Compliance - Current Student-Athletes - Amateurism
To ensure an equitable playing field for all student-athletes, the NCAA says that professional athletes may not compete in collegiate competition. This means that you are ineligible to play once you lose "amateur status". A student-athlete loses his/her amateur status the minute the individual:
negotiates, signs or enters into any written or oral agreement with an agent. accepts or receives any extra benefits (including family members) from an agent or anyone who wishes to represent the student-athlete. uses their athletic skills for pay, or promise of pay. competes with a professional sports team or receives any compensation from a professional sports team. receives an extra benefit that is not available to the general student population.
An extra benefit can include, but is not limited to: transportation, meals, clothes, entertainment, preferential loan terms, and cash.
(NCAA Bylaws 12.1, 12.2 & 12.3) See .