NCAA ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
The University of South Florida Division of Intercollegiate Athletics implements many policies , practices, procedures, systems and educational programs designed to promote compliance with NCAA, federal, state, and Board of Regents legislation. In addition, the compliance program has been designed to function within the philosophies and policies of the University. The program operates under the direction of the Director of Athletics and is executed by the Assistant Director of Athletics/Compliance in cooperation from all Athletic Department Staff and student-athletes.
The University of South Florida is committed to the standards of the NCAA and the principle of "institutional control". The USF Athletic Department has instituted appropriate systems and modifications to improve the institution's compliance and to ensure "institutional control".
USF, based on its membership in the NCAA and Conference USA agrees to abide by established rules and regulations. These rules impact student-athletes, coaches, staff members, alumni and boosters. As a student-athlete at USF, you too are required to comply with those rules and regulations. It is your responsibility to be aware of the NCAA, Conference USA and Board of Regents rules and regulations that may impact your athletic eligibility and/or athletically related financial aid at USF. We are here to assist you with knowledge of and compliance with these rules. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Assistant Athletic Director, Steve Horton at 974-6858.
Each year you will participate in a team meeting to review a NCAA summary form of eligibility rules and regulations. You will be required, in your team meeting, to sign the NCAA Student- Athlete Statement declaring your knowledge of and compliance with those rules. Should you have any questions regarding the NCAA Student-Athlete Statement, contact Mr. Horton.
The following are important NCAA Division I athletic eligibility requirements:
Student-athletes must be registered for at least a minimum, full-time program of studies as defined by the institution, which shall not be less than 12 semester hours each term. Exception: student-athletes in the final semester of the baccalaureate program and with less than 12 semester hours needed to graduate, may obtain written verification from their advisor to be enrolled in less than 12 hours.
In an effort to protect your eligibility, you may not drop any course without receiving prior permission from an Athletic Department Academic Advisor.
Satisfactory Progress for all Student-Athletes that matriculated full time enrollment prior to Fall 2003
Certification after you have utilized one season of eligibility in a sport shall be based upon :
Satisfactory Progress for Student-athletes who matriculated to the university on August 1, 2003 or thereafter
In 2003 and 2004, a prospective student-athlete may use either the new 14 core-course or the current 13 core-course initial eligibility requirements to become a qualifier. Elements of the two standards MAY NOT be combined to attain qualifier status. Beginning in 2005, all prospective student-athletes must be certified under the 14 core-course standard.
Partial qualifier certification will be eliminated for a prospective student-athlete who enters August 2005 and thereafter .
A nonqualifier will continue to have the opportunity to earn a fourth season of eligibility if he or she obtains his or her degree by the beginning of his or her fifth year of collegiate enrollment.
A midyear transfer is subject to the above requirements and is able to use transferable degree credits to satisfy the requirements.
A transfer student-athlete (foreign or domestic) who initially enrolls as a full-time student in any collegiate institutionís regular academic term on or after August 1,2003, will be subject to the academic requirements set forth above.
A student-athlete is responsible to earn 18 semester credit hours in any academic year in which the student-athlete was full time one or more terms. Part-time hours may be used to fulfill this requirement.
Exceptions: A student-athlete who enrolls in his or her first full-time term of collegiate enrollment following the fall term will not be responsible for earning 18 credit hours until he or she has spend a full academic year at the institution.
Summer Credit Hours
May be used to satisfy the 24 credit hour requirement when certifying a student-athlete entering his or her second year of collegiate enrollment. Summer hours may also be used to meet the 40/60/80 percentage-degree requirements.
Remedial, Tutorial or Noncredit Courses
May be used when earned during his or her first year of enrollment and when certifying a student-athlete entering his or her second year of enrollment.
Six Credit Hours
All student-athletes, including those currently enrolled, must successfully complete at least 6 semester hours in the previous regular academic term of full time enrollment to be eligible to participate in the next regular academic term.
The NCAA and Conference USA bases their existence on the concept of integrity and fair competition among its membership. The USF athletic department prides itself in this area as reflected by the sportsmanship of staff, coaches and athletes alike. You, as a USF student-athlete, must continue to uphold the virtues of good sportsmanship through your approach to competitive situations, actions during contests and attitudes towards winning and losing. You are held in high esteem by fellow students and community supporters, so the sportsmanlike manner in which you conduct yourself is an integral part of this process. Problems in this area will be dealt with individually and could result in possible reprimand, suspension or even termination.
Athletic Events-All USF students are admitted free to athletic events. You need to show your validated student I.D. to gain admission to events other than your own sport.
Own Sport-For your own sport, if admission is charged to the general public, you are permitted a maximum of four complimentary admissions. You will be required to submit names of your guests prior to the contest and your guests must present proper identification at the ticket gate. Your respective coach will discuss the particulars with you at the appropriate time.
Pre & Post Season-A student-athlete's participation in required athletically related activities outside the playing season is limited to a maximum of 8 hours of conditioning activities per week. In sports other than football, student-athletes may request 2 hours (within the 8 hours per week) of skill instruction utilizing the equipment of the sport. The skill instruction is limited to groups of four student athletes at any one time in any location.
Playing Season-A student-athlete's required participation in athletically related activities during the playing season is limited to a maximum of 20 hours per week with no more than four (4) hours per day. All competition and any associated athletically related activity on the day of competition shall count as three (3) hours regardless of actual duration of activities. In addition, a "day off" from mandatory athletically related activities during one calendar day per week is required. Travel Days can be considered as a "day off" if no other athletically related activities occur during that day.
Missed Class Time for Practice Activities- It is not permissible for a student-athlete to miss class time for practice except when the team is traveling to an away from competition and the practice is held in conjunction with that contest.
Missed Class Time for Competition- All student-athletes participating in USF approved and scheduled athletic contests are required to submit excuse forms to professors of each class prior to departing campus. These class-excuse forms are available from your coach and Athletic Department Academic Advisors. It is recommended that at the beginning of each semester, you make an appointment with your professor during his/her office hours and provide your instructor with a copy of your schedule and class-excuse form. Instructors are usually more than willing to assist you in resolving a conflict when advance notice is given and the approach is done with tact and respect.
The NCAA opposes all forms of gambling and adamantly opposes all forms of sports gambling. The NCAA membership has adopted specific legislation prohibiting Athletics Department staff members and student-athletes from engaging in gambling activities as they relate to intercollegiate and professional athletic events. The NCAA opposes sports gambling because it undermines or carries the potential to undermine the integrity of sports contests and because it sends entirely the wrong message concerning the purpose and meaning of "sport".
It is hoped that you, as a student-athlete, will never be approached in an attempt to involve you in a gambling or bribery situation. However, on some campuses in the past student-athletes have become involved in organized gambling operations. The results of this involvement have been both severe and tragic, not only for the individual but for the entire University athletics program.
NCAA Legislation Governing Gambling
Do you know what you can/cannot do regarding professional sports and NCAA regulations?
You are permitted to:
You are not permitted to:
To assist students in making the best possible decision regarding professional sports, the following questions and answers have been developed to help students sort through some of the issues that they, their parents and NCAA institutions will confront.
Question No. 1:I have been contacted by agents who wish to represent me. Can I reach an agreement with an agent to represent me without jeopardizing my eligibility at an NCAA school?
Answer: No. If you or your parents reach a verbal or written agreement with an agent, this will jeopardize your eligibility at an NCAA school.
Question No 2: I have been told by some people that it is permissible to have an advisor, but not an agent. Is this true? If so, what is the difference between and advisor and an agent?
Answer: You are correct. It is permissible for you to have an advisor (but not an agent) without jeopardizing your eligibility at an NCAA school. Under NCAA regulations you and your parents are permitted to receive advice from a lawyer or other individuals concerning a proposed professional sports contract, provided the advisor does not represent you directly in negotiations for the contract. In this regard, it is permissible for an advisor to discuss the merits of a proposed contract with you and give you suggestions about the type of offer you should consider. In order to maintain your eligibility at an NCAA school, however, you may not use this advisor as a link between you and the professional sports team rather, you must view the advisor as an extension of your own interests and not as a source to contact a professional team. If you use the advisor as a direct contact with a professional team, the advisor shall be considered an agent and you will have jeopardized your eligibility at an NCAA school. For example, an advisor may not be present during the discussions of a contract offer with a professional team or have any direct contact ( i.e in person, by telephone or by mail) with the professional sports team on your behalf. Finally, it is important to note that in order to maintain your eligibility at the NCAA school, if you receive the assistance from an advisor, you will be required to pay that advisor at his or her normal rate.
Question No 3: May I receive any benefits (e.g. transportation or meals) from an agent or advisor without jeopardizing my NCAA eligibility?
Answer: No. You will be ineligible if you accept any transportation or other benefits from any person who wishes to represent you in the marketing of your athletics ability. This rule does not prohibit you from having a meal with someone who wishes to assist you in your negotiations, provided you each pay for the actual cost of your meals and arrange for transportation separately.
Question No 4: Am I permitted to negotiate directly with a professional sports team?
Answer: Yes. NCAA rules were changed in 1992 to allow you and your parents or legal guardians to negotiate directly with a professional team.
Question No 5: Am I permitted to reach any kind of agreement for a contract with a team and still retain my eligibility?
Answer: No. If you reach a written or verbal agreement for any portion of the terms of a professional contract, you will have jeopardized your eligibility at an NCAA school. No matter how vigorously individuals may attempt to persuade you that it is permissible to reach a verbal agreement for the terms of a contract, be assured that NCAA regulations do not permit you to reach an oral agreement for the terms of a contract.
Question No. 6: Can my family or I accept any items of value (e.g. clothing, meals, etc.) from the major league team that drafted me without jeopardizing my NCAA eligibility?
Answer: No. The receipt of any items of value will jeopardize your eligibility at an NCAA school.
Question No 7: What happens to my eligibility if a professional team offers to fly me and my parents to their city to watch a game? Is the team permitted to take me or my parents to dinner or entertain us in any other way?
Answer: In order for you to retain your NCAA eligibility would not be permitted to receive any kind of entertainment expenses from the professional team. This includes a representative of the professional team purchasing a meal for you or your parents or paying expense for you to visit the city of the league team.
Question No 8: I've heard that I can receive an expense-paid tryout to the city of a professional team. Is this true?
Answer: Yes, but only if you have not yet enrolled in a collegiate institution (including a two-year college). In this regard, NCAA rules do permit, prior to enrollment in a college, a student-athlete to receive an expense-paid tryout with a professional team, provided such a visit does not exceed 48 hours and any payment or compensation in connection with the visit was not in excess of actual and necessary expenses. Thus, you may receive an expense-paid visit from a professional team provided you participate in tryout activities that allow that club to evaluate you. After you enroll as a full time student you may tryout with a professional team at your own expense anytime other than the regular academic year. However in either case, during the tryout you may not take part in any outside competition (games or scrimmages) as part of the professional team.
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