Things to Know About Hockey Recruiting

Women’s hockey scholarship opportunities are extremely limited because women’s hockey is offered at fewer than 150 colleges. That’s why learning exactly how the women’s hockey recruiting process works from a trusted resource like NCSA is essential.


When does the women’s hockey recruiting process start?

1. The women’s hockey recruiting process starts in middle school. Hockey recruiting starts early because the competition for scholarships for women’s hockey is extremely high. There are fewer than 150 women’s hockey programs, and nearly 50 of those are ACHA (American Collegiate Hockey Association) teams, which don’t offer women’s hockey scholarships. Schools are very selective and the women’s hockey recruiting process starts early.


How do I get discovered?

2. A third-party evaluation from a trusted neutral source like NCSA is essential and it’s important to make sure you’re playing in the summer. When women’s college hockey coaches can identify you as a prospect using online tools from a trusted resource like NCSA, you gain instant exposure and credibility. When trying to earn a women’s hockey scholarship, summer camps and junior showcases are also essential ways to show off your skills. And, if your game needs developing and you want added exposure, a year or two in junior women’s hockey might be a good idea.


How do college women’s hockey coaches evaluate prospects?

3. The Internet is your best tool when trying to earn a women’s hockey scholarship. Budgets for college hockey teams are limited, so the best way that a college hockey coach can evaluate you, without spending money on travel, is the Internet. Easy access to video highlights and statistics from a third-party evaluator like NCSA helps women’s hockey coaches find players that fit their system.


Where am I qualified to play?

4. Less than 40 colleges offer men’s hockey at the Division I level. The majority of college hockey programs aren’t in DI, so set your expectations accordingly. More than 70% of women’s hockey players compete at the ACHA, Division II or Division III level. NCSA is an experienced talent evaluator, and because we’re a neutral third party we can tell you what level your skills are best suited for and where you’re likely to find the most success.


What is the role of my girl’s hockey coach role?

5. Your coach can help with your development on the ice, but getting a scholarship for women’s hockey is your responsibility. Your hockey coach may have too many responsibilities to be able to dedicate the time that the women’s hockey recruiting process requires. There’s a good chance that you’re not the only one on your team hoping to earn a women’s hockey scholarship, and relying on your coach to manage the recruiting process for several athletes at once is asking too much.


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