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NCSA Ice Hockey Reviews from Parents, Athletes and Coaches

One of our core values at NCSA is “direct and honest communication.” In that spirit, we consistently get feedback from our families by asking “how likely are you to recommend NCSA?” Since 2016, we’ve received more than 3,000 men’s and women’s ice hockey reviews rating our service, products and people on a 1 to 10 scale. 10 means “extremely likely to recommend” NCSA, and 1 means “unlikely to recommend” NCSA.

   

 

NCSA Reviews for Ice Hockey from Athletes and Parents

Class of 2020 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“I already have recommended NCSA to a number of friends. Even if it doesn't lead to a scholarship, my son's self-esteem and confidence level have skyrocketed. I have backup on the importance of grades and that the education you get is the most important thing. Though it is a lot of money for me (not so as for others), it has been worth it just to watch my son become more focused and more confident academically and athletically.”

Class of 2020 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“Joining NCSA was a family decision after many talks. We started the process early in order to stay ahead of items that needed to be accomplished. We didn't know much about the process of thinking about colleges, but NCSA helped and is guiding us through everything. NCSA has been helpful in answering many questions and providing personal opinions when it matters the most. The step-by-step instructions/layout are easy to follow, and as long as we put into the system what we need to, I believe we will get out everything we want.” 

Class of 2020 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“Overall positive experience with the website. Information NCSA has disseminated about college scouting and athletic recruitment rules and regulations has been quite helpful to us navigating this unfamiliar territory.” 

Class of 2014 – Student-Athlete – Ice Hockey
“NCSA is always reaching out to me and checking up, seeing how my season is going and letting me know when I got new schools looking at my profile.” 

Class of 2018 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“Coach Drew Palmisano is extremely accessible and willing to help our son pursue his hockey aspirations. Additionally, the application is very useful and informative. NCSA is really helping us navigate the complicated maze of opportunities!” 

Class of 2020 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“The service not only provides athletic information but also academic, which has been very useful. The service is easy to use and has opened up a whole new world for our daughter.”

Class of 2018 – Student-Athlete – Ice Hockey
“Coach Alec is always there to support and encourage me. He has helped advise me on how to approach and speak to coaches and keeps in touch with me. It is frustrating sometimes trying to figure out how to get recruited, and Coach Alec takes away that frustration because he helps to keep me motivated and on the right path!”

Class of 2021 – Student-Athlete – Ice Hockey
“I love the team approach to your assistance. I have met many different coaches with varying experiences that all have different but valuable advice. It’s like having a team of advisors. The information you provide is great. I can't imagine where I could get the knowledge that I've gained without the NCSA team.” 

Class of 2017 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“The experts at NCSA are very knowledgeable and extremely helpful through the whole process.  They give step-by-step assistance and worked directly with my son to have him involved in the process so he could make the connections and decisions for himself. I highly recommend Coach Drew Palmisano for anyone interested in playing hockey in college.”

Class of 2018 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“Not only is the online system very comprehensive, but Alec is really helping to advance our son. He is providing feedback on his game, recommendations on how to improve, and he has helped to create interest and exposure. We will always recommend NCSA! Thank you so much, Alec and the rest of the NCSA team!”

Class of 2020 – Student-Athlete – Ice Hockey
“It has really helped me get out there, and the plan NCSA mapped out for me has really made me more comfortable for the time moving forward.” 

Class of 2021 – Student-Athlete – Ice Hockey
“As an athlete with the goal to play for a college hockey team, I feel supported and informed by my advisor Drew Palmisano. Coach Drew doesn't just treat me like a job, he actually asks me about my season and current goals. I feel like Coach Drew really helps me stay focused and on target.” 

Class of 2017 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“The Coaches and staff are very knowledgeable. They stay in touch with us and are very interested in our son's best interests. Matt feels he can talk to Coach Drew like a friend who will be honest and give him good advice. Thanks, NCSA!” 

Class of 2022 – Student-Athlete – Ice Hockey
“Everyone has been so nice and helpful. NCSA is a great organization. My coach is great, and I feel like I am his only client.” 

Class of 2019 – Student-Athlete – Ice Hockey
“My primary reason for giving a 10 is for the tremendous feedback that I’ve been having since day one when I open up my account with NCSA. Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart, for helping me out throughout my process.” 

Class of 2020 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“The friendliness and genuine "feel" of everyone we have been in contact with is great. I feel the conversations represent true mentoring of Jon in his journey. It has motivated him to be a more focused and harder working athlete, as well as striving to do well in school.” 

Class of 2019 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“NCSA has kept Sarah and I up to date when another person (coach, school personnel, etc.) are looking at Sarah's profile. Also, when I have called NCSA personnel, I always get a real person. If I need to leave a message for a third party, I am confident my call will be returned promptly.   Thank you!” 

Class of 2019 – Student-Athlete – Ice Hockey
“NCSA is a very good program to help your aspiration of playing sports in college come true because it really helps with getting your name out there. Also, everyone at NCSA seems to really care about your career personally, which is really nice to have. I'd definitely recommend it to somebody who is seriously about playing in college.” 

Class of 2020 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“My son started his profile and asked for our (parents) support. We looked into it, had our first meeting over the phone, and we were comfortable right from the start. This will definitely help in his pursuit of hockey and academic excellence. We couldn't be more pleased with the whole process.” 

Class of 2019 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“Since we have started our college recruiting journey, the coach staff and support people made Aishling and I feel as if we are the only clients. My daughter has reached out with questions that were addressed in a timely manner. The telephone group chats with coach from the beginning have always been informative and laid back. I realize that we are just starting our journey into college recruitment, but we feel confident that NCSA is the right fit for our family.” 

Class of 2019 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“In a sport where knowing how to navigate the many options available is key, we value the insight we've received over the years. As we go into the potential final year prior to a junior/direct to college decision, we need as much help as possible to make the proper educated decision.”

Class of 2019 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“This site really helps Canadian athletes who aren't exposed to college recruiting a lot by giving them a chance to talk to coaches and show what they have to offer to any school, so we can continue to play the sport we love while receiving a world class education all at the same time.”

Class of 2019 – Student-Athlete – Ice Hockey
“NCSA has put me in contact with coaches that I would never have been able to contact otherwise. They allow me to meet colleges and for colleges to see all of my achievements in almost a single glance, and I believe this will help me find the college I want to attend.” 

Class of 2018 – Student-Athlete – Ice Hockey
“NCSA gives you the opportunity to communicate with coaches in the most efficient way. Your profile includes all of the beginning information a coach would want to see.” 

Class of 2019 – Student-Athlete – Ice Hockey
“NCSA lets you put all your information in one place and makes it convenient for coaches.  NCSA gives you access to all coaches.” 

Class of 2016 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“Michael has received a lot of interest from ACHA and American Junior clubs from the service.  He has received scholarship opportunities, as well.”

Class of 2020 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“We are satisfied with how you've been able to create a profile for our daughter Zoe that allows various coaches and schools to get some insight of her developments as a goalie in hockey.”

Class of 2021 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“We have learned more about the path to becoming a college athlete through our interactions with NCSA and our adviser, Drew Palmisano, than by any other source. We feel the profile is well constructed and accessible to the best clubs and schools.”

Class of 2020 – Student-Athlete – Ice Hockey
“The people are very helpful and put you at ease. I felt very comfortable asking questions. Also, I am learning a lot about the process of all of this. They are very patient and guide you all along the way.”

Class of 2019 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“Four great things about NCSA: 1) one-on-one coaching and advising support; 2) standardized test prep support (access to free online Princeton Review program); 3) video support; and 4) the profile page - great way to summarize and present student-athlete information. We’re looking forward to next steps. Thank you!” 

Class of 2020 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“To date, it has been very helpful in organizing a game plan to start the process and follow through. As we are only in the first stage and at the very beginning of that, we have been pleased with the response so far from colleges and from our head coach for recruiting.”

Class of 2019 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“Carla Pentimone! Carla created an excellent Excel spreadsheet that includes the D1 and D3 schools that have women’s hockey. I love that the spreadsheet is sorted by league making it so much easier to compile and sort information about schools! I had attempted this task on numerous occasions but would quickly become overwhelmed. Carla’s spreadsheet removed the guess work and turned a daunting task into a manageable resource! Kudos!”

Class of 2020 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“I'm very impressed with your efforts to stay in contact and your reminders to take action. Hopefully my son will start to get the message that he is ultimately responsible for his own recruiting journey, he hasn't figured that out yet. You are providing the mutual support we need as parents to keep him motivated. Also, your resources are phenomenal.”

Class of 2020 – Student-Athlete – Ice Hockey
“It is incredibly useful and has an extensive amount of resources. They have all the information you could ever need. I have had absolutely no problems navigating the app and website. It is very easy to use and self-explanatory.”

Class of 2020 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“Coach Alec has an excellent grasp of the very complicated ice hockey process. He also has a great sense of what coaches are looking for, what players can expect and what they need to do to put themselves in the best position to succeed. We would highly recommend Alec for anyone looking to play ice hockey at the next level. He has been a tremendous resource for us.”

Class of 2020 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“NCSA has given my son the confidence boost he needed at exactly the time he needed it. He is thrilled that coaches are following him!  NCSA has also helped him to focus on the details, on "his story," and has supported our family's emphasis on academics.” 

Class of 2019 – Parent – Ice Hockey
“Exposure and good advice and an all-inclusive website to keep track of everything. The hockey world is difficult to navigate, but NCSA gives you one place to keep everything important together and organized. I also like that the videos are created for you showing highlights of your best traits. Coach is very knowledgeable and helpful.”

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