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SDHSAA releases NIL guidelines for high school athletes

The South Dakota High School Activities Association has approved a policy allowing students to use their names, images and likeness or NIL. 60 percent of the vote was needed to approve the policy and the results were 115 voting yes and seven voting no. The amendment as past makes it clear high school student athletes can now make money off their likeness for things they post online, but cannot make money off their names in sports where they attend school. In all 11 guidelines were created to handle students receiving NIL money.

  1. The activities do not interfere with the student’s academic obligations.
  2. The remuneration is not tied to athletic performance (pay for play).
  3. The remuneration is not used as an inducement to attend a particular school or transfer to a particular school.
  4. The remuneration is not provided by the school or agents associated with the school (i.e.- Booster Clubs, Foundations).
  5. SDHSAA or member school marks or logos may not be used in any activity where the student receives remuneration for the use of name, picture and/or personal appearance, nor shall the SDHSAA or member school name/mascot be referenced in the activity.
  6. Member school uniform may not be used (worn, displayed, or otherwise) in
    the activity.
  7. Clothing or equipment with the member school or SDHSAA logo may not be
    used in the activity.
  8. Member school facilities may not be used in the activity.
  9. SDHSAA or member school awards/trophies may not be displayed or
    referenced in the activity.
  10. The student shall not promote or endorse activities associated with alcohol,
    tobacco, vaping, controlled substances, gambling, banned athletic substances,
    or other illegal substances/activities.
  11. Member schools may not arrange, develop, or promote the relationship
    between the student and the involved entity.
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