A student-athlete is a student who is either currently participating in the varsity athletics program or is being recruited to participate in the future.
The MIT Social Media Guidelines have been developed to help current and prospective student-athletes understand the best practices for using social media. This includes, but is not limited to, ways to positively use social media to promote you teams and accomplishments, along with understanding the NCAA rules that relate to social media.
With the ever-changing landscape of social media, the rules also adapt and change and staying updated on the latest regulations is very important as it may effect your athletic eligibility.
For the latest MIT Athletics social media guidelines, please click here or on the graphic on the right.
You can also visit the DAPER of Communications, Promotions and Marketing, located in the Zesiger Athleic Center, if you have any questions or concerns about social media.
Playing and Practice Seasons
What's the difference between voluntary activities versus required?
Countable Athletically Related Activities
- Any required activity with an athletics purpose
- At the direction of, or supervised by, a coach
- Includes strength and conditioning coaches
- Must be counted within weekly and daily limitations
Voluntary Athletically Related Activities
- Not required to report back
- Initiated and requested by the SA
- Attendance and participation not recorded
- No penalty for not participating
- No recognition or incentives for participating
What are the time limits on my athletic activity while in-season?
Student-athlete participation is limited to 20 hours a week and four hours a day. There is a required one day off per week and a travel day may be considered as a day off, provided no countable athletic related activity occured.
Also, all competition and any associated athletically related activities on the day of competition shall count as three hours regardless of actual duration. There should be NO countable athletic related activity following a contest except between contests, rounds or events during multiday or multi-event competition.
Additionally, there should be no countable athletic related activity between midnight and 5 a.m. except during participation in a conference championship or an NCAA championship; participation in any competition that begins before midnight and concludes after midnight; or participation in a promotional practice activity (e.g., first practice of the season).
How often can my team practice during the off-season?
Limited to eight hours per week with no more than two hours per week on skill-related instruction. The student-athlete must have two days off per week. There is a limit of four student-athletes involved in skill instruction at any one time in any one facility prior to September 15 or after April 15. Also, skill related instruction cannot be publicized or conducted in view of a general public audience.
What is the process to become eligible to practice and compete?
In order to become eligible to practice and compete, you must:
a) Have a physical and be cleared to participate by the head athletic trainer;
b) Enroll in 36 units (or more);
c) Fill out all necessary NCAA-related paperwork provided by the compliance officer;
d) If you are a late addition to the roster, the head coach must add you to the roster and you will receive an email directing you how to complete the necessary paperwork.
e) Register with NCAA Eligibility Center (if applicable)
f) Progress towards your degree (NCAA standards)
Your academic record at MIT determines your academic eligibility for practice and competition. All students must be enrolled full-time, which means enrolled in at least 36 units by the first day of classes. You must notify your coach BEFORE dropping below 36 units.
What are the NCAA standards for making progress towards a degree?
All Division I student-athletes at MIT must declare their degree by the end of their sophomore year. They must also complete 40 percent of the coursework required for a degree by the end of their sophomore year, 60 percent by the end of their junior year and 80 percent by the end of their senior year. All Division I student-athletes must earn at least 18 units each term to be eligible for the following term.
As a host for prospective students-athletes, what are you allowed to do? Not allowed to do?
Acting as a student host is an important service to MIT and thus appropriate conduct is expected of you by MIT and NCAA standards. You, as well as the prospect you are hosting must observe the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the rules of MIT and the following NCAA regulations. You must also account for any money spent by turning in all receipts as well as unused money to your coach.
Please carefully review these guidelines:
- The money that you have been provided is for meals and entertainment for you, the prospect, the prospect’sparents (legal guardian) and spouse and must occur within a 30 mile radius of campus. Other students may assist with hosting the prospect but must pay for their own meals & entertainment. Only one host per prospect may receive a free meal if restaurant facilities are used.
- A maximum of $30 per day may be provided to cover the entertainment expenses of yourself and the prospect. You may be provided with an additional $15 a day for each additional prospect entertained by you. Your coach, at his/ her discretion, may reduce this amount. No cash may be given to the visiting prospect, his/ her parent(s) or guardian(s), or anyone else. You are responsible for completing the Student Host Expense Report and returning all unused funds as well as receipts for money spent to your Head Coach at the conclusion of the Official Visit. Missing receipts will be penalized on an escalating basis.
- You may not use entertainment funds to purchase or otherwise provide the prospect with any souvenirs, T-shirts,etc. You may not use the entertainment money on meals. THIS MONEY IS FOR ACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT EXPENSES ONLY. Per NCAA rules, the meals and entertainment provided to a prospective student athlete is to be reflective of realistic MIT student life and not excessive in nature.
- You may not use any vehicle provided or arranged for by an institution staff member or friend of the program.
- You may not transport the prospect or anyone accompanying the prospect more than 30 miles from the campus.
- You should not allow recruiting conversations to occur, on or off campus, between the prospect and a representative of MIT’s athletics interests (i.e. booster). If an unplanned meeting does occur, only greetings may be exchanged.
- You may receive a complimentary admission (but no hard ticket) when accompanying a prospect to a campus event.
- A prospect may participate in physical workouts or other recreational activities during a visit to an institution’s campus provided the activities are not organized or observed by members of the coaching staff and are not designed to test the abilities of the prospect. The prospect must use his/her own equipment and apparel, so you may not loan these items to him/her.
- You must display that you share MIT’s commitment to the highest standards of behavior and character, avoid inappropriate activities and refuse participation in any unethical or illegal activity, or activities at any location that may cause a perception of impropriety. You must not provide the prospect with any alcohol or other illegal substances and you must not encourage or condone inappropriate behavior by the prospect.
What is the NCAA rule regarding social media platforms?
NCAA regulations prohibit publicizing the recruitment of prospective student-athletes (PSA). As such, do not post images or names of any PSA. Best practice is to limit communication to private messaging with any PSA on any social media platform.
Can current student-athletes help recruit athletes from their home areas?
Coaches are the only individuals permitted to contact PSA's off-campus. If you know of a prospective, notify and work with your coach to provide information regarding MIT athletics.
Is it permissible for current student-athletes to be involved in any type of promotional activities?
Yes, provided the activities are for institutional, charitable, educational or nonprofit agencies and the activity receives prior approval from MIT's compliance office.NCAA regulations prohibit any promotional activity for a commercial enterprise. If you are interested in engaging in promotional activity, please see your head coach directly.
Is it permissible for me to receive money or awards for my athletic performance either during or outside of my playing season?
Maybe, however DO NOT accept any money or awards based on your athletic performance before speaking with the MIT compliance office.
What is considered an extra benefit?
An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a booster to provide a student-athlete, or that athlete's friends or relatives, a benefit not authorized by the NCAA. Extra benefits a student-athlete may NOT receive include, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- money, special discount, payment or arrangement of credit on a purchase (airline ticket, clothing) or service (dry cleaning, laundry);
- a professional service without charge or at a reduced cost (typing of papers for athletes);
- use of a telephone, pager, cell phone or credit card for personal reasons without charge or at a reduced rate;
- services (movie tickets, dinners, use of a car) from commercial agencies (theaters, restaurants, car dealers) without charge or at a reduced rate;
- free or reduced-cost admission to professional athletic contests from professional sports organizations;
- a loan of money;
- use of an automobile;
- signing or co-signing a note with an outside agency to arrange a loan;
- preferential treatment, benefits or services (loans on a deferred pay-back basis because of athletic reputation or skill or pay-back potential as a future professional athlete);
- rent-free or reduced rate housing during the academic year OR during the summer;
- use of personal property (boats, summer homes, cars, computers);
- holiday or other presents (Christmas, birthday, flowers);
- anything given because an individual is a student-athlete.
Is it permissible for an Athletics Representative to employ a current student-athlete or provide a current student-athlete with housing?
It is permissible to employ a current student-athlete either during the summer or the academic year. Student-athletes cannot be paid more than the going rate for the particular position and can only be paid for actual work performed. It is also permissible for a Representative to house a student-athlete, provided the student-athlete pays market rate for the particular arrangement, as determined/confirmed by the MIT Compliance Services Office.
If I would like to transfer from MIT, how do I do it?
If you are looking to transfer (and play) at a Division I, II or III school, in order to communicate with coaches from other institutions you must obtain a permission to contact release from the MIT compliance office (firstname.lastname@example.org).