NCAA Rules and Penalties


    Sports wagering has the potential to undermine the integrity of sports contests, and jeopardizes the welfare of student-athletes and the intercollegiate athletics community. Sports wagering demeans the competition and competitors alike through a message that is contrary to the purposes and meaning of "sport." Sports competition should be appreciated for the inherent benefits related to participation of student-athletes, coaches and institutions in fair contests, not the amount of money wagered on the outcome of the competition. It is for this reason that the NCAA, the Big Ten Conference, and Indiana University prohibit athletic department staff members and student-athletes from engaging in gambling activities as they relate to intercollegiate or professional sporting events.

    The NCAA Policy on Gambling:

    NCAA Bylaw 10.3 states that staff members of a member conference, staff members of the athletics department of a member institution and student-athletes shall not knowingly:

    1. Provide information to individuals involved in organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition;
    2. Solicit a bet on any intercollegiate team;
    3. Accept a bet on any team representing the institution;
    4. Solicit or accept a bet on any intercollegiate competition for any item (e.g., cash, shirt, dinner) that has tangible value; or
    5. Participate in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling.

    Examples of activities that could render a student-athlete ineligible or result in severe disciplinary action for a coach or athletics department administrator include:

    1. Providing information (e.g., reports concerning team morale, game plans and injuries of team members) to any individual who could assist anyone involved in organized gambling activities.
    2. Making a bet on any intercollegiate or professional athletics contest (e.g., participating in a fantasy sports league or sports "pool" for cash prizes, Internet gambling on sports events, sports wagering using 800 numbers).
    3. Accepting a bet or bribe on, or agreeing to throw, fix or illegally influence the outcome of any intercollegiate athletics contest.
    4. Failing to report any bribe or offer, or any knowledge of any attempt to throw or fix a game or to influence illegally its outcome.
    5. Participating through a bookmaker in any gambling activity (e.g., betting on a parlay card involving intercollegiate or professional athletics).

    Sanctions/Disciplinary Action:

  • A student-athlete who engages in activities that involve wagering on the student-athlete's institution can permanently lose all remaining regular-season and postseason eligibility in all sports.

  • A student-athlete who participates in gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics may lose eligibility for all regular season and postseason competition for a minimum of a period of one year and shall be charged with the loss of a minimum of one season of competition. If the student athlete is determined to have been involved in a subsequent violation of Bylaw 10.3, the student-athlete shall permanently lose all remaining regular season and postseason eligibility in all sports.

  • Institutional staff members found in violation of the provisions of this regulation shall be subject to disciplinary or corrective action as set forth in Bylaw of the NCAA enforcement procedures.

    Source: NCAA Bylaws 10.3.1 and 10.4

    Warning Signs of Gambling Trouble

    A recent Mayo Clinic study revealed signs that could identify a compulsive gambler.

    • Skipping family dinners or work gatherings to gamble.
    • Gambling in secret.
    • Repeatedly vowing to quit but failing to stick with it.
    • Not planning to gamble but just "ending up" gambling.
    • Gambling with money needed for bills.
    • Lying, stealing or borrowing to get gambling money.
    • Continuing to gamble when you lose in an effort to win back losses.
    • Gambling when you feel depressed or when you feel like celebrating.

    Source: NCAA News

    Places for Assistance:

    • Gamblers Anonymous:
        Write to: Gamblers Anonymous I.S.O., P.O. Box 17173, Los Angeles, CA 90017
        Call: National Headquarters: (213) 386-8789
        Indianapolis Hotline: (317) 382-4950

    • IU Athletic Department, Compliance Office:
        Assembly Hall (Jennifer Brinegar, 855-0451)

    • IU Health Center:
        Call: 855-4011
        Counseling Services: 855-5711

    • Arnie Wexler:
      Mr. Wexler is a recovering compulsive gambler. He encourages calls from any students or athletes who believe that gambling is controlling their lives.

    Information compiled by: Todd Sermersheim - Intern in the Compliance Office

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