The new rules approved by the NCAA in April 2019 will significantly alter the recruiting timeline for prospective men’s hockey student-athletes. Prospects’ approach to recruiting will remain much of the same, but some slight alterations will be needed to fit the rule changes.
Here are five top tips to succeed in the new environment:
- Be Patient: Recruiting has always required patience, but the new rules will emphasize it more than ever before. Previously college coaches could speak with prospective players at any age, so top players were often encouraged to be proactive and reach out to coaches. Now coaches cannot field those calls from prospects prior to Jan. 1 of their sophomore year (grade 10).
- Emphasize Development: Inevitably, the best players at 14 are not always the best players at 19. Continue to work on your game and put yourself in position to capture coaches’ attention once they can initiate recruiting conversations. The new rules should benefit those players who develop the most in bantam, midget or high school hockey, putting them in position to attract recruiting attention once conversations and verbal offers are permitted.
- Focus on Academics: The NCAA Eligibility Center and school admissions offices consider your grades throughout high school, so prospects should strive for academic success at all times. The better a prospect’s grades, the more schools can recruit them – and some can offer financial assistance based upon academic performance.
- Do Your Research: The new timeline will give some top prospects more time before they field their first offers from schools. Take that time to consider what you want out of a university and its hockey program.
- Get to Campus: Timing for unofficial visits (beginning Jan. 1 of sophomore year) and official visits (beginning Aug. 1 before junior year) dictates when college coaches can have recruiting contact with you on campus. Even before then, prospects can visit campus without recruiting contact.
In the end, the recruiting timeline may have changed, but the goal of college coaches remains the same: identify and attract quality players and people to their programs.
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