A student-athlete is a student who was recruited by a member of the athletics staff with the ultimate goal of the student's participation in intercollegiate athletics. Any other student becomes a student-athlete when he or she reports for any varsity team. A student is not deemed a student-athlete solely on the basis of prior high school athletics participation.
Agents & Amateurism
An individual shall be ineligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport if he or she ever has agreed (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation in that sport. Further, an agency contract not specifically limited in writing to a sport or particular sports shall be deemed applicable to all sports, and the individual shall be ineligible to participate in any sport. For additional information, select the Agents link.
Participants in all sports are subject to NCAA drug testing, which occurs randomly on a year-round basis. NCAA officials come to campus each year to conduct drug testing. Selected student-athletes will be notified by an athletic department staff member one to two days prior to the testing date. The penalty for missing a scheduled drug test is the loss of one season of competition in all sports. Learn more about NCAA drug and alcohol policies by accessing the link above.
Student-athletes may receive compensation only for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services. Select this link to obtain the Student-Athlete Employment and Private Lesson or Fee-for-Lesson Instruction forms.
Student-athletes and their parents are prohibited from receiving extra benefits from Holy Cross employees or representatives of the College's athletics interests. Click on the link to read specific NCAA legislation concerning extra benefits.
The NCAA opposes all forms of legal and illegal sports wagering involving college and professional sports. Sports wagering has become a serious problem that threatens the well-being of the student-athlete and the integrity of college sports. Any student or group found to have engaged in or to have attempted to engage in illegal gambling activities is subject to the College’s disciplinary sanctions. To find out more about gambling, select above link to the NCAA “Don’t Bet on It” website.
The Student-Athlete Handbook provides NCAA and institutional policies as outlined by the Holy Cross Department of Athletics. It is extremely important for all current student-athletes to understand and have strong familiarity with this material.