It is not necessary to hire a company to put the video together as long as your player is easily identifiable in play. I recognize the advantage to online videos and will look at them as well. Sites used are YouTube, your own website, recruiting service website.
Contact the programs you think you may have an interest in. I personally don't like getting a mass email where I can see all the other colleges the prospect is writing to. I do understand that mistakes happen but first impressions are important.
Send an email to the head coach and attach your resume try to make the attachments a reasonable size. Complete the institution's online prospect form - every institution will have this link on their athletic home page or sport page. To see the final rankings of all of the NCAA programs visit http: The "rankings" are a poll of all of the head coaches in the division and is an opinion poll.
Send a video to the ones you are most interested in. If money is an issue then you can let them know you have a video and will send upon request. I often get emails from prospects and can't respond because I don't know if I'm allowed to. I also cannot put them in my recruiting database without a grad year. We get so many emails it is frustrating when we go over our mailbox size limit because of recruiting attachments.
I don't mind getting an email or two from a parent but after the initial contact I prefer to hear directly from the player. This doesn't mean you shouldn't monitor communication between coaches and your daughter but even if you help write the reply I'd rather it come from the player. Many players contact college coaches through a parents email address. I believe the best practice is to create a new gmail or yahoo or other email account that both the athlete and parent can access.
It is never too early. We get many emails and videos from and players. We have already made junior offers and have a verbal commitment from a junior already.
This doesn't mean we won't continue to consider juniors but the earlier you start to get in the door the better, especially if you are interested in a top 20 program. And I can tell you that there are coaches that we trust, and others that we know will sell us anything-under-the-sun for their own self interests. One that is Honest with you — Has a history of making players better — and Has a history of moving players on to the next level. Their Honesty and History of Development mean a lot to recruiters.
They should mean a lot to you, too. Let me take you into a late-night conversation between college coaches after a long day of scouting at a tournament. It usually involves some wings, a few drinks, and a lot of talk about hockey. The number one issue griped about? All they want are players that are ultra-competitive and hate to lose, yet they feel like the competitive kid today is a dying breed.
There are a ton of talented hockey players out there. There are not a lot of talented hockey players that compete hard. If you want to get recruited: It is becoming harder and harder to find, but significantly more valuable to coaches on the recruiting trail. You have to score goals to win hockey games. That is a fact of life. So if you are one of the points leaders on your team, we will probably take notice.
Now, not everybody can be a points leader on their team. Not everybody has that kind of ability. In fact, very few kids have that kind of ability. There is room on any roster for players that can grind it out and may end up being a captain one day. College coaches talk about needing player leadership like scientists talk about humans needing oxygen to breathe.
Here is a great example:. Now, this was a team that had Shayne Gostisbehere, Danny Carr, and a roster of talented players that eventually went on to win a National Championship. Because he was one of the best leaders Coach Bennett had ever seen. He kept the locker room together and held his teammates accountable for buying in to what the team wanted to do. As a young coach, this was an eye-opening conversation for me.
To college coaches, player leadership is GOLD. But I know many coaches that have daughters. And to hear a hockey guy say that…all I can say is, WOW. Great people allows for a great culture, and a great culture is the most important characteristic of a winning program. Be a good teammate. Stay out of trouble. Play hard every day.
They take a commitment to being a good person, which is every bit as important as being a good player. There are 60 Division One hockey programs in the country.
The better your grades are, the more schools you can get into. Thus, you will have a greater opportunity to play Division One hockey. Many DI hockey schools are very good academic institutions: Put in the effort with your studies, and not only will there be more opportunity for you to play college hockey…You will be more ready for the rigors of being a student-athlete when you get to school.