Tips to research schools & programs before registering for clinics

In the weeks leading up to registering for your college clinics, we strongly encourage you to do research and decide which clinics you want to participate in. 

Research school & hockey program online:

  • Look at the school’s acceptance rate, average SAT/ACT & student profile
  • Do a virtual campus tour
  • Check out all the information the school has online for prospective students, get to know the school
  • Talk to your school guidance counselor (if they say you are too young let them know timeline for student athlete is much earlier)
  • Look at the team’s hockey webpage
  • See where they stand on the NCAA rankings
  • Check out their roster and read bios of players
  • Ask your club and high school coaches, and any other coach who knows your playing style their suggestions on programs where you’d be a good fit
  • Talk to FH athletes you know you play in college or are committed

Be realistic and cast a wide net:

  • “Reach schools”: It’s great to shoot for the moon, but it’s also necessary to do your own research and do-diligence and cast a wide net.
  • Some “reach schools” could be in just hockey, and academically you could get in without hockey. And then some “reach schools” could be academically, but hockey-wise you’d be a good fit/contributor.
  • If, for example, you register for 3 clinics for LineUP, it might be a good tactic to register for 1 “reach school”, 2 that seem like a good fit hockey/academically.

Tips by grad year:

  • Class of 2023: All college coaches are allowed to email/call you. If coaches are sending you personalized emails and calling you, it most likely means they are very interested. If you don’t have a relationship with the coach, we suggest sending them an email and/or call them this upcoming week. 
  • Class of 2024 & 2025: DI programs are not allowed to email you back or discuss recruiting steps with you per NCAA rules.  Because of this, you don’t know which programs are interested in you – which means doing your own research is crucial to understand if a school is a good fit. 

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