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It's breaking the rules to build. MC and AP went out and legit recruited their teams. it's no secret in the hockey coaching world. X had over 90 kids at tryouts. kids are going there but they aren't getting the top end talent. Why. Look around. BCH and CM
for years got the best of the city talent because where else were they goignt o go. a few to thayer, Sebs and archies but a ton to those two schools. X is out on the fringe near good towns with competitive HS programs. Especially in this day and age when you need to play 2 years of juniors is there really a reason to leave Westwood or Canton or a Baystate team. Good at other sports, competitive leagues and they compete. Economics factors in. Why pay the money. Sure X is a great school but honors classes at a good public get you into a good college as well. It's not coaching or any one factor. it's a bunch. MC cheated. Hey it paid off but you need admin and coachign ready to do it
It's quality and consistency in coaching, relating to the players and recruiting; you need all three. It is helpful to be able to move kids along to quality Jr. programs and get college coaches to look at your kids.
Look at all of the high school programs and you tell me if the ones that can deliver on all points - coaching, relating to players, recruiting and finding spots for kids...how have they done recently?
The top 4-5 C.C. schools recruit. If they don't, they will either not be very good or they will learn how to. Basically the process as I've seen it firsthand is you pull in a few 'assistant coaches' and they spread out a bit to various programs and summer teams to identify what is basically middle school talent. They approach the kid with promises and have them tour the school and the financial aid office. Coach does the meet & greet and off you go!
My son goes to a Catholic conference school. We were 100% recruited. Given a very sweet financial aid package. School never would've been on our radar If it hadn't been for the coach calling me. We don't qualify for financial aid yet we pay hardly anything.
"Look who is out in the hallway!!! It's father Time! Welcome coach Hanson, welcome!"
Talk about kids leaving....
Squeaker against the boxers last night