NCAA Employment Rules

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By Sarah Gearhart

Plan on getting a summer job? Then you should know the NCAA's R&Rs regarding prospective student-athlete employment.

Division I
Non-athletics award winners

A college's athletic department can hire you as long as the college did not award you an athletic scholarship or recruit you. However, you cannot start the job until you've completed your senior year of high school. To apply for the job, you must use the college's regular employment procedures, such as a bulletin board listing or newspaper ad; and if you're hired, you can be paid only at the job's going rate for the actual work you do.

Athletics award winners

If you're an athletics award winner, any department outside of intercollegiate athletics can hire you. One exception: you can be hired for college recreation programs only if intercollegiate coaches are not involved in hiring or supervising employees. Your employment must be arranged through the college's normal employment procedures and cannot involve any members of the coaching staff. You must be compensated at the job's going wage and for the actual work you do.

Employment at a sports camp or clinic

Schools recruiting you cannot hire you to work at their sports camps or clinics.

Division II

Once you've started your ninth grade classes, a college cannot hire you to work at their sports camps or clinics. However, you can be hired once you complete your senior year of high school.

Division III

Once you've started your ninth grade classes, a college cannot hire you to work at their sports camps or clinics. However, if you've graduated from high school and intend to enroll at a D-III college, you can work at their sports camps or clinics, after you've accepted the school's offer of admission.

Division I, II and III
Transportation to a summer job

A college cannot provide you with free transportation to and from a summer job, unless the college's established policy is that all employees receive transportation.

Concessions

It's against NCAA policy for a college to arrange for you to work at a concession to sell items associated with their camp.


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