Daily Compliance Item- 2.23.16- 16.1.4- Memento to Student-Athlete for Career Achievements

Dee Up is a senior basketball student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). This weekend Dee has the opportunity to be the first female in OSU history to record 200 steals. When she reaches this milestone, the coaches would like to give Dee a game ball for her accomplishment. Is this permissible?

Yes. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 9/13/13– Recognition of Accomplishments in a Particular Contest or Event (I)- states that an institution may provide a memento of nominal value (e.g., game ball, t-shirt, hat, etc.), which may not include cash or cash equivalents, to a student-athlete in recognition of an accomplishment in a particular contest or event as a benefit incidental to participation.

[References: 16.1.4 (types of awards, awarding agencies, maximum value and numbers of awards) and a staff interpretation (11/27/96, item a), which has been archived]

Jennifer M. Condaras
Associate Commissioner
BIG EAST Conference

The opinions expressed in the Daily Compliance Item are the author’s and the author’s alone, and are not endorsed by The BIG EAST Conference, JumpForward, or the Collegiate Sports Group of Bond, Schoeneck, and King. The Daily Compliance Item is not a substitute for a compliance office, case specific research, or the NCAA Bylaws. Do some homework, ask around, and get it right.

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