RULE 9 - PROHIBITION ON RECRUITING OR INFLUENCING FOR ATHLETIC PURPOSES
Section 1. Statement of purpose. OSSAA recognizes that permitting member schools to recruit students as athletes would place undue emphasis on secondary school athletic activities, and might cause competitive imbalances among member schools, misdirection of scarce educational resources, and threats to the continued amateur standing of students. Accordingly, no member school is permitted to recruit a student to select or transfer to that school, or to encourage or allow others to do so on its behalf, based on that student's skill, reputation, or experience in athletics.
Section 2. Recruiting defined. Recruiting includes initiating or maintaining contact with a student-athlete, or the student-athlete's family members, friends, or associates, in circumstances that could influence that student-athlete to select or transfer to a member school for the purpose of representing that member school in athletic competition. Offering economic incentives or rewards of any type to a student-athlete, which are not available to all prospective students on an equal basis, regardless of participation in athletics, or offering such economic incentives or rewards to the student-athlete's family members, friends, or associates, for the purpose of encouraging that student-athlete to select, transfer to, or remain at a member school, also constitutes recruiting in violation of this Rule. Recruiting may also include offering or providing special or additional coaching or instruction that is not offered or made available to other student-athletes at the school on an equal basis, or providing special attention or consideration to a student-athlete who is considering transferring, for the purpose of influencing that student-athlete to remain at the school.
Section 3. Information that may be supplied by a school to prospective student-athletes. A member school may supply any prospective student, or a family member, friend, or associate of a prospective student, who contacts the school about entering or transferring to the school with information summarizing the school’s academic and extracurricular programs. The information distributed or made available to any prospective student-athlete must be prepared for and be made available to all prospective students, regardless of whether a student is a prospective participant in athletics. Information about specific athletic programs may be included, but if such information is included, then all athletic programs must be described and comparable information must be included about each program. A member school may further supply information to a prospective student-athlete concerning the events schedule, practice location, days, and times, and type of equipment, clothing or other materials, if any, required to be used or supplied by the participating student, provided that the information is of the same type which would be supplied to all participating students.
Section 4. Limited interaction permitted between employees and representatives of school and student-athletes at other schools. Interaction between employees or representatives of a member school and student-athletes from other schools is permitted in connection with events such as summer instructional camps, non-school summer leagues, or awards ceremonies, except that school employees or representatives are prohibited at all times from making any statements or engaging in any acts, even if not intended to be taken seriously, that could be interpreted as encouraging a prospective student-athlete to enroll at or transfer to a member school.
Section 5. Employees or representatives of school defined. Employees or representatives of a school include administrators, teachers, coaches, assistants, sponsors, aides, managers, and trainers employed by the school, as well as other student-athletes presently enrolled or planning to enroll at the school, family members of those student-athletes, alumni, volunteers, and members of organizations supporting the school's athletic activities.
Section 6. Handling contact by or with prospective student-athletes. If contact is initiated with a member school's employee or representative by a prospective student-athlete, or by a family member, friend, or associate of a student-athlete, about that student-athlete enrolling in or transferring to that member school, the school employee or representative contacted shall direct that person to the school superintendent or to the principal or administrative head of the school for any additional information. The school employee or representative shall not discuss further the subject of enrolling at or transferring to the school, or otherwise use any language or engage in any act that could be construed as encouraging the student-athlete to enroll at or transfer to the school. Any contact with a student-athlete from another school about that student-athlete enrolling or transferring to a member school for athletic purposes shall be reported as soon as possible to the OSSAA by that member school.
Section 7. Acknowledgment and notice of Rule. a. Each coach or volunteer providing instruction, assistance, or supervision in an athletic activity for a member school must sign a written certification that the coach or volunteer is familiar with this Rule. b. The head coach in each athletic activity for each member school additionally must sign a written certification that students participating in that activity have been informed about this Rule, that the school may be sanctioned for violations of this Rule, and that student-athletes may be subject to sanction, including the loss of eligibility, if they have enrolled at or transferred to a school that has engaged in recruiting, or allowed its employees or representatives to recruit in violation of this Rule, or if they participate in recruiting other student-athletes to enroll in or transfer to the school. c. All officers, administrators, supervisors, and sponsors of any club or organization supporting any athletic activity at a member school must sign a written certification that they are familiar with this Rule, and that the members of the club or organization have been informed about this Rule. d. These required certifications must be signed each school year before participation begins in that activity for that year, and the signed certifications must be maintained by the school and available for review by OSSAA. e. Each member school must make adequate additional efforts each school year to inform all employees and other representatives of the school about this Rule. The superintendent, principal or administrative head of school must maintain a written summary of these efforts, and this written summary must be maintained by the school and available for review by OSSAA. f. OSSAA will make forms available for signed certifications or summaries as required under this Section.
Section 8. Prohibition against preferential treatment for athletes in admissions, tuition payment, and financial aid.
a. OSSAA recognizes that preferential treatment on admission or tuition may influence a student-athlete to enroll or remain at a school that is selective in admissions or which requires payment of tuition. Any such preferential treatment may also be deemed to constitute recruiting in violation of this Rule.
b. No member school that is selective in admissions, or which requires payment of tuition, or which offers any form of financial aid toward payment of tuition and/or fees, may offer or allow for preferential treatment to a student or a student's family on the basis of athletic ability. Financial aid based on merit or achievement is not prohibited provided that the award of such aid is consistent with previously established criteria unrelated to athletic ability. Financial aid includes, but is not limited to:
(1) direct monetary aid, grants, or loans, from either the school or other source associated with the school;
(2) tuition or fee remission;
(3) deferred tuition or fee payment terms;
(4) income or credit for work performed, either by the student-athlete or a member of the student-athlete's family, for the school or for a person or entity associated with the school.
c. Any member school that is selective in admissions, and/or which requires payment of tuition, and/or which offers any form of financial aid toward payment of tuition and/or fees, must maintain written documentation describing its policies concerning these subjects. If the school provides or allows for financial aid on any basis other than demonstrated financial need, then provisions must be included in the school's policies to insure that financial aid is not provided or allowed to a student on the basis of athletic ability.
d. By August 1 of each year, the member school must file a copy of its current policies with the OSSAA, or certify that such policies are unchanged from what is currently on file with the OSSAA. The school also must identify, in writing, those individuals and/or organizations involved in determining or evaluating applications for admission or financial aid, and describe the role or responsibility of that individual or organization. The school must notify the OSSAA about any changes in the policies, or in the listing of individuals or organizations, or in the role or responsibility of any individual or organization, during the school year.
e. Any of the following may constitute a violation of this Rule which would subject a school to potential sanction: (1) Offering or providing admission, financial aid, or tuition payment terms for a student-athlete in circumstances inconsistent with the school's written policies on file with OSSAA; (2) Offering or providing need-based financial aid to a student-athlete excess of demonstrated financial need; (3) Offering or allowing more favorable tuition payment terms for a student-athlete than are allowed to similarly situated students; (4) Accepting tuition payments for a student-athlete from a source outside the student's immediate family or a recognized financial aid source; (5) Providing a disproportionate amount of financial aid to student-athletes as compared to other students.
f. Upon request the school must make its records concerning the admission of, payment of tuition for, and/or financial aid provided to particular students available for inspection and review. OSSAA will maintain such records as confidential consistent with applicable law, and information obtained from those records will be used only for the purpose of determining whether any rule violations have occurred.
g. The principal or head of school is responsible for submitting copies of policies and certifications as required under this section.
Section 9. Violation of Rule
a. A school will be in violation of this Rule and subject to sanction if the school encourages or permits school employees or representatives to recruit student-athletes to enroll at or transfer to that school. Permitting a student-athlete who has been recruited to enroll at or transfer to the school to represent that school in an event shall also be considered a violation of this Rule which would subject the school to potential sanction. A failure to obtain, maintain, submit, or make available the written policies, certifications and summaries required under this Rule also violates this Rule and will subject the school to potential sanction.
b. If a school receives information indicating that a student-athlete is being recruited, or was or may have been recruited, to enroll at or transfer to that school, then the school shall provide a written report to the Executive Director as soon as possible, identifying the student-athlete and those persons who are, were, or may have been involved in recruiting that student-athlete.
c. The fact that a school reported a known or suspected violation of the recruiting rule involving a student-athlete at that school may be considered by the Association, if a violation is determined to have occurred, in evaluating what sanction may be imposed on the school.
d. A student-athlete may be subject to sanction, including the loss of eligibility, if the student enrolls at or transfers to a school that has sought to recruit, or allowed its employees or representatives to recruit, that student in violation of this OSSAA Rule, or if the student or the student's family participates in recruiting other student-athletes to enroll in or transfer to the school in which that student is presently enrolled or planning to enroll.
Verification of Acknowledgment of Rule 9
Each coach or volunteer providing instruction, assistance, or supervision in an athletic activity for a member school must sign this form certifying that the coach or volunteer is familiar with the Rule. The head coach in each athletic activity for each member school must sign this form certifying that students participating in an activity have been informed about the Rule, that the school may be sanctioned for violations of this Rule, and that student athletes may be subject to sanction, including the loss of eligibility, if they have enrolled at or transferred to a school that has engaged in recruiting, or allowed its employees or representatives to recruit in violation of the Rule, or if they participate in recruiting other student athletes to enroll in or transfer to the school. All officers, administrators, supervisors, and sponsors of any club or organization supporting any athletic activity at a member school must sign this form certifying that they are familiar with the Rule, and that the members of the club or organization have been informed about this rule.
Verification of Acknowledgement of Rule 9 Form