Does my kid have a shot at playing college hockey?We disregarded all of the recruiters. Why aren't coaches pounding down our door?!!COLLEGE HOCKEY:
Senior year in High School is approaching, all of the discussions on long drives to away games and tournaments over the past couple of years about playing hockey in college is now a reality.
Your kid is interested, he or she has played at a high level in Tier 1, Tier ll AA or Prep School for years, but you haven't heard anything from college coaches. Your kid has been to numerous tournaments and showcases, and they've played hundreds of games. Your kid is a standout or very good player/teammate and you've always been told there will be coaches and recruiters in the stands watching, waiting to talk to him or her. The games come and go and nobody has approached to discuss their future. You think it's over and the chance to play in college didn't materialize. It's possible he or she might be playing tier ll, "A" level and you think he or she has no shot, you'd be wrong.
Don't let anybody tell you your kid 'HAS TO PLAY'
in a high level league, Prep or Jr. in order to qualify to play in college. Don't let professional recruiters tell you, "the only way your kid makes it is by hiring us"
. Not only does your kid need to be realistic, you as parents also have to be realistic about their ability. Not every player is an NCAA or ACHA level prospect, there are hundreds of eligible players who are qualified to play in college every year. It takes a great deal of athletic ability in every facet of the game to achieve that goal, and these days you're competing with players from all over the globe for a handful of spots every season at the highest levels of college hockey. If NCAA or ACHA are the only acceptable goal for the player and his parents, reality will prove the percentages are not in your favor. There are D3, Dll as well as club leagues and you'd be surprised just how many Tier 1, Jr and Prep players who were targeting D1 are playing at those levels in college. There are no promises your kid will "make it" just because you paid tens of thousands of dollars to get him or her to the next level. It doesn't work that way.
It's time to get serious about discussing the future and your son or daughters interests with education and playing hockey in college. You've been bombarded with emails from professional recruiters, NCSA, HUDL, BeRecruited and more for years and never acted, but don't worry. You're being asked by your kids if they have any chance to play, tell them, "yes you do".
Do the work yourself, contact colleges, open communications with their coaches directly. Work with contacts you've made relationships with over the course of your kids youth hockey career. If you played the game yourself and keep in touch with former teammates who have connections, work with them too. It's all about networking and in the end you'll be pleasantly surprised with the outcome. A lot of doors opened for our son and once the ball got rolling, big things started happening.