NCAA Watching Hockey Much More Closely

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NCAA Watching Hockey Much More Closely October 8, 2012 10:21 AM

So, you want to scam the system, dont want to play by the rules, dont want to pay to play, or dont feel as though NCAA guidelines are for you? There are a lot of players and parents that need to wake up and take a look in the mirror today.

The NCAA is cracking down, and hockey players now have bulls eyes on their backs.

For years, scholarshiping players has been a problem in junior hockey. Everyone knew it, and no one did anything about it. For years, the boys have been allowed to be boys as long as no one gets caught or in trouble doing it in many cities. The NCAA turned its head to the most serious violations, and never gave a thought to minor violations. Until now.

The NCAA is a brand, and that brand is worth some serious money. They realize it now and they are going to protect it. Football and basketball scandals have damaged the brand, and it has forced them to take a closer look at all sports.

In an attempt to gain more Twitter followers,Wisconsin freshman forward Nic Kerdiles possibly offered autographs to his newest followers, where the tweet that indicated as much and Kerdiles’ account have since been terminated. Photos also posted to Kerdiles Twitter account may indicate an amateurism violation as well.

Amateurism violation? That is code for an improper benefit violation being investigated.

The violation being investigated is one where Kerdiles was photographed having dinner with Hockey Agents at the NHL draft. Unless receipts can be produced for that meal, Kerdiles is going to have some serious explaining to do.

Players are not allowed to receive anything from an agent or adviser without paying for it.

A press release said school officials "are working with the NCAA toward a resolution of the situation".

Kerdiles, a second-round NHL draft pick of Anaheim, is known to be a strong student who was projected to be a top-line forward for the Badgers. UW coach Mike Eaves would say only the NCAA has been looking into a specific matter ‘for a while’ and he didn’t know when Kerdiles’ status for the season would be known.

Yes, there are NCAA rules regarding social media. Yes, every college coach goes to every prospects Facebook, Twitter and Myspace pages when looking at a prospective player. Its one of the first things they do now. So, time to take all the beer drinking, and tin stacking pictures down boys.

One NCAA official stated that they were going to be looking at all hockey players much more closely. Many calls and emails have been received as of late from parents and players, telling NCAA officials of improper benefits being received by players in several Tier III leagues in the United States.

When dealing with an adviser the rules should be understood in this way:

  • College Athletes are not permitted to have agents who market their hockey skills or negotiate with professional teams on their behalf. The definition of a professional team includes major junior teams (NCAA bylaw 12.2.3.2.4).
  • College Athletes may not have written or oral agreements with agents. This includes agreements for future representation.
  • Family members of College Athletes, are permitted to sign adviser agreements with specific fees written in those agreements. They are not permitted to have written or oral agreements with agents.
  • College Athletes are not permitted to accept benefits from agents, such as money, meals, clothing, hockey equipment, or other things of value.
  • College Athletes and their families are permitted to have advisors to offer guidance and advice, so long as that advisor does not market his or her client’s hockey skills or negotiate with professional teams on behalf of the client.
  • If a College Athlete or his family uses the services of an advisor, they must compensate that advisor in an amount equal to the services provided. A annual fee is recommended.

Know the rules, understand them and abide by them. The NCAA is watching.

By Joseph Kolodziej

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