So, I clearly have no idea what I'm doing. I've got a 14 yo in 8th grade. He's decent for NE. Plays in the EHF Black and also the BHL. Jumps into any game or practice he can get from town to AAA. Coaches seems to like him since he gets asked to play and is welcomed on many teams. In the Black, he's averaging a goal a game plus a point or 2. He's a difference maker, it seems to me. He even went to that NE District camp last summer in NH. I have no idea if any of this matters. What do I do to help him get to the next level? I know we are probably too late and something must be off since no one is really looking at him. Any suggestions or ideas? Not looking to be roasted for my lack of knowledge and experience. I'm looking for help.
Get him a health exercise physiologist that focuses on nutrition and get him in all the Prep Showcases as possible. If he is a difference maker as you say he will be found.
What are his plans for high school?
He can go to the town high school. He did apply to a couple of local private schools. He's not ready to board yet and the full cost is prohibitive for us. The coaches from one school seemed interested. The other, not so much. They also like him for lacrosse. He's pretty good at that, too. Just googled prep showcases. I'm seeing Pre-prep, LGS Selects, Next Step Prep, etc. Are these worth it or just money grabs? Some of these are $500 for 2 practices and 3 games. I'm just asking but is it really worth it to spend that kind of money for 3-4 showcases? Should he do more than 3-4 this spring and summer? He also plays club lacrosse and like to skate a summer league. Is that stuff over if he wants to move forward? I know I'm clueless so I'm looking for answers. I see get an adviser from people. Where do you find an adviser? How do you know if they are any good?
Do not play HS in NH , unless at a prep . Even the Catholics are tough because they play the publics which most are bad , not competitive just awful . Plenty off full season around and some preps as well .
If your son made it to district festival camp he is being noticed.. you are doing the right thing continue let him grow. High school hockey as a freshman wouldn't be the worst thing and may open up many doors. Have him ramp up his nutrition and off the ice training.
What does your son want to do? Which sport is his most interested in? Does he want to try and play the main sport in college?
Not much to go on, someone already asked what your son wants, that's most important. If this is about college, I believe that there are more lax scholarships than hockey ones.
Admission deadlines vary a bit from school to school but you are a bit behind if you are looking for next year.
If his grades aren't great, get him a tutor. A good athlete is important, a good athlete and good student will open more doors.
Have him take the SSAT's as almost all schools are going to want it. Much like SAT's, consider a tutor before he takes the test.
If he has good grades and solid SSAT score, you've made the coaches life much easier.
Next put together a highlight reel, obviously mostly positive but it's not a bad idea to have a screw up or two in there. Email the coaches to let them know you are interested along with a link to his film. The film shouldn't be more than a few minutes long. If you can find an example of a mistake and then a similar play later where he does it right, you want this on the film, shows him learning.
Do some showcase tournaments. If you are looking at prep's in New England most of them attend all the area ones like HNIB, PrepShowcase, etc. Many coaches will make themselves available to talk to perspective playersparents during the event.
Google the coaches name of the schools your player is interested in and see if he works any hockey camps during the summer. If he does, sign up for the camp. This is a great chance for the coach to get to see your kid's work ethic, attitude, interaction, etc. It can backfire if your kid isn't hard working or a jerk to the other players.
Last and certainly not least, if you are looking at "name" schools like Phillips or Groton, it's not a bad idea to make sure you look through your kids social media accounts and scrub it for anything a school may not like. As one coach told my son, "You get tagged in a picture at a keg party, I'm moving on. I don't need any headaches".
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