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What is a countable athletically-related activity?
Countable athletically-related activities include any required activity with an athletics purpose involving student-athletes and at the direction of, or supervised by one or more of an institution's coaching staff (including strength and conditioning coaches) and must be counted within the weekly and daily limitations. Administrative activities (e.g., academic meetings, compliance meetings) shall not be considered as countable athletically related activities. (17.02.1)

What is a secondary violation?
A secondary violation is a violation that is isolated or inadvertent in nature, provides or is intended to provide only a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage and does not include any significant recruiting inducement or extra benefit. Multiple secondary violations by a member institution may collectively be considered as a major violation. (

What is an extra benefit?
An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution's athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete's relative or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their relatives or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution's students or their relatives or friends or to a particular segment of the student body (e.g., foreign students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability. (16.02.3)

What is the definition of recruiting?
Recruiting is any solicitation of a prospect or the prospect's family for the purpose of securing the prospect's enrollment at the University and/or participation in the athletics program.

What causes an individual to lose 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;
b) Accepts a promise of pay even if such pay is to be received following completion of intercollegiate athletics participation;
c) Signs a contract or commitment of any kind to play professional athletics, regardless of its legal enforceability or any consideration received;
d) Receives, directly or indirectly, a salary, reimbursement of expenses or any other form of financial assistance from a professional sports organization based on athletics skill or participation, except as permitted by NCAA rules and regulations;
e) Competes on any professional athletics team, even if no pay or remuneration for expenses was received;
f) Subsequent to initial full-time collegiate enrollment, enters into a professional draft; or
g) Enters into an agreement with an agent. (12.1.2)

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