Remaining An Amateur
Attention Student Athletes: This page is constructed with the purpose of acting as a quick reference point in relation to amateurism in athletics. If you are facing a situation that might deal with your status as an amateur athlete please see an FAU compliance officer. Remember, it's better to be safe, than sorry.
12.1.1 Amateur Status
An individual loses amateur status and, thus, shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if the individual:
(a) Uses his or her athletics skill (directly or indirectly) for pay in any form in that sport (e.g., receipt of payment from agents or for participation in exhibitions or postseason all-star contests). [12.1.1-(a)]
(b) Accepts a promise of pay even if such pay is to be received following completion of intercollegiate athletics participation. [12.1.1-(b)]
(c) Signs a contract or commitment of any kind to play professional athletics, regardless of its legal enforceability or any consideration received. [12.1.1-(c)]
(d) Receives, directly or indirectly, a salary, reimbursement of expenses or any other form of financial assistance from a professional sports organization based upon athletics skill or participation, except as permitted by NCAA rules and regulations. [12.1.1-(d)]
(e) Competes on any professional athletics team and knows (or had reason to know) that the team is a professional athletics team (per 12.02.5), even if no pay or remuneration for expenses was received. [12.1.1-(e)]
(f) Enters into a professional draft (other than in the sport of basketball) or an agreement with an agent or other entity to negotiate a professional contract. [12.1.1-(f)]
(g) Participation in a Foreign Tour Subsequent to Exhausting Eligibility.
12.1.2 Amateur Status if Professional in Another Sport
A professional athlete in one sport may represent a member institution in a different sport. However, the student-athlete cannot receive institutional financial assistance in the second sport unless the student-athlete:
(a) Is no longer involved in professional athletics;
(b) Is not receiving any remuneration from a professional sports organization; and
(c) Has no active contractual relationship with any professional athletics team. However, an individual may remain bound by an option clause in a professional sports contract that requires assignment to a particular team if the student-athlete's professional career is resumed.
An individual may inquire of a professional sports organization about eligibility for a professional-league player draft or request information about the individual's market value without affecting his or her amateur status.
126.96.36.199 Draft List
Subsequent to initial full-time collegiate enrollment, an individual loses amateur status in a particular sport when the individual asks to be placed on the draft list or supplemental draft list of a professional league in that sport, even though: (Revised: 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02)
(a) The individual asks that his or her name be withdrawn from the draft list prior to the actual draft;
(b) The individual's name remains on the list but he or she is not drafted; or
(c) The individual is drafted but does not sign an agreement with any professional athletics team.
188.8.131.52.1 Exception -- Professional Basketball Draft -- Four-Year College Student-Athlete
An enrolled student-athlete in the sport of 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. The student-athlete's declaration of intent shall be in writing to the institution's director of athletics. (Adopted: 1/11/94, Revised: 1/10/95, 1/14/97 effective 4/16/97, 4/24/03 effective 8/1/03; for student-athletes entering a collegiate institution on or after 8/1/03)
184.108.40.206.2 Exception -- Professional Basketball Draft -- Two-year College Prospective Student-Athlete
A prospective student-athlete enrolled at a two-year collegiate institution in the sport of basketball may enter a professional league's draft one time during his or her collegiate career without jeopardizing eligibility in that sport, provided the prospective student-athlete is not drafted by any team in that league. (Adopted: 4/24/03 effective 8/1/03; for student-athletes entering a collegiate institution on or after 8/1/03)
220.127.116.11.3 Exception -- Divisions I-A and Division I-AA Football
An enrolled student-athlete (as opposed to a prospective student-athlete) in the sports of Division I-A and I-AA 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. The student-athlete's declaration of intent shall be in writing to the institution's director of athletics.