How to Help Your Child Progress in Hockey

This guide is meant to serve as a basic outline for parents and youth hockey players who have NHL or semi-professional hockey dreams, or just love to play and would like a good education as a bonus.


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    Determine the focus you (if you are the player) or your child has for the game.
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    Use the resources of your local youth hockey league or regional NHL team. Often, NHL teams will run summer camps for the youths.
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    Search the net for players that you want to emulate and read their biographies. Check their histories. Read what schools they attended.
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    Run web searches using the coach's name followed words such as "camp," or "clinic."
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    Encourage them to watch professional hockey. This lets them see all the things that pro's do that they can do.
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    Practice with them. Never give up on your child. Stay patient with them. If they really want to stop practicing, let them, you shouldn't make them do things they don't want to.


  • You can approach the coaches; they cannot approach you. Have DVD or other electronic footage of you or your child available. Coaches and camp references are also valuable. Send the video before Christmas of a year if at all possible.
  • If you don't have money for testing and application fees, call the schools in October and November to ask about fee waivers. Each school receives a few fee waivers each year.
  • If college hockey is a goal, consider prep schools. Financial aid is available if you apply early. Your child will need to register at early to take a standardized test. HINT: Wrong answers count against you on this test. Study hard and don't guess.
  • Ask your sporting good stores if any teams are coming to town and when. If shopping by mail order, search the web for stores that offer both equipment and sponsor hockey camps or clinics.
  • Search web logs (blogs) and forums and talk with parents of other hockey players.
  • To be a good prep school candidate, it's good to be a well-rounded person. Community service, an interest in music and art and an alternate sport are all helpful.
  • Save money to be able to visit the campuses. Find out the general feel of the school and how many kids stay on campus on the weekends.
  • Be prepared to fill out the parent's financial aid form at Student and Scholastic services. If possible file electronically as the results are posted more quickly. You will need good financial records. Think of it as preparing your taxes in December, before you have all of your real records in hand. Using Quicken or other financial tracking program at least one year before can greatly simplify the process.

Things You'll Need

  • An organized list of things to ask at each school

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Categories: Ice Hockey