We were told when he deferred that he could not take any classes for credit without checking with them first. We were also told that since he may have to reapply if they want him to play a second year of junior he shouldn't take any classes because it could affect his application/grades from prep school.
We haven't looked into it further than that yet, we're still trying to determine whether he's playing north or south of the border. If he wants to take classes I'm fine with it being not-for-credit, maybe like test prep courses, writing courses, something that keeps his brain sharp but doesn't count as a "college course."
In the USHL for example, once a player nears the age of 21, they have to start taking classes. Also, if a player leaves a college and goes back to the USHL for example, they have to resume classes while playing JR's
I guess it’s hard as a teacher to wrap my head around a player graduating High School and not continuing their education while playing Jr Hockey for a year or 2 and then getting back into it. I support the hockey decision 100% and education 100%. Going to be an interesting decision.
Players in juniors can and frequently do take college courses for credit before enrolling in college. The issue is that they cannot take a full course load because that will burn a year of their 5 years of athletic eligibility to play 4 years in college. The reason the above posters were mentioning discussions with the players’ colleges is because each college determines what a full load is and whether the credits are transferable.
Here are some of the basics: http://collegehockeyinc.com/articles/2014/09/taking-college-classes-juniors.php