5/02/08 - Tip of the Week - FINAL Amateurism Certification

G'day Seawolves -

The NCAA Eligibility Center has recently made it possible for all prospective student-athletes to request a final amateurism certification. My suggestion is to review your most recent web status reports and inform all of your prospective student-athletes listed to log back in to their NCAA Eligibility Center account and request a FINAL amateurism certification. The sooner this is completed, the less amateurism issues we hope to have at the beginning of the 08-09 academic year. This request is applicable to all, including those that have already been declared Qualifiers by way of the Early Academic Qualifier process.

In addition, please review your NCAA Eligibility Center web status reports. Please make sure all of your prospects are on this list - if you have high school or junior college prospects, and in some cases four year college prospects (if the 08-09 academic year is going to be their initial enrollment at a Division I institution), you want them to be on this list. On the other hand, if you have prospects listed that you are no longer recruiting, or you know that they will not be attending Stony Brook next academic year, please let me know that as well so that we can delete those prospects from your list.

Below are the bylaws related to the certification of student-athlete's amateur status - please review these bylaws and let me know of any questions or concerns.

Heath


12.1 GENERAL REGULATIONS

An individual must comply with the following to retain amateur status. (See Bylaw 14 regarding the eligibility restoration process.)

12.1.1 Validity of Amateur Status.

As a condition and obligation of membership, it is the responsibility of an institution to determine the validity of the information on which the amateur status of a prospective student-athlete (including two-year and four-year college transfers initially enrolling at an NCAA Division I institution) and student-athlete is based. (See Bylaw 14.01.3.) (Adopted: 1/9/06 effective 8/1/06, for all final certifications for student-athletes initially enrolling at a Division I institution on or after 8/1/07, Revised: 1/8/07, 4/30/07)

12.1.1.1 Amateurism Certification Process.

An institution shall use an initial eligibility center approved by the Executive Committee to determine the validity of the information on which the amateur status of a student-athlete is based. (Adopted: 1/9/06 effective 8/1/06, for final certifications for student-athletes initially enrolling at a Division I institution on or after 8/1/07, Revised: 4/30/07)

12.1.1.1.1 Scope.

The certification of amateur status issued by the NCAA Eligibility Center is limited to activities that occur prior to a prospective student-athlete's request for final amateurism certification or his or her initial full-time enrollment at an NCAA Division I or II institution, whichever occurs earlier. (Adopted: 4/30/07)

12.1.1.1.2.1 Amateur Status After Certification.

An institution is responsible for certifying the amateur status of a prospective student-athlete (including two-year and four-year college transfers initially enrolling at an NCAA Division I institution) from the time he or she requests that a final certification be issued by the NCAA Eligibility Center or from the time he or she initially enrolls as a full-time student at an NCAA Division I or II institution (whichever occurs earlier). (Adopted: 4/30/07)

12.1.1.1.2.2 Sharing Information and Reporting Discrepancies.

If an institution receives additional information or otherwise has cause to believe that a prospective student-athlete's amateur status has been jeopardized, the institution is responsible for promptly notifying the NCAA Eligibility Center of such information. Further, an institution is responsible for promptly reporting to the NCAA Eligibility Center all discrepancies in information related to a student-athlete's amateurism certification. (Adopted: 4/30/07)

12.1.1.1.3 Eligibility for Practice or Competition.

Prior to engaging in practice or competition, a student-athlete shall receive a final certification of amateur status based on activities that occur prior to his or her request for final certification or initial full-time enrollment at an NCAA Division I or II institution (whichever occurs earlier). (Adopted: 4/30/07)

12.1.1.1.3.1 Temporary Certification -- Recruited Student-Athlete.

If a recruited prospective student-athlete reports for athletics participation before the student's amateur status has been certified, the student may practice, but not compete, for a maximum period of 14 days. After this period, the student shall have his or her amateur status certified to continue to practice or compete. (Adopted: 1/9/06 effective 8/1/06, for all final certifications for student-athletes initially enrolling at a Division I institution on or after 8/1/07)

12.1.1.1.3.2 Temporary Certification -- Nonrecruited Student-Athlete.

If a nonrecruited prospective student-athlete reports for athletics participation before the student's amateur status has been certified, the student may practice, but not compete, for a maximum period of 45 days. After this period, the student shall have had his or her amateur status certified to continue to practice or to compete. (Adopted: 1/9/06 effective 8/1/06, for all final certifications for student-athletes initially enrolling at a Division I institution on or after 8/1/07)

12.1.1.1.4 Eligibility for Practice After a Final Not Certified Certification.

After a final not certified certification is rendered, a student-athlete may continue to engage in practice activities, provided the institution has submitted a notice of appeal. At the point in which all appeal opportunities have been exhausted and no eligibility has been granted, the student-athlete may no longer participate in practice activities. (Adopted: 3/21/07)