What is the purpose of this Website?
Dontbetonit.org is designed to educate all NCAA student-athletes about the dangers of sports wagering. Any student-athlete who engages in sports wagering risks their NCAA eligibility, not to mention the many personal risks to one’s finances, family, reputation, and future. There’s just too much at stake, which is why the NCAA urges student-athletes: “Don’t Bet On It.”
How can I best use this Website?
This Website is designed to be used mostly in group settings. At the end of each main topic, there are scenarios which present common ways a student-athlete may get caught up in wagering. Each scenario offers points for group discussion and we encourage you to lead your student-athletes in these discussions. However, the content can also be viewed by individuals. If you prefer to direct student-athletes to the training as individual users, or have a student-athlete who was unable to participate in your group training, please direct them to this site. The information is critical for student-athletes to learn, no matter what the setting.
Do I have to view the content on this site in order?
Dontbetonit.org is designed to be flexible for you to use. Feel free to skip around sections and pick and choose among the videos and scenarios to share with your audience. However, make sure that in whatever order you select to watch the program, you do review the entirety of the main content and watch at least one video and one scenario when they are offered. The main program content takes only about 15 minutes to view--well worth it to reduce risks to your student-athletes.
Who is most at risk for sports wagering?
Recent research by the NCAA (conducted in 2008) indicates that sports wagering occurs in every division and that student-athletes in every sport are vulnerable, particularly for wagering at a social level. Male student-athletes are more likely to gamble than women, and golfers tend to be at high risk for engaging in sports wagering. The study found that 37 percent of Division III male student-athletes reported wagering at the social level, compared to 28 percent in Division II and 22 percent in Division I. Among women, 9 percent of Division III student-athletes reported social levels of wagering, compared to 6 percent in Division II and 4 percent in Division I.
Does this Website really help change sports wagering behavior?
This site is an important part of the NCAA’s efforts to curb sports wagering. Recent research (conducted in 2008 and released in late 2009) shows that educational efforts like this Website do make a real difference. The study compared the wagering habits of student-athletes since 2004 and found:
- A decrease in frequent (once a month or more) sports wagering by Division I men’s basketball student-athletes, from 6.1 percent in 2004 to 4.5 percent.
- A decrease in wagering-related behaviors among Division I men’s basketball and football players, such as intentionally sharing information about their teams with outsiders.
- No more than 3.2 percent of male student-athletes and no more than 0.2 percent of females in any of the NCAA’s three divisions reported weekly wagering.
These statistics are encouraging, but there is still more work to be done. As long as student-athletes remain vulnerable to this issue, the NCAA remains committed to educating them and reducing this problem.
I am having problems viewing the content and/or videos on this Website.
Please make sure you have downloaded Flash Player 9 or later. You can download Flash for free by visiting www.adobe.com. A slow Internet connection may also affect the delivery of this course. If possible, avoid using a slow connection such as dial-up or wireless.
This website contains video in each section, which may take anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or more to load depending upon your connection. If you are planning to play this program in a group setting, we recommend that PRIOR to your presentation, you click on each main menu option and allow the host video to load. This will cache the video in your Internet browser and allow for much faster playback in front of your audience.