The University of Southern Maine conducts its intercollegiate athletics program as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division III level. The University abides by all applicable NCAA Division III rules, regulations and interpretations.
Division III is the NCAA’s largest division with 450 total members and 42 voting conferences represented by more than 190,000 student-athletes. The NCAA sponsors 28 Division III specific championships annually.
To be eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics, student-athletes must be academically and athletically eligible under NCAA rules, regulations and interpretations, and all other applicable conference and institutional policies at the time of participation. At USM, the Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance and Athletic Media Relations, in coordination with the Director of Athletics, the Associate Director of Athletics, the Faculty Athletics Representative and other institution academic authorities, determines a student-athlete’s eligibility to participate.
Every student-athlete wishing to participate in intercollegiate athletics must undergo an annual University administered pre-participation physical examination (PPE) prior to engaging in any physical activity (NCAA Div. III bylaw 126.96.36.199). All student-athletes must attend an annual NCAA compliance meeting and sign all applicable NCAA and University required documents (NCAA Div. III bylaws 14.1.3 and 14.1.4) prior to any outside competition.
Meet Your Husky Compliance Team
USM's Office of Compliance is located in the Costello Sports Complex, and is adjacent to the Learning Center.BL Elfring, Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance and Athletic Media Relations firstname.lastname@example.org | (207) 780-5434 Al Bean, Director of Athletics email@example.com | (207) 780-5588 Kim Turner, Associate Director of Athletics & Senior Woman Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org | (207) 78-5997 Robert Kuech, Faculty Athletics Representative email@example.com | (207) 780-5089
Current Student Athletes & Prospective Student Athletes
Maintaining student-athlete intercollegiate eligibility is the priority of USM Compliance. A student-athlete's eligibility is compromised when rules are not followed, by not only themselves, but others as well. Current student-athletes, enrolled or on break, are to comply with ALL rules and regulations set forth by the NCAA, Little East Conference, and the University of Southern Maine. Many of these rules/regulations can be found in the USM Student-Athlete Handbook (Polices begin on Page 41).
What is a Prospective Student-Athlete? Bylaw 13.02.7
A prospective student-athlete (PSA) is any student who is in high school (ninth grade and beyond) and has yet to enroll full-time at any four-year institution. Whether you are in high school, prep-school, or recently graduated and taking a year off before enrolling at a college or university, you are considered a PSA.
When it comes to recruiting, all interactions between an NCAA coach and a PSA are regulated per sport and method of communication. Coaches, student-athletes and PSAs can use the Division III Athletics Recruiting/Communication Quick Reference Guide
Boosters | Representatives of Athletics Interest
A "Representative of Athletics Interest," also known as a "Booster" is a term the NCAA uses to classify a broad range of constituents to any particular member institution. Common groups that are deemed representatives of athletics interests are alumni/alumnae, parents of student-athletes, ans, and more. It is important to understand that the NCAA regulates the actions of representatives of athletics interests and requires each institution to be responsible for those actions.
Definition: Bylaw 13.02.9 Representative of Athletics Interests or Booster
The NCAA defines a representative of athletics interests as an individual, independent agency, corporate entity (e.g., apparel or equipment manufacturer), or other organization who is known (or who should have been 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 organization of that institution;
- Be assisting or to have been requested (by the athletics department staff) to assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes;
- Be assisting or to have assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families; or
- Have been involved otherwise in promoting the institution's athletics program.