Student-athletes often explore various employment opportunities, in an effort to gain practical experience in their chosen field or to earn extra spending money for themselves. Under NCAA rules, it is permissible for all student-athletes to work during the academic year, as well as during official University vacation periods, such as Winter Break, Spring Break and summer vacation, provided the employment is legitimate and does not violate any NCAA Bylaws. The following will address some of the frequently asked questions regarding student-athlete employment, as well as increase your awareness of the relevant change in NCAA rules.
Q: Once a student-athlete secures a job, what must be done before that student-athlete begins work?
A: Regardless of whether the job is held during the academic year or a University vacation period, including summer break, the student-athlete must register the job with the Compliance Office before the commencement of employment.
Q: Is there a limit on a student-athlete’s legitimate employment earnings?
A: As of August 1, 2003, there is no longer a limit on a student-athlete’s legitimate employment earnings. However, the following three conditions must be satisfied:
1) The student-athlete’s compensation does not include any remuneration for value or utility that the student-athlete may have for the employer because of the publicity, reputation, fame or personal following that he or she has obtained because of athletics ability;
2) The student-athlete is compensated only for work actually performed; and
3) The student-athlete is compensated at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services.
Q: Are student-athletes permitted to work in sports camps or clinics?
A: In sports other than football, a student-athlete may be employed by Ohio State, another institution or by a private organization to work in a sports camp or clinic.
In football, no member of an institution’s football squad who has eligibility remaining may be employed or otherwise participate in that institution’s football camp. These individuals, however, may be employed in any camp that specializes in the sport of football, other than the institution’s own, provided that not more than one football student-athlete from any one Division I institution is employed at the camp.
Q: Is it permissible for a student-athlete to earn compensation for teaching or coaching sport skills or techniques on a fee-for-lesson basis?
A: Under NCAA rules, it is permissible for a student-athlete to receive compensation for teaching or coaching sport skills or techniques in his or her own sport on a fee-for-lesson basis, provided:
* Institutional facilities are not used;
* Playing lessons are not provided;
* Compensation is paid by the lesson recipient (or the recipient’s family) and not another individual or entity; and
* The institution obtains and keeps on file documentation of the recipient of the lesson(s) and the fee for the lesson(s) provided during any time of the year.
As a reminder, prior to giving any lessons for compensation, student-athletes must register the job with the Compliance Office.
Representatives of Athletics Interests are also affected by the NCAA rules governing student-athlete employment. By definition, you are a Representative of Athletics Interests if you:
* Are or ever have been a member of a Buckeye athletic booster organization;
* Have made financial contributions to the athletics department or a booster organization;
* Are or ever have been involved with the recruitment of a prospect;
* Have provided benefits to an enrolled student-athlete or the student-athlete’s relatives or friends;
* Have otherwise been involved in promoting The Ohio State University’s athletic program (e.g., alumni and friends);
* Are the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of an enrolled student-athlete;
* Are or ever have been a season ticket holder.
Q: How do the student-athlete employment regulations pertain to Representatives of Athletics Interests?
A: A Representative of Athletics Interests:
* May employ or arrange employment for a student-athlete during the institution’s academic year, summer break or other official University vacation period, as long as the student-athlete has properly registered his or her job with the Compliance Office, is being paid only for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services.
* Is not permitted to provide transportation for prospects or student-athletes he or she employs unless transportation is provided for all other employees.
* May not use the name, picture or appearance of an enrolled student-athlete to advertise, recommend or promote sales or use of a commercial product or service of any kind.
The above information is only an overview of the NCAA rules governing student-athlete employment. For questions or to receive additional information, please contact the Ohio State University Athletic Compliance Office at (614) 292-2681.