Q&A: How Does My Player Get College Funding if He Does Not Qualify for a Scholarship?

college_funding_postOne thing that unites hockey players is their love of the game. This means that despite the fact that they may never be offered a college scholarship or play professionally, they continue to play throughout their life. The following article is in response to a question submitted by Jim, regarding his son’s options for college funding while still playing the game he loves.

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Top Three Ways Recruiting is Changing

top_three_ways_recruiting_is_changing_postTechnology, scheduling and competition have changed the recruiting process significantly. The recruiting scenarios of a parent’s generation are archaic compared to the fast paced world most players are facing today. The following article identifies the top three ways recruiting has changed. Read more

How to Use Recruiting Dates to Your Advantage

how_to_use_recruiting_dates_postAn important part of the recruiting process centers around key dates – ranging from the first time a college coach can officially write a prospect, or the first time they can call a potential recruit, all the way to the official signing day. These dates shape the timeline for the recruiting process that millions of student-athletes go through each year. Unfortunately, some families use their knowledge of these important dates incorrectly, or at least fail to maximize the value of their knowledge.

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Is Your High School Coach Hurting Your Chances of a Scholarship?

hs_coach_hurting_scholarship_chances_postHigh school coaches play an important role in the recruiting process as an intermediary between the college coach and student-athlete. The reality is every high school coach has a different policy regarding how and when they alert a student-athlete that a college coach has expressed interest. Unfortunately, this lack of uniformity has always been a source of frustration.

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How Twitter is Changing the Face of Recruiting

twitter-logo-postAs one of the hottest social media tools available, Twitter is revolutionizing the way we communicate with each other. The following article is an excerpt from an interview with Chris Krause of the National Collegiate Scouting Association and the association’s Social Media Director, Brian Davidson. The two provide some interesting insight into how this social media phenomenon might impact the world of college recruiting.

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Four Ways to Get Crossed off the Coach’s List

four-ways-to-get-cross-off-coachs-list-postThe centerpiece of every recruiting war room is “the list” which is essentially the official recruiting board that will be analyzed and vetted exhaustively by the entire coaching staff until the recruiting class is finalized. There are many reasons that coaches move players up the list or remove them altogether.  Here are four key reasons why players get removed.

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The Five Types of Questions You Must Ask a College Recruiter

five_questions_postWorking with a college recruiter can seem a bit overwhelming if you are unprepared.  The following article from the National Collegiate Scouting Association suggests the five most important types of questions to ask when speaking to a recruiter.

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Using the Internet to Research Schools

internet-research-postWith the advent of the Internet, research has become so much easier.  However, with so many colleges to choose from, online research can still be a daunting task. The following article outlines an online tool to help make that job a little bit easier.

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What Recruiters are REALLY Looking For

recruiter_really_looking_for_postWhile recruiters are always looking for players who demonstrate superior athletic ability, that is not the only quality they desire in future college athletes. Here are a few thoughts from Notre Dame Women’s head basketball coach Muffet McGraw regarding players who really catch her eye:

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Obtaining A Scholarship in Tough Times

scholarships_in_tough_times_postPutting a child through college has never been an inexpensive investment.  Finding a college that will provide a full ride athletic scholarship is getting more difficult.  With the current state of the US economy, those dollars are becoming harder to come by. The following article, by Brian Davidson with National Collegiate Scouting Association, discusses this issue and how the economy is affecting college-aged athletes.

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