Women's Hockey Recruiting Timeline

Endurance and strength is critical in hockey. Be active play in competitive leagues like the USA Development league. The recruiting process isn’t much different. Stay competitive throughout the year, contact coaches and make the visits to different programs. The hat trick for recruitment in hockey involves: relationships, persistence and continual development of your skills.


Freshmen Year

  • Research 2-3 schools per week
  • Create a list of 100 prospective schools consider both athletics and academics
  • Film highlights tape
  • Send introduction letters to coaches
  • Go on unofficial visits to colleges
  • Build relationships by making phone calls, send letters and emails
  • Attend camps with the goals of honing your skills and to gain exposure 


Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • High level players should be playing on a AAA team/ high profile prep team/ Juniors
  • Coaches are watching your development throughout high school at camps, in school and on the field
  • Standouts are proactive, it’s never too early for YOU to write a letter or make a call to coaches
  • DI and DII coaches can’t personally contact you until Junior year, but YOU can contact them
  • DIII and NAIA coaches can contact you at anytime
  • Important to do be familiar with the school both athletically and academically


Sophomore Year

  • Film your highlights tape
  • Get an evaluation of your skills tape
  • Continue to research prospective schools
  • Narrow your list to top schools
  • Continue to build relationships by making calls, sending letters, emails
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Schedule unofficial visits


Junior Year

  • Film your highlights tape
  • Follow-up with coaches you’ve contacted in a TIMELY manner
  • Ask coaches where you stand on their recruits list
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Respond to EVERY coach
  • Make unofficial visits to schools
  • Narrow down your prospective schools list


Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • September 1st is the first day DI and DII coaches can send your personalized letters and emails
  • DI and DII programs will start to put offers on the table for top recruits
  • DI coaches can have up to seven evaluations and contacts during your senior year
  • DI coaches can start calling twice per week starting August 1st and off campus contact on or after September 16
  • DII coaches are allowed to call once per week on or after June 15 and have off campus contact (up to three times) in person
  • DIII coaches can see or talk to you off campus after your Junior year


Senior Year

  • Make official visits – only allowed 5, unofficial visits are unlimited
  • Narrow your top list of schools
  • Keep communicating with coaches
  • Follow-up with coaches and respond in a TIMELY manner
  • Apply to the schools- applications
  • Apply for Financial Aid- FAFSA.ed.gov starting Jan 1st
  • Sign and Commit to a school and program (DI/DII –early signing 2nd week Nov, regular starts in August)
  • Find out the summer workout schedule
  • Get ready for an experience of a lifetime 
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