The goal of this page is to provide our boosters, alumni, fans, coaches, prospects and student-athletes information regarding the rules and regulations of the NCAA. While not all inclusive, it is meant to provide guidance in many of the situations you may encounter and should help you avoid inadvertently violating NCAA policies. Compliance with the rules and regulations is essential to creating a winning environment for all Castleton athletic teams.
It is the responsibility of every individual involved with Castleton Athletics to be aware of the rules which govern participation in collegiate athletics. If questions arise, we ask that you contact our Compliance Officer Eric Horsfield at (802) 468-6422 or by email. If he is not available you may also contact our Associate Dean of Athletics and Recreation Deanna Tyson at (802) 468-1365 or by email. Asking questions before acting ensures that the eligibility of our department and our student-athletes is not jeopardized.
The following links will provide detailed information on relevant topics when dealing with rules, education and other NCAA resources.
NCAA Transfer Permission to Contact - Must be completed for students looking to transfer out of Castleton
NCAA Division III Philosophy Statement - Philosophy statement produced by the NCAA pertaining to Division III athletics
NCAA Division III Website - Up to the minute information on Division III athletics
NCAA Getting in the Game - Videos and resources for athletes, parents and administrators
Don't Bet On It - Video resource on sports wagering
Recruiting Rules and Regulations - Rules and regulations pertaining to recruiting
NCAA Division III Manual - Manual on Division III athletics
NCAA Banned Substances - List of banned substances not allowed in one persons system according to NCAA guidelines
Drug Free Sport - NCAA resource for all information on drugs in athletics
Guide for Staff and Boosters
People often have questions about NCAA rules and what they permit alumni and friends of the University to do. The following is a summary of what is permitted and some examples of frequent problem areas.
The NCAA prohibits the receipt of a benefit by a student-athlete or his/her relatives or friends unless (a) it is authorized by NCAA legislation, or (b) the same benefit generally is available to the institution's students, their relatives or friends or to a particular segment of the student body determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.
The "benefit" could be any special arrangement provided by a college employee or booster to a student-athlete or a student-athlete's relative or friend.
Therefore, please be aware of the following:
1. A student-athlete may not accept a prohibited benefit from an employee of Castleton or a representative of Castleton's athletic interests (e.g., use of a car, clothing, gifts, money, tickets for any kind of entertainment, payment of long distance telephone calls).
2. A student-athlete may not accept free or reduced cost storage space for personal belongings for the summer months from any Castleton employee or a representative of Castleton's athletic interests.
3. A student-athlete may not accept free or reduced priced merchandise or services from any merchant unless that free or reduced cost item is also available to the general student body.
4. A student-athlete may receive an occasional meal from an institutional staff member or a representative of the institution's athletic interests, provided that the meal occurs within the locale of the institution and is infrequent.
5. A student-athlete may not use a Department of Athletics copy machine, fax machine or make long distance phone calls using departmental equipment or the long distance access code of an employee of Castleton or representative of Castleton’s athletic interests.
6. Members of the Department of Athletics staff or a representative of Castleton’s athletic interests are not permitted to type reports, papers, letters, etc., for a student-athlete.
7. A student-athlete may not receive a special discount, payment arrangement or credit on a purchase (e.g., airline ticket, clothing), or service (e.g., laundry, dry cleaning) from an employee of Castleton or representative of Castleton’s athletic interests.
8. A Castleton employee or a representative of Castleton’s athletic interests may not provide a student-athlete with a loan of money, a guarantee of bond, the use of an automobile or the signing or co-signing of a note to arrange a loan.
9. A student-athlete may not accept frequent traveler miles for trips that are financed by the Department of Athletics.
10. A Castleton employee may provide a student-athlete only reasonable and occasional local (i.e., within a 30-mile radius of the Castleton’s campus) transportation. However, a Castleton University employee may not utilize a school vehicle for purposes of assisting a student-athlete's move from one residence to another.
The acceptance by a student-athlete of any of the above extra benefits is a violation of NCAA regulations and places the student-athlete's eligibility for intercollegiate competition in immediate jeopardy. It is extremely important for everyone involved with Castleton athletics to know and abide by all NCAA regulations.
As an active participant in Castleton University's stated mission, the athletic department will contribute to furthering the school’s mission through varsity, club, recreational and intramural activities. It is through these avenues that the Castleton Athletic Department will reinforce the school mission of academic and personal growth by emphasizing teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, and physical well-being. The Castleton Athletic Department will look to continuously provide dedicated employees who are committed to motivating and educating their student-athletes. The Castleton Athletic Department will provide students and coaches with a safe environment to embrace and promote diversity and equity as well as to develop and maintain high ethical standards. The department will implement community service involvement and provide open communication among our student-athletes, staff, and surrounding communities.
At Castleton, we are proud of the tradition of excellence that has become the standard for our teams and athletic programs. We are especially committed to promoting excellence through good sportsmanship and positive support for all of our student-athletes, coaches and staff as well as for our opponents and officials.
CREATING AN ATMOSPHERE OF RESPECT
Castleton and the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) is proud to participate in the fan sportsmanship initiative of "Creating an Atmosphere of Respect.”
This initiative is a unified effort to promote respect for student-athletes, coaches and officials in Division III athletics.
• Cheer for your team, not against the opponents.
• Comments about players, coaches, officials or fans in the stands must not get personal.
• The use of profanity, vulgar, racist or sexist comments will not be tolerated.
• Give players, coaches and officials their space by keeping away from the playing and team bench area.
Thank you for your support.