Data Ownership Policy
Below are the internal policies that Driveline Baseball has had in place since 2018. As our business has grown (and the scope of work that we are doing inside of amateur and professional baseball has expanded), we are making this policies public to re-emphasize our commitment to data security.
We don't sell data. We have never nor will ever sign a contract that sells an athlete's explicit data to a third party.
Any contracts that we have signed with any third parties (MLB teams, collegiate teams, hardware/software providers) do not create the ability for that party to see data associated with an athlete's name.
Who Owns the Data?
At our facility in Kent, WA, the entity who ultimately pays for the training session(s) is the owner of the data:
Player pays, player’s data. Team pays, team’s data.
Some scenarios to illustrate this concept:
- Nuke LaLoosh comes here to get assessed. Nuke owns all of his assessment data. He is free to pass it along to his pitching coordinator. Driveline Baseball will not give it directly to the team.
- The Durham Bulls sign a player development deal and Crash Davis comes in to be assessed. Crash asks after his swing design to get the report we sent to the team. Driveline Baseball will not give that information directly to Crash.
- Now, while Crash is training here, will we do everything in our power to ensure he has the best information and that it's presented in a way that he understands so he can go execute? Yes.
How do PULSE contracts work?
The majority of PULSE contracts with MLB clubs state that the data generated by the sensor is owned by the team. Driveline has acquired the license from PULSE to "include any and all data in its proprietary database and physics engine on the express condition and understanding that all players will be identified in an aggregated manner."
How Do Split Deals Work?
What's a split deal? Someone is dual-employed by another organization (usually MLB or NCAA D1) and Driveline Baseball.
How is that information handled internally?
Below are excerpts from our internal company policy:
Driveline does not want your team’s information. Driveline will not share athlete sensitive information without permission from the athlete.
If you are on a split deal, you will only have access to the Driveline TRAQ facility--which will not house any other team's data.
Athletes pay Driveline to help them get better results. Do not share their information with team officials without the athlete’s explicit permission.
Do not share non-public player data from your team with Driveline employees, including injury history or other performance indicators.
Do not share Driveline-generated player data with your team without explicit permission from the athlete.
Beyond merely our own internal policies. We are also subject to confidentiality clauses in any work we undertake--clauses we
How Does That Work in Practice?
Driveline "super-user" accounts that could view all TRAQ or PULSE databases are limited to Driveline's CEO, our Director of R&D and key research staff, and direct product managers.
Employees under a Uniformed Employment Contract with a MLB club or with an employment contract for any other team have a subordinate user status that only lets them see athletes paying to train at Driveline Baseball (if a team pays, those employees cannot see them).
They are further subject to confidentiality clauses with their clubs and at Driveline, which provide legal remedies for improper handling of information.