NCAA Guidelines on Accepting Gifts

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Take now, regret later. Don't accept any of the following items from a D-I, -II or -III coach—or anyone else affiliated with the athletic department of a college or university.

The consequence? If the value of the item[s] is $100 or less, you'll be declared ineligible and remain so until the value is repaid to a charity of your choice. If the value exceeds $100, the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff determines the penalty. Based on the level of the violation, your athletic participation could be temporarily restricted.

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Take now, regret later. Don't accept any of the following items from a D-I, -II or -III coach—or anyone else affiliated with the athletic department of a college or university.

  • Clothing
  • Athletic equipment specific to your sport
  • Cash or other financial consideration
  • Tangible items, including merchandise
  • Co-signing of loans
  • Employment arrangements for relatives
  • Loans for relatives or friends
  • Free or reduced-cost services, including housing, rentals or purchases of any type
  • Use of the college's/university's athletic equipment (e.g., for a high school all-star game)

The consequence? If the value of the item[s] is $100 or less, you'll be declared ineligible and remain so until the value is repaid to a charity of your choice. If the value exceeds $100, the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff determines the penalty. Based on the level of the violation, your athletic participation could be temporarily restricted.


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