NCAA rules state that a student-athlete cannot have a written or verbal agreement
with an agent or anyone who will market the student-athlete's athletics ability
or reputation. Also, a student-athlete may not agree, verbally or in writing,
to have an agent represent them in the future.
Student-athletes and their families may not receive benefits from an agent.
An agent is anyone who markets your athletics ability or reputation. Whether
or not someone calls themselves an agent, if they perform the functions of an
agent under NCAA rules, they are considered an agent. Activities such as these
would make someone an agent:
• Negotiating with a professional team
• Contacting a professional team on your behalf
• Arranging tryouts with professional teams
• Sitting in on your negotiations with a professional team
Please click here to verify that a given agent is licensed in the state of Florida.
A student-athlete may have an advisor to help them evaluate their professional opportunities, but they must be careful that their advisor does not engage in any activities that would make them an agent under NCAA rules. As a good rule of thumb, an advisor can talk to you and your family, but if they are talking about you to any third parties (professional teams, media, scouts) they have probably crossed the line to being an agent.
Student-athletes may participate in tryouts with professional teams without
losing their eligibility, provided they follow certain rules:
• Student-athletes cannot miss class for a tryout with a professional team.
• Student-athletes may receive actual and necessary expenses in conjunction with one 48-hour tryout per professional team.
• A tryout may extend beyond 48 hours if the student-athlete pays any additional expenses, including return transportation.
• A tryout paid for by the student-athlete may last any length of time, provided the student-athlete does not miss class.
of NCAA Bylaws Governing Athlete Agents
• Applicable NCAA Agent Legislation
• Florida Agent Laws
• Agent-Related News
• Uniform Athlete Agents Act (UAAA)
• Athlete Agent Application/Examination/Licensure (PDF)
• Additional NCAA Resources
You may not provide a student-athlete any benefit or special arrangement that
would not be offered to the rest of the student population. Such a benefit may
cause a student-athlete to lose his or her eligibility. These activities include,
but are not limited to:
• You may not entertain student-athletes, their friends or family. (Bylaw 18.104.22.168; 16.2.2; 22.214.171.124.3)
• You may not use the name or picture of an enrolled student-athlete to advertise, recommend or promote any product or service of any kind. (Bylaw 126.96.36.199; 188.8.131.52; 184.108.40.206.1; 220.127.116.11.2; 18.104.22.168.3; 22.214.171.124.4)
• You may not provide awards or gifts to a student-athlete. (Bylaw 16.02.4; 16.1.3; 126.96.36.199)
• You may not allow a student-athlete to use your telephone to make free calls, or allow use of a free or discounted automobile. (Bylaw 188.8.131.52.2)
You can however, invite an enrolled student-athlete to your home for an occasional home cooked meal, but you may not take a student-athlete to a restaurant. Any contact or planned activity with an enrolled student-athlete should be cleared by the Compliance Office.