· Recruits will not hear from college coaches until their sophomore year. College coaches will evaluate you at tournaments, college camps, and combines, so put your best foot forward.
· College coaches might contact your high school and club coaches to let them know they are interested in you.
· Athletes need to attend events to increase their exposure.
Communication and Verbal Offers
· DI coaches can begin contacting recruits, starting January 1 after the athlete’s sophomore year.
· Coaches must wait until August 1 of the athlete’s junior year to make a verbal offer.
Official and Unofficial Visits
· You may schedule unofficial visits starting January 1 of your sophomore year.
· Recruits cannot talk to college coaches on campus until they can schedule an official visit. This starts August 1 of their junior year.
· National letter of intent (NLI) recruits will be asked to sign an NLI and athletic aid agreement to accept a scholarship offer with an NCAA sponsored sport.
· NLIs can be signed starting in November.
When can college hockey coaches start contacting you?
· As of May 2019, NCAA DI college coaches are permitted to contact recruits after January 1 of the recruit’s sophomore year.
· DII coaches have to wait six additional months because the NCAA recruiting rules state that recruits contact date starts June 15 of your sophomore year.
· Student-athletes should prepare for the recruiting process. Some suggestions are: create a recruiting profile, Hudl highlight video, and be diligent with researching college hockey programs.
Junior Hockey Recruiting Rules
· Junior ice hockey is an option that student-athletes can take to get recruited for men’s college hockey. Gives you time to grow physically and academically.
· High school athletes can play junior hockey once they turn 16 years old and compete until they are 20 years old.
· You can play junior hockey for five years.
· College coaches care about which junior hockey league you were in, so choose wisely.
Three junior hockey tiers that are comprised of various leagues. Recruits that compete for the tier 1 USHL league have a better chance of being recruited by an NCAA DI program.
Tier 1: USHL
New NCAA Rules for Men’s Hockey
2019, the NCAA announced changes to the recruiting rules. These rules will impact the men’s college hockey recruiting process.
NCAA DI Hockey Recruiting Rules
January 1 of sophomore year
August 1 of junior year
DII Recruiting Calendar:
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