Don’t Bet On It - Sports Wagering Education
NCAA Sports Wagering bylaws state that a student-athlete should NOT be involved in sports wagering activities for any sport the NCAA sponsors. The NCAA includes the following bylaws in the NCAA Manual.
10.3 Sports Wagering Activities: The following individuals show not knowingly participate in sport wagering activities or provide information to individuals involved in or associated with any type of sports wagering activities concerning intercollegiate, amateur or professional athletics competition.
(a) Staff members of an institution’s athletics department;
(b) Non-athletics department staff members who have responsibilities within
or over the athletics department (e.g., chancellor or president, faculty
athletics representative, individual to whom athletics reports);
(c) Staff members of a conference office; and
10.3.1 Scope of Application. The prohibition against sports wagering applies to any institutional practice or any competition (intercollegiate, amateur or professional) in a sport in which the Association conducts championship competition, in bowl subdivision football and in emerging sports for women.
10.3.1.1 Exception. The provisions of Bylaw 10.3 are not applicable to traditional wagers between institutions (e.g., traditional rivalry) or in conjunction with particular contests (e.g., bowl games). Items wagered must be representative of the involved institutions or the states in which they are located.
10.3.2 Suspension by a Non-NCAA National or International Sports Governing Body. A student-athlete under a sports wagering related suspension from a non- NCAA national or international sports governing body shall not participate in intercollegiate competition for the duration of the suspension.
10.4 Disciplinary Action. Prospective or enrolled student-athletes found in violation of the provisions of this regulation shall be ineligible for further intercollegiate competitions, subject to appeal to the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement for restoration of eligibility. 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 19.12, whether such violations occurred at the certifying institution or during the individual’s previous employment or at another member institution.
For all sports wagering-related violations report on or after May 2, 2023, the following guidelines will apply:
- Student-athletes who engage in activities to influence the outcomes of their own games OR knowingly provide information to individuals involved in sports betting activities will potentially face permanent loss of collegiate eligibility in all sports. This would also apply to student-athletes who wager on their own games or on other sports at their own schools
If a student-athlete wagers on their own sport at another school, education on sports wagering rules and prevention will be required as a condition of reinstatement, and the loss of 50% of one season of eligibility will be considered.
For all other wagering-related violations (e.g., wagering on professional sports), cumulative dollar value of the wagers will be taken into consideration with the following terms for reinstatement:
$200 or less–sports wagering rules and prevention education;
$201-500–loss of 10% of a season of eligibility, plus rules and prevention education;
$501-800–loss of 20% of a season of eligibility, plus rules and prevention education;
Greater than $800–loss of 30% of a season of eligibility, plus rules and prevention education
For cumulative wagering activities that GREATLY exceed $800, the NCAA reinstatement staff is directed to consider whether additional loss of eligibility, including PERMANENT ineligibility, is appropriate.