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
  • 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 reach out to a coach
  • D3 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
  • D1 — Unofficial and official visits are allowed starting August 1 before junior year

Junior Year

  • DI coaches can start communicating with recruits via phone, email and private messages starting on June 15 after sophomore 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
  • Narrow down your prospective schools list 

Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • D1 and D2 programs will start to put offers on the table for top recruits


Senior Year
  • D1 schools allow 5 official visits (1 per school)
  • 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 October 1 
  • Sign and commit to a school and program — the D1/D2 signing period is November 13, 2019 — August 1, 2020
  • Find out the summer workout schedule
  • Get ready for an experience of a lifetime 
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