On March 16, 2011, Proposal No. 2010-47 was adopted in NCAA Division I. The intent of the proposal, which amends Bylaw 13.14.3, is to “specify that an institution is permitted to use or subscribe to a video service that only provides video of prospective student-athletes and does not provide information about or analysis of prospective student-athletes, subject to the criteria that permits an institution to subscribe to a recruiting or scouting service, except that the video-only service is not required to disseminate information about prospective student-athletes at least four times a year and is not required to provide individual analysis for each prospective student-athlete in the information it disseminates”. The effect of the proposal is immediate.
The stated rationale for the legislation is to address “current legislation [that] does not allow an institution to subscribe to an online video-only service, which appears to be an unintended consequence”. In particular, “prior to the adoption of the current recruiting or scouting services legislation, it was permissible for an institution to subscribe to a video-only service. Video-only services typically provide a cost and time-effective method for obtaining video of prospective student-athletes. Such services are not the recruiting services that were operating outside of the intent of the legislation as described in the rationale of Proposal No. 2009-56. Most video-only services now merely provide a way for institutions to obtain video of high school contests over the Internet without the mailing costs and time-consuming preparation needed to request film from high school coaches”.
The new bylaw will appear as follows:
“13.14.3 Recruiting or Scouting Services. An institution may subscribe to a recruiting or scouting service involving prospective student-athletes, provided the institution does not purchase more than one annual subscription to a particular service and the service:
[13.14.3-(a) through 13.14.3-(g) unchanged.]
188.8.131.52 Video-Only Services. An institution is permitted to use or subscribe to a video service that only provides video of prospective student-athletes and does not provide information about or analysis of prospective student-athletes. Use of or a subscription to such a service is subject to the provisions of Bylaw 13.14.3, except for subsections (c) and (e).
[184.108.40.206 renumbered as 220.127.116.11, unchanged.]”
NCAA member institutions should: a) review the new legislation during upcoming rules-education sessions; and b) develop rules-compliance strategies to address the issues presented in ongoing investigations at the University of Oregon and other schools involving recruiting services.