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July 29th, 2017

Important Compliance Information for Cowboy Joe Club Members

The University of Wyoming (UW) appreciates your support of our athletics program and helping ensure our student-athletes receive a top-notch educational and athletic experience at our institution. As a member of the Cowboy Joe Club, you are also considered to be a “booster” of UW athletics. The NCAA defines a booster in a number of ways; including but not limited to, anyone who has made a financial contribution to the athletics department or to an athletics booster organization of the institution.

As a booster of UW, we ask for your help in understanding and abiding by the following information to ensure our programs are consistent with NCAA, Mountain West Conference and UW rules and regulations. We are all committed to the integrity of our programs; therefore, please ask the Athletics Compliance staff (see below) if you have any questions concerning interaction with our student-athletes and/or our sports programs. For more in-depth compliance information please visit our webpage located on the UW Athletic website under the “Inside Athletics” tab. http://www.gowyo.com/ot/wyo-boosters.html

What is an “extra benefit” and why do I need to know this term?

An extra benefit is anything that is provided to a student-athlete or a student-athlete’s family and friends by an institutional staff member or a booster that is not available to the general student body or general public under the same terms. Providing anything considered an extra benefit to one of our student-athletes or their family/friends jeopardizes their eligibility to compete for UW. The following are some common examples of extra benefits:

  • Provide cash, loans, or co-sign a loan on behalf of a student-athlete;
  • Provide transportation or use of automobile
  • Provide use of telephone or credit card for personal reasons without charge
  • Provide free or reduced services (e.g. free oil change, car detailing, dry cleaning, laundry, etc.)
  • Provide free lodging or rental property at a reduced rate;
  • Provide free or reduced cost meals and drinks;
  • Provide tickets to concerts, sporting events, and other entertainment activities; and
  • Provide any other cards, gifts or presents, even for special occasions (e.g. birthday, Christmas, or other holidays).

What are the general rules surrounding recruiting and boosters?

Boosters should not be involved in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes. A prospective student-athlete is anyone who has started classes for the ninth grade regardless of whether they participate in high school sports(i.e., a 9th grader who is member of the high school debate team is considered a prospective student-athlete). Boosters should not attempt to contact a prospect or influence his/her decision to attend UW. Remember that only members of the coaching staff may be involved in the recruiting process.

Permissible Activities

  • Boosters may employ student-athletes provided they make arrangements through the Athletic Department. The student-athlete hired will be required to complete the Employment Information Form which the employer will need to sign before employment begins.
  • A booster may have in-person, telephone, or email contact with currently enrolled student-athletes.
  • A student-athlete or the entire team may be invited to the home of a booster for an occasional meal with prior approval from the Compliance Office. Please note a booster may not entertain student-athletes at a restaurant or club.

Guidelines for Boosters Regarding Agents

In light of recent well-publicized NCAA investigations across the country involving agents providing impermissible benefits to student-athletes and their families and friends, we felt it is essential to provide guidance on this topic.• Student-athletes become ineligible if they (or their relatives and friends) accept benefits from an agent or an associate of an agent;

  • Boosters should refrain from having any involvement in the agent selection process for student-athletes; this includes facilitating an introductory meeting between an agent and a student-athlete;
  • The University and Athletics Department have established procedures to help its student-athletes through the agent evaluation/selection process.

Compliance Department

Peter Prigge
Director of Compliance
Phone: (307) 766-3795

Phil Wille
Associate AD, Internal Operations
Phone: (307) 766-2391

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