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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletic Department would like to thank you our fans and the community for your continued support. It promises to be a very exciting time for Hawk Athletics and we continually strive to uphold all of the principles of our lustrous University, its mission statement as well as the rules and regulations of the NCAA. It is for this reason we would like to remind you of some of the regulations that apply to our fans, friends, alumni and booster, also known as our representatives of athletics interest.


General Information


Are you a Booster?

The NCAA defines a "booster" or "representative of the institution's athletic interest" as "an individual, independent agency, corporate entity (e.g. appeal or equipment manufacture) or other organization who is known (or who should have been known) by a member of the institution's executive or athletic administration to (bylaw 13.02.13):


  • Have participated in or to be a member of an agency or organization promoting Hawk Athletic Program;
  • Have made financial contribution to Hawk Athletics or to any Hawk Booster organization of UMES;
  • Be assisting or to have been requested (by the UMES athletic department staff) to assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes;
  • Be assisting or have assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families; or
  • Have been involved otherwise in promoting the institution's athletics program.


Once an individual, independent agency, corporate entity or other organization is defined as such a representative, the person, independent agency, corporate entity or other organization retains that identity indefinitely. (Bylaw


Enrolled Student-Athlete

A current or "enrolled" student-athlete is a student who is presently participating in athletics or has completed his or her eligibility, but is still enrolled at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.


  • NCAA regulations apply to all student-athletes, not just those who were received or who received an athletic scholarship.
  • NCAA regulations that pertain to current student-athletes remain in effect throughout the entire year, including breaks such as summer and winter vacation.


As a Representative of UMES Athletic Interest you may:

  • Provide employment to a UMES student-athlete, provided the student-athlete is paid the going rate for actual services rendered, and the employment has been approved in writing in advance by the Head Coach, Athletic Director, or the Compliance Director.
  • Endow an athletic scholarship or athletics award through the University regular procedures.


As a Representative of UMES Athletic Interest you may not:

  • Provide any type of inducement or benefit to a current student-athlete, their parents, relatives and or/ friends. (read the extra benefit section)
  • Use the name, picture or appearance of a current student-athlete to directly advertise, recommend or promote sales of any commercial product.
  • Provide an award or gift to a student-athlete for any reason.
  • Pay for all or part of a current student-athlete's meals at a restaurant.
  • Provide any payment of expense or loan of an automobile for a student-athlete for any reason.
  • Pay for, or arrange for the payment of, any expenses incurred by the family to visit a current student-athlete.


Prospective Student-Athlete

A prospective student-athlete or "prospect" can be defined as:

  • Any student who has begun classes for the ninth grade.
  • Any student younger than ninth grade who has received any benefits from an institution or representative of an institution's athletic interest.
  • Student-Athletes enrolled in preparatory school and/or two-year colleges.


A prospect remains a prospect regardless of whether or not they have signed a National Letter of Intent, until they enroll at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and attend the first day of class, or report for practice (whichever happens earlier). All NCAA rules in regards to contact with prospects are applicable until this time.


As a Representative of UMES Athletic Interest you may:

  • Attend high school and community college athletic events, although you may not have any in-person recruiting contacts with a prospect, their parents or their relatives.
  • Continue to maintain friendship previously developed with prospects before they reached the 9th grade.
  • Send the UMES coaching staff newspaper clippings or other information about prospects that you think might be of interest.
  • Assist in the arrangement of employment for a prospective student-athlete, provided the employment does not begin prior to the completion of the prospective student-athlete's senior year in high school.



As a Representative of UMES Athletic Interest you may not:

  • Make any on or off campus contacts, including telephone calls, emails and letterd to a prospect or the prospect's family
  • Contact a prospect coach, principal or guidance counselor in an attempt to recruit or evaluate the prospect.
  • Contact or greet a prospect on an unofficial or official visit to campus
  • Contact a prospect to congratulate him/her on signing a National Letter of Intent to UMES.
  • Visit the prospect's school in an attempt to assist in the recruiting of a prospect.
  • Provide any type of inducement or extra benefit to a prospect, a prospect's family or friend.
  • Pay for prospect's registration fees for athletic camps at any time.
  • Provide transportation or provide any other costs related to a prospect's visit to campus.
  • Have any contact with a student who is enrolled at another institution about his/her interest in transferring to UMES


What is an Extra Benefit?

An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution's athletics interest to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete's relative or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. (Bylaw 16.02.3)


Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Cash or loan of money in any amount
  • Special discount, payment arrangements or co-signing of a loan
  • The purchase of meals or services at commercial establishments
  • Involvement in arrangement for free or reduced charges for meals, merchandise, tickets, services, products or rent
  • Use of an automobile or other personal property (i.e. boats, houses, motocycles, etc.)
  • Gift items (i.e. cars, jewelry, electronics, clothes, holiday gifts, long distance phone cards, gift certificates, etc.)
  • Any financial aid other than that administered by the institution
  • Free or reduced cost of housing arrangements
  • The payment of registration fees for athletic camps
  • Promise of employment after college graduation
  • Employment of friends or relatives

These benefits listed above are all prohibited.




Promotional Activities Approval Process

The NCAA has strict guidelines regarding the use of a student-athlete's name picture of likeness to promote any commercial entity or product. A student-athlete involvement in any promotional events must be approved in advance by the Office of External Affairs/Sports Information Director, even if the activity is conducted by an institutional, educational, charitable or non-profit organization.


Please contact either the Compliance Office or the Sports Information Office with any specific question you have in regards to promotional activities and/or the promotional actives approval process.


In what way do the NCAA rules affect me?

Penalties resulting from violations of NCAA Rules have a negative affect on the prospective or enrolled student-athlete and their families, the student-athlete athletic program, and the University as a whole. Violations of NCAA Rules have lead to:


  • A prospective student-athlete being declared ineligible to compete.
  • The eligibility of current student-athletes to be jeopardized.
  • Penalties and sanctions placed upon an entire University athletic team or athletic department.
  • Revocation of tickets privileges and/or the University's permanent disaffiliation with a representative of its athletics interest.



As members of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletic Interest or Booster, the Athletic Department welcomes all your support and ask that you continue to stay within the guidelines of the Institution, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Go Hawks !!!!!







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