With the start of training camps in Europe, I’ve received an increased number of inquiries about the NCAA Amateur Status regulations. This is a minefield not only for European but also North American players (see blog post Amateurism Requirements).
Here’s a brief synopsis of the most important points to keep in mind to avoid jeopardizing your NCAA Amateur Status:
48 hours camp rule
Don’t stay longer than 48 hrs at a professional team camp if the organization is covering your expenses. After the initial 48 hrs, you may stay but have to pay for all incurred camp expenses.
Pro teams exhibition games
Don’t play any exhibition games with a pro team, in the case of Switzerland Nat. A or Nat. B. Of course this also applies to any other European or North American pro leagues including CHL.
Don’t sign an Agreement with an Agent nor have a tacit, verbal understanding.
Don’t accept any monetary or material gifts, not even team jerseys, hats, T-Shirts.
If your goal is to play NCAA College Hockey it is imperative not to violate any of these rules. Too many players HAVE lost their NCAA Eligibility or had to accept long suspensions because of breaching the NCAA Amateurism Rules! More about this subject: DiCuria – FAQ Amateurism Certification and College Hockey NCAA Eligibility College Hockey Inc. – NCAA Eligibility