Compliance

Recruiting and Scouting Services

A recruiting or scouting service is defined as any individual or entity that is primarily involved in providing information about prospective student-athletes. This definition includes both paid services and free services, but not any service where the information provided on a prospective student-athlete is incidental to the primary purpose of the service (e.g., newspaper coverage of a high-school football game).

Coaches may subscribe to a recruiting or scouting service provided the following requirements are met per sport.

Sports Other Than Basketball and Football

  • Made available to all institutions desiring to subscribe and at the same fee rate;
  • Information is provided in a standardized format to ensure consistent distribution to all subscribers;
  • Particular contests are not recorded on demand from a particular coaching staff; and
  • May subscribe to a service that provides scholastic and/or non-scholastic video.

Basketball and Football

Basketball and football programs may only use NCAA-approved recruiting services and may only purchase one annual subscription that meet the following requirements:

  • Made available to all institutions desiring to subscribe and at the same fee rate;
  • Publicly identifiable rates;
  • Information is disseminated at least four times a year;
  • Publicly identifiable geographical scope;
  • Analysis is provided beyond demographic information or rankings;
  • Samples of information are provided to potential subscribers; and
  • Information is provided in a standardized format to ensure consistent distribution to all subscribers;
  • Does not provide information about prospects in any form (e.g., oral reports, electronic messages) beyond standardized, consistent information provided to all subscribers.
Basketball and football programs are permitted to subscribe to video-only services. If you want to know if a recruiting or scouting service has been approved by the NCAA, contact the Compliance Office.

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