Gonzaga University is responsible for the actions of its alumni, donors and friends. Under NCAA guidelines alumni, donors, and friends are categorized as "representatives of athletic interest". The Gonzaga University athletic department appreciates your continued support and interest, so below is a short reference page for you to use to stay within the rules when backing the Zags. Gonzaga strives for the highest standard of ethical conduct and we value your cooperation in assisting us achieve this goal.


Representative of Athletic Interest is someone who meets any of the following conditions:

  • Participated in or been a member of an agency or organization promoting the Gonzaga University's intercollegiate athletics program;
  • Made a donation to any of Gonzaga University athletic programs or department;
  • Assisted or been requested (by the athletics department staff) to assist in the recruitment of prospective student athletes;
  • Arranged for or provided summer employment for enrolled student athletes;
  • Assisted in providing any benefit to enrolled student athletes or their families;
  • Contacted (by letter, telephone, or in-person) a high school student, grades 9-12, for the purpose of encouraging the student to participate in the Gonzaga University athletics program (no longer permissible in most cases);
  • Been involved in any way in promoting the Gonzaga University athletics program. **Once an individual has been identified as an athletics representative, the person retains that identity indefinitely, even if he/she no long contributes to, or is involved with the athletics program.

Prospective Student Athlete (PSA) Defined as a student who has started classes for the ninth (9th) grade. A younger student may become a PSA if the institution provides such an individual (or relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits not provided to prospective students generally.

Enrolled Student Athlete (SA) Defined as a student whose enrollment was solicited by a member of the athletics staff or an athletics representative with a view toward the student's ultimate participation in the intercollegiate athletics program. Any other student becomes a student athlete only when the student reports for an intercollegiate squad that is under the jurisdiction of the athletics department.

Contact Any face-to-face encounter between a PSA or the PSA's parents or legal guardians and an institutional staff member or athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange of a greeting. (See 'Recruitment of PSA's' below)

Recruiting Any solicitation of a PSA or the PSA's family (including legal guardians) by a University staff member or athletics representative for the purpose of securing the PSA's enrollment and participation in the University's intercollegiate athletics program. (See 'Recruitment of PSA's' below)

Offers and Inducements Being involved, directly or indirectly, in making arrangements for, giving, or offering to give any financial aid or other benefits to the PSA or the PSA's relatives or friends. Specifically prohibited financial aid, benefits, and arrangements include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Arranging employment for a PSA's relatives

  • Giving a gift of clothing or equipment

  • Cosigning of loans
  • Providing loans to a PSA's relatives or friends
  • Giving cash or like items
  • Giving any tangible items, including merchandise
  • Providing free or reduced-cost services, rentals, or purchases of any type
  • Providing free or reduced-cost housing
  • Providing use of an institution's equipment (e.g., for a high school all-star game)
  • Sponsoring or arranging for an awards banquet for high school, preparatory school, or two-year college athletes by an institution, representatives of its athletics interests, of its alumni groups, or of its fundraising organizations

Extra Benefits: An extra benefit is defined as any special arrangement by an institutional employee or representative of the institution's athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete's relatives or friends a benefit not expressly authorized by the NCAA legislation. Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their relatives or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution's students or their relatives or friends or to a particular segment of the student body determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability. Below is a list of some extra benefits:

  • Free use of a copy or fax machine
  • A loan of money, gift or use of credit card
  • Any signing or co-signing arrangements
  • Transportation to or from work or school
  • Office or home telephone use
  • Free or reduced cost on any item
  • Complimentary tickets to events/entertainment
  • Guarantee of bond
  • Free typing services
  • Use of automobile
  • Birthday/Wedding gifts
  • Shoes or apparel
  • Payment for work not performed
  • Rent free or reduced cost housing


NCAA member institutions are required to notify athletics representatives of consequences regarding rules violations. Any athletically related benefit or privilege may be withheld or revoked if the individual has engaged in conduct that is determined to be a violation of NCAA rules or regulations, regardless of whether such violation results in sanctions. A benefit or privilege may include, but is not limited to, an athletically related benefit received from an agreement between the athletics representative and the institution, such as ticket privileges. The revocation of ticket privileges may result in an individual being denied admittance to any University athletics event.

Always Ask Before You Act


Athletics department staff members and representatives of athletic interest always want to learn of new prospective student athletes. However, strict guidelines exist which prohibit much of what you can do as a representative of the University's athletics interest.

  • As an athletics representative you are prohibited from:

  • Making in-person contact on or off campus with PSAs
  • Corresponding with a PSA, their parents or legal guardians via written or telephone communication
  • Contacting a PSA's coach
  • Visiting a PSA's educational institution to pick up film or transcripts pertaining to the evaluation of the PSA
  • Providing transportation for a local high school or junior college PSA to visit the Gonzaga University campus
  • Inviting select high school PSAs to alumni events
  • Providing an offer or inducement to a PSA or their parents, legal guardians, friends, or relatives

As an athletics representative you are permitted to:

  • Employ PSAs in the summer after they have signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) and after they have graduated from high school
  • Attend high school or two-year college athletic contests (but you may not have contact with a PSA)
  • Provide information to the Gonzaga University coaching staff regarding PSAs in your area
  • Provide funding to benefit a local high school athletics program if
    - The representative acts independently of the institution
    - The funds are distributed through channels established by the high school or fundraising organization
    - The funds are not earmarked directly for a specific PSA


    As an athletics representative you are prohibited from:

    • Providing current SAs with benefits or services that are not generally available on the same basis to the entire student body
    • Using the name or picture of a current SA to advertise or promote the sale of a commercial product or service
    • Purchasing or agreeing to purchase complimentary admission from a current SA for any item of value
    • Contributing funds to finance a scholarship for a particular SA

      As an athletics representative you are permitted to:

    • Contribute funds to Gonzaga University to finance a scholarship for a particular sport (however, the decision as to how such funds are to be allocated in the sport shall rest exclusively with the institution)
    • Provide summer employment to current SAs with compensation based on work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with other employees performing similar job duties
    • Invite a current SA or the entire team and provide local transportation to your home to receive an occasional meal, (the meal may be catered); the offer is extended infrequently
    • Commit your effort to one of the booster organization that work to support the athletics program at Gonzaga University
    • Attend the athletic contests, home or away


    Only coaches and athletics department staff members are permitted to be involved in the recruiting process. Alumni, friends, and other athletics representatives who are not employed by the University are not permitted to contact a PSA (or members of the PSA's family) by letter, telephone, or in-person (on or off-campus) for the purpose of soliciting their participation in the athletics program. For recruiting purposes, Gonzaga University faculty members are permitted to engage in in-person contact with PSAs, but only on the Gonzaga University campus. If an athletics representative recognizes a talented athlete, please contact an athletics staff member or coach.

    A PSA remains a PSA even after he or she signs a National Letter of Intent or financial aid agreement to attend the University.

    The PSA does not lose his or her PSA status until the start of classes at Gonzaga University or the beginning of official team practice, whichever occurs first.


    The prohibition of contact with a PSA is not intended to relate to unavoidable incidental contacts with PSAs by athletics representatives.

    It is understood that the athletics representatives may from time to time have contact with PSAs and/or their family members. Such contact is permissible so long as it is not made for the purpose of recruitment of the PSA, and involves only normal civility. In other words, if you meet a junior or senior high school or junior college student-athlete during your normal course of business or social activity, there is no violation as long as you do not discuss Gonzaga University athletics. If you are attending an alumni or athletics event and find yourself speaking with parents of a PSA, do not discuss the athletics program and excuse yourself from the discussion in an appropriate manner.

    If a SA accepts any extra-benefits based on his or her status as an athlete or because of athletic skill, the SA will lose all eligibility for intercollegiate athletics participation.

    Athletics representatives are reminded that NCAA rules regarding SAs remain in effect throughout the entire year, including the summer break.

    Please Always Ask Before You Act.

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