GUIDANCE: NAME, IMAGE, LIKENESS (NIL)
Selected policy and guidance from the IHSAA Handbook.
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Updated: August 17, 2022
The following is intended to offer guidance to students, parents and member schools regarding the use of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL).
A student may earn compensation from the use of their Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) consistent with current IHSAA regulations and provided:
- The compensation is not contingent on specific athletic performance or achievement (e.g., financial incentives based on points scored).
- The compensation (or prospective compensation) is not provided as an inducement to attend a particular school (“undue influence”) or to remain enrolled at a particular school.
- The compensation is not provided by the school or an agent of the school (e.g., booster club, foundation, etc.).
In seeking compensation for NIL:
- The student should not use the IHSAA or member school marks or logos in any NIL activity.
- The student should not wear apparel or equipment which includes the IHSAA logo or member school marks or logos for the purpose of any NIL activity.
- Student should not reference the IHSAA or member school name or mascot for the purpose of any NIL activity.
- The student should not use a member school’s facilities for the purpose of NIL activity.
- The student should not promote activities nor products associated with the following: gaming/gambling; alcoholic beverages, tobacco, cannabis, or related products; banned or illegal substances; adult entertainment products or services; or weapons (e.g., firearms).
- The student and his/her family should seek guidance from his/her member school.
- The student and his/her family should seek their own legal counsel and tax advice when considering any NIL activity.
- The student and his/her family should contact the NCAA, NJCAA, and/or NAIA to ensure any NIL activity does not jeopardize collegiate eligibility.