Visiting from youth hockey board - college question!
I have older children who are playing sports in college. My youngest is the only hockey guy. He is 13 - an 08. If lets say for example we would love for him to go to a nescac (middlebury, colby, bowdoin) and play hockey, how does that occur? he is currently on an elite EHF team in top 4-5 team and is the top D for his team and one of the top in the league. He is going to repeat 9th grade. Do people who play at nescacs all play junior hockey for 1, 2, 3 years? how does that work? He will be 19 when he graduates hs. curious. and for the record I know he could hate hockey in a year and quit or get injured and be done. He will go to a private day school possibly boarding. Also, extra credit for intel on a good hockey/prep school experiences.
Willing to consider boarding or day. Located in suburb of Boston west of city.
Just want as much intel as possible. Thanks
Send him to prep but to play NESCAC he’s got to be an A student with a high SAT and has to go to a very good prep school. Be prepared to pay a lot.
That is not true. Google NESCAC banding system. You don’t have to be an A student.
If he’s not a minority he will have to get A’s.
I am white and have 5 siblings who played sports at an HYP ivy. I played D3. My son is minority. All of my children are A students and already go to private schools with no financial aid.
First advice I could give is don't repeat unless he needs it academically. Repeating for hockey will help in 9th/10th and then hurt in 11th/12th. Better off staying in grade, graduating and then if needed, go play juniors for a year. Playing against kids so much younger and then hoping to jump righ to college is a mistake.
Depends on the kid - some kids need to repeat because they are physically not ready to play prep hockey until they are a repeat Jr.
At 13 he's still young enough to take-up lacrosse. If he's not athletic he can go D-3, if he can run and has some stick skills go D-1 and no Juniors or repeat years . . college at 18 graduates a D-1 athlete at 22. Hockey is a foolish path.
You clearly have no knowledge of D1 lacrosse.
Not really true, especially for defensemen. More late bloomers make it at defense than kids considered top players at Freshmen and Sophomores in high school. Part of it is a size issue but usually it's the kids who keep working at their game and don't get showered with 'can't miss' accolades.
Says the dad of a kid who never saw D-I varsity ice until his senior season and then 10 months later made a top USHL team while all the heavily touted kids in the region went on to play Club hockey.
Check your notes, a 'stud' 14 year old defensemen rarely makes it.