Around Tha Horn is a baseball student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). Around went home for the holiday break. While he was home, Around hit balls at a local batting cage. The owner is a former baseball student-athlete at OSU and allows Around to hit balls free of charge. The owner never allows anyone to hit for free. Is this a violation or is it permissible since the owner is an alumni of OSU?
It is a violation. NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52.3 states that a student-athlete may not receive services (e.g., movie tickets, dinners, use of car) from commercial agencies (e.g., movie theaters, restaurants, car dealers) without charge or at reduced rates, or free or reduced-cost admission to professional athletics contests from professional sports organizations, unless such services also are available to the student body in general.
This legislation is applicable to Division I and II.