Friends of Brown University Athletics Department

The Brown Athletics Department is proud of your support of the Bears, but we caution you that inadvertent actions by our fans may jeopardize the department, current student-athletes or potential student-athletes.


Contained within these pages are links to our guides for parents, boosters, friends and fans as well as other important information regarding how the NCAA expects our supporters to interact with our athletes.



As part of the team, you must know the rules of the game. Carrying on the Ivy tradition of excellence is hard work, and competition among the best institutions is intense. Searching for a competitive edge is part of the challenge, and meeting that challenge means playing by the rules. We know that you want to help Brown athletics and be part of a winning team; following these rules will help us achieve our goals.


Who is governed by the rules?
Members of an institution's staff, student-athletes, and other individuals and groups representing the institution's athletic interests shall comply with the Association rules, and the member institution shall be responsible for such compliance.

Interpretation: This means that Brown is responsible for making sure that anyone involved with its athletics program knows the rules that apply to them. Our school will be held accountable for any rule broken by anyone representing us.

Do NCAA rules apply to me?
You are considered a representation of Brown's athletic interests just by being an alumnus, friend or donor.

Interpretation: This means that any contact you have with current or prospective student-athletes at Brown can affect the eligibility of your institution's individual student-athletes and teams tom compete in NCAA and Ivy League competition.


All recruiting of prospective student-athletes must be done by institutional staff members.

Who is a "Prospect"?
A "prospect" is any student who has started classes for the ninth (9th) grade (except in men's basketball, where seventh (7th) graders are considered prospects.

Interpretation: This means that recruiting any student who has started classes for the ninth (or seventh) grade is subject to NCAA rules.

Contacting Prospects
Representatives of an institution's athletic interests are prohibited from having any contact with prospective student-athletes.

Interpretation: You may not have contact with a prospect or his or her parents, on or off campus, in person, by telephone or in writing.

One Limited Exception: Student-athletes do not have to be treated differently than other applicants in the admissions process. If you are a member of a Brown Alumni Schools Committees (BASC) and are assigned to interview students who are also athletes, you may contact the student for these purposes, but for these purposes only! BASC members may not have contact with prospects whom they are not assigned to interview.

Another Limited Exception: If a family friend or neighbor is a "prospect" then you may continue to maintain this relationship. However, you may never have a recruiting conversation.

A Final Exception: If you are a relative of an enrolled student-athlete, you may have contact with a prospect and his/her relatives while on campus at Brown.


NCAA rules prohibit prospective and enrolled student-athletes from receiving extra benefits.

What is an Extra Benefit?
An extra benefit includes the provision of any transportation, meals, housing, clothes, service, entertainment, or other benefit not available to all students who are not athletes.

Interpretation: This means that under no circumstances, may you provide an individual prospect or enrolled student-athlete with any of these benefits. You may never take an individual or small group of athletes or prospects to a restaurant for a meal. However, teams that are visiting your area for competition may be provided with meals while on a team trip.

One Limited Exception:
You may invite enrolled student-athletes for a meal at your home, but not at a restaurant. This may be done only infrequently and on special occasions. It is also permissible for your to provide transportation to student-athletes to attend a meal at your home. Make sure you have the Athletic Director's permission before extending an invitation.

Prospects' trips to campus must be financed by the athletic department under very specific guidelines, and invitations for such trips may be made only by coaches. Contact the Athletic Director if you would like to contribute to a fund which is used for this purpose.


Join a Friends Group/Sport Association
These groups provide support for teams through funding for special team trips, recruiting, and hosting receptions for teams at home and away contests. This is the best way to help your team of choice, and you'll be kept up to date on their progress throughout the year.

Identify Outstanding Student-Athletes
If you know of outstanding student-athletes in your area, send information such as newspaper clippings to the coaches at Brown, or give the coaches a call, and let them take it from there.

Reminder: You may not contact prospects directly, nor may you contact high school coaches or guidance counselors to get information on prospects. There is no rule against attending their contests.

Offer Assistance to the Coaching Staff
You may provide lodging, meals and transportation to coaches when they come to your community to contact and evaluate prospects.

Provide Summer Jobs and Internships
If you know of positions in your business or community which might be filled by a student-athlete, you are encouraged to contact the Athletic Director for names of those who might be qualified.

Reminder: The pay for these jobs must be at the going rate for the employment locale and type of position.