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The Xavier University Athletic Department is dedicated to providing quality programs and athletic experiences for student-athletes, coaches and fans. The efforts of our student-athletes, both on the playing field and in the classroom, have allowed us to gain national recognition for our athletics program.

As a booster and supporter of Xavier athletics, you play an integral role in our success. This website is intended to assist you in understanding basic rules information pertaining to the conduct of boosters; however, it is not exhaustive. If you have any questions regarding your involvement with current or prospective student-athletes and the NCAA rules, please contact the Athletic Compliance Office at (513) 745-2855. Remember…Ask before you act!

Quick Guide to NCAA Rules for Alumni, Fans and Friends of Xavier Athletics

Who is a Booster?
Who is a Prospective Student-Athlete?
What is an Extra Benefit?
Employment of Current or Prospective Student-Athletes
Booster Involvement in the Recruiting Process
Occasional Meals
Donations of Athletics Memorabilia
What are the Consequences of a Violation of these Rules?

Who is a Booster?

You are a representative of Xavier's athletics interests (more commonly referred to as a booster) if you have:

Boosters may be individuals, independent agencies, corporate entities or other organizations.

Once a booster, always a booster! Once an individual is identified as a booster, the person retains that identity indefinitely.

Who is a Prospective Student-Athlete?

A prospective student-athlete, also referred to as a "prospect" or "recruit," is any student who has started classes for the ninth grade. Students enrolled in preparatory schools and two-year colleges are also considered prospects.

An individual remains a prospect until his/her enrollment in a collegiate institution or until the time he/she reports for a collegiate team's official practice, even if he/she signs a National Letter of Intent with Xavier.

What is an Extra Benefit?

An extra benefit is any special arrangement by a Xavier employee or booster to provide a prospect, student-athlete or their relatives or friends a benefit not expressly authorized by the NCAA. Examples of impermissible benefits include, but are not limited to, the following:

Employment of Current or Prospective Student-Athletes

Booster Involvement in the Recruiting Process

The NCAA rules strictly limit what boosters can do regarding the recruitment of prospects to Xavier. Only coaches and institutional staff members may be involved in the recruiting process. As a booster, you MAY NOT:

Even though there are many rules prohibiting your involvement with prospects and the recruiting process, as a booster you MAY:

  • Notify Xavier coaches of an outstanding prospect by sending newspaper clippings and other information about the individual;
  • Observe a prospect's athletic contest on your own initiative, provided no contact with the prospect, his/her family, friends or coaches occurs; and
  • Continue pre-existing relationships (i.e., begain prior to the prospect beginning the ninth grade) with a prospect, provided no recruitment activities take place. Should Xavier or its athletics program arise as a topic of conversation, the booster must refer the prospect to the coaches and athletic department staff.

Occasional Meals

A booster is permitted to invite a current student-athlete or an entire team to his/her home for an occasional meal, under the following conditions:

Please note that boosters are prohibited from providing any meals to a prospective student-athlete.

Donations of Athletics Memorabilia

The Xavier athletic department prides itself on being a contributing member of the Greater Cincinnati community. NCAA rules restrict who Xaiver athletics may provide institutional memorabilia (e.g., autographed balls, jerseys, tickets, t-shirts, etc.) to. Specifically, the Xavier athletic department MAY NOT:

If you are a member of a non-profit organization, you may submit a request for a donation/autograph from Xavier athletics at www.GOXAVIER.com. Please note that while every effort will be made, we cannot guarantee that the request will be fulfilled.

What are the Consequences of a Violation of these Rules?

Xavier University is responsible for the actions of its boosters. If a booster provides an impermissible benefit to a prospect, student-athlete, their relatives or friends, Xavier may be subject