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 the USHL 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. Examine closely the diagram below that can help you in your decision: