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Re: SSAT Scores

Is my kid guaranteed a shift? What about the kid who puts on 20lbs between sophomore and junior year and is now better than the kid who was guaranteed a shift? Since when is playing time decided by the family advisor and not competition on the ice at practice and games.

Re: SSAT Scores

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Is my kid guaranteed a shift? What about the kid who puts on 20lbs between sophomore and junior year and is now better than the kid who was guaranteed a shift? Since when is playing time decided by the family advisor and not competition on the ice at practice and games.
Do you see the word "guaranteed" anywhere?

And if you think it's a pure meritocracy you're nuts. There have been other posts about it - the top two lines/pairs get 80% - 90% of the ice, and the other 10 - 15 players split the rest.

My kid's team had a D kid come in last year, hot recruit. He was slotted in ahead of a couple of Seniors from Day 1 that he was nowhere near as good at. Had a disappointing year. But, he still got ice because the coach had to live up to the promises made to recruit him.

Any chance those Senior D kids had of going to higher level Juniors or a D-III school as a recruited player were gone. I heard one of them is doing a PG year. The other one chose the academic track. Maybe he would have done that anyway. Should have been his choice.

Go in eyes wide open.

Re: SSAT Scores

Here's the easy non-response: The more academically rigorous the school, the more important the SSAT scores are. The better your player, or the more critical he is to a prep team, the less important they are.

The scores themselves will rarely be determinative -- every school will tell you that they are "one piece of a puzzle." If the player's grades are off-the-charts great from a good school and he interviews well, the prep school will cut you some slack on the SSAT scores because, as they'll tell you, the admissions process is holistic. But for those schools that do have tough admissions standards (for example, those schools that offer admission to, say, 30% or less of applicants), their schoolwork is probably pretty challenging, and they don't want to admit kids who will struggle. So, if you're culling your list, if the SSAT score is below the 50% percentile, cross-off the super selective schools unless you have reason to believe that they'll go out on a limb for you, and focus on the still good, but slightly-less-selective schools.

You might want to cast a wide net, though. Some coaches have quite a bit of pull with admissions, and can get a borderline kid admitted, especially if the kid interviews well and has no behavioral red flags. But other coaches will have less pull than you'd think. And you may not know the difference until March 10.

Re: SSAT Scores

None of you hockey idiots can legitimately say your kids play three sports, at least not three real sports so save yourself the embarrassment and don’t try to b.s. the people making decisions regarding your kids’ future. Unless your kid is all of sudden going to grow a pair and play football or learn how to hit a baseball.

Re: SSAT Scores

Wrong...He will be Capt. of the swim team:swimmer: :swimmer: and he's also one heck of a volleyball player too....:laughing: :laughing:

Re: SSAT Scores

anon
None of you hockey idiots can legitimately say your kids play three sports, at least not three real sports so save yourself the embarrassment and don’t try to b.s. the people making decisions regarding your kids’ future. Unless your kid is all of sudden going to grow a pair and play football or learn how to hit a baseball.
Nobody said they had to be good at three sports.. just that they had to play three sports. It is required in most boarding schools.

Re: SSAT Scores

SSAT scores not important. Go to the hockey game instead.

Re: SSAT Scores

Has game tomorrow, SSAT can wait. Could always apply next year