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    Congratulations Colin Whitt whose hard work earned him top goal of the 2015 USPHL Summer Showcase as ranked by the USPHL! 

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    TOP 10 RECRUITING TIPS

    Frank Scarpaci 
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    Top 10 Recruiting Tips 
    Our very best advice when trying to attract a college coach's attention. 
    It’s incredibly hard to make an NCAA Division I hockey team, and the deciding factor in landing one of those coveted positions typically comes down to your hockey ability. That said, there are a number of things young players and parents can do to catch the eye – and the interest – of college recruiters. 
    Here are 10 ways you can help your cause at the rink, in the classroom and beyond: 
    1. Be Proactive 
    College coaches are limited in when and how often they can contact recruits, and they can’t reach out to a player until after his 10th grade year. Players, however, can contact coaches at any time. It can help to let a school know that you are interested with a reminder of where they can see you play. See More: Writing a Winning Hockey Resume 
    2. Be Studious 
     
    The better your grades and standardized test scores, the more options you will have. Only 59 schools offer Division I men’s hockey – you don’t want to narrow your field further because your marks aren’t up to par. 
    3. Be Aware of Eligibility Requirements 
    Two key elements are part of determining a student-athlete’s NCAA eligibility: their academic achievement and their amateur status. Review the requirements at eligibilitycenter.org to understand what classes and standardized test you need to take. Don’t jeopardize your amateur status by signing a CHL contract or playing in a game. 
    4. Be a Character Player 
    Coaches constantly have to make tough recruiting decisions between equally talented players. What often breaks the tie is what they can see of a players’ character in a game. Is he a good teammate? How does he respond to a bad shift, or a bad call? Always assume that someone’s watching you – they probably are. 
    5. Be Committed to Improving 
    Many young players get wrapped up in playing every showcase event that they can. Coaches recognize, however, that development comes in practice, not games. Instead of signing up for every showcase, spend time working on a part of your game that has room for improvement – then show off those skills when you are back in the spotlight. 
    6. Be Consistent 
    Colleges have three coaches each who can watch recruits – they don’t employ scouts. Therefore, they can’t be at every game and they may see you on an off night. Do your best to give a consistent effort and rest assured, they see recruits multiple times before making any decisions. 
    7. Be Our Guest 
    The best way to find out whether a school is right for you is to take what’s called an unofficial visit (official visits are paid for by the school and only available once you are in 12th grade). An unofficial visit can allow you to see the campus, tour the facilities and even take in a game. Reach out to the coaching staff before you go and let them know you’ll be on campus. See More: The Benefits of Unofficial Visits 
     
    8. Be Inquisitive 
    As much as coaches want to find the right fits for their programs, they want to be sure their recruits are comfortable where they end up as well. They want to hear recruits asking questions – insightful questions – of the coaching staff, players, professors and others around their program. 
    9. Be a Supportive Parent 
    Never forgotten in this process are the parents and their significant role. It shouldn’t be too significant, however. Your son should be the one writing letters and reaching out to coaches. Coaches want to know that it’s the player’s ambition, not their parents’. Be supportive but not overbearing – coaches have to be sure they want you in their program for four years as well. 
    10. Be Patient 
    The last – and often hardest – piece of advice is to be patient. The recruiting process takes time, and prospective student-athletes can commit to schools anywhere from 15 years old to 21. Don’t get frustrated if you aren’t one of those select few who get an offer while playing minor midget hockey. Follow these other nine steps and the recruiting process can be a rewarding, exciting experience. 
    The document provided by Kyle Lawson, Director of Education and Recruitment, College Hockey, Inc.



     

     
     

    FINANCIAL AIDE AND SCHOLARSHIPS

    FINANCIAL AIDE AND SCHOLARSHIPS

    Frank Scarpaci 
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    Athletic Scholarships 
    Q: What are athletic scholarships? 
    A: An athletic scholarship is financial aid from a university or college based in any degree on the athletic ability of the student-athlete. Athletic scholarships are formalized by entering into agreements called "National Letters of Intent," which is a written agreement between the institution and the student-athlete. 
    Q: What is a "National Letter of Intent"? 
    A: The National Letter of Intent (NLI) is the name of the document that formalizes an athletic scholarship. It is a binding agreement between a student-athlete and a university in which the university agrees to provide athletic aid in exchange for the student-athlete's agreement to attend the university. 
    Q: What is a verbal commitment? 
    A: A verbal commitment is a non-binding agreement between a prospect and a coach to attend that coach's institution. 
    Q: What is covered by an athletic scholarship? 
    A: Funds for tuition and fees, books, room and board, and certain other expenses. The only required expense that a full athletic scholarship cannot cover is transportation to and from campus. 
    Q: Are scholarships guaranteed for four years? 
    A: Thanks to a change in NCAA rules in 2011, scholarship agreements may be made for anywhere from one to five years. 
    Signing a National Letter of Intent, even for a scholarship promised for four years, commits a student- athlete to that school for one year. 
    Even those scholarship agreements made for one season are almost always renewed annually; they are very rarely cancelled and never for on-ice performance. 
    Q: Can athletic scholarships be cancelled if I play badly or the coach doesn't like me? 
    A: Athletic scholarships may not be reduced or cancelled year-to-year based on your ability or performance, because an injury prevents you from participating or for any other athletic reason. 
    If you are receiving an athletic scholarship, the scholarship may be reduced or cancelled only if you: 
    • render yourself ineligible for NCAA competition; 
    • misrepresented any information on your application, letter of intent or financial aid agreement; 
    • commit serious misconduct which warrants a substantial disciplinary penalty; or 
    • voluntarily quit the team for personal reasons. 
    Q: Who decides if I get a scholarship? 
    A: Although admissions offices can refuse the admission of any student, thereby effectively refusing an athletic scholarship, coaches and athletic departments typically have a good sense of what to expect from their admissions office. This allows coaches to scout and recruit players who they can reasonably expect to earn admission. 
    Q: Does every student-athlete receive a 100% or "full" scholarship? 
    A: Universities are permitted to grant 18 "full" scholarships and typically carry around 26 players, so not all are on full scholarships. In other words, most NCAA teams have some players who receive only a portion of their expenses in athletic scholarship (i.e. partial scholarship) and some players who receive all of their expenses in scholarship (i.e. full scholarship). 
     
     
    Financial Aid 
    Q: What is financial aid? 
    A: Financial aid is a grant from the university that is not based on athletic ability or participation on an athletic team. 
    Q: What is covered by financial aid? 
    A: Financial aid can be granted for tuition and fees, room and board, books and transportation. 
    Q: How do universities determine the amount of financial aid granted? 
    A: Although determining financial aid varies between universities, it is typically calculated based on the student and his parents' ability to contribute to the cost of post-secondary education. This is determined by evaluating the current savings and expected earnings of the student over the summer and the student's parents' overall wealth (i.e. earnings, savings, investments, etc.). Based on these types of criteria, the institution makes a judgment on the amount that the student and parents are able to contribute toward a university education. In theory, any shortfall between the expected contribution and the expected university expenses is covered by financial aid.

    The document provided by Kyle Lawson, Director of Education and Recruitment, College Hockey, Inc.

    Tips To Maintain Low Stress

    Tips To Maintain Low Stress

     

     

    Many parents get their children involved in youth sports so they can have fun. But a good time can quickly turn into a bad one when pressure on youth athletes causes them to feel stress.

    Sometimes the stress comes from the outside when children feel like their parents or coaches expect a win. Other times, pressure can be internal, brought on by the athletes themselves. This can cause fear and anxiety, negatively affecting your child before, during and after competition. 

    Fear of failure is one of the most prevalent stressors in sports. Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive™ and our partner Positive Coaching Alliance encourage you to remind your child that the game is about more than just winning. Supporting your children and doing all you can to avoid instilling negative thoughts or emotions lets them focus on striving to play well. Using the simple phrases below before a game will help:

    “I love you” “Play hard” “Have fun”

    After some time, stressed athletes can become resentful or decide to quit playing their sport entirely to avoid these negative feelings.

    It’s important for your youth athlete to find ways to de-stress, calm down or “zone in” on their own before, during and after a game. This will help avoid a sense of negative pressure and funnel that energy positively toward their performance. 

    A non-attachment approach is a way youth athletes can learn to perform their best when it matters most. Non-attachment is having the ability to detach yourself from the outcome of a performance and just focus on executing during competition. Youth athletes must learn to define themselves by more than just the results of the game. This can be reinforced after the game when you have the chance to talk to your athletes about their performances.

    Making comments such as: “I love watching you play!” or “You looked like you were having so much fun out there!” will remind your child that the game isn’t all about winning or losing. 

    At home you can help your children relieve some of their stress by making sure they are managing their time well and getting enough rest. Both are key elements in a healthy low-stress lifestyle.

    When children learn to enjoy sports for their own sake, and their goal becomes to do their best rather than trying to be the best, they will find it easier to overcome stress before, during and after the game.

    Key Points In Your Mental Game

    Key Points In Your Mental Game

     

    Encourage Young Athletes to Prepare for the Unexpected 

    Youth Sports Prepare for the Unexpected 
    In sports, there is one given - expect the unexpected.

    As fans, this excitement of not knowing what will happen next is a big reason why we attend, watch and talk about sporting events. For athletes, the unexpected, while thrilling, demands proper preparation to be successful.

    From in-season practices to offseason cross-training, preparation helps our youth athletes build a rock-solid foundation for game-day success. It’s what they do to get ready for competition that often makes the difference when the unexpected happens.

    But how can you help your youth athletes prepare for the unexpected? How can you convince them of the power of preparation?

    Liberty Mutual Insurance, in partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance, offers the following helpful tips and tactics for preparing for the unexpected.

    Envision only success. Encourage them to visualize a stress-free, successful performance – no matter what scenario unfolds. By “practicing” visualization, meditation and other mental training techniques, they’ll give their minds a powerful pre-game “workout.”

    All-out effort. There are many parts of the game they can’t control, but they can control their effort and attitude. Remind them that win or lose, what is more important is whether t they gave 100% effort!

    Keep at it. Tell them the mind is a muscle. Like any muscle, it has to be exercised to grow strong. And like any other part of their game, the more they work their mind, the stronger it gets, making it easier for them to adjust and adapt on the fly.

    Switch it up. Just like your children can “cross-train” by playing multiple sports, they can vary and “change up” their practice routine. They can try practicing with different equipment, or work on using their “off hand”. They can also prepare for different roles, such as a reserve player training to take on a starter’s responsibilities.

    Situational learning. Encourage your kids to practice in different, even difficult, conditions and situations. Practicing in different conditions will help them adapt to a tough game day environment, challenge their normal routine, and demand game-like focus. Activities like simulating crowd noise with a sound system will force them to focus and “zone in” on performing their best.

    With these simple tips from Liberty Mutual Insurance, we hope that your child can always stay prepared for the unexpected.

     

    Six Steps To Keeping Your Cool In A Game

    Six Steps To Keeping Your Cool In A Game

     

    In the heat of a game, it’s easy to lose our cool. Just ask the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the midst of a sweep of the Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs, with the series well in hand, J.R. Smith committed a flagrant foul that resulted in his immediate ejection and a two-game suspension. Losing his cool may very well cost his team, as the Cavs are already hampered due to an injury to another starter, Kevin Love.

    Maintaining self-control in the face of challenges, adversity and disappointment is one of the great life lessons that sports can uniquely teach our kids. And while we’d all like to hope that our kids just ‘know what to do’ when the moment presents itself, a little coaching and some clever tips can go a long way toward giving your kids the tools they need to keep their cool in sports and in life.

    So this month, the team at Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive, along with the experts at Positive Coaching Alliance, prepared a six-step approach and companion exercise to help teach your athletes how to keep their cool in frustrating moments.

    Take A Break. 
    When you’re feeling upset and frustrated, sometimes we all just need a quick break to re-center ourselves. Call time-out. Sub out for a play and take a deep breath on the bench.

    Name That Tune. 
    Sometimes it takes recognizing and naming a feeling to then be able to cool down. Encourage kids to notice how their body is feeling to recognize and name the emotions that accompany those feelings, and then to be able to say, “I feel….”. “Is your face red? Are your hands clenched? Are your shoulders tense? Okay – that sounds like you might feel ‘mad’.”

    Count to 10. 
    Having recognized and named an emotion (“mad!”), they can start to recover, maybe counting to ten – “ten Mississippi” if a bit more time is needed – to help the body slow down and give the brain a chance to process and think.

    What Are My Options? 
    Help your athletes take a minute to think through the options for dealing with the emotion. Yell and scream? Kick dirt? Walk away? Tell the other athlete – in nice words – why you are angry? Brush it off and move on to the next play? Help your children think through all of the potential options, and then give them the chance to pick what they think is the best option.

    Try this exercise in practice or at home: write a scenario at the top of the page, “An opposing player just committed a dirty foul on me!” and then split the page into two columns, one labelled Good Options, the other labelled Bad Options. Then have your athletes write down all of the possible actions they could take and place each action under either Good or Bad. (You can do this exercise as a team with players providing answers together and deciding whether each should go under Good or Bad.) Once all the possible choices are listed, circle the best choice and discuss why it is the best. (This page can turn into a poster that may be a great addition to the locker room for the season, reminding kids that there are lots of options but that as a team you’re striving for the best option and the one that maintains self-control and good sportsmanship.)

    Act Out The Best Choice. 
    Step five is to practice acting on the best choice from the Good Options you selected in step 4; don’t just think it in your head. This suggestion may seem more like drama class than sports practice, but act out the best-choice emotion. Think improv: how can you demonstrate and show the emotion if you had no words? It might feel like you’re over the top, but by being overly effusive with emotions in this acting, your athletes cement the ‘best choice’ in their minds, their emotions and their body language.

    Next! 
    Get focused on the next play, the next pitch, the next side change, the next round. Some teams use visual cues like a “brush it off” sign or a “flush it” hand gesture to remind everyone to let it go, reset, refocus and get back into the game.

    Keeping your cool can be tough, especially when the contest isn’t going your way, the fouls aren’t being called, the scoreboard doesn’t reflect your effort, or when a cheap shot disrupts your concentration and flow. But athletes who learn how to stay calm, focused, and ready for what’s next are more likely to stay mentally and physically in the game and give their teams the best chance to win – on and off the field.

    All Heart

    A Message from General Manager Frank Scarpaci,

    The Florida Eels Junior Hockey Organization has franchises in both the USPHL Elite and Empire Divisions of the USPHL. With both Junior team’s, athletes have the unique opportunity to play a high level of hockey in the Southwest of Florida. The number one goal when coming to the Florida Eels Program is not only to win games, but to develop in such a way that players can achieve their desired placement in the next stage of their hockey career. With numerous players rising to professional, Division 1, and Division 3 NCAA schools, it is obvious that our main goals for our players have been and continue to be met.

    As an organization, we are looking for exceptional hockey athletes; players that hold themselves and their organization alike with the utmost respect. They must hold the highest character and compete level. Further more, our players must not only be dedicated to their position in the organization, but feel privileged to put on the same sweater as those who had the opportunity in previous years.
    With these qualities we can work with each player and the teams as a whole to mold a well finished hockey player, and moreover, a man. 

    Mental Toughness

    Being an Eel is to continue going at full throttle and giving everything you can despite having no fuel left in the tank....

    WHY TRAIN WITH THE EELS? WE GET PLAYERS TO COLLEGE. WHY COLLEGE HOCKEY SHOULD BE YOUR FOCUS?

    Why College Hockey? 
    The Incredible Journey 
    For more than 100 years, college hockey has been a breeding ground for outstanding hockey players and people. Today college hockey players make a bigger impact in the NHL than they ever have, with more than 30% of the league in 2011-12 coming from the U.S. college ranks. 
    NCAA hockey is made up 59 member schools across six conferences: Atlantic Hockey, Big 
    Ten, ECAC Hockey, Hockey East, NCHC and the WCHA. The member teams range as far west as Alaska and as far south as Alabama. 
    There are a number of reasons to consider the college hockey path: 
     
    • Pro Opportunities: From Martin St. Louis to Jonathan Quick, college hockey consistently produces NHL stars and its presence in the league continues to grow. 
    • Player Development: With its style of play, emphasis on practice and opportunity for strength and conditioning, college hockey provides an unparalleled environment for player development. 
    • Education: Some of the finest institutions in the world offer college hockey, providing young players exposure to elite educational programs while pursuing their hockey careers. 
    • Student Life: The off-ice experience of life on campus, surrounded by fellow students in a supportive environment, is unmatched and often considered the best time of a person's life. 
    • Special Events: Holiday tournaments, conference championships, outdoor games, the Beanpot and the NCAA Frozen Four provide college hockey players the opportunity to play in intense, high-profile special events. 
    • History: With traditions unique to each school and a history that traces back to the 1800s, today's college hockey players carry on a proud legacy. 
     
    College Hockey, Inc. believes there is no better place to build your skills than college hockey. That said we know young hockey players face difficult choices, and we hope this site helps answer questions you may have about such subjects as: 
    • Recruiting: The college recruiting process can be exciting, nerve-wracking and - sometimes - confusing. We provide some background. 
    • NCAA Eligibility: To play college hockey it's important to succeed both athletically and academically. Find out what it takes to maintain your academic eligiblity. 
    • FAQ: We offer answers to many other common questions about recruiting, major junior, advisors and more. 
    Every Friday and Saturday night during the college hockey season, teams play in college arenas full of hyped-up fellow students, friends, family members and fans. Thousands of fans sing their school fight song after every goal. School spirit creates an atmosphere not experienced anywhere else in the world. 
    Those are memories college hockey players carry into their NHL careers and beyond. And all terrific reasons to Play It Smart. Play College Hockey. 
    The document provided by Kyle Lawson, Director of Education and Recruitment, College Hockey, Inc.

    A Primer On Billeting A Must Read

    5 Tips for Life with your Hockey Billet

    By Nick Olynyk

    Imagine that you’re being dropped into a stranger’s house for a winter. You don’t know who the people are. You don’t know what it looks like inside. Yet that’s where you must eat, sleep and live. You’re going to call it “home.”

    That’s billeting, and it’s a major part of playing junior hockey.

    During my career, I lived in 12 billet homes (for varying lengths of time). Most of these billets were awesome, awesome people, opening up their homes to me, cooking food for me, listening to my gripes and helping in whatever way they could. However, I always saw one guy on each team who just didn’t jive with his billets.

    I really think that billet problems can be prevented before they start. If you ever listen to former junior players rave about playing in a certain town, a big part of that is the billet family with whom they lived. In fact, the best billets often become lifelong friends with players. They will be your biggest fans.

     

    To ensure a quality season at your billets, here are five big tips to follow:

    1) Establish Open Communication Early

    Chances are that your billets are going to be 10 times more experienced at billeting than you are. They know that players have routines, rituals and habits. This means the first thing they’re going to do is look for what you prefer. The clues you leave—your actions, patterns, thank you’s—reflect what you like at home.

    However, billets aren’t mind readers. If you want a certain pre-game meal, tell them. I had one billet that made me the same thing all of the time because that is what their last player liked. I didn’t want spaghetti casserole every game day. That’s not what I ate, and they didn’t mind making me something else once I told them. Seeing me succeed and making me comfortable made them most happy. Sometimes you just have to let them know how to do that.

    2) Establish Boundaries with your Hockey Billet

    If there is something your billets do (or don’t do) that makes you hold a grudge, you’re going to have a long season. Whenever you have a problem in a billet house, bring it up and be respectful. For instance, if the billets kids are being too loud when you’re trying to sleep the night before a game, don’t be afraid to tell the kids. If the kids keep it up, go to the parents the next day.

    As long as you are respectful about it, your billets often bend over backwards to help you or at least strike a compromise with you. They know sacrifices will have to be made, and they know that works both ways. Be able to handle awkward conversations and you’ll end up getting less awkward situations.

    3) Know Your Rituals

    Although the house will revolve around you on game day, that game day won’t run smoothly unless everybody involved knows how it should go. Routines are key for smooth billet houses because everybody knows what to expect and how carry on.

    On the other hand, if you have to be at the rink early one morning, know that your billet dad has the shower at a certain time. Expect it and bend your schedule around it. Also, don’t make yourself late for dinner by hanging out too late after practice. The family is likely waiting on you.

    After a while, these rituals become the status quo. It’ll be like playing with good line mate or a solid D partner. You’ll have a feel where each other are going before you get there.

    4) Be Respectful

    No, I’m not going to give you some kind of coach’s lecture here. What I am saying is that your billets are bound to want you in their house more if you treat their house like it’s your own. Simple things are to keep your mess inside your room, leave the bathroom the way you found it and don’t park in the driveway. These are the thankless things that go a long way. They will get noticed.

    If your billet sees that you take care of their house, they are more likely to take care of you. They may even bend the rules that one time you need them to bend them. This often comes into play when girls come over. (The number one cause of billet issues, in my opinion.)

    The coach will always give a rule on girls. Some coaches don’t want them at your billets, some want them out by curfew. Others just want you home and don’t care what happens once you’re there. If you don’t put your billets in an awkward situation where they have to break team rules for you, they’re more likely to give you a break when you need it most.

    5) Be Part Of The Family

    Every player is different. Some thrive in billet atmosphere, some want out. I was both of these players. When I was young, I was right in with the family, at birthday parties with the kids and all. By the time I was a 20 year-old I had been living by myself every summer. I felt like I was babysat.

    However, part of getting more freedom around the house was actually being a part of it. I knew if I hung out with the kids for a half-hour each night they often left me alone for the rest of it. I didn’t want to hide in my room all evening trying to keep away from them, even if they could be pests at times. If you just give a little you’ll often get more back. Billets want you as part of their family. That’s why they invite you, a stranger, into their house.

     
     

    What you need to know about insurance as a college athlete

    Being a college athlete is no joke. Between practices, strength training, competitions, tournaments and more, there are a lot of opportunities to injure yourself. And sometimes slapping an ice pack on it won’t cut it.

    There are few hotter topics in the world of collegiate athletics then what benefits and protection student-athletes receive as part of a team. Especially this past year with talks of unionization and other pay-to-play discussions. Making sure these young men and women, who do so much for their schools, are taken care of both on and off the field of play is a topic that’s been at the forefront of the business of college athletics and recruiting, as it should be.

    So how does this all work? What happens if you get hurt during your college career? Who covers mandatory physicals or that concussion test you were required to undergo? Below are some key points when it comes to how insurance works for athletes in the NCAA.

    How insurance works for athletes

    You have to have insurance.

    Student-athletes have to provide proof of insurance before they can practice or play. They must be covered up to $90,000, which is the current deductible of the NCAA Catastrophic Injury Insurance Program. This minimal layer of required coverage is known as basic accident coverage.

    But it doesn’t necessarily have to come from your school.

    A school is permitted to provide that coverage, however is not required to do so.

    Coverage can come from the school, a parent or guardian, or through a policy taken out by the student-athlete him or herself.

    Let’s go back to the Catastrophic Injury Insurance Program.

    Under the Catastrophic Injury Insurance Program, which is in place for all student-athletes at active institutions, the NCAA covers any injury over the $90,000 premium, and provides $20mil in lifetime benefits to any student-athlete who becomes totally disabled while practicing or playing. This covers both medical benefits as well as disability pay. As well, funds to complete their degree are provided.

    In addition, the NCAA provides full coverage, (including the basic accident coverage), to any student-athlete participating in championship events (tournament play) through the Participant Accident Program.

    What about issues an athlete has because he or she played college sports?

    The insurance issue gaining the most attention right now is what happens to student-athletes who require long-term care for injuries incurred while playing college athletics.

    The NCAA’s current standing is that this care is commonly deferred to the student-athlete’s individual or family insurance policy, which every person in the country is required to have since the passing of the Affordable Care Act.

    So a bottom line here: the NCAA has set policies in place when it comes to insurance coverage as a student-athlete, but specific policies under the NCAA vary by school.

    This is a really important question to discuss with coaches and programs as you research schools and weigh the pros and cons of different offers.

    Who is responsible for my insurance coverage? 
    If the school is offering to cover you, find out the exact policy. 
    If you are responsible for your own coverage, make sure you do your homework in order to avoid any unforeseen costs down the road.

    Attention Parents Of College Bound Players


    Players Need To Complete College Applications and Financial Aide Forms Now

    By now we have met with your son before the recent showcase and college tours in New England.

     

    We have combed the College Hockey Book, the NCAA DVD materials I provided to them by me, and examined and various college websites.

     

    We have had a minimum of 3 office conferences. Some boys many more. We discussed various college options, programs of study and opportunities to play at that targeted school.

     

     Your son was advised to go to the web sites of the desired school and fill out recruiting questioners. This should have been done 30-60 days ago. Many of the boys have done this. Some despite my urging have not.

     

    Your son was also advised to write to the college head coach, assistant coaches and admissions expressing his interest in attending that school in the fall and his desire to play for the coach and his hockey team.

     

    Specific verbiage was suggested to the boys during our several office conferences to impress upon the coaches his strong points and true desire to attend the university and his determination to play for the ice hockey team. Again some boys have taken advantage of this and others still have not.

     

    Our list stared as high as 25 colleges and we have worked them down to 5 for most players. A number of the boys broadened that list to 10.

     

    Last week I met with each player going over his targeted college and strongly advised him that he had to complete his college applications no later than midnight Jan 25th.

     

    It is imperative that these applications get done. A college coach cannot even come close to committing to a player unless that player first completes a college application, fills out a recruiting form, provide SAT/ACT scores, provides high school transcripts, submits his college essay and any letters of recommendations required by the school.

     

    Some of the boys have been on task and others are very tardy in their completion of their task. Some procrastinate and those that are not diligent will be left behind. So much depends on them getting these items done. Financial aid is awarded on a completed applications and the time is extremely sensitive.

     

    Keep in mind that being accepted to the college is half the battle. The other equation is whether you can afford it and that comes down to the financial aid side of the equation.

     

    Folks No other program does what we do. No other program spends so much time counseling advising and assisting their players in the process. No other program gets them exposed and visits and tours the colleges as we do. However, despite these opportunities being afforded to the players some are not taking full advantage of this and are not zealously and aggressively pursing what they need to do.

     

    Please check with your son. Go over the college list we worked out. Make sure he has filled out the recruiting profiles, completed his college applications and made sure SAT/ACT scores etc. are being forwarded to the coaches.

     

    Even there the job is not complete. On a weekly basis each player should be sending his weekly update on accomplishments ( goals assist, key back checking, saves GA) in the games played or otherwise make an attempt to communicate with the coaches.

     

    Keep in mind that they are competing with 1,000 other players for these limited spots and they should not take anything for granted.

     

     

    5 Ways To Get Noticed By College Hockey Recruiters

    5 Ways To Get Noticed By College Hockey Recruiters 
    BY: MAT BERNSTEIN - JANUARY 13TH, 2015 
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    Want to get the attention of the top college hockey coaches like Jerry York? Use these tips… 
    Getting The Attention of College Hockey Recruiters: 5 Tips 
    According to NCAA regulations, college coaches are permitted to begin speaking with and recruiting young hockey players only after January 1 of their 10th-grade year. However, while coaches aren’t permitted to initiate contact with players until then – and aren’t allowed to speak about players publicly until after they’ve signed their Letter of Intent – hockey players are allowed to speak to coaches prior to the aforementioned timeframe, just so long as they are the ones that have initiated contact. 
    With that being said, just what can a young hockey player do to get the attention of recruiters – both on and off the ice – if college hockey is the path they want to take? Here’s a look: 
    1. Try Out For USA Hockey Events 
    USA hockey hosts select events and district development camps every summer, where participants are among the “best of the best” and often have the eye of college recruiters. What’s more is that inroads with USA hockey also up the chances that players will be accepted to its National Team Development Program (NTDP), which hosts Under-17 and Under-18 teams in Ann Arbor. These teams play against a number of Division I programs in preparation for annual world championships. They’re also a pipeline to college hockey as well as the NHL. Jack Johnson, Phil Kessel and Ryan Kesler are just a sampling of the players that are former NTDP skaters. 
    2. Market Yourself 
    That’s right, create a hockey resume to mail or e-mail to coaches you’re interested in playing for. Include things like your academic background, recent teams, your current coach’s contact information, notable stats, awards and achievements. 
    3. Fill Out Recruiting Questionnaires 
    Visit the websites of any college hockey programs you’re interested in and look for recruiting questionnaires. Fill them out for each school that interests you to get a better idea of where you might fit in and to get coaches to notice who you are. 
    4. Be Persistent 
    By rule, you’re allowed to initiate contact with college coaches prior to Jan. 1 of your sophomore year of high school, but coaches aren’t allowed to respond to texts, e-mails or voicemails. It sounds silly, but rules are rules. So if you really want to get a coach’s attention prior to Jan. 1 of your 10th grade year, you have to either hope they pick up the phone when you call or speak to them face-to-face. So if you want to get their attention bad enough, be persistent, patient and don’t give up. 
    5. Have A Good Attitude 
    If you’re an exceptional player in whatever league you play in, there’s a good chance you’re being tracked by college hockey recruiters. But it’s not just enough to be exceptionally skilled these days – coaches are looking for good, team-first players that are willing to listen to criticism and improve their games. 
    When it comes to college hockey recruiting, the bottom line is that if you’re good enough, you’re probably on the radar of most college programs. But just because you’re on the radar doesn’t mean you can’t put a bug in the ear of college coaches. The aforementioned five tips are great ways to connect with college recruiters and coaches to determine if you’d be a good fit for their program. 
    - See more at: http://blog.purehockey.com/5-ways-get-noticed-college-hockey-recruiters/#sthash.4otNH2NE.dpuf

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    Marty Abrams Wellington Dukes (OJHL)
    Mike Addessa Calgary Flames (NHL)
    Peter Alden CT. Wolf Pack (EHL)
    Tony Amonte Thayer (Prep)
    Dan Armstrong Brockville Braves (CCHA)
    Craig Badger The Gunnery (Prep)
    Ryan Bailey Canterbury (Prep)
    Robbie Barker Lawrence Academy (Prep)
    Ben Barr Western Michigan (NCAA D1)
    Joe Beal Sacred Heart (NCAA D1)
    David Berard Holy Cross (NCAA D1)
    Rick Bennett Union (NCAA D1)
    Paul Billing Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
    Todd Bracket Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
    Vinny Bohr Topeka Capitals (NAHL)
    David Borgess Stonehill College (NCAA D3)
    Dean Boylan Phillips Andover Academy (Prep)
    John Burgess Suffolk University (NCAA D3)
    Mathieu Castonguay Northwood School
    Jason Cerenzia St. Georges (Prep)
    TJ Clarke Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL)
    Larry Cockrell Governor's Academy (Prep)
    Carl Corrazzini St. Marks (Prep)
    Cliff Cook NY Aviators (USPHL)
    Brendan Collins USHR
    Matt Curley Bentley (NCAA D1)
    Bob Crocker Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
    Mike Cusack Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
    Derek Cunha Williston Northhampton School (Prep)
    David Cunniff Worchester Shark (AHL)
    Kevin Cunningham Connecticut College (NCAA D3)
    Al Cusson Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)
    Tony Dalessio NH Jr. Monarchs (EHL)
    John Dean North York Rangers (OJHL)
    Rich Decaprio Bosotn Jr. Rangers (EHL)
    Pat Desir Moses Brown
    Scott Drevitch Boston Bandits (EHL)
    Dan Driscoll Berkshire School (Prep)
    Tad Doherty Becker College (NCAA D3)
    Jerry Domish Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (EHL)
    Craig Doremus New York Bobcats (EHL)
    Rick Dorual Hawsbury Hawks (CCHA)
    Ted Donato Harvard (NCAA D1)
    Nate Dudley Babson (NCAA D3)
    Keith Dupee Lawrenceville (Prep)
    Jerome Dupont Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)
    Cam Ellsworth Umass Lowell (NCAA D1)
    Scott Frank Cape Cod Islanders
    Doug Friedman Kents Hill School (Prep)
    Jason Fortier Toronto Lakeshore Patriots (OJHL)
    Brain Gallagher Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (EHL)
    John Gardner Avon Od Farms (Prep)
    Mathew Greason  Trinity College (NCAA D3)
    Matt Goethels Pomfret (Prep)
    Peter Goulet Napean Raiders (CCHA)
    Guu Girourd  CIH Academy
    Steve Greely Boston University (NCAA D1)
    Rich Guberti Fordham University
    Jason Guerriero Yale (NCAA D1)
    Ben Guite Maine (NCAA D1)
    Rob Haberbusch Hamilton College (NCAA D3)
    Chris Hall Colby College (NCAA D3)
    Ryan Hardy USNTDP
    Josh Hand Manhattanville College (NCAA D3)
    Michael Haviland Colorado College (NCAA D1)
    Andy Heinze Valley Jr. Warriors (EHL)
    Ian Henderson  Hawksbury Hawks (CCHL)
    Steve Hoar Becker College (NCAA D3)
    Rob Hutchinson Trinity-Pawling School (Prep)
    Steve Jacobs NE Wolves (EHL)
    Paul Jennings Gloucester Rangers (CCHL)
    Dan Jewell Hamilton College (NCAA D3)
    Matt Johnson Tri City Storm (USHL)
    Kiernan Joyce Sherbrook Phoenix (QMJHL)
    Matt Keating Tufts (NCAA D3)
    Jerry Keefe Northeastern University (NCAA D1)
    Casey Keselring New Hampton School (Prep)
    Paul Kirtland  Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL)
    Tom Kowal WBS Knights (EHL)
    Eric Lang Army (NCAA D1)
    Trevor Large Canisius College (NCAA D1)
    Jay Leach Maine (NCAA D1)
    Nate Leaman Providence College (NCAA D1)
    Chris Line Vermont Lumberjacks (EHL)
    Mark Lotito NJ Avalanche
    Bob Luccini Carolina Panthers (NHL)
    Chris Locker Shattucks St. Mary's
    Jon Lounsbury  Walpole Express (EHL)
    RC Lyke Richmond Generals (USPHL)
    Jon Kirk National Sports Academy
    David MacDonald Advisor
    Ian Macinnis Cornwall Colts (CCHL)
    Jim Madigan Northeastern University (NCAA D1)
    Bill Maniscalco Avon Old Farms (Prep)
    CJ Marottolo Sacred Heart (NCAA D1)
    Geoff Marottolo Advisor
    Kris Mayotte Providence College (NCAA D1)
    Eric McCambly Daniel Webster College
    Dave McCauley Bay State Breakers (USPHL)
    Jon McCourt Endicott College (NCAA D3)
    Scott McDougal Sacred Heart (NCAA D1)
    Ed McGolgan Washington Capitals (NHL)
    Will McNally Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
    Bob Miele Westfield State (NCAA D3)
    Steve Miller Providence College (NCAA D1)
    Paul Merritt Buffalo Sabers (NHL)
    Jon Morin Phillips Andover Academy (Prep)
    Vincent Montalbano St. Louis Blues (NHL)
    Fred Myers  East Coast Wizards (EHL)
    Steve Needham Wesleyan University (NCAA D3)
    Frank O'Connor Northern Cyclones (EHL)
    Chris O'Donnell Salmon Arm (BCHL)
    Dave O'Donnel South Shore Kings (USPHL)
    Bill O'Neill Salem State College (NCAA D3)
    Greg Osborne  Pomfret (Prep)
    Devin Payne Brockville Braves (CCHA)
    Juliano Pagliero Holy Cross (NCAA D1)
    Jon Park  WBS Knights (EHL)
    Brian Parriso Casper Coyotes (WSHL)
    Dave Peers  Jr. Wolfpack (EHL)
    Brett Provost South Kent  (Prep)
    Derek Richards Olympia Sports Management
    David Quinn Boston University (NCAA D1)
    Brett Riley Charlottetown Islanders
    Rob Riley Columbue Blue Jackets (NHL)
    Cam Robichaud NH Jr. Monarch (EHL)
    Frank Robinson Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
    Rocky Romanella University of Delaware
    Larry Rocha St. Anselm (NCAA D3)
    Peter Roundy Trinity College (NCAA D3)
    Lou Santini NY Applecore (EHL)
    Patrick Schafer Providence Capitals (USPHL)
    Gary Shuchuk University Of Wisconsin (NCAA D1)
    Rod Simmons NH Fighting Spirit
    Dave Spinale Xavarian (Catholic)
    Todd Sterling Boston Bandits (EHL)
    Jean St. Pierre McGill University
    Jon Sokolski Millbrook School (Prep)
    Vincent Soriento Millbrook School (Prep)
    Mike Souza Uconn (NCAA D1)
    Bob Thorton New Jersey Rockets (EHL)
    Brain Troy Winchendon School
    Jim Troy MSS Sports
    Ron Tugnutt Kemptville 73's (CCHL)
    Brain Umansky Islanders HC (USPHL)
    Nick Unger National Sports Academy
    Mike Warde Bridgton Academy
    William Weiand Northern Cyclones (EHL)
    Steve Wiedler Curry College (NCAA D3)
    Brendan Whittet Brown University (NCAA D1)
    Mark Yates Central Scouting (NHL)/ Halifax (QMJHL)
    Brain Young  Oswego State (NCAA D3)