Who is a booster?
You are a Booster or a Representative of Athletics Interest if you:
- Are of have ever been a member of a booster organization that supports Alabama Athletics;
- Have made financial contributions to the athletics department or a booster organization;
- Are or have ever been involved with the recruitment of a prospect;
- Have provided or are providing benefits to an enrolled student-athlete or their relatives or friends;
- Have otherwise been involved in promoting the University of Alabama's athletics program (e.g., alumni and friends);
- Provided or have helped to arrange employment for student-athletes;
- Are the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of an enrolled student-athlete;
- Are or ever have been a season ticket holder.
Some examples of boosters are: fans, undergraduate students, graduate students, all university faculty, staff and other employees and alumni. (This is not an exhaustive list.)
Is it possible to be become a booster without doing anything listed above?
Yes. The NCAA has developed a four-part test to determine whether or not an individual has become a booster and/or provided a student-athlete, their relatives or friends with an impermissible benefit. If any of the following statements are true then providing benefits to prospects or student-athletes, their relatives and friends can result in the student-athlete being rendered ineligible and cause the individual providing the benefit to be classified as a booster:
- The relationship between the student-athlete (or parents of the student-athlete) and the individual providing the benefits developed as a result of the student-athlete's participation in athletics or their reputation as an athlete; or
- The relationship began only after the athlete became a prospect; or
- The relationship began only after the athlete had achieved notoriety due to his or her athletic ability or reputation; or
- The pattern of giving and/or frequency of giving increased after the athlete attained notoriety as a skilled athlete (e.g., purchased small gifts in the past and now purchase a television or other large gift).
Once a Booster ... Always a Booster. According to the NCAA, once an individual has been identified as a booster, he or she retains this identity forever.