Have seen a ton of it this year. Many of these schools have turned the recruiting process for hockey players to that of the old EHF / E9 with dads making calls on behalf of the coach, etc. " XYZ" school is all over my kid. Really? I promise that the parents of the kid that is really being recruited are sitting back minding their own business at the high school game watching their kid. Where as, the bad apple dad is the guy making calls to schools selling his kid and telling people how many schools are " all over his kid". Another promise is I guarantee he isnt saying that ST Pauls, Groton or similar elite schools are the schools that are " all over his kid". Guess why........:ice_hockey_stick_and_puck: :-1:
Do your research parents. It's not just about the school, but who's going to it. It's not hard to do. It's the same process you have been doing all these years in youth hockey trying to find out which players are going to what teams The only difference now is this time your asking what school instead of which team. We have eliminated a few schools because of this reason alone.
In your research you may also find out that the schools you think are "elite" are no so "elite" anymore.
Very good analogy. It seems like there are only about 5 or 6 Elite schools out there any way. No coincidence these schools are not out chasing kids.
And you know where 99 percent of them will be in the future. Yes, having a beer with my kid that got cut in men's league. But keep shooting for that 1 percent because chances are if your on the DBoard, your kid will get cut.
We have enough ehf/e9 players, elites from Canada and their families who can afford expensive SUVs and full tuition of prep schools. Schools are more keen to spend funds to pay their own teachers' children (to retain the teachers) or music/art type with less resource.
Found out about one kid telling people he was going to one school, pulled my kids application. Some of these guys are so bad that I don’t want to dread going to campus the next 4 years.
The coaches can be lazy, they are relying more and more on current Dad's network of friends to recruit players from. It's about to catch up with them.
When is OK to reach out to a coach that you have already meet and interviewed with?
This is real guys, some known " problems" have been sniffing around the prep circuit the past 3 months. A prep coach can seriously put his success at a school in jeopardy if he makes a bad decision on a recruit. People will avoid these schools and if you have a kid there, you should be concerned.
"The goalie is struggling"
"The D sucks"
"Move the puck "
"Coach doesnt know what he is doing "
"Preps are all over my kid "
"Coach, whats your cell #, I got a question,,,,,,"
"My kid is top in the state of _______"
"I want my kid on a line with _____"
"Hey, who you playing with in the spring?, hmmmm, it's only October, why you asking that"
"I'm not coming back next year"
"I think my kid can play D1"
"My kid could play prep right now"
Same perrson since mites has made at least 10 hockey / gossip calls a day.
Most coaches at prep and club are lazy. Not paid enough to give the right amount of time to recruiting and actual coaching (on and off-ice). Unfortunately most of these coaches are can’t teach, only roll talent through lines. Club and mid to low level prep the worst. Sell job money grabs.
Is the cardigan reference a fashion choice slam or in reference to the school? I am curious but also confused by this post. On one end if a school was going to accept a bunch of "problem" kids that would not be the greatest culture to go into but it depends on what you mean by "problem". Attitude, bullying, lazy, drugs or talent, coachability? Not sure what you are talking about.
In my opinion there are things out of your control on every team and any situation you step into in life. At some point you need to learn how to handle things, make the best of situations and rise above. If your family can make a school work and you feel that its a great fit (teachers, reputation, hockey) why would who else goes make a difference. The schools we have seen do not appear to be easily changed by a kid or two.
I am Canadian so apologies as I do not know the culture of hockey that well in your area. Ours is very competitive and we have some prep schools and little to no highschool hockey. We like the prep school path for the education focus but still allowing for hockey.
People think we're slow cuz we're from Canada, eh...