NCAA approved snacks

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  1. KTB8

    KTB8 Member

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    I got a letter from my son today. He said he can only have NCAA approved snacks. Where do I find that list?
     
  2. Blue Skies

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    Snacks or Supplements?

    Could your son have meant "supplements"?

    At the football meeting before INDOC, Coach T make a BIG point of telling parents and kids that any supplements MUST be on the approved NCAA list. He wanted to have kids clear anything that they want to use through him.

    He also said that a kid who has taken 2 Sudafed would be "illegal" in the NCAA - something that I didn't know, even though another son was a D-1 athlete.
     
  3. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    They definitely mean NCAA Approved Snacks. This is the terminology that has been used in past years, and unfortunately I have no clue where such a list exists. Basically this means things like Cliff Bars, powerbars, etc.

    As to the medications, yes, the NCAA is pretty strict on what an athlete can and cannot take. It's the same thing that happens in the Olympics with "performance enhancing drugs" which has a very, very broad application.
     
  4. daneu5

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    I found this statement with the list of prohibited substances (a very long list) I would suggest you google to get the list and then check the ingredients of the "snacks" to be sure they don't contain any of the prohibited items.


    A NOTE ABOUT DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
    The environment for today’s student-athlete enables easy access to products, which are available over-the-counter at
    retail outlets and through the internet, but contain substances banned by the NCAA. Many student-athletes assume if
    these products can be easily purchased in retail stores and over the internet, then they must be allowed under NCAA
    rules. THIS IS NOT TRUE! Advice of a store clerk, the distributor at the gym or anyone who is not with the institutional
    athletics program has resulted in erroneous information regarding the presence of NCAA banned substances.
    Reliance on this erroneous information may result in positive drug tests. Appeals based on ignorance have not been
    successful in overturning positive drug-test penalties.
    The student-athlete who uses a nutritional substance without checking the ingredients with the Sports Medicine
    Department or the Strength and Conditioning coach and tests positive for banned substances will be held in violation of
    Bylaw 18.4.1.5.1 (Ineligibility for Use of Banned Drugs). Student-athletes who test positive are subject to at least a
    one-year suspension and loss of eligibility.
     
  5. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Just to clarify:

    The reason we are talking about NCAA approved snacks is in this instance not related to intercollegiate sports. This is simply the rule that all plebes must abide by in regards to what foods they may store in their rooms. (In general plebes are not allowed to have candy or other food items in their rooms until after recognition in the spring)

    My understanding as to why anything is allowed is that in the past some of the athletes have been told they need to gain weight by various coaches (particularly football) and to help with that they allowed them to keep snacks that are "NCAA Compliant" in their rooms. Since you try to be fair amongst athletes and non you allow all to keep these types of foods in their room.

    If you are selected to participate in an NCAA sport you will be briefed on the rules and regulations for supplements/meds/etc by your coaches and the training staff.
     
  6. Navy1981

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    We had the same request last year. The link is a long one, so I've included both the link and part of the list of approved snacks. The key is the snacks have to be low fat and low sugar.

    Bagel
    Muffin (low sugar)
    Raw veggies
    Popcorn
    Juice box
    Nuts
    Dried fruit
    Trail mix (without candy)
    Low-fat cookies
    Graham crackers
    Raisin bread
    Cheese sticks
    Fresh fruit
    Fig bars
    Cereal (low sugar)
    Granola bar
    Pretzels
    Peanut-butter crackers

    http://www.ncaa.org/wps/portal/ncaa...on-performance/student-athlete/nutrition.html
     
  7. usmma2014dotcom

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    The key is little or no processed sugar. At parents weekend our DS described soda as tasting like the tears of god. :rolleyes: I think, he increased his grasp on self control.
     
  8. jasperdog

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    Also as you can see from the link Navy1981 supplies that the terminology discussed by the DIs, etc. "NCAA Approved" is slightly inaccurate in that the NCAA doesn't appear to have an "approved" snack list per say though has a list of recommended snacks which are have little of no processed sugar and also recommends that the student-athlete favor things which provide additional caloric intake via proteins - natural proteins though.

    As also noted in this threat the athletes need to be careful about what "supplements" they use and should definitely heed the Coach's advice about checking with the coach and training staff before embarking down that path.

    That said if your son or daughter is playing a more intense sport this fall where they will burn a lot of calories at practice(s) they will likely need to augment the diet provided them @ Delano to keep from shedding too many pounds - if they have any challenges regarding keeping on weight. That said USMMA is D-III and IMO can and should be easily done using natural things such as are on the list that NAvy1981 provided the link to ... now when you DS/DD get their computers:redface: they too will be able to go on the WWW and read it, until then you might want to print it and mail it to them in your next letters....

    Oh and congrats to the Class of 2014 members - Phase 1 of their Plebe Year will be complete at ~19:00 (7PM for us regular folk) - I suspect you parents will feel or hear some signs of relief as well as a slight apprehension about the start of Academics given your DS/DD will now all hear the stories of how hard that can be from the rest of the Regiment as they arrive back on Campus today. However, they will also likely see and prefer an environment that now slowly transitions to the more "regular/normal days at USMMA" between now and Acceptance Day, and I'd be surprised if most of them don't prefer that to "INDOC"...
     
  9. skubon

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    being a college athelete is never easy and just like everything else done kp style they don't make it any easier. :eek:
     

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