Amateur players are those athletes who are engaged in sports for the physical, mental or social benefits they get from participation and to whom athletics is an avocation and not a source for personal financial remuneration.

Whenever the amateur status of a student athlete is in question and before intercollegiate competition begins in an sport sponsored by the NJCAA, it is the responsibility of an administrative officer of the school where the student is attending to clear the status of the student athlete in question. In determining amateur standing of students, the following guidelines have been established.


1. Accept scholarships and educational grants-in-aid from their institution in accordance with the provisions of Article VIII of the bylaws of the NJCAA.

2. Officiate sport contests, providing the remuneration received does not exceed the going rate for such employment.

3. Serve as coaches or instructors for compensation in a physical education class outside of their college provided the employment is not arranged by the student athlete’s school or a representative of its athletics interests.

4. Serve as paid supervisors of children’s sports programs, such as counselors in a summer camp, or in a recreation department program. Their duties may include teaching techniques or skills in their sport, provided that any instruction is a part of the overall terms of employment (teaching and coaching shall not exceed more than 1/2 of their employed time) and not on a fee-for-lesson basis.

5. Participate in professional baseball for no more than Ninety days at a level no higher than Class A. If this can be confirmed by the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the student shall be eligible to compete in baseball at an NJCAA member school. Any participation beyond the 1st Ninety days shall cause a student to be ineligible in the sport of baseball.

6. Participate in women’s softball if the women were involved in the Professional Softball Association and have been reinstated by the appropriate amateur governing body.

7. Have their names or pictures appear in books, other publications, or films without jeopardizing their amateur status, but only under the following conditions.

Appearance in such books, publications or films is for the purpose of demonstrating athletic skill, analysis of a sports event, or instruction in sports.

b. There is no indication that the athlete expressly or implicitly endorses a commercial product or services.

c. The athlete shall not be paid.

d. The student has signed a release statement detailing the conditions under which his or her name or image may be used and has filed a copy of that statement with the institution he or she attends.


1. Receive money or any other form of remuneration above actual expenses for participating in any sports contest or programs with the exception of bowling and golf. (Refer to the ` bowling and golf sections of the NJCAA Handbook.)

2. Give lessons on a fee-for-lesson basis.

3. Be employed to teach physical education classes or coach any sport for their college.

4. Be employed or receive remuneration for teaching or coaching sports skills or techniques, if the employment is arranged by the student athlete’s institution or a representative of its athletics program.

5. Take any financial assistance, or enter into an agreement of any kind, to compete in professional athletics, with the exception of the student who participates in professional baseball for not more than ninety days as provided in Section 11.a.5. Students who violate this provision shall be ineligible for participation in the sport. This includes declaring for professional draft.

6. Try out with a professional sports organization while enrolled full time during any part of the academic year unless they have exhausted their eligibility in that sport. (This includes any time from the beginning of the fall term through the completion of the spring term, including any intervening period.) Part-time students who are not participating under the provisions of Section 4.i. may try out provided they do not receive any form of compensation other than actual expenses from the professional organization or club.

7. Contract in writing to be represented by an agent in the marketing of athletic ability or reputation in a sport.

8. Participate in the Major Junior A Hockey League sponsored by the CAHA.