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YCH News, Issue #001 --
January 01, 2012

Your College Hockey Journey Begins Here!

Everybody knows somebody who wants to play college hockey. At Your College it is our goal to provide quality and useful content for pursuing NCAA hockey and understanding the recruiting process and eligibility.

Your College Hockey News is dedicated to providing up to date and factual information on a monthly basis. All of our subscribers receive a bonus copy of the YCH Recruiting Checklist. If you know somebody who would find this information helpful, please pass this email along and encourage him or her to Subscribe.

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SAT Testing Dates 2012

January 28 – Register by December 30
March 10 – Register by February 10
May 5 – Register by April 6
June 2 – Register by May 8

ACT Testing Dates 2012

February 11 – Register by January 13
April 14 – Register by March 9
June 9 – Register by May 4

You can write these tests as many times as you like in order to achieve a higher score. Often, these tests require great preparation and can produce anxiety in students. It is wise to plan ahead and prepare far in advance. To learn about SAT and ACT test preparation and to find out how to register click here

What you should be doing now!

9th grade students should be working diligently at improving their grades. The NCAA Eligibility Center looks at 16 core courses in high school to determine a prospective student-athlete’s academic eligibility. Many hockey players have missed out on a Division 1 opportunity because of low grades early in high school. Don’t let that be you!

10th grade students should start preparing for the SAT or ACT test. This is also a great time to begin scheduling Unofficial campus visits to nearby schools of interest. An opportunity to visit a school and speak with a member of the hockey staff can be a great way to learn about what NCAA coaches are looking for in a player. You will also start to learn about what type of school and environment feels most comfortable for you. To truly find the right fit, you need to know what you are looking for.

11th grade students should write the SAT or ACT test. It is never too early to get a test under your belt. This gives you time to learn from your mistakes and score better the next time.

In addition, you should register with the Eligibility Center to begin the process toward eligibility. By doing so it shows college coaches that you are serious and prepared for your future. It shows that you are organized and dedicated to reaching your goals.

12th grade students should start applying to schools of interest, schedule unofficial and official campus visits, write the SAT or ACT, and continue to excel in the classroom.

Parents of 12th grade students should complete the FAFSA Worksheet

Post-grad students can upgrade 1 course on your high school transcript. Enroll part-time at a 4-year University or full-time at a 2-year College. Complete all requirements for the Eligibility Center.

In addition to these necessary items, surf the Your College Hockey website for more great tips and advice.

Article of the Month – Trevor Gilligan, Northwood Prep

Trevor Gilligan is a coach at Northwood Prep School in Lake Placid, NY. Trevor talks about some of the advantages to Prep school and why it might be the best option for you.

Prep School hockey gives student-athletes a chance to play at a highly competitive level (equivalent to that of most junior leagues) in a demanding and supportive academic setting. Prep hockey not only gives young men and women the hockey exposure needed, but also… more

Coming Soon: YCH Men’s Division I Guidebook

The YCH Men’s Division I Guidebook is the most complete and accurate guide anywhere. Our guide will give you the information you need to effectively plan your hockey future. We are excited to share our extensive research with you!
  • Learn where every NCAA conference and team recruits players.
  • Get the facts on how many players are graduating in your position from each NCAA conference and team.
  • Team profiles with contact information for the coaching staff and crucial fact about the team and the school.
  • Find out what Jr. and Prep teams produce the most college hockey players.

Stay tuned as we are very excited for the upcoming release of the YCH Men’s Division 1 Guidebook. Be sure to subscribe to find out first when we release this powerful tool!
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