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Re: Prep school novice question

LOL. Public school is right. Why would anyone ask a serious question in this forum. the OPis probably wearing a mask and faceshield in his basement of home as he typed

Re: Prep school novice question

Anon
Hi folks,
My 2008 8th grader plays ehf elite. We are considering a variety of prep schools for him for next year. Mainly for academics but also for hockey.
As he is our oldest, the next step is a first for us as we are new on this scene. How does the introduction work? Do prep school coaches recruit? Do they reach out to the parents of players that they want? Do they sit back and wait for their phone to ring from fathers such as I? Or do they do nothing and see who shows up on campus next year?

Assuming that they do wait for their phone to ring, how does it work? Do I present his experience like a resume and if he likes what he sees does he help navigate the ins and outs of the application process?

Thanks again for any assistance, trying to understand how to do it.
Don’t get ahead of yourself.

Get him in front of some coaches this year or summer.

You will quickly learn a few things.

One. Whether he is actually elite or not.

Two. That prep coaches are focusing on JR/Sr/PG kids.

Very very very rare for a freshman or incoming freshman to standout against those older stronger kids.

Three. If a coach reaches out after then you go from there having at least a little bit of bargaining power.

But again. Go in realizing that a coach would prefer a reappear junior senrior or post grad 19 years old man that can help them win instead of a freshman that can “keep up”

I keep hearing brags about parents reaching out and visiting campuses. When reality is. Kid played in front of that coach prior or after and coach didn’t realize he was on the ice.

Re: Prep school novice question

Anon
Anon
Hi folks,
My 2008 8th grader plays ehf elite. We are considering a variety of prep schools for him for next year. Mainly for academics but also for hockey.
As he is our oldest, the next step is a first for us as we are new on this scene. How does the introduction work? Do prep school coaches recruit? Do they reach out to the parents of players that they want? Do they sit back and wait for their phone to ring from fathers such as I? Or do they do nothing and see who shows up on campus next year?

Assuming that they do wait for their phone to ring, how does it work? Do I present his experience like a resume and if he likes what he sees does he help navigate the ins and outs of the application process?

Thanks again for any assistance, trying to understand how to do it.
Don’t get ahead of yourself.

Get him in front of some coaches this year or summer.

You will quickly learn a few things.

One. Whether he is actually elite or not.

Two. That prep coaches are focusing on JR/Sr/PG kids.

Very very very rare for a freshman or incoming freshman to standout against those older stronger kids.

Three. If a coach reaches out after then you go from there having at least a little bit of bargaining power.

But again. Go in realizing that a coach would prefer a reappear junior senrior or post grad 19 years old man that can help them win instead of a freshman that can “keep up”

I keep hearing brags about parents reaching out and visiting campuses. When reality is. Kid played in front of that coach prior or after and coach didn’t realize he was on the ice.
:face_with_rolling_eyes: ISL schools don't have PGs.


Summer and/or Prep School combines are USELESS. The only "preps" recruiting at these events are hockey "academies", rarely actual brick and mortar Prep Schools.

Email the coaches at the schools your kid is interested in attending. Ask about the hockey program, ask about areas of study, ask about campus life.

Apply to said schools.

Visit Said Schools

Wait to see where your kid gets accepted/waitlisted.

Make another round of calls/emails to coaches at the schools that are still in play.

You'll know which coaches want your kid, and your kid will tell you where they want to study/play hockey.

Hopefully you get a sizable grant.

Cut the check.

Done.

Re: Prep school novice question

I heard the 08s are stacked…

Re: Prep school novice question

Anon
Anon
Anon
Hi folks,
My 2008 8th grader plays ehf elite. We are considering a variety of prep schools for him for next year. Mainly for academics but also for hockey.
As he is our oldest, the next step is a first for us as we are new on this scene. How does the introduction work? Do prep school coaches recruit? Do they reach out to the parents of players that they want? Do they sit back and wait for their phone to ring from fathers such as I? Or do they do nothing and see who shows up on campus next year?

Assuming that they do wait for their phone to ring, how does it work? Do I present his experience like a resume and if he likes what he sees does he help navigate the ins and outs of the application process?

Thanks again for any assistance, trying to understand how to do it.
Don’t get ahead of yourself.

Get him in front of some coaches this year or summer.

You will quickly learn a few things.

One. Whether he is actually elite or not.

Two. That prep coaches are focusing on JR/Sr/PG kids.

Very very very rare for a freshman or incoming freshman to standout against those older stronger kids.

Three. If a coach reaches out after then you go from there having at least a little bit of bargaining power.

But again. Go in realizing that a coach would prefer a reappear junior senrior or post grad 19 years old man that can help them win instead of a freshman that can “keep up”

I keep hearing brags about parents reaching out and visiting campuses. When reality is. Kid played in front of that coach prior or after and coach didn’t realize he was on the ice.
:face_with_rolling_eyes: ISL schools don't have PGs.


Summer and/or Prep School combines are USELESS. The only "preps" recruiting at these events are hockey "academies", rarely actual brick and mortar Prep Schools.

Email the coaches at the schools your kid is interested in attending. Ask about the hockey program, ask about areas of study, ask about campus life.

Apply to said schools.

Visit Said Schools

Wait to see where your kid gets accepted/waitlisted.

Make another round of calls/emails to coaches at the schools that are still in play.

You'll know which coaches want your kid, and your kid will tell you where they want to study/play hockey.

Hopefully you get a sizable grant.

Cut the check.

Done.
Thank you both for the perspective, that wasn't so hard was it?

Re: Prep school novice question

I started 4 years ago and here are some things I learned, that may save you some time.

Much like D1 or other showcases, they make money for the coaches or people involved so most appearances are more favours than seriously looking. Many schools have programs that feed them players every year and then look for some full pay and low aid number kids to fill things out.

Big schools (Deerfield, Andover, Exeter, Choate) its more about getting in first before you ever have to worry about the hockey coach. In some cases, the hockey is very competitive and they do bring in some older guys, but not like the hockey factory schools I will mention later. It helps if you are a recruit and not walking in off the street but in almost every case if you are contacting them watch out. They have the money to give your kid big aid without really haveing any interest in them as a hockey player. He may check other boxes for the school.

Small Schools (Holderness, Tilton, Winchendon, The Gunnery etc) can have some strong hockey teams but will have limited aid and will recruit a ton but spend their money on pg players.

Hockey Factories (Salisbury, KUA, Cushing, Avon) Revolving door of pg players. Unless your kid is NCDC or coming in from a JR hockey league, there is no way they will see the varsity team.

ISL teams (St. Marks, Milton, Groton, St. George's, Middlesex etc) The league doesnt allow pg players so its younger and smaller. The schools have big money but with that comes some of the issues with the big schools. One thing that seems to be different here is that they tend to have more oportunities for younger players.

Coaches are lazy and have a lot of school comitments so they will not do a ton of chasing, they will recruit in their backyard and from trusted sources that give them players each year. They will encourage anyone to apply and come and see the school, its what they are paid to do, some of this is generating applications so it can be tough understanding real interest. Overall you may have to start the conversation, intro your kid and let them know of a few showcases or games near them, they are playing in. If they show and start talking to you, that is a pretty good sign. If you are contacting them and they say some nice things and just encourage a visit it cant hurt but it may stop there or at least once you apply (which costs money). Hope this is some help.

Re: Prep school novice question

Anon
I started 4 years ago and here are some things I learned, that may save you some time.

Much like D1 or other showcases, they make money for the coaches or people involved so most appearances are more favours than seriously looking. Many schools have programs that feed them players every year and then look for some full pay and low aid number kids to fill things out.

Big schools (Deerfield, Andover, Exeter, Choate) its more about getting in first before you ever have to worry about the hockey coach. In some cases, the hockey is very competitive and they do bring in some older guys, but not like the hockey factory schools I will mention later. It helps if you are a recruit and not walking in off the street but in almost every case if you are contacting them watch out. They have the money to give your kid big aid without really haveing any interest in them as a hockey player. He may check other boxes for the school.

Small Schools (Holderness, Tilton, Winchendon, The Gunnery etc) can have some strong hockey teams but will have limited aid and will recruit a ton but spend their money on pg players.

Hockey Factories (Salisbury, KUA, Cushing, Avon) Revolving door of pg players. Unless your kid is NCDC or coming in from a JR hockey league, there is no way they will see the varsity team.

ISL teams (St. Marks, Milton, Groton, St. George's, Middlesex etc) The league doesnt allow pg players so its younger and smaller. The schools have big money but with that comes some of the issues with the big schools. One thing that seems to be different here is that they tend to have more oportunities for younger players.

Coaches are lazy and have a lot of school comitments so they will not do a ton of chasing, they will recruit in their backyard and from trusted sources that give them players each year. They will encourage anyone to apply and come and see the school, its what they are paid to do, some of this is generating applications so it can be tough understanding real interest. Overall you may have to start the conversation, intro your kid and let them know of a few showcases or games near them, they are playing in. If they show and start talking to you, that is a pretty good sign. If you are contacting them and they say some nice things and just encourage a visit it cant hurt but it may stop there or at least once you apply (which costs money). Hope this is some help.

This helps a lot. Thank you. We are planning to tour some of the schools mentioned and appreciate the advice and perspective on the different schools.