Rules are Rules for a Reason

July 25, 2017

NCAA Rules and Regulations

Amateur athletes are defined by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) as “Student-athletes shall be amateurs in an intercollegiate sport, and their participation should be motivated primarily by education and by the physical, mental and social benefits to be derived” (Shropshire & Davis, 2008, pg. 117-118). If an athlete does not abide by these rules throughout his/her educational and athletic career in college, their ‘amateur’ status can be lost. Traditionally, the amatuer status was designed for the student athlete to maintain their primary focus towards their education, while having the ability to split their time engaging in school sports. Once an athle