Stonehill Skyhawks Athletics

NCAA Guidelines


About Skyhawk Athletics

Stonehill College sponsors intercollegiate competition in 20 varsity sports, nine for men and eleven for women. In addition, the department also oversees a successful intramural program and various athletic administration work study positions. More than 400 students are directly involved in the intercollegiate athletics program.

Stonehill is a member of the NCAA Division II Northeast-10 Conference. The 16-member league represents quality institutions from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The conference is widely recognized as one of the top Division II conferences in the country, sponsoring 22 championships.

Stonehill Athletics and You

The Stonehill Athletics Department is grateful to the many alumni, donors, fans and friends who support the Skyhawk teams every year. The most important quality an intercollegiate athletic program can display is its integrity. Stonehill strives to uphold the highest standards of academic and athletic integrity. As a member of the NCAA, it is our responsibility to educate administrators, coaches, student-athletes and other representatives of institutional athletic interests about the rules, which could affect their association with the program. Stonehill Athletics strives to remain in compliance with the strict guidelines of the NCAA and the Northeast-10 Conference.

You Are a Representative of Stonehill Athletics!

A "representative of the institution's athletics interests" is an individual who is known (or who should be known) by a member of the institution's executive or athletics administration to:

- Have participated in or to be a member of an agency or organization promoting the institution's intercollegiate athletics program.

- Have made financial contributions to the athletics department or to an athletics booster organizations of that institution.

- Be assisting or to have been requested (by the athletics department staff) to assist in the recruitment of prospects.

- Be assisting or to have assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families.

- Have been involved otherwise in promoting the institution's athletics program.

Once an individual is defined as such a representative, that person retains that identity indefinitely, even if they quit supporting the athletics program.

Who Is a Prospective Student-Athlete (PSA)?

The NCAA defines a prospective student-athlete as any student who has started classes for the ninth grade. In addition, a student who has not started the ninth grade becomes a prospect if the institution provides that student (or student's relatives and friends) any financial assistance or other benefit not provided to prospective students in general. A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after he or she has signed a National Letter of Intent or financial aid agreement to attend Stonehill. A prospective student-athlete also includes students in prep schools, junior colleges, and individuals who have officially withdrawn from four-year schools.

NCAA Rules Involving Prospective Student-Athletes

Representatives of the institution's athletic interests are prohibited from making in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts with a prospect or the prospect's relatives. On-campus contact is permitted, as are written and telephonic communications. Recruiting contacts by representatives during a prospect's official visit are confined to campus and may not extend to the 30-mile radius permitted to institutional staff members.

Athletics representatives may not contact prospects' coaches, principals, or counselors in an attempt to evaluate prospects, and they cannot visit prospects' schools to pick up transcripts or films pertaining to evaluation of the prospect's academic or athletics ability.

Boosters may attend prospects' games on their own initiative, but they cannot contact prospects on those occasions.

Each year, coaches and administrators in the Stonehill Athletics Department receive information on prospective student-athletes from traditional sources such as high school and recruiting services. However, an increasing number of fans, friends, and other members of the community will offer leads in recruiting a particular student-athlete. The department encourages you to send recommendation letters, clippings, or any other supporting material to members of the Stonehill coaching staff, but you cannot contact prospective student-athletes directly.

Maintaining institutional control over the administration of the Stonehill Athletics program, including recruiting, is one of our highest priorities. You should be aware of the following:

- You may not entertain, provide tickets or gifts to junior or senior high school or junior college coaches at any time.

- You may not contribute to the payment of registration fees for prospects to attend summer sports camps.

- You may not mail anything of benefit to a prospective student-athlete except personal letters. Specifically, you may not mail clippings, posters, programs or similar items.

- You may not contribute to the payment of transportation costs for prospects or their friends and relatives to visit Stonehill College.

- You may not contact student-athletes of another four-year institution to explore the possibility of transferring to Stonehill.

- You may not be involved with iving financial aid or other benefits to prospects or prospects' relatives or friends.

NCAA Rules Involving Enrolled Student-Athletes

The student-athlete shall not receive any extra benefit. The term "extra benefit" refers to any special arrangement by an institutional employee or representative of the institution's athletics interest to provide the student-athlete or his or her relatives and friends with a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.

As a supporter of Stonehill Athletics, your involvement is greatly appreciated by the administration, coaching staff and student-athletes. We encourage you to attend as many events as possible, introduce Stonehill Athletics to friends and business associates, support our fundraising efforts, serve as career mentors, and consider student-athletes for off-season or summer employment.

However, it is equally imperative to know that the college and its athletics program could be jeopardized if you unintentionally or intentionally violate NCAA regulations.

- You may provide off-season or summer employment for enrolled student-athletes under the following conditions:

a. The athlete is paid only for work actually performed;
b. The pay must be at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services;
c. Transportation related to the job may not be provided unless it is provided to all employees in that particular job.

- You may provide an occasional family home meal on infrequent and special occasions (e.g. Thanksgiving, a winter holiday), but you cannot provide transportation to your home.

- You may not provide a student-athlete with a special discount, payment arrangement, or credit on a purchase or a service.

- You may not provide a student-athlete with professional services without charge or at a reduced rate.

- You may not allow a student-athlete to use a telephone or credit card at no charge or at a reduced cost.

- You may not provide services (e.g. movie tickets, dinner, or use of a car) from commercial companies at no charge or a reduced rate.

- You may not provide a student-athlete with extra benefits or services including but not limited to:

a. a loan of money;
b. a guarantee of bond;
c. use of an automobile;
d. signing or co-signing a note with an outside agency to arrange a loan.

- You may not provide payment of any expenses (i.e. transportation, room, or board) for friends or relatives to visit a student-athlete at Stonehill. You cannot even purchase them a cup of coffee or a soda for them.

If you have a question, please ask!

There are many NCAA rules regarding prospective and enrolled student-athletes. Please ask before acting. Stonehill appreciates your interest and support, and we would be glad to direct your support in a constructive manner within NCAA guidelines. Should you have questions, feel free to call Cindy MacDonald, Senior Associate Director of Athletics, at (508) 565-1052.