Recruiting for college hockey begins at a young age. I understand this because I worked hard to be a member of the Yale women’s ice hockey team so that I can speak from experience. I started noticing the arenas filling up with scouts in ninth grade, so I decided to begin the recruiting process early myself. I first contacted college coaches the summer heading into 10th grade to introduce myself and express my interest in playing in the NCAA. I did this so I would be prepared to make the jump to college hockey, as well as showcase my abilities to college coaches, I played on one of the top Under-21 travel teams in North America. I also attended a skating and on-ice skills session once a week to fine-tune my hockey skills.
Off-ice physical preparation is equally as important, especially if you want to prepare for a faster and stronger collegiate game. When you get to college, one of the first team activities you will have is fitness testing, so it is crucial to make an excellent first impression to both your coaches and teammates. Additionally, strength and conditioning sessions will become a daily part of your schedule.
Academically, I began focusing on my studies early on. I did this so I would become a more attractive recruit for the top-level DI and Ivy league schools. This meant that I needed to start taking practice SAT/ACTs tests. I was lucky that many of my older teammates had the same goal as me, and this was to play in the NCAA. I was motivated by them and followed a similar timeline, which was taking the actual SAT/ACTs in the winter of my sophomore year.
What is becoming clear is that high school athletes need to understand college athletics and how they work. One very important aspect is that you need to follow the NCAA hockey rules. You and your family also need to educate yourselves on head coaches. You can do this by going through the coach ratings on LRT Sports. Here are the NCAA guidelines for playing at the DI level for women’s ice hockey.
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When doing research in the recruiting process for my daughter I came across the LRT Sports website. I was immediately intrigued as this was another dimension of the recruiting process that many people don't even consider. My daughter and I could "short list" schools based on the education she was looking for, as well as the opportunity to play her sport. LRT Sports not only gave us pertinent information into the recruiting process with different interviews of coaches and players, it also gave us insight into current and/or former players' opinions on the coach of that school in her sport. We could use this information to re-prioritize my daughters list of schools based on this feedback. I have many friends that are, or will be, going through this process shortly and I highly recommend using LRT Sports as part of anyone's recruiting process.
The college process presents a myriad of challenges. Factor in athletics and it becomes even more daunting. Now, add the fact that you have zero experience with sports. What is a the mother of a college bound student-athlete to do? LRT Sports has truly lived up to its promise. It has kept "the college recruiting process honest and easy by providing first hand information about coaches, schools and the recruiting process." Their interviews with current students, coaches, and professional athletes have provided realistic guidance. I am much more informed because of LRT Sports! The coach ratings are the most helpful. LRT Sports interviews allow us to hear from students as to how the adults are impacting not only their athletic experience but also how they are helping to shape their adult self.
The C.A.L.C. was thrilled to have Keirsten Sires come and speak to us on multiple topics relevant to high school athletics today, including recruiting. Keirsten reached all of our students and left them with great strategies that will not only help on the fields, courts, and mats, but also in the game of recruiting. She was a true professional and delivered a wonderful message.
Now that the recruiting process and the related stress is over, I wanted to thank you for your guidance. You did so much more than we had expected. Once you started the process by matching the best academic schools first, not the best sport programs, I knew you were the one. The way you laid out a timeline of contacting coaches, visits, and camps completely took any guesswork out of the plan for us. All of the student athletes that you put us in touch with gave us a look from the inside, and made us more comfortable knowing what was coming. Finally, using your website as a resource for knowing what to expect from different coaches based on former recruit reviews gave my son confidence before our meetings. There is no way we could have figured this out on our own, you really put us in a great position when decision time came.
I think hearing from other athletes is very beneficial. To be able to learn from people’s mistakes, and to be able to have access to those voices is really helpful; especially voices that have been there and done that. It’s very important for people to have access to information that could benefit them, and in this case there are many voices that can help the next wave of athletes.
If you have something that’s going to spell [the recruiting process] out for you… it’s so valuable. I think what everyone at LRT Sports is doing to spread the word and help advocate and educate athletes on the recruitment process is incredible.
Without question would have used LRT Sports. It would have probably been one of the most valuable tools that I could have had. If you want to know what these coaches are really like then I think this is the best tool out there. I’m really glad you are allowing recruits to have a resource like this moving forward.