All over the world, thousands of male and female ice hockey players compete at the high school level. Only a small percentage of those participants are lucky enough to go through the college hockey recruiting process and eventually earn a scholarship to an NCAA, NAIA, or Junior College institution. To make sure you’re included in that percentage, CCR is here to help with information you can use to separate yourself from other recruits pursuing college hockey scholarships.
The only one who can guarantee you a college hockey scholarship are the coaches themselves. Using a recruiting service such as CCR assists the recruitment process through our proven method of working with high school athletes pursuing college hockey but even then there are certain things that CCR cannot control like your physical and academic development. Therefore, to give yourself the best chance of earning a college hockey scholarship means that you, as the athlete, must work hard and do your part to make yourself the best prospect available by also working as hard as you can in the classroom to earn the best grades you can. That doesn’t mean you have to earn perfect marks in all your classes or standardized tests; but in the same way you push yourself in the weight room, on the field, or the track to prepare yourself physically, you must bring the same dedication to your studies and trying just as hard to be your best academically.
Hockey College hockey recruiting started yesterday, so the sooner you get started the better. CCR recommends beginning at the start of your ninth grade year as there are certain classes athletes need to take in high school to be eligible for a college hockey scholarship. In hockey recruiting, as with life, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Involve your family and have a discussion about your goals to earn a college hockey scholarship. Together, you can create a game plan to follow year by year that will help you stay on track. Involving CCR can help your family as a support system to refine that plan and providing access to services like having your abilities evaluated by our team of college hockey recruiting specialists. Everyday, college hockey coaches are being sent athlete information and film all the time from potential recruits. Having a neutral, objective evaluation done by our team of hockey specialists at CCR provides a layer of validation to your abilities that helps separate you from other college hockey recruits as we have earned the trust of our tremendous network of college hockey coaches that regularly recruit our athletes and seek prospect information from us.
While hockey recruits can research and find a template for an athletic/academic resume that can be emailed to coaches, how does one know that the information they’re providing is what a college hockey coach is looking for? In the same way that CCR performs a comprehensive evaluation on your hockey abilities, our team has a refined process that helps athletes create a comprehensive academic/athletic resume that makes the recruiting process for college hockey coaches a much easier and organized process as our vast network has facilitated access to anything they may need from contact information to film on a potential recruit.
The reality of film is the better quality your tape is, the easier it is for a coach to see what you’re doing on the field, which may make it easier for them to recruit you and potentially offer you a scholarship. College coaches spend countless hours watching film from thousands of hockey prospects from around the world. As a college hockey recruit, you should designate someone in your support system to film your games which can be used to create a highlight tape of your best performances. While you could send a college coach an unsolicited DVD or YouTube link that may or may not get watched, CCR helps hockey athletes by recommending possible edits to your film to help you create your best highlight tape possible and by providing validation because it is being sent from our team of trusted hockey recruiting specialists that will actually be viewed by a college coach.
Defining yourself as a college prospect that desires to earn a college hockey scholarship is more than just making a 4-year decision to attend an American University. Choosing a college can be one of the most influential decisions that a person can make in their lifetime athlete or not. CCR wants you to know that academic and social fit with an institution take precedent and that hockey is simply the vehicle to help set you up for the rest of your life if you end up not being part of the even smaller percentage of college hockey players that play professionally. As a member of CCR, we are here to answer any questions that you may have to help you communicate with college coaches and answer any questions you may have throughout the college hockey recruiting process.
The keys to hockey recruiting success are starting early, exposure and commitment. Take the first step today and we'll help guide you through the rest.