Definition of a Recruiting and Scouting Service
"A recruiting or scouting service includes any individual, organization, entity or segment of an entity that primarily provides information about prospective student-athletes.
This definition does not include any individual, organization, entity or segment of an entity that primarily provides information about prospective student-athletes incidental to its primary purpose and is generally available to the public (e.g., news media)." - Per NCAA.Org
We have seen many of our students-athletes over the past three years lose recruiting stock and opportunities at NCAA accredited institutions that fail to recognize the rules pertaining to recruiting that have been set forth by the NCAA. These players still went on scholarships to NAIA and lower level NCAA programs, but could not acquire a big time FBS scholarship in fear of eligibility issues by the big time college staffs that were recruiting them. If their sole purpose is put you in school on scholarship, it therefore is deemed a recruiting service. If this entity does not go through the proper procedures in order to become such a service, the athletes using that "service" will be deemed ineligible to participate in the NCAA if reported. The issue with "recruiting services" that "contract" or charge the college programs to access their material have very little subscribers from speaking with collegiate staffs. They have outside networks that they have relied on for years that have former athletes and coaches alike, whose opinion is far more valuable than a newbie in this brutal industry that will take a student-athlete's money, while knowingly ruining their chances at the next level.
Definition of a Subscription
An institution subscribes to a recruiting or scouting service when a staff member registers to access information provided by the service only to paid subscribers or registers to access information available only to a select group of individuals (e.g., coaches), regardless of whether a charge is associated with accessing the information. However, an institution is not considered to have subscribed to a recruiting or scouting service if a staff member registers to access information about prospective student-athletes from a service that provides the same information to the general public at no cost. Per - NCAA
Companies like NCSA are contracted with smaller programs and are getting money from both the recruit and mostly D3/NAIA and Juco programs, as they need these services.
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We have seen many companies sprout up that claim to be scouting or recruiting agencies that ARE NOT approved the NCAA. While their athletes can be seen and they might offer some training in whatever areas, they are still illegal if you study the NCAA compliance and enforcement handbook.
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