive or athletics administration to:
(a) Have participated in or to be a
member of an agency or organization, including corporate
entities (e.g., apparel and equipment companies), promoting
the institution's intercollegiate athletics program;
(b) Have made financial contributions to
the athletics department or to an athletics booster
organization of that institution;
(c) Be assisting or to have been
requested (by the athletics department staff) to assist in
the recruitment of prospective student-athletes;
(d) Be assisting or to have assisted in
providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their
(e) Have been involved otherwise in
promoting the institution's athletics program; or
(f) Have ever participated as a varsity
student-athlete at SPU.
BOOSTER DOs & DONTs
Under NCAA rules, a booster MAY
- Provide an enrolled student-athlete with an
A booster may provide an enrolled student-athlete or an entire
team with an occasional home meal. The occasional meal must:
- Take place in the locale of SPU;
- Be provided in the boosters home
(i.e., no restaurants);
- Be restricted to infrequent or special
occasions (e.g., one per quarter).
- Be reported to the Compliance Office
before the meal occurs.
NOTE: It is permissible for
the meal to be catered. Also, local transportation to attend
the meal may be provided to the enrolled student-athletes, but
only by the institution or the booster who is hosting the
- Employ an enrolled student-athlete.
A booster may employ an enrolled student-athlete during the
summer or the academic year, provided the student-athlete:
- Is compensated only for work actually
performed at the going rate in that locale for similar
- Is not hired based on publicity,
reputation or fame obtained due to athletics ability;
- Is not provided with any benefits not
enjoyed by all other employees.
- Have contact with an enrolled
The rules that preclude a booster from having any contact with
a prospect do not apply to enrolled student-athletes. It is
permissible for a booster to speak with an enrolled
student-athlete before or after a game, at a banquet or at any
- Contribute money or make donations in-kind.
A booster may contribute money to an athletics team, provided
the funds benefit the team in general and are not earmarked for
a particular student-athlete. In addition, a booster may make
donations in-kind for the benefit of a team (e.g., equipment,
Under NCAA rules, a booster may NOT
- Provide an enrolled student-athlete with any
A booster may not provide to an enrolled student-athlete or the
student- athletes relatives/friends any benefits or
special arrangements which are not expressly authorized by NCAA
rules, unless such benefits are generally available to all SPU
students and their relatives/friends.
The list of impermissible benefits for enrolled
student-athletes includes, but is not limited to:
- Providing cash or loans in any amount.
- Co-signing a loan.
- Providing gifts of any kind, including
birthday or holiday gifts.
- Providing free or reduced-cost housing.
- Providing meals (except for occasional
home meals as noted above), clothing, transportation or the
use of an automobile.
- Providing special discounts for goods or
services (e.g., discount car repairs, legal services,
- Providing an honorarium for a speaking
- Involve student-athletes in commercial
- NCAA rules do not permit a student-athlete's
name, picture or appearance to be used to advertise, recommend
or promote the sale or use of a commercial product or service of
- Under certain specified conditions, however,
a student-athlete may be involved in charitable, educational and
non- profit promotional activities. Any such activities require
the prior approval of Erin OConnell.
- NCAA regulations do not permit
individuals/families outside Seattle Pacific University to serve
as Sponsors or Sponsor Families to
enrolled student-athletes. This is due to the fact that there is
no standard program in place available to ALL SPU students.
For any questions or concerns, please
Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance/Senior Woman