Agents and Amateurism

A student-athlete loses amateur status and thus shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in any sport if, prior to the completion of your eligibility (which usually occurs after the last game or contest of your senior year including post-season tournament, or all-star games), you:

  • Use your athletic skills (directly or indirectly) or pay in any form in that sport.
  • If you become involved in any commercial endorsements for a product, service or establishment.
  • Accept a promise of pay even if such pay is to be received following completion of intercollegiate athletics participation.
  • Compete on any professional athletics team, even if you do not receive pay or remuneration for your expenses.
  • Tryout with a professional team at any time during the academic year even though there is no payment or expense allowance involved.
  • Negotiate, sign or enter into an agreement or commitment of any kind, either orally or written, to be represented by an agent for the purposes of marketing your athletic ability or reputation in a sport, regardless of it's legal enforceability or any consideration received. You will lose your eligibility even if you:

+ do not date the agreement

+ date the agreement as of a date after you have completed your eligibility in that sport, or

+ agree that the agent will only represent you in future negotiations after you have completed your eligibility in that sport.

  • Accept (or allow a family member(s) or friends to accept) money, transportation or any other benefits from anyone who wishes to represent you to market your athletic ability.
  • Receive any preferential treatment, benefits or services, including loans you do not have to begin to pay back immediately, because of your athletic reputation or money you may make as a pro athlete.
  • Receive, directly or indirectly, a salary reimbursement of expenses or any other form of financial assistance from a professional sports organization based upon your athletic skill or participation, except as permitted by NCAA rules and regulations.
  • New for 2007: An enrolled student-athlete in a sport other than basketball or football may enter a professional league's draft one time during his or her collegiate career without jeopardizing his or her eligibility in the applicable sport, provided the student-athlete is not drafted and within 72 hours following the draft he or she declares his or her intention to resume participation in intercollegiate athletics in writing to the director of athletics.
  • An enrolled student-athlete in basketball may enter a professional league's draft one time during his or her collegiate career without jeopardizing eligibility in that sport, provided the student-athlete is not drafted by any team in that league and the student-athlete declares his or her intention to resume intercollegiate participation within 30 days after the draft in writing to the director of athletics.
  • In football, an enrolled student-athlete (as opposed to a prospective student-athlete) football may enter the National Football League draft one time during his collegiate career without jeopardizing eligibility in that sport, provided the student-athlete is not drafted by any team in that league and the student-athlete declares his intention to resume intercollegiate participation within 72-hours following the National Football League draft declaration date in writing to the director of athletics.
  • Unlike NCAA rules, Ivy rules proscribe eligibility in all sports if a student is professionalized in any sport, though a student who is considered a professional in one sport may compete on the junior varsity level in a different sport .
  • A student willing to give up eligibility in one sport under NCAA rules may retain Ivy eligibility in other sports under the following guidelines:

The student may:

  • sign with an agent for representation in the one sport, as long as the student receives no money;
  • assemble clippings, photographs, etc. for use by the agent;
  • enter his/her name in that sport's draft;
  • travel to a professional team's location in that sport to have a physical
  • examination and to be tested as long as the student pays his/her own way.

The student may not:

  • participate in practice or competition with a professional team in any restricted sport;
  • sign a contract with a professional team in any restricted sport unless the student has no potential Ivy eligibility remaining in that sport;
  • attend a mini-camp or tryout with a professional team in any restricted sport during academic year unless the student has no potential Ivy eligibility remaining in that sport;
  • receive any compensation, including any pay for any expenses involved in traveling to be tested by a professional team in any restricted sport.