Agents and Professional Tryout Issues

NCAA Rules
Who is an agent?
Advisors
Tryouts with Professional Teams
Links and Resources for Agents
Rules regarding contact with current student-athletes


NCAA Rules

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.


Who is 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.


Advisors

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.


Tryouts with Professional Teams

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.


Links and Resources for Agents

Overview 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


Contact With Currently Enrolled Student-Athletes

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 13.5.1.1; 16.2.2; 16.12.2.2.3)
• 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 12.5.2.2; 12.5.2.3; 12.5.2.3.1; 12.5.2.3.2; 12.5.2.3.3; 12.5.2.3.4)
• You may not provide awards or gifts to a student-athlete. (Bylaw 16.02.4; 16.1.3; 16.12.2.3)
• 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 16.12.2.2.2)
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.