DID YOU KNOW…
There is a difference between extra benefits and preferential treatment?
*The provision of extra benefits involve institutional staff members or boosters
*Preferential treatment occurs when institution does not have knowledge of the treatment, benefit or services being provided to the individual
Clay Court is a tennis student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). Clay asks his coach to call the pro at a country club in his hometown, so that he can have some free time on one of the indoor courts during the Christmas holiday. The coach arranges for Clay to hit balls free of charge. This country club offers student discount rates throughout the year.
Does this arrangement constitute a violation?
Yes, other college students are not able to play for free. They pay a discounted rate.
Is this an extra benefit or preferential treatment?
This arrangement is an extra benefit because of the coach’s involvement.
Would this arrangement still be a violation if the coach was not involved?
Yes, the violation would be preferential treatment.
184.108.40.206.6 Preferential Treatment, Benefits or Services.
Preferential treatment, benefits or services because of the individual’s athletics reputation or skill or pay-back potential as a professional athlete, unless such treatment, benefits or services are specifically permitted under NCAA legislation.
16.02.3 Extra Benefit.
An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution’s athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete’s relative or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by 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 (e.g., foreign students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.