Several coaching staffs at Ocean State University are interested in getting subscriptions to a fairly new scouting service. All subscribers will receive a standard package of information at an established rate. Additionally, the organization will offer other information to a select group of coaches through an automated phone line.
Is it permissible for Ocean State University to subscribe to this scouting service?
No. NCAA Official Interpretation- 1/15/14- Subscription to Recruiting or Scouting Services that Provide Information Beyond Standardized Information Provided to All Subscribers (I) – states that an institution is not permitted to subscribe to a recruiting or scouting service that provides information in any form (e.g., oral reports, electronic messages, etc.) about prospective student-athletes beyond the standardized, consistent information that is provided to all subscribers of the service.
[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.14.3 (recruiting or scouting services), 14.13.1 (basketball and football), 18.104.22.168.1 (video-only services), 22.214.171.124 (sports other than basketball and football) and 126.96.36.199 (subscription limited to approved services – basketball and football); and official interpretations (9/20/13, Item No. 1 and 12/5/13, Item No. 2), which have been archived]