Compliance Services Newsletter February 2014 PRE-EXISTING RELATIONSHIPS WITH PROSPECTIVE OR CURRENT STUDENT-ATHLETES The Compliance Services Office is often posed with the following situations from coaches and staff: • • • “This recruit is the son/daughter of a former teammate.” “This recruit is a friend of my son/daughter and I’m friends with his/her parents.” “I’ve known this student-athlete since before they could walk.” Given these situations you may often wonder: How does the Compliance Services Office determine if you have a pre-existing relationship with a recruit, student-athlete and their family? Do any of the recruiting or extra benefit rules change if you do have a pre-existing relationship with a recruit, student-athlete or their family? The NCAA has some guidelines to help us determine what constitues a pre-existing relationship. In almost all cases, Stanford must be able to document that a pre-existing relationship occurred with no connection to athletic participation. In an effort to streamline and document any preexisting relationships we are excited to announce we’ve created...wait for it... a new form which will assist with approval! As a coach or DAPER staff member, please contact our office if you believe you (or a Stanford donor, fan, or alum) may have a pre-existing relationship with any recruits or current student-athletes and we can determine what benefits may still be possible given those relationships. TRACK YOUR MULTI-SPORT STUDENT-ATHLETES Q: My team is out-of-season, but the other sport is inseason. What are the hour limits for the studentathlete participating in both sports? A: The maximum hours for a student-athlete is 20 hours per week, for any and all sports the studentathlete participates in. For example, if a studentathlete uses all eight hours of out-of-season work, then he/she would only have 12 hours left with the in-season sport. Q: Can a student-athlete practice with one team in the afternoon and, subsequently, sit on the bench during his second team’s game that same night? A: Yes - only if the student-athlete practices no more than one hour with the first team in the afternoon. Competitions count for 3 hours and when combined, the daily maximum cannot exceed four hours. Q: If a team has an afternoon contest, can a studentathlete participate in a practice with her other team after the competition? A: No, even for multi-sport student-athletes, there can be no participationg in countable activities after a competition. Just Axe! compliance question of the month Jane is a volleyball student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). Jane earned All-America honors this fall and will be honored during the home men’s basketball game this weekend. Jane would like her parents and grandparents to attend the game and see the halftime ceremony. Is it permissible for OSU to provide Jane’s parents and grandparents with complimentary tickets to the game, so they can see their daughter be honored at halftime? Check your answer on page 2!