Other (Alumni, Boosters, Parents, and Friends)

All MIT friends, alumni, and parents are considered representatives of MIT’s athletic interests (i.e., “boosters”). The coaches and DAPER staff bear the responsibility of operating the varsity athletic program and recruiting prospective student-athletes. The NCAA holds MIT responsible for the actions of its boosters, whose activity is restricted in many ways. This page highlights many of these areas; please contact the coaches and/or compliance staff with any questions before getting involved.

  • Definitions
    • A prospective student-athlete is anyone who has begun ninth grade OR who has received any sort of benefit from MIT or a booster.
    • A current student-athlete is a student who is either currently participating in the varsity athletics program or is being recruited to participate in the future.
    • An extra benefit is any good, service, or special arrangement from an MIT employee or booster to a student-athlete or that athlete’s friends/relatives that is not authorized by the NCAA. Current and prospective student athletes may NOT receive any extra benefits, and should consult with compliance staff before accepting anything of material value.

    • A booster is an individual or organization who has done any of the following:
      • participated in or been a member of any organization promoting MIT athletics;
      • contributed financially to DAPER or any organization that supports DAPER;
      • assisted in the recruitment of prospects;
      • provided any permissible benefits to current MIT student-athletes;
      • promoted MIT athletics in any way.
      • Anyone identified as a booster retains that designation for life.

Division I Do's and Don'ts | Division III Do's and Don'ts

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Division I Do's and Don'ts

DO become an Educational Counselor (EC) for MIT. ECs are alumni who help the admissions office by interviewing applicants to MIT. Contact Stu Schmill (stucrew@mit.edu, 617-258-5529) with questions about this.

DO communicate with a coach if you become aware of applicants to MIT or matriculating students who might be interested in a varsity sport at MIT. The MIT coach will follow up.

DO contact MIT coaches with information about local high school coaches. Coaches are interested in communicating with high school coaches and alumni can assist with introductions.

DO offer assistance to an MIT coach who may be recruiting in your area, such as providing the coach with a car or meal, or suggesting people to contact for information on prospective student-athletes.

DO make yourself available as a career mentor to students.

DO invite an MIT varsity team to dinner where they will meet alumni or friends in a city where they are competing or training. Student-Athletes may participate in such events and receive, as a team, benefits which individual student-athletes may not. Always make such arrangements through the coaches.

DO provide an occasional family home meal for a team. The meal must be provided in an individual's home and must be restricted to infrequent and special occasions (such as Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner). Please contact the coach before inviting any group of student-athletes to your home.

DO provide summer employment for prospective and currently enrolled student-athletes during permissible time periods and at regular rates of pay for similarly situated non-athlete employees.

DO speak with prospects on the telephone only if the call is initiated by the prospect. You may answer general questions about MIT and discuss academics. However, you may not discuss MIT varsity sports or DAPER. Refer all questions about the program to the coaches.

DO attend high school and junior club athletic events. NCAA rules do not prohibit you from attending, but the rules do restrict contact with a prospect or a prospect's family. If a prospect or family member initiates communication with you, you should respond in a civil manner. However, you should not discuss MIT's athletic department or specific program. Instead, explain the NCAA rules and refer questions to the coaches.

DO engage in all of your normal activities. Incidental contact with prospects (or members of their families) is not prohibited. If you find yourself at a neighborhood barbecue with a prospect's father, for example, don't worry. Explain that according to NCAA rules, you cannot discuss the MIT athletic department or varsity programs, but that you can refer them to a coach.

DO NOT make in-person contact with a prospect on or off MIT's campus.

DO NOT telephone or write to a prospect for the purpose of soliciting their participation in the MIT crew program. If a prospect initiates a telephone conversation with you, you should refer him/her to the coaches. You should inform the student that NCAA rules prohibit recruiting contacts with anyone but the MIT athletic department and coaching staff.

DO NOT contact a prospective student-athlete's coach, principal, teacher or counselor in an attempt to evaluate the prospect or visit the prospect's school seeking information about the prospect's academic records or athletic ability.

DO NOT invite selected high school student-athletes to alumni events. Alumni and friends may entertain prospective students under certain conditions that do not involve singling out athletes for special treatment, such as inviting ALL high school juniors who have rowed for a given school or junior program to an MIT sponsored event.

DO NOT contact enrolled student-athletes at other four year institutions for the purpose of exploring the possibility of their transferring to MIT. If a student-athlete at another institution contacts you about the possibility of transferring to MIT, refer him/her to the coaches.

DO NOT pay or arrange for the payment of transportation costs incurred by a prospect or the relative or friends of a prospect to visit MIT.

DO NOT mail anything to a prospect, such as newspaper clippings, posters, programs etc. The NCAA restricts the type of materials which may be sent to prospects and there are rules about distributing such materials or communicating with prospects in writing.

DO NOT provide gifts or awards to student-athletes based on their athletic performance.

 

Division III Do's and Don'ts

DO become an Educational Counselor (EC) for MIT. ECs are alumni who help the admissions office by interviewing applicants to MIT. Contact Stu Schmill (stucrew@mit.edu, 617-258-5529) with questions about this.

DO communicate with a coach if you become aware of applicants to MIT or matriculating students who might be interested in a varsity sport at MIT. The MIT coach will follow up.

DO contact MIT coaches with information about local high school coaches. Coaches are interested in communicating with high school coaches and alumni can assist with introductions.

DO offer assistance to an MIT coach who may be recruiting in your area, such as providing the coach with a car or meal, or suggesting people to contact for information on prospective student-athletes.

DO make yourself available as a career mentor to students.

DO invite an MIT varsity team to dinner where they will meet alumni or friends in a city where they are competing or training. Student-Athletes may participate in such events and receive, as a team, benefits which individual student-athletes may not. Always make such arrangements through the coaches.

DO provide an occasional family home meal for a team. The meal must be provided in an individual's home and must be restricted to infrequent and special occasions (such as Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner). Please contact the coach before inviting any group of student-athletes to your home.

DO provide summer employment for prospective and currently enrolled student-athletes during permissible time periods and at regular rates of pay for similarly situated non-athlete employees.

DO speak with prospects on the telephone only if the call is initiated by the prospect. Notify head coach of any calls of this nature.

DO attend high school and junior club athletic events. NCAA rules do not prohibit you from attending, but the rules do restrict contact with a prospect or a prospect's family if they have not completed their junior year. If a prospect or family member initiates communication with you, you should respond in a civil manner. Instead, explain the NCAA rules and refer questions to the coaches.

DO engage in all of your normal activities. Incidental contact with prospects (or members of their families) is not prohibited. If you find yourself at a neighborhood barbecue with a prospect's father, for example, don't worry. Explain that according to NCAA rules, you cannot discuss the MIT athletic department or varsity programs, if the student has not completed their junior year in high school and refer them to a coach.

DO NOT make in-person contact with a prospect on or off MIT's campus unless  directed by a coach.

DO NOT telephone or write to a prospect for the purpose of soliciting their participation in the MIT program unless directed by a coach. If a prospect initiates a telephone conversation with you, you should refer him/her to the coaches.

DO NOT contact a prospective student-athlete's coach, principal, teacher or counselor in an attempt to evaluate the prospect or visit the prospect's school seeking information about the prospect's academic records or athletic ability.

DO NOT invite selected high school student-athletes to alumni events. Alumni and friends may entertain prospective students under certain conditions that do not involve singling out athletes for special treatment.

DO NOT contact enrolled student-athletes at other four year institutions for the purpose of exploring the possibility of their transferring to MIT. If a student-athlete at another institution contacts you about the possibility of transferring to MIT, refer him/her to the coaches.

DO NOT pay or arrange for the payment of transportation costs incurred by a prospect or the relative or friends of a prospect to visit MIT.

DO NOT mail anything to a prospect, such as newspaper clippings, posters, programs unless directed by a coach.

DO NOT provide gifts or awards to student-athletes based on their athletic performance.

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