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Publish date: Jul 29, 2010

Guidelines for agents

There are some Do’s and Don’ts guidelines that agents should follow to comply with NCAA amateurism rules and the Uniform Athlete Agents Act.

Do…

Make sure you are properly registered to act as an agent according to the appropriate state law (where required).

Make sure you’re properly registered to act as an agent according to any NCAA institution or conference agent registration program, and that you are certified in accordance with the rules of the relevant professional player’s association before contacting a student-athlete.

Inform student-athletes of the services you or your firm or agency can provide if they choose to become a professional athlete.

Encourage student-athletes to consult with their institution’s compliance office before forming an agreement with you so that they understand the impact the agreement will have on their collegiate eligibility.

Cooperate with an institution’s professional sports counseling panel, which is set up to assist student-athletes with, among other things if applicable, choosing an agent.

Encourage student-athletes you have been in contact with to keep their institution’s compliance officers apprised of your conversations so that the athletics department can be prepared to respond to inquires from the media or the NCAA.

Familiarize yourself with the Uniform Athlete Agents Act and the states in which it, or similar legislation, has been enacted.

Don't...

Enter into an agreement for future representation with prospective or enrolled student-athletes with remaining collegiate eligibility, even if you will not act as their representative until their eligibility is exhausted.

Have runners or business associates, provide benefits to prospective or enrolled student-athletes with remaining collegiate eligibility, or to their relatives or friends.

Represent prospective or enrolled student-athletes with remaining eligibility in negotiations with a professional team.

Market the athletics talents or abilities of prospective or enrolled student-athletes with remaining collegiate eligibility.

Communicate with professional sports teams on behalf of prospective or enrolled student-athletes with remaining collegiate eligibility to schedule, arrange or confirm tryouts, or inquire about the professional team’s interest in a student-athlete.