Information for Boosters

Who is a representative of Southern Utah's Athletic Interests?

Any individual who has ever:

  • Participated in or have been a member of any group that promotes Southern Utah' s intercollegiate athletic program.
  • Made any type of contribution to the athletics department or to a booster club, or joined the institution's booster club or any sport specific support group.
  • Provided or helped arrange employment for a student-athlete or provided benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families.
  • Assisted in any manner in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes.
  • Parents and legal guardians of an enrolled student-athlete are considered representatives of athletics interest.

You become a representative by any action on your part to assist or promote Thunderbird Athletics in any manner. Once you become a representative of Southern Utah's Athletics Interest, you maintain this status indefinitely.

Definitions You Should Know

Enrolled Student-Athlete: A student who is presently participating in athletics or has completed his/her eligibility, but is still enrolled at Southern Utah University.

Prospective Student-Athlete: A prospective student-athlete or prospect is any student who has started the ninth grade.

Recruiting Contact: Any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or a prospect's parent or legal guardian and a Southern Utah staff member of athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of a greeting.

Extra Benefits: Any special arrangement to provide a student-athlete or his/her family with a gift or benefit which is not available to the general student population.

Examples of prohibited extra benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Cash or loans in any amount, co-signing for a loan, guarantee of bond. This includes providing loans to friends and relatives.
  • Use of an automobile
  • Gifts of any kind including birthday cards, flowers, and holiday gifts. Furthermore, any gifts of clothing or equipment are considered an extra-benefit.
  • Free or reduced-cost housing, services, rentals, or purchases including special discounts for goods and services
  • Purchasing complimentary admissions from a student-athlete.
  • Providing an Honorarium to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement.

Six Rules of Thumb for Boosters

  1. Do not provide any extra benefits or make special arrangements for prospects or enrolled student-athletes.
  2. Remember only coaches and athletic department staff members can be involved in the recruiting process.
  3. One way to get involved is to notify members of the athletic department or coaching staffs of a summer employment opportunity.
  4. You can assist the coaching staff in the recruiting process by notifying them of any student you think would be a strong addition to the institution's athletic program. Then the coach can make the appropriate contact with the prospect.
  5. Athletics representatives are not prohibited from continuing friendships with families of prospective or enrolled student-athletes. However, you simply cannot encourage a prospect's participation in a specific sport program sponsored by the institution or provide benefits to student athletes that you were not providing before they became prospects or enrolled student-athletes.
  6. When it comes to intercollegiate athletics, the golden rule is...