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Enforcement Certification and Approvals Group (ECAG)

The NCAA enforcement certification and approvals group (ECAG) is a team within the NCAA enforcement staff responsible for evaluating and administrating the NCAA's certification/approval programs identified in NCAA Bylaws 12.02.1.2, 13.14.3, 13.18, 13.19, 17.31.4.  The subject areas outlined below serve the NCAA membership by assisting in in promoting and maintaining the integrity of collegiate recruiting in basketball and football and preserving the eligibility of prospective student-athletes (PSAs) and currently enrolled NCAA student-athletes (SAs) while protecting their best interests.

Guidelines and requirements for all ECAG processes is available in the ECAG Policies and Procedures.

Basketball Certification

The basketball certification program provides event/league operators who agree to operate their activities in accordance with applicable NCAA legislation and ECAG requirements the opportunity to receive NCAA certification to allow specific involvement with individuals at NCAA Division I institutions.

For an event/league to maintain NCAA certification, the event/league operator must annually apply with ECAG, receive certification and the event/league must be conducted in accordance with applicable NCAA legislation, ECAG P&Ps established and maintained by the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Basketball Oversight Committees (MBOC and WBOC) and guidelines established and maintained by ECAG.

The basketball certification program includes all the following:

Nonscholastic Event Certification.

During the spring and summer evaluations periods, NCAA Division I coaches are permitted to attend NCAA-certified nonscholastic events (e.g., camp, league, tournament or festival) to observe participating PSAs during specific ECAG certified dates and times.

Scholastic Event Certification - Men's Basketball (MBB).

During the scholastic evaluation periods, NCAA Division I men's coaches are permitted to attend NCAA-certified scholastic events during specified dates and times to observe participating PSAs. The purpose of the scholastic period is to help advance and maintain an education-based focus in the recruiting environment, and ensure such events are conducted in a manner consistent with the Association's core mission. Evaluations by Division I coaches are limited to scholastic and intercollegiate events that are approved by the appropriate certification body as identified in NCAA Bylaw 13.1.7.5.3, which includes the:

  • National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) for NFHS member schools.
  • NCAA (via ECAG) for events conducted by scholastic associations that are not members of NFHS.
  • Applicable two-year college governing body such as the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) and Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC).

Summer League Certification.

Certification of a summer basketball league permits NCAA Division I SAs to participate in the league during specified dates and times. Participation of Division I SAs is limited to leagues certified by the NCAA in accordance with NCAA Bylaw 17.31.4.1.

Recruiting/Scouting Service Approval

The recruiting/scouting service approval process provides operators who agree to operate their services in accordance with applicable NCAA legislation and ECAG requirements the opportunity to receive NCAA "approval" for NCAA Division I coaches to purchase the service as a resource for the recruiting process in the sports of basketball and football.

For a recruiting/scouting service to maintain NCAA approval, the service operator must annually apply with ECAG, receive NCAA approval and the service must be conducted in accordance with NCAA Bylaw 13.14.3, ECAG P&Ps established and maintained by the MBOC, WBOC and NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committees (FOC) and guidelines established and maintained by ECAG.

Agent Certification

The agent certification process provides specific National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) registered agents who agree to operate in accordance with applicable NCAA legislation and ECAG requirements the opportunity to receive NCAA certification to allow the agent to enter into a Standard Player Agent Contract (SPAC) with eligible SAs or two-year college PSAs without negatively impacting the SA's NCAA eligibility. To the extent possible, the agent certification process assists in ensuring that NCAA SAs in the sport of MBB who are considering a professional career may obtain the assistance of a qualified agent in a transparent and consistent manner while being able to maintain collegiate eligibility.

For an agent to maintain NCAA certification, the agent must annually apply with ECAG, receive NCAA certification, and conduct his/her business in accordance with NCAA Bylaw 12.02.1.2, ECAG P&Ps established and maintained by SVPC and guidelines established and maintained by ECAG.