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Do's and Don'ts for Representatives of Athletics Interests
Due to the increasing popularity of social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace), the University at Buffalo Athletics Compliance Department has created this page as a quick reference for Bulls fans.
Please remember that only coaches
and Athletics Department
staff members may be involved in the recruiting process.
All boosters are prohibited from contacting prospects or members of a prospect's family by any means for the purpose of encouraging the prospect's participation in the University at Buffalo athletics program. Please know that although you may or may not consider yourself a booster of UB Athletics, by engaging in any of the actions below the NCAA will consider you a booster.
Q. May I email or post messages on a prospective
student-athlete's MySpace, Facebook or similar
A. No, you may not. An athletics representative may not email or post messages on the webpage or website of any prospective student-athlete.
Q. May I create an online group dedicated to convincing or encouraging a prospect that we want them to attend UB if the group members do not directly contact the prospect?
A. The NCAA would consider this as recruiting activity by boosters, so this would NOT be permissible.
Q. What if I do not urge a prospect to come to UB, may I contact them just to tell them about all the great things UB has to offer?
A. No. Once again, this is another form of recruiting and only UB coaches are permitted to recruit on behalf of the institution.
Q: Who is defined as a prospect?
A: Any individual that has begun classes for the ninth grade. This includes any individual who is currently enrolled in and/or attending courses at a junior college or prep school.
Please remember that individuals other than UB coaches should not be contacting prospects, directly or indirectly, in any manner or using any form of communication in an effort to persuade them to attend UB.
If you have questions about this information or about NCAA or Mid American Conference rules, please contact the UB Athletics Compliance Department at (716) 645-7978. We appreciate your support of UB Athletics and your help in ensuring we operate within NCAA rules and regulations.