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A/PPS 06.02 - External Affairs

External Affairs

A/PPS No. 06.02 (1.1)
Issue No. 1
Effective Date: 1/02/2017
Next Review Date: 11/01/2017 (E3Y)
Sr. Reviewer: Athletics Director

  1. TICKETS

    1. Ticket Office

      The Texas State Athletics ticket office oversees all ticketing operations for the department including selling, reconciling and management of all single game and season tickets. For more information on tickets prices and hours of operation, please visit the ticket office website.

      The Texas State ticket office’s accounting is in accordance with NCAA and Sun Belt Conference regulations. Monies received through ticket sales are verified by audit reports from our computerized ticketing system. Once reconciled, all money is deposited at the University Cashier’s Office. The ticket office is allotted a pre-determined amount of petty cash based on the athletic season. The petty cash is counted and verified daily throughout the football season by the Athletics Ticket Manager and weekly after the conclusion of the football season. Internal audits are performed on an annual basis.

    2. Ticket Sales and Distribution

      Game tickets may be purchased online, in-person or over the phone with the ticket office. All tickets are non-refundable.

      Will Call
      A will call window is available for all home athletics contests. Tickets purchased by phone, media credentials, group tickets and complimentary tickets left by a staff member will be available for pick-up at the will call window. Proper photo ID is required for release of tickets.

      Consignment Tickets
      It is not generally the practice of the ticket office to allow tickets to be purchased through consignment. If tickets must be purchased by consignment, approval must be made by the Assistant Athletics Director for Business Operations and the Assistant Athletics Director for Ticket Sales and Operations.

    3. Complimentary Admissions

      The Department of Athletics is committed to allocating and distributing complimentary admissions to athletic events in a fair and equitable manner. All policies and procedures are consistent with Texas State University, Sun Belt Conference and NCAA rules and regulations, and have been developed with careful consideration given to the best interests of the intercollegiate athletics program. Individuals who receive complimentary admissions are responsible for reporting the value of the ticket for income tax purposes, when appropriate.

      General Student Body
      A portion of the tuition fees that a Texas State University student pays entitles the student to attend athletic events. Students must present a valid student ID to enter athletic events. In rare events (e.g. sell-out games, postseason games), students may be first come, first serve and students may be asked to pick up tickets in advance.

      Student-Athletes
      Student-athletes are provided up to four complimentary admissions for designated guests to his/her sport’s contests. Complimentary admissions for student-athlete guests are managed through a pass list. Student-athletes can designate guests through Jump Forward.

      Under no circumstances should these complimentary admissions be issued via hard ticket nor can the student-athlete or designated guests receive payment in exchange for the complimentary admission. All designated guests must provide a photo ID at the pass list window.

      Prospective Student-Athletes
      Prospective student-athletes may be provided complimentary admissions during official and unofficial visits to Texas State University. Prospective student-athletes and their guests are managed through a pass list at the respective athletics facility.

      Under no circumstances should these complimentary admissions be issued via hard ticket nor can the prospective student-athlete or designated guests receive payment in exchange for the complimentary admission. All designated guests must provide a photo ID at the pass list window.

      Coaches that wish to request complimentary admissions for a prospective student-athlete and his/her family members must do so through Jump Forward. All requests must be made by noon the day before the contest.

      High School Coaches
      High school coaches may receive up to two (2) complimentary admissions to Texas State athletic events. Complimentary admissions for high school coaches are managed through a pass list. Coaches must present a valid high school coaches association identification card to receive the tickets. High school coaches that request tickets to football games must complete the online form.

      Athletics Department Staff
      Each full-time employee of the Athletics Department will be given the opportunity to receive complimentary season tickets in each ticketed sport. For the purpose of administering the complimentary admissions policy, interns, graduate assistants and restricted coaches are considered full-time employees if he/she works at least 20 hours per week for nine months in the Athletics Department. If a particular game sells out, the discounted ticket price of the game date free ticket(s) may become taxable to the staff member according to IRS regulations.

      It is a NCAA violation for athletic department staff members to provide tickets to (1) student-athletes; (2) prospective student-athlete; (3) family members of student-athletes and prospective student-athletes; (4) high school, prep school and/or two-year college coaches; and (5) other individuals associated with teaching or directing activities in which prospective student-athletes are involved.

      Athletics Department staff members found to be selling complimentary season tickets will lost the privilege of applying for season tickets in future seasons, as well as, face disciplinary consequences at the discretion of the immediate supervisor.

      The allocation of complimentary tickets is as follows: Director of Athletics - Eight (8) per sport, Associate Athletics Directors and Head Coaches of given sport - Six (6) per sport, Assistant Athletics Directors and Head Coaches that are not in season - Four (4) per sport, Full-time athletics staff member - Two (2) per sport.

  2. FACILITY OPERATIONS AND EVENT MANAGEMENT

    1. Athletic Event Management Responsibility

      Through planning, coordination, and staffing, Texas State Athletics strives to host successful events that are safe, clean and enjoyable for our patrons and student-athletes while maintaining University standards along with NCAA and Sun Belt Conference policy.

    2. Coordination of Event Management

      Game Administrator
      A member of the Texas State Athletic Administrative Staff will be present for each home contest and will serve as the game/match administrator. The administrator will serve as the official representative for Texas State and will ensure the success of the event.

      Game Officials
      The game officials will be assigned by the Sun Belt Conference and/or the predetermined assigner prior to the event. The office of Athletic Facilities and Operations and with the Athletics Business Manager will see to it that proper arrangements for lodging, travel, and payment have been secured. Once on site, the game officials will be greeted and briefed on any ancillary details for the event. The game administrator or security personnel shall escort game officials on and off the court or field. Once the event begins, the game officials take on unconditional authority over the event.

      Facility/Area of Competition
      The facility and area utilized for competition must follow NCAA and Sun Belt Conference policy. Prior to competition, the Office of Facilities and Operations will validate compliance, proper arrangement, and availability of the area of completion and all necessary equipment. All athletics events hosted at Texas State University must receive prior approval from the Director of Athletics.

      Game Staffing and Personnel
      In adherence to NCAA and Sun Belt policy, the Office of Facilities and Operations will secure, train and staff any additional game personnel required.

      Public Address Announcer - Public address announcers are responsible for comments made on the public address system. Announcers should be enthusiastic but calm, and shall refrain from blatant cheerleading, offering derogatory remarks or providing biased encouragement. Announcements shall be made authorized by the Director of Athletics, Director of Marketing, or the designated Game/Match Administrator.

      Scoreboard/ Clock Operators

      Auxiliary Game Personnel

      Credentials
      All credentials excluding media will be issued by the Director of Athletic Facilities and Game Operations. Media credentials will be issued by the Director of Media Relations.

      All credentials are issued by Texas State University for working purposes only and are non- transferable. Credentials must be displayed prominently during the game, including pre- and post- game.

      Unauthorized use of credentials will result in the bearer’s removal from the facility/event and the original recipient may be denied future credential privileges.

      Credential Release - The Bearer of this credential agrees that the Board of Regents, the Texas State University System, Texas State University and all regents, employees, agents and officers for these entities shall not be liable for any loss, damage or injury. The Bearer assumes full responsibility for all risks and dangers of property loss or damage, and for personal injury, death and all other hazards related in any way to attending a Texas State University event. If the above mentioned occurrences take place anywhere at the facilities, at all times before, during or after the event, whether or not caused by negligence of Releases, the Bearer is responsible. The bearer is aware of the risks and hazards connected with Texas State University events and elects to participate voluntarily and engage in Texas State University events. This agreement binds not only the bearer, but if the bearer is alive, also binds the members of the bearer’s family and spouse (if any). If the bearer is not alive, the agreement binds the bearer’s heirs, assigns, and personal representatives. Acceptance of the credential constitutes agreement by the bearer to abide by the foregoing conditions.

      Media Credentials - including print and electronic (radio & television) media outlets, are restricted in accordance with Texas State University, Sun Belt Conference and NCAA rules and guidelines. It is the Media Relations Office’s intention to ensure that proper, professional use is made of the space available for credentialed media. Credentials as well as parking passes (if requested) will be mailed to the requesting organization if time permits or sent to the opponents’ Media Relations Director for distribution. Otherwise, all credentials will be available at the Media Will-Call.

      Photography Credentials - will be issued only to accredited photographers and television reporters/camera operators on assignment. Freelance and amateur photographers not on assignment should contact the Athletic Media Relations Office well in advance for approval.

      Pre-Game Protocols
      A written timeline shall be provided to the game officials, clock & scoreboard operators, public address announcer, Radio & TV productions, Media, and both head coaches at least one hour prior to the scheduled start of each contest.

      Parking
      Texas state controls parking at athletic events to not only ensure the safety of all our guests, students, student-athletes and staff, but also to establish a priority system, which allows special parking privileges to donors and invited guests. The Bobcat Club in conjunction with the Assistant Director of Athletics for Facilities and Game Operations and Texas State Parking Services control the parking policies for all Texas State athletic events.

      For more information on parking privileges at Texas State athletic events, please contact the Bobcat Club.

      Policies regarding university parking are covered in UPPS No. 05.07.02, Parking and Transportation.

      Tailgating
      Tailgating activities are managed by the TXST athletics department in conjunction with TXST parking services. For more information on tailgating at athletics activities, visit website.

      Concessions and In-Game Merchandise
      The Athletics Department-contracted vendors, in conjunction with the Texas State Department of Athletics, reserves the right to all concessions and sale of merchandise at facilities covered by this policy. These vendors may choose to waive the right to sell on a case-by-case basis.

      Visiting Teams
      Prior to the start of each competitive season, the office of facilities and game operations will produce and distribute visiting team guides. The Texas State Athletics Department’s visiting team guide is designed to provide information to athletics teams visiting the Texas State campus for NCAA events. It shall contain information such as contact details, travel information, local hotels, recommended dining locations, specific game and/or facility information, and emergency care.

      It is the responsibility of the coaches to contact visiting teams regarding practice times and schedule such times through the Office of Athletic Facilities/Game Operations. Coaches must check with the Office of Athletic Facilities/Game Operations as to the availability of the facility before contacting visitors. A coach or staff member from the participating sport is required to be present, serving as a host for all visitor practice sessions.

    3. Sporting Behavior

      It is a principle of the Sun Belt Conference that student-athletes, coaches, athletics administrators, support groups, and all others associated with intercollegiate athletics adhere to such fundamental values as respect, fairness, civility, honesty and accountability. In accordance with Sun Belt Conference bylaws, the host institution is expected to monitor the behavior of spectators and to handle displays of non-sporting behavior and/or unethical behavior swiftly and consistently. Game operations personnel, under the supervision of the Assistant AD for Facilities and Game Operations, will be charged with upholding and enforcing these principles during all athletics events.

    4. Scheduling of Events

      Each sport has the discretion to schedule non-conference home and away contests pending ultimate approval by the Director of Athletics. Conference games are scheduled by the Sun Belt Conference office. The following considerations are made when scheduling contests: Income/Expense, Annual University events (commencement, exam schedules, etc.), Missed class time by student-athletes, Strength and competitive profile of opponent, Any revisions to approved schedules require the following to be notified: Director of Athletics, Sun Belt Conference (if officials are involved), Assistant AD for Facilities and Game Operations, Athletic Ticket Office, Athletic Training Staff, External vendors/game staff, Media Relations Office, Game Administrator, Campus police and other applicable University and municipal entities.

    5. Risk Management

      Medical Services
      For each event, Texas State athletics will provide, at a minimum, the NCAA Standards for Care.

      Due to the different demands for events, additional services may be provided to ensure that medical response is adequate. These items include, but are not limited to; EMS, ambulance, physician on location or stand-by, AED, transport cart, and Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). The office of Athletic Operations and Facilities with coordination of the athletic training staff will secure and schedule these efforts.

      Inclement Weather
      Athletic administrators, coaches, institutional staff members and officials shall be responsible for participating student-athletes relative to lightning safety during all home contests. Athletic administrators, coaches, institutional staff and officials shall be aware of the proximity of lightning to the playing facility and will follow the NCAA recommended lightning procedures. When available, the event manager shall use a lightning detector to monitor lightning proximity to a facility. When a lightning detector is not available, the flash- to-bang method shall be utilized to determine suspension of a contest due to lightning.

    6. Security

      University Police Department
      To ensure that institutional policies are enforced and unethical conduct is discouraged, Texas State University Police with coordination of the Assistant Athletic Director of Operations & Facilities will secure and schedule the appropriate level of officers for each event. This will be determined based on crowd size, the availability of alcohol, facility limitations, event requirements, along with any other external factors.

      Crowd Control Personnel
      Due to the different demands of each the event, crowd control personnel may be essential to the success of the game or event. These individuals include, but are not limited to; ushers, ticket takers, bag checkers, parking attendants, and security. The office of Athletic Operations and Facilities will secure and manage these efforts.

      Bag Inspections
      Event security may require inspection of all bags, containers, purses, or persons for items prohibited in athletic venues. Patrons may refuse to have a bag, container, purse, etc. inspected and choose instead to return the bag, purse, container, etc. to their vehicle, or may not be granted admittance to the event or receive a ticket refund.

      Prohibited Items
      For the safety, enjoyment, and overall welfare of all our guests, student-athletes, students, and event staff, the following items will not be allowed in Texas State facilities during athletic events: Artificial noisemakers: horns, whistles, air horns, musical instruments, etc.; Backpacks or large bags; Bottles, cans or food and drink containers; Coolers, Ice chests or picnic baskets; Fireworks; Flag poles; Lawn chairs; Outside food or beverages; Pets; Video cameras; or Weapons. This is not a comprehensive list of rules or items that may or may not be acceptable inside athletic events. Rather, it is intended to serve as a general guideline. Event Management reserves the right to use its discretion in the enforcement of this policy.

      Gun-Free Zones
      All athletics events hosted by Texas State University have been designated as Gun-free Zone - an area where concealed carry of handguns is prohibited. Guns are not permitted in designated gun-free zones. Additional concealed handgun policies are covered in UPPS No. 01.04.45, Concealed Carry of Handguns by License Holders on University Premises.

      Background Checks
      Per university policy, all employees, full-time, part-time, contracted, or volunteers must receive background history approval to work on campus. For game/event staffing, the office of game operations and facilities in conjunction with the athletic business will coordinate with University Police to verify that each individual has been approved prior to the game or event.

    7. Facility Use

      Priorities for Use/Facility Request
      In general, priority use of athletics facilities will change according to the educational, athletic, and student activity in season.

      All university athletic and recreational facilities are utilized at maximum levels. All requests for facility use outside of team practices and contests must be submitted to the Athletic Facilities and Operations Office.

      Shared facilities are scheduled on a priority basis dependent upon competitive season. Those teams in their competitive season will be given first priority. Second priority will be given to those teams competing in their non-traditional season. Lastly, individual workout times will be scheduled for all other teams.

      University priorities for space/time will be determined by the Director of Athletics and/or Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations.

      These facilities include: University Events Center / Strahan Coliseum, Maroon & Gold Room, Gym 101 & Gym 102, Bobcat Ballpark (Baseball & Softball),The Caboose, Bobcat Stadium, J. Garland Warren Room, Football Team Meeting Room, The Pavilion, Champions Club, Bobcat Track Stadium, Bobcat Tennis Center, West Campus Competition Field (Soccer), Football Practice Fields.

      External Groups
      Dates not committed to university events may be made available to other users, including university-related, community service, and commercial events on a first-come basis.

      Current athletic facility utilization patterns enjoin Texas State University to impose limitations on the consideration of requests by external groups to utilize university athletic facilities. The major criteria for limitations in this instance will be: Date, Space availability, Appropriateness of use.

      All requests by external groups will be given fair and impartial evaluation. Prior utilization of university athletic facilities will not guarantee future approval for such use.

      In instances where an event date is desired, but the exact date cannot be specified, target dates shall be reserved on a tentative basis. If a date is not confirmed 60 days prior to the event, the date then becomes subject to other bookings.

      An appropriate charge will be made for use of university athletic facilities by external groups as determined by the Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations in conjunction with the Director of Athletics, Associate Athletics Director of External Operations, and the Athletics Business Manager.

      All outside entities must sign and return the appropriate facility-use agreement contract and present evidence of liability insurance and required deposit (as stated in facility-use agreement), in advance of the date of facility usage.

      The Director of Athletic Facilities may arrange for support staff to work scheduled events to ensure efficient monitoring of facility use, as well as for any ancillary services. Costs for such services and staff will be assed in the final charges associated with facility rental.

      External groups will be responsible for paying rental fee and necessary expenses for services associated with the use of the facility (e.g., equipment use, set-up, staffing, clean-up, damages, etc.). This will permit the planning unit to recover all direct costs resulting from the activity. A deposit may be required to cover damage or losses during a performance, event, or activity.

      The Athletics Department-contracted vendor, in conjunction with the Texas State Department of Athletics, reserves the right to all concessions and sale of merchandise at facilities covered by this policy. These departments may choose to waive the right to sell on a case-by-case basis.

      The Director of Athletic Facilities, in conjunction with the University Police Department, may arrange for security to work scheduled events to ensure the safety of all university students, staff, and guests. Costs for such services will be assessed in the final charges associated with facility rental.

      Building/Office Access Management
      University keys are the property of Texas State University and are issued by Facilities Management, but are coordinated and distributed by the Office of Athletic Facilities and Operations. Duplication of university keys is prohibited.

      For the protection of the individual and the Department of Athletics’ equipment and facilities, coaches and staff members are not to loan their keys to non-Athletic Department individuals, student-athletes, student athletic trainers or managers.

      Athletic personnel are provided with keys to facilities which involve their job function and are issued upon employment. Keys will not be issued to department volunteers. Upon termination of employment with the department, all keys are to be returned to the Athletics Business Manager before a final payroll check will be released. Lost or stolen keys must be reported to the Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations immediately.

      Athletic personnel and student athletes may be granted facility access, when available, per an assigned code, card reader, or ID number. This monitored privilege is directly tied to an individual or group and should not be shared. The Office of Athletic Facilities and Operations in coordination with University Access Management supervisors these functions.

      Policies regarding the issuance and use of university facility access management are covered per UPPS No. 08.01.01, Scheduling of University Facilities.

      Locker Rooms
      Locker Rooms are to be used or accessed by student-athletes and coaches only, unless authorized by the Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations. This use will be limited to normal hours of the day or times authorized by a coach or staff member. When there are visiting teams using locker rooms, signs will be posted indicating use. All student-athletes should be advised by their coaches that they are to respect this use and should not enter the locker room(s) unless authorized by a coach or staff member.

      Locker rooms that are accessed by code combinations are to be used ONLY by those student- athletes whose teams are assigned to that particular locker room. Combinations are not to be given to any other person other than the student-athlete/coach authorized to use the locker room. All coaches are expected to inform student-athletes of this policy and further, to enforce it.

      University Assets
      Periodically the Texas State Controller’s Office conducts an inventory check for equipment, furniture, computers, etc., in each department. This inventory should be conducted in conjunction with the Office of Athletic Facilities and Operations. Cooperation in the listing and location for all items inventoried is required. University Asset Tags are to not be altered or removed per UPPS No. 05.01.01, Texas State University Property and Equipment.

      Facility Security and Lockdown
      Proper security and lockdown of the athletic facilities is the responsibility of the individual user as well as the event and facilities staff. All administrators, coaches, faculty and institutional staff members authorized to use athletic facilities are responsible for ensuring that all facilities are locked and secured after use. Any misuse of athletic facilities by authorized or unauthorized persons must be reported to the Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations immediately.

    8. Facilities Maintenance

      Work Request Procedures
      In order to monitor and streamline costs related to work performed by the Physical Plant, all Department of Athletics work orders will be initiated and processed through the Office of Athletic Facilities and Operations. Any athletic staff member wishing to receive work in an athletic facility, should coordinate with the Office of Athletic Facilities and Operations. If a sport budget is to be charged for work requested, the Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations or the Athletics Business Manager will contact the coach or staff member for authorization of expenditures.

      Facility Cleaning and Housekeeping
      Keeping an orderly and clean work space is the responsibility of all athletic staff members. It is essential that we provide a safe and clean environment for our patrons and student-athletes. It is also necessary to provide attractive facilities as a priority for student-athlete recruitment and donor cultivation. The office of Athletic Facilities and Operations will manage custodial support and facility cleaning with support from Facility Management and/or contracted vendors.

      Grounds and Sport Turf Management
      The Sport Turf management staff in conjunction with the Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities and Operations are responsible for providing an attractive, safe, and well maintained landscaping and athletic fields. This includes supervising, scheduling and planning of routine maintenance, contracted labor, and preparations for practices and game days. Any requests for additional services or equipment usage is to be coordinated with the Director of Sports Turf Management.

  3. MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS

    1. Licensing and Logo Use

      All athletic department offices and staff must gain prior approval of use of the department’s logos and trademarks. All offices should reference the Athletic Identity Standards and Toolkit when designing or developing their collateral pieces, uniforms and apparel. This document can be found on the Athletics Licensing & Branding website.

      The Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions is responsible for overseeing the university’s licensing program and works in conjunction with a third party licensing company to manage the program and assist with development and protection of the brand portfolio.

    2. Website/Digital Media

      The Texas State Department of Athletics’ official website is hosted by Sidearm Sports and monitored by the Assistant Director of Marketing and Promotions along with the Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Information. The Sports Information Office maintains the website concerning news releases, stats, and sport specific information. The Marketing and Promotions Offices maintains all fan interactive content, general content information, promotional efforts, advertising, branding and external affairs content. The official website is TxStateBobcats.com.

    3. Promotional Materials

      Promotional materials will be designed and printed for department sports programs. The Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing & Promotions works in conjunction with the appropriate coaches and sports information directors to design all promotional materials.

      The promoting of a special event or specific sports program is coordinated by the Marketing and Promotions Office. While news releases are routinely used to promote such activities, special advertisements may also be used.

      Only approved Department of Athletics and Texas State logos, marks, and colors are to be used in such advertising. All advertising for department sponsored events must be approved by the Marketing and Promotions Office. If the cost of advertising is not picked up by a corporate partner, the cost of the advertisement must be within the promotions budget.

      The Marketing & Promotions Office is responsible for the creation and design of all advertisements directly related to the promotion of Texas State Athletics. Money from the Athletic Marketing budget along with established trade agreements are to be used to place all advertising.

    4. Community Service

      The marketing and promotions staff work in conjunction with sports coaching staffs as well as the athletics Life Skills coordinator to involve our student-athletes in university and community service events.

    5. Spirit Program

      The Texas State Spirit Program, including cheerleaders and mascots, report to the Department of Athletics under the responsibility of the Assistant AD of Marketing and Promotions. Members of the Spirit Program serve as ambassadors for the university and are at the forefront of spirit building, particularly at Bobcat athletics events. In addition to attendance at most home athletic events, squads also participate in university and community sponsored functions.

  4. LEARFIELD

    1. Learfield’s Texas State Sports Properties oversees all aspects related to Texas State Athletics’ sponsorship and multimedia rights, as well as the Texas State Bobcat Sports Network. Learfield has long been immersed in the collegiate athletics landscape. In addition to Texas State University, the company manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for 120 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas. The company also supports athletic departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup. Learfield’s multimedia rights encompass numerous content distribution platforms to deliver the passion of college athletics across radio, television and digital networks to fans globally. For more about the company, its 40-year history and comprehensive portfolio, visit their website.

      Texas State Sports Properties is responsible for the solicitation of corporate partners and advertisers. In addition, the fulfillment of all aspects of the corporate partnership agreements is the responsibility of the Texas State Sports Properties along with assistance from Texas State Athletics External Operations staff. These elements may include, but are not limited to, game sponsorships, corporate tailgating, in-stadium signage, in-game promotions, on-site marketing, TXStateBobcats.com, hospitality, television, radio, digital, print advertising and more.

      Partnership packages come in a wide range of investment levels and present a variety of exposure opportunities, including game programs, scoreboards, the public address system, marquee recognition, event sponsorships, ticket rights, personal appearances by coaches and other VIP considerations.

      In fostering good relationships with these corporate partners, the Department of Athletics makes every effort to ensure that both the interests of the university and the partner are protected. To achieve this end, the Associate Athletics Director of External Operations, the Assistant Athletics Director of Marketing and Promotions and General Manager of Texas State Sports Properties must always be consulted on matters that involve advertising and/or partnerships; other partnerships may become available. Texas State Sports Properties will assess the value of those partnerships on a case-by-case basis. Partnerships are reconciled at year-end with the Assistant Athletic Director of Business Operations.

  5. T-ASSOCIATION

    1. Purpose

      The “T” Association at Texas State University is a service organization of the University committed to promoting and maintaining the communication and active involvement of both current and former letter winners at Texas State.

      The “T” Association is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of former letter winners and honorary letterman who abide by the “T” Association Bylaws. The Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs currently serves as the Executive Director of the “T” Association Board and is the university liaison to all “T” Association activities and events. The “T” Association is funded through annual gifts to the “T” Association, and annual interest earned on the “T” Association Endowment and the Sidney and Evelyn Hughes Endowment. For more information, visit the “T” Association web page.

    2. Members and Board of Directors

      Membership in the “T” Association shall be of two (2) categories: Member and Honorary Member.

      Member - Any person who has been awarded an athletic letter in an intercollegiate sport at the University, including athletic trainers and student managers, as determined by the coach of each sport. Any person who has attained a letter in a university intercollegiate sport shall be considered eligible for the award of the “T” letter, including participants in the AIAW female athletic teams and athletic trainers who were members of the athletic program at any point in time with the University.

      Honorary Member - The Board of Directors shall have the sole authority to confer honorary membership in the Association by a minimum vote of two thirds (2/3) of the Directors present at a duly called meeting. All nominations must be submitted, in writing, to the Executive Director. Potential nominees must have contributed to the “T” Association and/or Texas State University athletics at a rare and extraordinary level. No more than one (1) honorary letter winner will be recognized in any given calendar year.

      Board of Directors
      The Board of Directors shall be comprised of two “T” Association members from each “active decade” of sports participation plus 15 “T” Association members selected "at large". An “active decade” is defined as a traditional calendar decade during which a living member participated in their sport at the University. The two members from each decade and the “at large” members shall be nominated and approved by a two thirds vote of existing members of the Board of Directors. Every effort shall be made to ensure representation of as many men’s and women’s sports as possible while reflecting the historical level of participation in each sport. The Executive Director shall be the principle executive officer of the “T” Association and shall supervise and control such duties of the Association as the Board of Directors may advise. This individual must possess a working knowledge of Texas State University and its athletic program, maintain communication with Texas State head coaches and the Board of Directors. The Director must also be a staff member of Texas State University.

      The President shall be elected by the Board of Directors to preside over all meetings of the Board and of the general membership.

      The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President in his or her absence.

    3. Meetings/Events

      Meetings
      Meetings of the general membership of the “T” Association shall be held a minimum of three (3) times per year at a time and place determined by the Board of Directors and Executive Director. Other meetings may be called at the discretion of the Executive Director with the approval of the Board of Directors.

      The Board of Directors shall meet three (3) times each year, whenever possible, in conjunction with the general “T” Association meetings. These meetings will be held as recommended by the Executive Director and approved by the Board of Directors.

      Reunion Weekends
      Each year, three (3) reunion weekends take place encouraging all “T” Association members to return to campus. The reunions are held in conjunction with Texas State athletic events, with reunions taking place in the spring, fall and summer.

      Letter Award Ceremonies
      During the fall and spring reunion weekends, a letter award ceremony is held to award current student-athletes with letter winner awards on behalf of the “T”-Association.

    4. Hall of Honor Selection Process

      Each year up to five Texas State University outstanding letter winners are elected into the Texas State Hall of Honor. Once voted by the “T” Association Board of Directors, recommendations will be forwarded to the president for final approval.

      The Hall of Honor qualification process is listed below:

      Nomination for Hall of Honor Induction
      Any “T” Association member may nominate, in writing, any eligible fellow “T” Association member, All nominations must be submitted by June 1st of each year for the person to be considered for induction at the annual August “T” Association meeting, The “T” Association Board of Directors, acting as a body, is urged to review the “T” Association membership and make nominations of their own, if desired.

      Selection Process of Nominees Presented to the “T” Association Board
      The “T” Association Board of Directors shall select from nominee resume summaries by ranking all nominees on a ballot form. Full resumes will be made available. Summaries of the resumes of nominees along with a ballot of nominees in alphabetical order by decade shall be prepared, mailed and/or given to each “T” Association Board member prior to the annual August meeting. Resumes shall be presented in the same order as the ballot. A plain envelope marked “BALLOT” shall be included, if mailed. Once nominated, a “T” Association member will remain on the list of nominated members for a period of five (5) years, at which time the member name would be removed from the ballot. Resumes of members nominated may be updated upon written request by “T” Association Board Members, when they feel additional information may be beneficial to their possible selection to the Hall of Honor. A request to update resumes should be done after the 2nd and 4th year of nomination. The Executive Director of the “T” Association will notify those nominated members of the need to update or provide additional information on their resume/Hall of Honor Information Nomination Form. If a member is removed from the Ballot following their 5th year of nomination, a “T” Association member may be re-nominated by a minimum of 5 “T” Association members. The re-nomination must be submitted in writing and signed by the 5 “T” Association members. Once nominees are selected by the “T” Association Board of Directors for induction in the Hall of Honor, recommendations will be forwarded to the University President for final approval.

      Qualifications of Hall of Honor Nominees
      Nominated “T” Association members collegiate athletics eligibility must be expired for a minimum of 10 years before being eligible for the Hall of Honor ballot (revised 12/2/14). “T” Association members who had an outstanding athletic career at Texas State. The candidate will have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession.

    5. Jersey/Number Retirement Policy

      The retirement of an athletic jersey is an honor which is bestowed upon athletes for extraordinary athletic performance. To be eligible for consideration, the athlete will be evaluated on the following criteria: Graduated from Texas State University or left the University in good academic standing; Lettered at Texas State University; Received, at a minimum, first team all-conference honors and/or national recognition during career at Texas State University; Outstanding lifetime accomplishments in professional athletics career; Outstanding citizenship during years at Texas State University and thereafter; Minimum of ten years since completion of eligibility.

    6. Society of Champions

      The Society of Champions was initiated in the fall of 2003 to honor coaches in any intercollegiate sport at Texas State that wins a national championship. Society of Champions recognition is at Jim Wacker Field/Bobcat Stadium for the sports of football and men’s and women’s track and field. Baseball, soccer and softball would be honored at their respective playing fields. All other sports are honored in Strahan Coliseum.

  6. STRUTTERS

    1. The Texas State Strutters are a non-coed performance group that are ambassadors for the Texas State athletics program as well as the university. The Texas State Strutters’ director reports to the Department of Athletics under the responsibility of the Associate AD for External Operations. In addition to attendance at home athletic events, the Strutters also participate in university and community sponsored functions, as well as regional and national competitions. The Strutters have an alumni organization, Strutters Always, that focuses on keeping former Strutters in touch with one another and creating scholarships to deserving students.
  7. REVIEWERS OF THIS PPS

    1. Reviewers of this PPS include the following:

      Position Date
      Director, Athletics November 1 E3Y
  8. CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

    This PPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State Athletics policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

    Director, Athletics; senior reviewer of this PPS

    President