The MIAA "amateur rule" is quite similar to such standards in every state association. The amateur standard (rule 47) precludes a student athlete from accepting any item of extrinsic value, resulting in any way from his or her athletic ability or success. Student athletes cannot receive gift certificates, golf balls, sneakers, skis, warm-up suits, etc. without violating the amateur rule. Because such violations will generally occur off campus and outside the supervision of school people, it is important that athletes and their parents understand the strict limitations of this rule. Violation of this rule renders the athlete ineligible for one full year.