What can I do to help without breaking the rules?
You may continue to have contact with an established family friend or neighbor who is a prospect. However, such contact may not be for recruiting purposes and may not be initiated by an UL coaching staff member. You may bring outstanding prospects to the attention of the UL coaching staff by sending them newspaper clippings or other information about prospects. However, you may not be involved in the actual evaluation of talent. All evaluations and contacts are the sole responsibility of the UL coaching staff. You may offer assistance to members of UL's coaching staff who are recruiting in your community.
You may provide an "occasional" meal at your home for a student-athlete or an entire team if you live within a 30-mile radius of UL's main campus. You may also provide transportation to your home for the meal. Recent rule changes now permit a booster to "host" a team meal in regularly used athletic dining facilities on campus.
Additionally, you may employ an enrolled student-athlete under certain circumstances with prior approval from the UL Athletic Department. Student-athletes may be compensated only for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in the area for similar services. No benefits or services should be provided to student-athletes which are not available to all your employees. Please contact the team coach to discuss meals and/or employment opportunities for student-athletes.
If you know of a high school student-athlete who might want to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the only permissible activity for a representative is to contact the appropriate coach and inform the coach of the student-athlete.