Athletics

Athletic Representatives

During recruitment, or prior to an individual’s enrollment, can an athletic representative be involved directly or indirectly in making arrangements for a prospect?
No. Furthermore, it would not be permissible to make such arrangements for current student-athletes at Prairie View A&M.

Is it permissible for an athletic representative to accompany a PVAMU coach when he/she visits the local high school campus?
No. If an athletic representative transports a Prairie View A&M coach from the airport to a high school campus, the athletic representative may not enter the high school with the coach and may not observe prospects.

Is it permissible for an athletic representative to contact an enrolled student-athlete from another institution for the purpose of recruiting?
No. Student-athletes at other institutions are not allowed to be contacted for purposes of recruitment to Prairie View A&M.

Is it permissible for an athletic representative to entertain high school, preparatory or junior college coaches at any location?
No. However, it is permissible for Prairie View A&M University to provide two complimentary admissions to the coaches to home athletic contests.

Is it permissible for an athletic representative to provide transportation to or from campus for free admission to the institution’s athletic events on off campus to prospects, their friends or relatives?
No.

Is it permissible for an athletic representative to telephone a prospect once the prospect has committed to or signed a National Letter of Intent with PVAMU?
No. Even if the purpose of the call is only to congratulate the prospect, he/she is still a prospect and the same contact rules apply after committing or signing that applied before. Do not contact a prospect for any reason without first checking with the Athletic Compliance Officer, unless the prospect is a relative.

Is it permissible to an athletic representative to reimburse the coach of a prospect for expenses incurred in transporting a prospect to visit PVAMU?
No

May an athletic representative contact a prospective student athletic to discuss a summer job?
Yes, but ONLY AFTER the prospect has signed a National letter of Intent to attend Prairie View A&M University. A prospective student-athlete may not be employed until the completion of his/her senior year in high school. Additionally, any such contact must receive prior approval from the Athletic Department. when a prospect is employed, he/she must be paid only for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services.

May an athletic representative speak to a PVAMU coach if a prospect is with the coach?
If a Prairie View A&M coach is with a prospect, do not approach the coach until the prospect and family have gone elsewhere. Otherwise the coach will be placed in an awkward situation because he/she will not be able to introduce the prospect to the athletic representative. If a prospect approaches an athletic representative on or off campus regarding the athletic program, explain that NCAA rules do not permit discussion of the athletic program. Refer the prospect to the appropriate Prairie View A&M coach.

General Information

How many sports are available at PVAMU?
18 sports (10 for women and 8 for men) and compete in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Additionally, we are full members of the National collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I level (I-AA in football).

What is PVAMU NCAA Division?
Prairie View A&M University, as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and national collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), is responsible for insuring that its coaches, student-athletes, faculty and staff, former students, donors, boosters and friends abide by SWAC and NCAA rules and regulations.

Prohibited Issues

What are considered other types of inducements that are prohibited for prospects, their relative or friends?

Other types of inducements that are prohibited include but are not limited to the following:

  • cash or loans;
  • promise of employment after college education;
  • special discounts or payment arrangements on loans;
  • employment of relatives or friends of prospect;
  • involvement in arrangement for free or reduced charges for professional or personal services;
  • purchases or charges;
  • use of an automobile;
  • providing transportation to or from a summer job or to any other site;
  • signing or co-signing a note for a loan;
  • the loan or gift of money or other tangible items. (e.g., clothes, cars, jewelry, electronic/stereo equipment);
  • gifts of any kind; guarantees of bond; purchases of items or services from a prospect or the prospect’s family at inflated prices;
  • providing directly or indirectly transportation to enroll in classes;
  • any financial aid other than that administered by Prairie View A&M;
  • the promise of financial aid for post graduation education;
  • free or reduced cost housing arrangements;
  • arrangement for payment of transportation costs incurred by relatives or friends of a prospective student-athlete;
  • entertainment of a prospect or prospect’s family on or off campus;
  • benefits connected with on or off campus housing (e.g., television sets or stereo equipment, specialized recreational facilities);
  • tickets or admission to an athletic institutional or community event;
  • educational expenses (e.g., typing costs, course supplies, use of a copy machine);
  • registration fees for summer sports camps

Prospective Student Athletes

How long is a prospective student-athlete considered to be a prospect?
A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after committing to or signing a National Letter of Intent with Prairie View A&M University or any institution, and both the institution and the prospect continue to be governed by NCAA recruiting legislation regarding prospects until the prospect reports for regular squad practice or the prospect attends his/her first day of class in any regular term or receives institutional financial aid during the summer prior to initial college enrollment.

Is it permissible to contact a prospective student-athlete or his/her parents or legal guardians?
No, an athletic representative may not contact a prospect or his/her parents in person, by telephone or in writing. Contact may not be made with a prospect or his/her parents on or off the Prairie View A&M campus.

Is this contact rule applicable to “established family friends” or neighbors?
No. However, it must be understood that such contact cannot be made for recruiting purposes and cannot be initiated or arranged by Prairie View A&M University coaching staff members. In addition, the established relationship must have occurred prior to the friend or neighbor becoming a prospect.

What if a prospect knows that an athletic representative is a PVAMU graduate and contact him/her to ask questions about PVAMU?
If a prospect contacts an athletic representative, he/she may answer questions regarding various aspects of Prairie View A&M University, as long as NO discussion takes place regarding the Prairie View athletic program. If a prospect asks about Prairie View athletics, refer him/ her to the Athletic Department.

What if an unavoidable incidental contact is made with a prospect by an athletic representative?
An unavoidable incidental contact with a prospect is permissible provided the contact is not prearranged by the athletic representative or an Athletic Department staff member, does not take place on the grounds of the prospect’s educational institution or at the sites of organized competition and practice involving the prospect or the prospect’s team, is not make for the purpose of recruitment of the prospect, and involves only normal civility. The athletic representative must refer any questions about the university’s athletic program to the Athletic Department.

What if a prospect calls an athletic representative?
An athletic representative may have a telephone conversation with a prospect ONLY if the prospect initiates the call. Such a call may not be prearranged by an institutional staff member and the athletic representative may NOT have a recruiting conversation, but may exhibit normal civility. The athletic representative must refer any questions about the university’s athletic program to the Athletic Department.

Who is considered to be a prospective student-athlete?
A prospect is a student in the ninth grade or above, including students in prep schools and junior colleges and individuals who have officially withdrawn from four-year schools. Any student not yet in the ninth grade becomes a prospect if an institution provides him/her with any financial aid or other benefits that are not generally provided to prospective students.

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