Where do I have to go to enter the Scouting Academy?

The Scouting Academy is an online learning management system, so you can move through the course from the comfort of your home.


How long is does the Scouting Academy run? Is it offered more than once a year?

The Scouting Academy is a 16 week online program that is offered in the Fall, Spring,and Summer each year. 

You can learn more about our semesters here.


How can I learn everything about scouting in 16 weeks?

We fully understand that mastering the evaluation techniques of every position is a longer process. Our course focuses on learning the fundamentals of at least 4 positions within the semester.

Everything for us focuses on quality as opposed to quantity.  We do not believe you can learn a position per week and want to work through the process with you to ensure you maximize your skill set.


Who is the Scouting Academy designed for?

  • Passionate fans who want to learn more about the game
  • Individuals who have been evaluating players outside of the NFL
  • Current and former coaches who are looking to transition into scouting
  • Former players who want to stay engaged in the game
  • Coaches and recruiters who want to beef up their skill set
  • Media personnel who want to enhance their ability to generate content
  • Agents who want to be more prepared to recruit the right players

We have had members from each of these groups participate and thoroughly enjoy the process.

The Scouting Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or marital status.


What pre-requisites are there?

The Scouting Academy has worked with a large variety of ages, backgrounds, and experiences and does not have a set of pre-requisites. We have had the 18 year old freshman in college who wants to explore this career path, the 62 year old doctor who wants to be the smartest person in the room on Sundays, or the 35 year old former NFL player who wants to build off an NFL internship.

We do ask that students be at least 18 years of age. If you are under 18, please have a parent or guardian contact us so we can explain the course and you can decide if now is the best time to join.


What will I get by registering for the Scouting Academy

Scouting Academy students gain access to NFL tested curriculum, written materials, report templates, and videos from the instructors.  Academy administrators will work on grading student reports, providing feedback, and teaching the necessary fundamentals for player evaluation at the NFL level.

What you will learn:

  • Why learning a stable process for player evaluation is critical.
  • How to properly watch film, work through your mental checklist, and generate notes for an evaluation.
  • How to conduct trait by trait evaluation that will improve your football acumen.
  • The language that scouts use to refer to traits and how to talk about the game.
  • The correct way to write a scouting report that will communicate to key decision makers.
  • Handcrafted strategies on how to maximize this course and leverage it in your career.
  • How to communicate and debate your work, in draft room style meetings with our instructors.

How is The Scouting Academy different from other courses?

There are 3 areas where we have built a unique program:
1.       Integration with NFL coaches as this is a critical aspect of evaluating for an individual NFL team
2.       Program length and depth.  We don’t brush by a position a week.  We do a deep dive over 16 weeks.
3.       Feedback loop.  We are the only program to actually provide feedback and work with you guys to enhance your skill set.

Can I take these classes with a full work schedule? How many days a week and how many hours a day will this course entail?

We structured the class such that you can work around your existing schedule. The curriculum materials and instructor teaching videos will be available whenever you need access, 24 hours a day, and if you do miss a live speaker, we will post those videos afterwards for students to look through. I personally would recommend at least 20 hours per week of time to watching film/course materials, but some guys will be able to get away with 10.


How does The Scouting Academy help with job placement?

The Scouting Academy cannot promise that the course will lead to direct employment. However, NFL jobs are based on who KNOWS you. We will help students build their skill set, portfolio, communication abilities, and network, so they can better convert their abilities into strong relationships with teams. In order to give students the best odds possible, we have connected with liaisons from 27 NFL teams and will work to advocate for those who excel in the program.

Enhancing a student's skills and network is critically important so NFL teams knows who they are. If students are serious about a career in evaluation (whether that be on the professional level, collegiate level, or media industry), we promise you there is no better place to prepare for that process.  We work as a meritocracy and want you guys to focus on the football as we work on creating opportunities.


What do I need to know about payment?

Currently the Scouting Academy is using PayPal's checkout process to collect the registration fee.  If you have an existing PayPal account you will need to use that account to complete the transaction. If not, please feel free to checkout using your favorite credit card. 

PayPal has also offered The Scouting Academy, 6 months of 0% financing on the registration fee. So if you are not able to pay in full up front, you can use that option to give yourself 6 months to pay with no additional charge.

The registration link for the active semester will always be in the navigation bar above, so check it out.

Please contact director@scoutingacademy.com for more information about discounted group rates or if you have any other questions. We will contact you back within 24 hours.


Can I move through the Scouting Academy based on my background?

Yes, the course is structured to allow you to attack positions based on your preferences and you can move through at your own pace.

Everyone enters the Academy with a different background and we want to leverage that to maximize your time here.  The first 2 weeks are structured with daily assignments to teach the Why's and How's.  Then we shift to the position modules where you are tasked with creating scouting reports for review. This phase is flexibile in terms of timeline so you can move at a pace that works for you.


So how does the Scouting Academy tell me which positions to study?

We do not.  We work with you to rank the 8 core positions and then start with your most comfortable position.  This is critical as it builds your own confidence and allows you to trust your eyes as you move to positions that you are less familiar with.  

So, if you are a DL guy and the passing game is not something you have studied in depth, we are not going to throw you into QBs day 1.  


So when am I “done” with a position?

This really depends on you.  We cannot force anyone to master these fundamentals in a specific timeline.  We recommend you push yourself through a position within a month.  It could be 2 weeks or 6 weeks.  When you have learned the material, written reports, received feedback, and submitted your grades we will evaluate your progress and recommend for you to either move onto another position or to spend a bit more time on the current one.

What materials do I need for the Scouting Academy?

You will need internet access to gain entry to our online learning management system and to sign up for NFL Game Pass.

The Game Pass tool is offered by the NFL and the year subscription is a separate charge from the Academy


How will I watch film in the Scouting Academy?

The rights to NFL film are owned by the National Football League and as such, the best source for All-22 game film will be NFL Game Rewind. You can order this service here: NFL Game Pass.


Is there a degree or certification at the end?

The Scouting Academy functions like an educational workshop at the present time. We are continuing our pursuit of an educational partner who will offer college credit for the course.

In terms of certification, there is no official NFL scouting certification on any level, but we do certify your mastery of the position modules you complete successfully.


CAN I EARN COLLEGE CREDIT WHILE TAKING YOUR PROGRAM?

Yes, we have had students who got a professor at their school to sponsor an independent study, and we verify the hours spent and assignment’s completed, allowing the student to earn credit during one of our semesters.


Can I enroll in the Scouting Academy more than once?

Yes, students are more than welcome to enroll in two or more semesters of the Academy. In order to maximize your knowledge of all eight positions, we recommend that a student enroll in at least two semesters.


WHAT DOES THE ACADEMY COST?

The 16 week semester is $750 USD


Can you write off the registration fee on your taxes?

Coaches, sports writers, or anyone else who is employed in a field that relates to football may have the ability to write off The Scouting Academy course as an Unreimbursed Employee Expense as work related education.  

You can read more about Unreimbursed Employee Expenses from the IRS here. You will need to verify that your situation applies with your tax accountant.


Can you give a registration to the Scouting Academy as a gift?

Yes, registration for the Scouting Academy is a great gift for anyone who has the passion and desire to become a high quality evaluator.


Can Non-US based students take the course?

Absolutely. We have had students from Denmark, England, Canada, Australia, and Germany thusfar. As long as you can get NFL Game Pass, you can stay engaged with the class.


Credits and Refunds

We understand that unexpected events can occur that would impact your involvement in the program. If you need to withdraw after a semester has begun, send an email to director@scoutingacademy.com during the first 14 days of the semester. Once week 3 begins (which occurs on Monday at 12am EST), we can no longer provide credits or refunds. You can either choose to hold a full credit with us good for a later semester for one year OR you can opt for a refund less a $50 administrative fee and a $50 fee for each week you were enrolled ($100 total if you withdraw in Week 1, $150 total if you withdraw in Week 2). Other notes:

  • Simply not attending or changing your payment status on PayPal does not mean you have officially withdrawn
  • Credits are valid for one year and cannot be changed into refunds down the road
  • Some exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis for medical emergencies with proper documentation
  • Refunds will take time to process through PayPal (typically 2 weeks or less)
  • Full refunds cannot be issued after the semester has started (which occurs on Monday at 12am EST)

Why haven’t I registered yet?

We don’t know, but register here.