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ECU Athletics Autograph Request Policy

East Carolina University student-athletes and coaches are pleased to sign autographs for Pirate fans of all ages. However, due to several factors, including NCAA legislation and compliance issues, the increased unauthorized use and sale of autographed items, and the volume of requests being received, the ECU athletic department has followed suit of many other universities across the country and instituted guidelines for obtaining autographs.

  • Coaches and student-athletes will continue to sign autographs at games, team events, "Meet the Pirates" events, etc. Items signed on these occasions will be personalized (signed specifically to the name of the person requesting the autograph or the name of the person for whom the requestor is getting the autograph).

  • If you wish to obtain an autograph from an ECU coaching staff member/administrator through the mail, you may do so by using the request form that is available at the bottom of this page. All items to be autographed must be supplied by the person/organization requesting the autograph, and the ECU Autograph Request Form/return postage/self-addresses stamped envelope must accompany the item. Autograph requests will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. One autograph request per sport per year is permitted. Receipt of an item for coaching staff members/administrators for a charitable purpose in no way guarantees subsequent donations by ECU Athletics. ECU Athletics will not fulfill requests for autographs by individual student-athletes and/or teams.

  • All autograph requests of an ECU coaching staff member/administrator, for personal use and for charitable organizations, will be screened by the Department of Athletics Compliance staff. Requests not permitted by NCAA legislation will be returned.

  • In compliance with NCAA Bylaw 13.15, autographed items cannot be sold or used for fundraising efforts that directly or indirectly benefit high school (grades 9-12), prep school or 2-year college prospective student-athletes. Autographed items cannot be provided to a high school, high school coach or staff member. Autographed items cannot be provided to a high school student-athlete or the parents/relatives of a high school student-athlete. Autographed items cannot be provided to a high school booster club. Autographed items may not, under any circumstance, be re-sold or auctioned through the internet (e.g., eBay, etc.). ECU Athletics reserves the right to request the return of any item that may appear for sale or is being used in any way that may be considered an NCAA violation.

  • As each team's coaching staff has a limited amount of time during the playing season, no in-season autograph requests will be granted.

  • Please allow 4-6 weeks for return of item.

  • Return shipping & handling on all items is $10.00; a self-addressed stamped envelope may be used in lieu of postage/handling.

    Completed forms, along with payment/item to be autographed, should be mailed to:

    East Carolina University
    Athletic Office of Compliance
    351 Ward Sports Medicine Building
    Ficklen Drive/ECU
    Greenville, NC 27858

    ECU Athletics Autograph Request Form (.pdf)

     
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