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My son's transcript was just sent to the NCAA and I was about to submit for the final clearance, but had to answer some questions (that I think we overlooked when we first opened the account).  I'm not sure how to answer some of them and was hoping for some updated guidance:

"Have you ever given permission to anyone other than a parent,legal guardian or coach to market your skills in Baseball?"(marketing includes advertising or promoting your athletic skills)

      - My question: Would going to PG and PBR events and having a searchable profile on their websites count as yes (as well as the player tweets they do etc)?  If so, what is the $ amount I should report? is it the entry fees for the various tournaments and showcases? What about the tournaments he went to with his travel team (as opposed to where he went on his own and was put on a team and/or had his stats measured)?  We didn't pay anything directly to PG for those tournaments, but we do pay a fee to our travel team who uses it to cover tournament costs.  Would those costs also be included? 

     -More Info: I called NCAA  clearinghouse and they said "yes" those things should be included, but the way the question was answered I wasn't sure the person really understood what Perfect Game was and might have been reading off of her training script  (I believe she was new).  So I searched here and see an older similar question that said maybe the answer should be "No" in those scenarios.  Can anyone share their understanding and/or how they handled it for their child?  Will answering yes cause trouble with NCAA eligibility? I can't imagine it would because just about every college kid in this day and age has probably been to at least one PG , PBR or similar event I would imagine? But I am wondering how others understand this should be handled and/or howthey handled it?

"Has anyone advised you about your baseball participation?"

What does that even mean? It doesn't have any guidance


Thank you so much!


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Northeast2020, I found the questions like this ambiguous as well.  They could very easily be read to cover all kinds of innocuous conduct.  I don't have answers for you.  After overthinking it, I'm pretty sure we answered yes to a couple of them because we didn't want to answer no and get our son in trouble with the NCAA for not disclosing something they later say it technically covers.

Last edited by LuckyCat

To a large degree, the reason the questions are ambiguous is because the NCAA didn't go to the level of detail to tailor the questions to each particular sport.   So some questions may appear more appropriate for sports like tennis or track and field, where international recruits may have received prize money for winning or placing in their event.

22and25 nailed it.  The questions basically mean "have you paid a recruiting service to speak with college coaches for you" and "do you have an advisor." 

Answering "Yes" if you have an advisor will likely trigger more follow-up questions about your interactions with the advisor.    

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