IN THIS POST…
- ‘Spark’ Some Interest
- Numbers Don’t Lie
- Understanding The Process
- NCAA COVID Update
‘Spark’ Some Interest…
Coaches, one area of recruiting we feel strongly about is helping educate you about Yale University, how our recruiting process works, and what our hockey program is all about.
So to help, we created the Yale Women’s Hockey ‘Spark’ document—a visually stunning informational web-based tool to explore and share with families you think might be a great fit for Yale. Designed by asst. coach Danielle Blanchard, you’ll swipe up-and-down on everything from how housing works with our 14 residential colleges, to what it’s like to be a member of the program, as well as how the academic, admissions and financial aid process works. This is jammed-packed with videos, testimonials, and additional links. So click the link below and ‘Spark’ someone’s interest!
Numbers Don’t Lie…
To give you a sense of just how much improvement there was a season ago, here is a comparison between last year vs. the 18-19 season as well as some individual player stats. The numbers tell quite a story.
Understanding The Process…
Getting to an Ivy League school such as Yale isn’t easy. Great grades, awesome teacher recommendations, and high ACT or SAT scores are just a few of the things players will need to even be considered for admission. But there is so much more to the process as a hockey player and since recruiting is not an exact science, it can be confusing. So, to help shed some light and understand how our ‘process’ works, we’ve identified a few ‘key’ pieces, in somewhat of an order, we think you should pay attention to. We’ll expand on each one in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. You won’t want to miss this 4-part series.
1) Player Identification/Evaluation–I put ‘Player Identification/Evaluation’ number one because honestly, it’s what happens first and is the most important because we want to win.
2) Academics–Is the second thing we look at. Who’s a great fit hockey-wise… that’s the easiest to answer. Can she get admitted to Yale? That is quite a bit harder.
3) Affordability–Know this, a Yale education can be affordable and you don’t have to be a millionaire. We want to educate and answer the ‘affordability’ question early.
4) Do You Want Yale?–We want players who want to be at Yale. Because they truly want a world class education and help establish a tradition of excellence for our hockey program within the Ivy League, in the ECAC, and nationally in the NCAA.
We’ll tackle Player Identification/Evaluation next week… stay tuned!
NCAA COVID Update…
-Yale University will have a direct impact on NCAA sports, such as Basketball and Hockey, potentially having their respective seasons.
-Hockey conference commissioners are watching as the NCAA announced an update to its ‘Core Principles of Resocialization of Collegiate Basketball document — read it HERE
The Yale University Medical School teamed up with the NBA earlier this summer and developed a low-cost, quick turnaround time, saliva based COVID test called SalivaDirect. Each test cost are somewhere between $5-$30 and results are known in a matter of hours. In its resocialization updated document, the NCAA recommended SalivaDirect was one of the tests sport programs could use as they develop safe and effective testing protocols.
Hockey people are paying close attention to what happens with Basketball. We’re similar sports in that we play indoors, have indoor locker rooms, and have close personal contact with many groups of individuals–coaches, players, officials, school administrators, medical people, etc. The NCAA has recommended Basketball tests ‘Tier I’ individuals–players, coaches, trainers, and essential staff etc., 3 times per week once the season begins. Figure each DI Basketball program between players, coaches, and essential staff could be around 20-25 personnel. The math gets pretty pricey without a SalivaDirect option. Other tests on the market could be used but cost as much as $150. Put into hockey terms… teams with an average group of 28 players coaches, staff etc. and testing three times per week within a shortened 10 week season… could cost programs anywhere from $4,200 to $25,000 for SalivaDirect tests.
Until next time everyone… Enjoy your weekend and be well!