01/02/09 - Nutritional Supplements

All,

The America East Associate Commissioner for Compliance has asked that we distribute a memo (see below) to all of our staff members to insure that we are abiding by bylaw 16.5.2 (g) correctly. The bylaw specifically allows for institutions to provide "only nonmuscle-building nutritional supplements to a student-athlete at any time for the purpose of providing additional calories and electrolytes, provided the supplements do not contain any NCAA banned substances." This bylaw allows for institutions to provide GatorAde, energy bars, vitamins, etc;however, it does not allow for other food items to be provided to athletes unless in conjunction with competition meal or snack (see language below directly from the attached memo).

It is currently not permissible to provide fruit, milk, chocolate milk, bread/bagels, nuts, or any other food/beverage items except in conjunction with a meal or snack permissibly being provided to the student-athletes (e.g. training table; pregame/postgame meals; snacks provided in conjunction with a non-sport specific educational/business meeting).

For example, it is not permissible for an institution to make fruit, nuts, or milk freely available in the locker room. However, it would be permissible to make Gatorade/Powerade (which the NCAA considers `electrolyte drinks') or energy bars available to student-athletes in the locker room or in any other location, at any time, per NCAA Bylaw 16.5.2(g).

There is currently legislation being proposed which would address this issue and allow for greater flexibility in providing "snacks" to student-athletes; however, currently, the legislation is clear that additional snacks which do not fall within the current guidelines (carbohydrate/electrolyte drinks, energy bars, carbohydrate boosters and vitamins and minerals) are NOT permissible and providing such items to our student-athletes would be a violation.

Please see the attached memo for further details.

Any questions, please let us know.

Thank you for your assistance in helping to avoid any NCAA violations.

Donna

MEMORANDUM
To: America East Coaches/Trainers
From: Brian Barrio, Associate Commissioner
Date: 12/15/2008
Re: Nutritional Supplements - NCAA Bylaw 16.5.2(g)

Please note that per the NCAA bylaw below, it is not permissible to provide any nutritional supplements to student-athletes other than carbohydrate/electrolyte drinks, energy bars, carbohydrate boosters, and vitamins/minerals.

It is currently not permissible to provide fruit, milk, chocolate milk, bread/bagels, nuts, or any other food/beverage items except in conjunction with a meal or snack permissibly being provided to the student-athletes (e.g. training table; pregame/postgame meals; snacks provided in conjunction with a non-sport specific educational/business meeting).

For example, it is not permissible for an institution to make fruit, nuts, or milk freely available in the locker room. However, it would be permissible to make Gatorade/Powerade (which the NCAA considers `electrolyte drinks') or energy bars available to student-athletes in the locker room or in any other location, at any time, per NCAA Bylaw 16.5.2(g).

More permissive legislation has been proposed at the NCAA level, but as of now, if you or your staff wish to make any nutritional supplements available to student-athletes outside of permissible team meals, please contact your institution's compliance office for more information before proceeding.

Also, please note on the following page a list of permissible and non-permissible nutritional supplements, per a July 26, 2000 Official Interpretation from the NCAA.

NCAA Bylaw 16.5.2(g) Nutritional Supplements:
An institution may provide only nonmuscle-building nutritional supplements to a student-athlete at any time for the purpose of providing additional calories and electrolytes, provided the supplements do not contain any NCAA banned substances. Permissible nonmuscle-building nutritional supplements are identified according to the following classes: Carbohydrate/electrolyte drinks, energy bars, carbohydrate boosters and vitamins and minerals. (Adopted: 4/27/00 effective 8/1/00; Revised: 11/1/01 effective 8/1/02)

Permissible and Non-Permissible Nutritional Supplements
Source: NCAA Official Interpretation - July 26, 2000

Permissible Nutritional Supplements
Vitamins and Minerals
Energy bars
Calorie replacement drinks (e.g., Ensure, Boost)
Electrolyte replacement drinks (e.g., Gatorade, Powerade)

Nonpermissible Nutritional Supplements
Amino Acids
Chrysin
Condroitin
Creatine/creatine-containing compounds
Ginseng
Glucosamine
Glycerol
HMB
I-carnitin
Melatonin
Pos-2
Protein powders
Tribulus

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