North Farmington High School Boosters GO RAIDERS!
TO: Farmington Schools Athletic Booster Clubs
FROM: Linda Fox, Director of Athletics
RE: Sport Booster Club Regulations
The Farmington Athletic Department, the Board of Education and the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) have various policies and procedures that our Booster Clubs are asked to abide by. I would like to take this opportunity to enumerate these.
- The Farmington Board of Education has adopted a policy School Support Organizations must follow to be allowed to function as a support group within the school system. This policy (Procedure 1315) was adopted in August of 2004 and specifically defines the “School Support Organizations Procedure” which must be followed. This procedure basically begins with your group submitting an application to your building principal by May 30th. The application form is available in the main office of your building.
- The MHSAA is the state governing body for all athletic teams. Obviously, FPS must comply with any rules and regulations the MHSAA sets in regards to all aspects of competition in and/or out-of-season. With this in mind we must understand that some regulations address coaches and booster club activities which may occur during a specific season or outside of that specific season
- Booster Clubs, may not sponsor or support out-of-season programs or perform out-of-season functions which the school itself is prohibited from doing.
- A school sponsored team is not permitted to practice or compete outside the MHSAA defined season for that sport.
- A coach (volunteer, assistant, trainer, etc.) can coach ONLY three students during the out-of-season period.
- During the 3-player limitation period, coaches (volunteer, assistants, trainers, etc.) may not coordinate, officiate at, or in other ways assist with out-of-season school or non-school athletic events which involve more than three students from the same school district grades 7-12.
- Persons “indirectly associated with the school”, including parents and/or booster members are profited from providing or performing any of the examples of “undue influence” as defined by the MHSAA.
- An athlete may accept a symbolic, or merchandise award which does not have a fair market value or cost in excess of $25. This would include any gifts from the booster at end of season banquets.
- Neither faculty nor non-faculty coaches may receive compensation for interscholastic coaching duties except through the school. Booster organizations cannot pay coaches.
I hope this information assists you and your organization in initiating your booster club activities so they comply with FPS and MHSAA guidelines. Thank you for your continued support in extra-curricular activities.