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
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:
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.
Presence of Media During Recruiting Contact:
No media entity may be present during any recruiting contact made between an Ohio State coaching staff member and a prospective student-athlete.
Publicity Before Commitment:
An institution may comment publicly on a prospective student-athlete only to confirm the institution’s recruitment of that prospect. It is not permissible to comment on the prospect’s ability or potential contribution to the team. This restriction is in place until the prospect has:
Social Media and Recruiting:
Social media has become increasingly important in the recruitment process. Below are the rules surrounding the use of social media when recruiting prospective student-athletes.
Institutional Sports Camps and Clinics
An institutional sports camp or clinic is any camp or clinic owned or operated by Ohio State and in which prospective student-athletes participate. For sports other than men’s basketball, “prospective student-athletes” include any individual who has started classes for the ninth grade. In men’s basketball, “prospective student-athletes” include any individual who has started classes for the seventh grade.
A non-exhaustive list of NCAA rules regarding institutional camps and clinics are as follows:
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A non-institutional sports camp or clinic is any camp or clinic that is not owned or operated by Ohio State. Under institutional policy, Ohio State coaches may not own or operate non-institutional camps. However, Ohio State coaches may be employed in any capacity in non-institutional camps or clinics involving prospective student-athletes, provided the camp or clinic is operated in accordance with all application NCAA institutional camp legislation (above) and the employment is approved in advance by the Compliance Office.
Ohio State Athletic Department coaches and staff interested in employment at a non-institutional camp must complete the Non-Institutional Camp Form for review by the Compliance Office and attach all relevant camp or clinic advertisements.
Permissible Time Periods for Institutional and Non-Institutional Camps
What is an Official Visit?
An official visit is any visit to a college campus by a prospective student-athlete and/or his or her parents that is financed partially or in whole by the institution.
During an official visit, the institution may pay for reasonable transportation, lodging, and meals for the prospective student-athlete, as well as reasonable entertainment expenses, including complimentary admissions to a home athletics event. Some additional rules to keep in mind:
What is an Unofficial Visit?
An unofficial visit is any visit to a college campus by a prospective student-athlete and/or his or her parents that is not financed by the institution. The only expenses that prospects may receive during an unofficial visit are three complimentary admissions to a home athletics event. Prospects may take an unlimited number of unofficial visits and can do so at any age.
What May Occur During a Visit to Campus?
During a prospective student-athlete’s official or unofficial visit to campus:
General Rule for Non-Enrolled Students
A member institution, on its campus or elsewhere, shall not conduct or have conducted on its behalf any physical activity at which one or more prospective student-athletes reveal, demonstrate, or display their athletic abilities in any sport
Who is a Prospective Student Athlete for Tryout Purposes?
General Tryout Rule for Enrolled Student Athletes
For more information on the rules governing local sports clubs, please see our Department of Athletics Local Sports Club Handbook