ABCs of ComplianceC-Camps and Clinics:
An institution's sports camp or instructional clinic is any camp or clinic that is owned or operated by a member institution or an employee of the member institution's athletic department, either on or off its campus, and in which prospective student athletes participate.
An extra benefit is a special arrangement by an institutional employee or booster to provide a prospect, student-athlete, or their relatives or friends a benefit not expressly authorized by the NCAA, including, but not limited to, cash, any type of gift, or a vehicle.
While unintentional and inadvertent NCAA violations do occasionally take place, the goal of Bucknell University is to commit zero violations. With our goal in mind, if you are ever in doubt about NCAA or Patriot League rules, please ask before you act.
Y-Year of Residence:
A student who transfers to a member institution from any collegiate institution is required to complete one full academic year of residence at the certifying institution before being eligible to compete for or to receive travel expenses from the member institution, unless the student satisfies the applicable transfer requirements or qualifies for an exception as set forth.
An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution's athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete's relative or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.
A waiver is an action exempting an individual or institution from the application of a specific regulation. A waiver requires formal approval based on evidence of compliance with the specified conditions or criteria under which the waiver is authorized or extenuating circumstances.
Daily and weekly hour limitations do not apply to countable athletically related activities occurring during an institution's term-time official vacation period, as listed in the institution's official calendar, and during the academic year between terms when classes are not in session.
A student-host is typically a current student-athlete who will entertain a prospect while they are visiting on an official visit as well as provide them with a tour of campus. The student-host is permitted to receive a complimentary meal along with the prospect who is visiting for his or her duties as a host as well as a complimentary admission to a campus athletics event provided the host is accompanying the prospect at this event.
During the playing season, a student-athlete may appear on radio and television programs or engage in writing projects when the student-athlete's appearance is related in any way to athletics ability or prestige, provided the student-athlete does not receive any remuneration for the appearance or participation in the activity. The student-athlete shall not make any endorsement, expressed or implied, of any commercial product or service. A student-athlete participating in media activities during the playing season may not miss class, except for class time missed in conjunction with away-from-home competition or to participate in conference-sponsored media day.
A part of the recruiting calendar, a quiet period is a period of time when it is permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on the institution's campus. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made during the quiet period.
P-Playing and Practice Seasons:
In the interest of student-athlete welfare and competitive equity, the NCAA has established daily and weekly limits on athletics participation. For the length of a team's playing season (which is determined and documented at the beginning of each academic year), student-athletes may not be required to participate in athletically related activities for more than four hours a day and 20 hours per week. Student-athletes must also receive at minimum one day off per week. Outside of the playing season, student-athletes are limited to eight required hours per week, in which only two of those hours may be skill instruction. Out of season student-athletes must also receive at minimum two days off per week.
An official visit is when a prospective student-athlete visits an institution and the visit in any part is funded by the institution. A prospective student-athlete may only take a maximum of 5 expense-paid visits while in high school, with no more than one permitted to any single institution.
A prospective student-athlete may not be provided an expense-paid visit earlier than the opening day of classes of the prospect's senior year in high school.
A non-qualifier is a prospect who did not meet the minimum core course, grade point average, and standardized test score requirements established by the NCAA Eligibility Center. As a nonqualifer, the prospect may not practice, compete, or receive athletics aid during his or her first academic year in residence.
During the playing season, a student-athlete may appear on radio and television programs (e.g., coaches' shows) or engage in writing projects when the student-athletes appearance or participation is related in any way to athletics ability or prestige, provided the student-athlete does not make any endorsement, expressed or implied, of any commercial product or service. The student-athlete may receive actual and necessary expenses directly related to the appearance or participation in the activity. A student-athlete participating in media activities during the playing season may not miss class, except for class time missed in conjunction with away-from-home competition or to participate in a conference-sponsored media day.
In Division I, all prospective student-athletes who want to participate in intercollegiate competition as freshman must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center (EC). The EC evaluates prospect student-athletes' amateur and academic records, including core courses, grade point average, and standardized test scores to determine eligibility for practice and competition.
H-High School Coaches:
Bucknell coaching staff is limited in their opportunities to entertain high school, preparatory school, or junior college coaches both on- and off-campus. The ONLY permissible form of entertainment of a high school, preparatory school, or two-year coach or any individual responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a prospect is involved (e.g., athletics director, AAU coach, club coach) is providing a maximum of two complimentary admissions, via official pass list, to a home athletics event at any facility within a 30-mile radius of campus. These tickets must be issued on an individual game basis. Entertainment may not include food, refreshments, green fees, tickets to concerts or professional sporting events, lodging, or transportation.
The following individuals shall not knowingly participate in sports wagering activities or provide information to individuals involved or associated with any type of sports wagering activities concerning intercollegiate, amateur or professional athletics competition:
(a) Staff members of an institution's athletics department
(b) Non-athletics department staff members who have responsibilities within or over the athletics department (e.g., chancellor or president, FAR)
(c) Staff members of a conference office
F-Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR):
A faculty athletics representative is a member of Bucknell's faculty or administrative staff who is designated by the president to represent the institution and its faculty in its relationship with the NCAA and the Patriot League. At Bucknell our FAR is Mitch Chernin, Professor of Biology.
E-Employment of Student-Athlete:
According to the NCAA compensation may be paid to a student-athlete:
a) only for work actually performed; and
b) at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services.
Such compensation may not include any remuneration for value or utility that the student-athlete may have for the employer because of the publicity, reputation, fame or personal following that he or she has obtained because of athletics ability.
F-Freshman Academic Requirements:
In order to be eligible to compete as a first year student (qualifier) a student must be registered and certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center using the following elements:
1) Submit from either ACT or SAT a standardized test result.
2) Attain 16 core courses in grades 9-12 in the following distribution:
4 years of English
3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by the high school)
1 year of additional English, mathematics, or natural/physical science
2 years of social science
4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or nondoctrinal religion/philosophy)
3) Earn a minimum GPA based on a 4.0 scale indexed with the standardized test score.
Recruiting period in which it is permissible for a coach to be involved in off-campus activities designed to assess the academic qualifications and playing ability of prospects. NO in-person, off-campus contacts may be made during evaluation periods.
A time when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off an institution's campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes to the institution's campus. It remains permissible however, for an institutional staff member to write or telephone a prospective student-athlete during this period.
Student-athletes may receive complimentary admissions to home and away athletics events. Complimentary admission must be provided through a pass list. "Hard tickets" may not be issued. It is impermissible for student-athletes or any individual receiving a complimentary admission to sell or exchange the admission for any item of value.
You are considered a `Booster' and will always retain the identity if you:
∙ are or ever have been a member of the Bison Club
∙ are or ever have been an employee of Bucknell University
∙ have ever purchased season tickets for any of Bucknell's athletic programs
∙ are the spouse of a Bucknell University Athletics Department Employee
∙ have ever made a donation to the Bucknell University athletics program (either time, services or financial)
∙ have ever assisted in providing any benefit to enrolled student-athletes or their families
∙ have ever helped to arrange or have provided summer employment for enrolled student-athletes or prospects who have signed an offer of admission to Bucknell University
∙are the parent of a currently enrolled student-athlete or prospect who has signed an offer of admission to Bucknell University