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Contact the coaches at each of the schools and have a conversation. Each of the schools has a different culture so reach out to parents of current students to get their thoughts. Also, consider how he will get to/from school.
I l ow people despise Cox. But take a look at his recent article about prep schools and how to determine if it’s time to go.
Biggest take away that I have shared with several other parents already that have asked me about what preps we have looked at is.
If your kid is not a PPG player at a decent program then don’t even consider prep.
That alone narrows it down to the top two lines or top few kids at each program.
So. If your kid can be a PPG player as a freshman on a decent varsity team then start exploring.
My kid was and was still not good enough for lots of the schools.
Smart advice. Thanks
Have Jr play full season u16 until this covid and blm nonsense calms down. If you’re a liberal prep is for you. If not, your kid will get frustrated with the constant equality talk and pandering by the staff and snowflake students.
If your kid is good, they’ll take him as a junior, especially if you can pay full tiition.
Prep can be really good, but this year it’s a waste of $
Kind of subjective on being a waste. As long as the full season or other options are practicing and training 6 days a week, maybe it could be hockey wise, From our experience, our kids have never skated and worked on skills more than they have at prep this year in Covid, it doesn’t even come close by a long shot compared to their club hockey. It’s been great actually, a ridiculous amount of ice time that didn’t seem to hurt them at all after watching them finally playing some games.
Agree, my kids prep has played a few games but skate every day and work on skills. The 3 schools he is talking with see this year as 1 less year of grind on the body. Glass half full mentality is the only thing getting him through all of this.
FWIW, my son is a freshman at prep. We have been approached by a couple of schools, most of them hinting at a repeat to have him contribute for the full 4 years. One school said it doesn’t matter to them. He did not make varsity but that’s ok, he played one scrimmage with the big boys and he said everything happens so much faster. It probably was a good experience for next year.
He is a straight A even at prep and that’s why we did not want to waste another year. He is loving it where he is. One of his coaches told us, choose the school you would like to be at should hockey be taken away from you. That’s how we did it.