Education

Good schools and colleges present great hockey programs that combine education while playing hockey. These programs provide positive benefits: Good schools and colleges present great hockey programs that combine education while playing hockey. These programs provide positive benefits:

– Intensive off-ice training to offer the development of athletic abilities.
– On-ice training to improve and to develop the technical and tactical aspects of hockey playing.
– Good and “high-level” of game competition.
– Education is a priority and it is not compromised while playing.
– Normal development for a high school prospect who wants to enjoy a “social-cultural-educational” life.
– Scholarships are offered to pay for a great education.
– Others (community involvement; time to play other elite sports like soccer; etc.).

The Online Resource for the National Collegiate Athletic Association provides pertinent info on NCAA hockey and is a guide for the college-bound-student player. This web site provides links to the NCAA web site; core-course listings for high schools; online info about Division “initial-eligibility”; online version of NCAA guide for the college-bound-student prospect; online FAQs, and any other relevant info to help guide you in your decision process.¬†An athletic scholarship should cover up the cost of tuition, fees, room, board and books for a single semester, but may be a good idea to review the scholarship policies of the institution that you are interested to apply!

Here is a Check List to review before deciding to choose the College Route. The ¬†diagram below presents a “step-by-step” approach to follow if you decide to pursue the education route while playing hockey:

  • Review the College hockey league (NCAA as an example) documentation on their web site to discover about their philosophy, vision, and program!
  • Surf the hockey team’s web site to study their hockey program and goals?
  • What type of scholarship do they offer!
  • Learn about costs/housing/fees/travel/fitness/academic options/etc.!
  • Visit the College campus and athletic facilities!
  • Where are former team players studying and playing?
  • See some practice sessions and games!
  • Learn about coaches and team history! (Player’s profile should be correlated with the coach’s profile!).
  • Study hard for your SAT or ACT and get a high GPA’s average, SAT or ACT’ s results to give you more academic choices!
  • Speak to current players and families!
  • Others (College academic’s rating; summer training program!; etc.).

If you would like to pursue this hockey route, you have to select the best Junior A/AA/AAA/Tier 1 leagues where College scouts watch for player’s. Prospects who play for a Junior Major hockey team cannot receive a scholarship to play USA College hockey. Several prospects playing in theUSHL, and Canadian Junior A leagues are invited to play College hockey. However, you can play for a Canadian University Rep team even if you play Junior Major.