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Post #15

IN THIS POST…

  • Holiday Movie Time
  • Weekend Scores
  • Quick Hitters

Holiday Movie Time

America’s favorite shower curtain ring salesman – Dell Griffith

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday and all things late 1980’s, we present one of the holiday movie classics and characters from the hilarious hit Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. In this Thanksgiving travel mishap adventure, (which every hockey parent/player/coach has experienced) America’s favorite shower curtain ring salesman Dell Griffith, played by the late Canadian hockey-loving actor John Candy, teams up with Neal Page, played by Steve Martin, as they try to make their way back home for Thanksgiving. You’ll just have to click the picture above to watch the scene. Knowing the stench hockey equipment makes, you will all relate!

Weekend Scores

In last Monday’s post we included video highlights from each series as much as we could find. Those will now come as part of Wednesday’s posts. Scores from the weekend are below, box scores included.

SCORES – FRIDAY NOV. 27, 2020

PROVIDENCE 3ATBOSTON COLLEGE2BOX SCORE
WISCONSIN2ATOHIO STATE3BOX SCORE
RIT1ATSYRACUSE7BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA4ATMINNESOTA-DULUTH2BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA STATE0ATST. CLOUD1BOX SCORE
UCONN (1)ATMAINEPPD
NEW HAMPSHIRE (1)ATHOLY CROSSPPD
(1) = COVID POSTPONEMENT

SCORES – SATURDAY NOV. 28, 2020

BOSTON COLLEGE2ATPROVIDENCE3BOX SCORE
WISCONSIN5ATOHIO STATE0BOX SCORE
COLGATE3ATCLARKSON1BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA2ATMINNESOTA-DULUTH1BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA STATE4ATST. CLOUD STATE2BOX SCORE
UCONN (1)ATMAINEPPD
HOLY CROSS (1)ATNEW HAMPSHIREPPD
(1) = COVID POSTPONEMENT

SCORES – SUNDAY NOV. 29, 2020

LINDENWOOD0ATPENN STATE3BOX SCORE
RIT (1)ATSYRACUSEPPD
(1) POSTPONED

GAME SCHEDULE – MONDAY NOV. 30, 2020

LINDENWOODATPENN STATE2PM
CLARKSONATCOLGATE5PM
  • 2 Monday games on the schedule for today, which are rare in college hockey. Lindenwood is at Penn State at 2:00pm and Clarkson is at Colgate at 5pm.
  • Providence sweeps BC behind a 70 save 2-game performance from JR goaltender Sandra Abstreiter.
  • Wisconsin splits with Ohio State winning the backend of their 2-game set 5-0 with 2-goals from Freshmen Sophie Shirley. Wisconsin’s graduate transfer goalie Kennedy Blair stopped 26 of 28 in game 2.
  • Minnesota swept Minnesota-Duluth while on the road. Gopher goalie Lauren Bench finished the weekend turning away 57 of 60 shots good for a .950% save percentage.
  • St. Cloud beat MSU-Mankato in its first game of the year 1-0 despite being outshot 37-12. Mankato turned the tables in game 2 for the weekend split earning its first win of the year 4-2 and outshooting St. Cloud 42-23.
  • Colgate, behind a 2-goal effort from forward Kristyna Kaltounkova, downed 5th ranked Clarkson 3-1 in game 1 of their series at Clarkson. Game 2 moves to Colgate Monday night at 5pm.
  • Due to COVID protocol, the RIT/Syracuse game on Sunday was postponed.

Quick Hitters…

-Providence’s Freshman D Claire Tyo’s goal on Friday night made ESPN’s Sports Center’s Top 10 Plays. You can watch it below.

-The Winter Olympics in Beijing are quickly creeping upon us. The New York Times did a recent story on how the Chinese hockey federation is preparing their women’s program for 2022 and the impact COVID-19 is having . You can read it HERE.

-What a weekend for Sarah Fuller, soccer player turned kicker for the Vandy football team and the first female to ever play in a NCAA Power 5 football game. ESPN did a nice follow up story yesterday. You can watch it HERE.

Lastly, the New Zealand All Blacks Rugby Team paid tribute to the passing of soccer star Diego Maradona last week. If you know Rugby, a team performs a ‘Haka’ before each match. A Haka is usually performed in a group and typically represent a display of a tribe’s pride, strength and unity. Actions include foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant. You have to see how they respected their Argentinien match opponent in a classy move paying tribute to Argentina’s most beloved athlete, watch this HERE. This was a match played just this past week. Notice it’s in a huge stadium and it’s pretty packed with fans. Stick taps to New Zealand and the All Blacks.

Until next time…

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Post #14

IN THIS POST… Game Day Reading

  • Weekend NCAA Schedule
  • Quick Hitters

Weekend NCAA Schedule…

The NCAA schedule has 14 games on it between today and Monday. The CHA and ECAC get underway with its first league games of the year. There a number of games already cancelled due to COVID (4) as of now. Here is the schedule as it stands:

Series Previews: Video and series write-ups are below:

Providence / Boston College – (No video) | BC Preview | Providence Preview |

Wisconsin / Ohio State – Bulldog Pipeline Video Series Preview | UW Preview | Ohio St. Preview |

RIT / Syracuse – (No video) | RIT Preview |

Minnesota / UMN-Duluth – (No video) | Minnesota Preview | UMD Preview |

Mankato / St. Cloud – Bulldog Pipeline Video Series Preview | Mankato Preview | St. Cloud Preview |

Lindenwood / Penn St. – (No video) (No team previews)

Clarkson / Colgate – (No video) | Colgate Preview |

It’s early in the season, and with the way COVID is having an impact on games being cancelled or postponed, the more conference points a team can earn now, the better.

Quick Hitters…

-10 games played this year is all it will take to be in consideration for the NCAA tournament. 20 games is usually the norm.

-There are two media outlets that publish a ‘Top 10’ weekly poll after each week of play, USCHO.com and USA Hockey/USA Today. Needless to say, this year will be interesting to see how the votes come in given the trouble with games being played. The first USCHO.com weekly Top-10 poll was released after last weekend. You can find it HERE and USA Hockey / USA Today HERE.

-St. Cloud, which had games postponed due to COVID last weekend, is scheduled to see its first action of the season in a two-game series vs. MSU-Mankato. Wisconsin, RIT, Penn State, Lindenwood, and Clarkson are all scheduled to play their first games of the year.

-Wisconsin will travel to play Ohio St. for a two-game set in a rematch of last years WCHA playoff championship game, Ohio St. beat the badgers in OT 1-0. Wisconsin will be playing game 1 of its season while OSU split with Minnesota last weekend.

-Friday’s Providence @ Boston College game will be televised on NESN. Game time is 2pm. Saturday’s game at Providence will be streamed for free HERE. Game time is again 3pm.

-Streams for games in the WCHA this weekend can be found HERE. We believe subscriptions will be necessary to watch games in the WCHA.

-Streams for ECAC games between Clarkson and Colgate can be found HERE.

-Streams for CHA games between Lindenwood @ Penn State can be found HERE and RIT @ Syracuse HERE .

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Post #13

Before getting into our post for the day, we want to take a moment and wish all of our Bulldog Pipeline readers in the U.S. a very special and happy Thanksgiving. There have been literally thousands of you reading and watching our content. It’s exciting to see all of you take an interest in our program. Good things are happening at Yale. A very happy Thanksgiving to all of you no matter where you are!

IN THIS POST… Affordability / FroCo’s

  • Affordability/Financial Aid – Understanding the Process
  • The Yale ‘FroCo’ system
  • NCAA/COVID Update

Affordability/Financial Aid – Understanding the Process

It’s no secret an Ivy education isn’t cheap. The average cost of attendance among Ivy schools that have women’s hockey programs for the 20-21 academic year is $78,900. In this post we’ll review how a Yale education becomes affordable, lay out the financial aid process our players go through, and explain why coming to Yale may be less expensive than a scholarship.

Understanding Affordability

By its own rules, Ivy league institutions don’t offer athletic scholarships. So to help students offset the high cost of an Ivy education, Yale offers what are called ‘need-based’ financial aid packages to qualifying students. Students qualify based on financial need which is determined by a review of the families financials. These packages are made up of three areas–Cost of Attendance, Gift Aid, and Estimated Net Cost figures.

Cost of Attendance include tuition, room, board, books, travel and personal expense costs.

Gift Aid includes the Yale Scholarship and any government or external awards. Gift aid does not need to be paid back. It’s not a loan.

Estimated Net Cost is the amount a student and family is expected to contribute towards the cost of a Yale education.

How much $ do students receive in financial aid? It varies. F-A packages are evaluated on the family’s need and personal financial situation. The more income a family makes usually = less financial aid given. Less income = more financial aid.

How how does Yale help make things affordable? For starters, those who qualify for financial aid will receive the Yale Scholarship, which is the main component of the gift aid portion of the package. I am sure many of you are asking, well I make xyz a year, what could I potentially qualify for? Below is a chart mapping it out:

Annual Income
Range
Median Net
Cost
Median
Schoolarship
Percent who
Qualified for Aid
Less than $65,000$2,850$76,925100%
$65,000-$100,000$5,701$70,21799%
$100,000-$150,000$15,528$60,29599%
$150,000-$200,000$29,721$46,,32695%
$200,000-$250,000$42,964$31,19679%
Greater than
$250,000 +
$43,704$28,88125%
All figures in $USD and as of the class of 2023 first year students

Yale’s financial aid office will evaluate yearly income and typical assets such as the equity in your home, college savings plans, student savings, stock investments, etc. to determine the ‘Expected Family Contribution’, a percentage of income, usually 1-20%, that Yale feels parents and students should pay toward their child’s education. All students who attend Yale are extremely bright and therefore no academic award scholarships are offered at any Ivy League School. Players are welcome to apply for scholarships in their local community and use them at Yale provided they are not based on athletic ability and are cleared by our NCAA Compliance department.

Yale evaluates the ‘Expected Family Contribution’ based on the following:

  • Parents’ Income
  • Parents’ assets (cash, savings, home equity, other real estate and investments)
  • Family Size
  • Number of Children attending college
  • Students’ expected income from summer and term-time jobs
  • Students’ assets (cash, savings, trusts, and other investments

Family’s with a combined income of $75,000 or less with typical assets will pay $0 for their child to attend Yale. Yale is committed to being affordable for everyone who has an opportunity to attend by meeting 100% of demonstrated need without loans. The average aid package in 2019-2020 was $55,100. The median net cost was $13,000 for the 2019-2020 year.

Here is a great video on the Yale financial aid process from back in April just after the pandemic hit–just click HERE.

The Athlete Financial Aid Process

Knowing how much it may cost to attend Yale is needless to say, important. Once NCAA rules allow, we begin to broach the subject of affordability with recruits and their parents as we try to answer the ‘can-you-afford-Yale’ question as early in the process as we can. Bottom line, we could want you to come to Yale and you could want to make a commitment, but if it’s not affordable–it just won’t work. And if it doesn’t work, that’s okay, we both move on knowing we exhausted all avenues.

So how early can you know costs? U.S. families can get a really good ballpark estimate by using one of the calculators found on Yale’s F-A website, found HERE. International recruits have a tougher time using those calculators because you won’t have a U.S. physical address. International families can contact Yale’s financial aid office and get direction on how to estimate costs.

Much like we have a ‘pre-academic read’ process, the same holds true for F-A where we are able to get ‘pre-financial aid reads’ directly from the financial aid office. These can begin in the recruits’ grade 11 year, usually after Jan. 1. This process is a bit selective as there are only so many requests we can make and not every recruit we engage with will get one. The process begins with an email to the family requesting tax and other financial documents. They tend to take about a week to ten days to complete. But one a package has been returned, you’ll know the costs to the penny.

Better Than A scholarship?

In some cases, yes–A Yale financial aid offer could be more attractive than a partial scholarship. Just go back to the table above and see the out of pocket net costs. Say you have to pay out-of-pocket for x-number of years for tuition, room, board, books, fees, insurance, etc. If it costs $50K per year to attend but you have to pay for two years on your own, that’s $100K you have to come up with. If you go by the cost to attend Yale today $78,850 and subtract the average F-A award package of $55,100… do the math and you’re paying out of pocket $95,000 over four years – for a YALE education.

We find there is a BIG misconception out there that a Yale education isn’t affordable. Most think you have to have oodles of $ to make it work. The reality is that just isn’t the case in most instances. No doubt there are those who won’t qualify for F-A and wind up paying the full-freight. But Yale is committed to making it affordable for those who can get in.

The Yale ‘FroCo’ System…

As a hockey player moves up from one level to the next, it takes some time to calibrate yourself and get adjusted to the level of play. The same holds true for most freshman first-year students entering Yale. There is an adjustment period to go through. Maybe you’re away from home for the first time, maybe classes are tougher than you thought? May be things are just different. To some the adjustment takes longer than others. Very few have not much of an adjustment at all. Enter the Yale ‘FroCo‘.

FroCo is the colloquial term for First-Year Counselor. These are senior students, the best of the best–knowledgable, experienced, and may be most importantly empathetic in the adjustment first-year students go through. Selected by each college through an application process, the FroCo can sometimes be a first-years’ best resource to help navigate tough times socially, academically, and in life. They live in residence and the position is fairly demanding. Regular check-ins, meetings, and FroCo sponsored events are just a few of the responsibilities they have. And FroCo’s do get paid for their time, up to $10K in some instances.

Tera Hofmann ’20, one of our goaltenders from Toronto was a FroCo last year. She loved it.

NCAA/COVID Update…

College Hockey America is the latest conference to announce scheduling plans for the 20-21 season. You can read the official press release HERE. RIT will travel to play Syracuse on Friday. RIT had originally cancelled its season weeks ago but reversed its decision upon the state of New York approving COVID-19 protocols.

Hockey East had 2 more teams suspend hockey activities in the last 48-hours. On Tuesday Northeastern followed Vermont’s lead in pausing all athletic activities in five sports, including women’s and men’ hockey until Dec. 18th. This was due to a small cluster of positive cases among athletes. You can read the story HERE.

Also on Tuesday the University of Maine announced it would pause all hockey activity until Dec. 8th after positive cases among varsity athletes. It was not known if any of the positive cases were within the women’s or men’s hockey programs. You can read the story HERE.

Until next time… be well and stay safe!

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Post #12 – Hockey is Back

IN THIS POST…

  • The Week Ahead
  • Weekend NCAA Recap & Observations
  • ECAC Makes Scheduling Statement & COVID Update

The Week Ahead…

NCAA HOCKEY is back! 19 games were scheduled this weekend and 13 played. Scores, box-scores and video highlights where available are below. It will be a slow week with Thanksgiving Thursday and no games on the NCAA scheduled until Friday. Yale University is off for the rest of the semester with students, faculty, and staff now home.

The Bulldogs would have played in the Nutmeg Classic tournament held the weekend of Thanksgiving annually between UCONN, Quinnipiac, Yale and one other school from another conference. UCONN was set to host this year but the event was cancelled. The Nutmeg moves to Ingalls Rink at Yale next year in 2021. Why the name ‘Nutmeg’ you ask? The state of Connecticut is known as the Nutmeg state. You can find out how CT get’s its ‘Nutmeg’ nickname HERE.

Weekend NCAA Recaps & Observations…

Recaps:

Game 1 — Boston College 6 at UNH 2 | Box Score |Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from BC’s 6-2 victory vs. UNH in game 1

Game 2 — UNH 1 @ Boston College 4 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

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Saturday’s highlights from BC’s 4-1 victory vs. UNH in game 2

Game 1 — Maine 2 @ Holy Cross 1 | Box Score |Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from Maine’s 2-1 victory vs. Holy Cross in game 1

Game 2 — Maine 2 @ Holy Cross 3 | Box Score | Video Highlights

Game 1 — Colgate 3 @ Syracuse 2 OT | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from Colgate’s 3-2 OT victory vs. Syracuse in game 1

Game 2 — Syracuse 1 @ Colgate 3 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Saturday’s highlights from Colgate’s 3-1 victory vs. Syracuse in game 2

Game 1 — MN-Duluth @ MSU-Mankato | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from UMD’s 5-0 victory vs. Mankato in game 1

Game 2 — MN-Duluth 7 @ MSU-Mankato 3 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Saturday’s highlights from UMD’s 7-3 victory vs. Mankato in game 2

Game 1 — UCONN 2 at Providence 6 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Saturday’s highlights from Providence’s 6-2 victory vs. UCONN in game 1

Game 2 — Providence 1 @ UCONN 1 – OT, UCONN wins shootout 2-0 | Box Score | Video Highlights

Sunday’s highlights from UCONN’s 1-1 tie and shootout win vs. Providence in game 2

Game 1 — Ohio St. 0 @ Minnesota 4 | Box Score | Video Highlights

Game 2 — Ohio St. 2 @ Minnesota 1 | Box Score | Video Highlights

Saturday’s highlights from Ohio St.’s 2-1 victory vs. Minnesota in game 2

Observations:

  • BC freshman Gaby Roy had 4 goals Friday and an assist Saturday in her first collegiate weekend.
  • Overheard on NESN’s broadcast Saturday between BC and UNH as to why BC didn’t wear health-protective COVID masks… if players wear a bubble, you don’t have to wear them. We’ll try to find out if there’s a mandate from NCAA or conferences.
  • The new NCAA 3v3 overtime protocol made its debut in 3 games. Colgate and Syracuse started OT with Colgate on a 4v3 PP and that’s where it ended as Colgate scored. Trine University and Concordia-WI had the first legit 3v3 action with Trine winning 2-1. Providence and UCONN played the full 5-minutes of 3v3 OT in game two if its series Saturday. UCONN won the shootout 2-0.
  • With 6 games being postponed due to COVID, we can bet the season schedule will be a wait-and-see kind of thing each weekend.

ECAC Makes Scheduling Statement & COVID Update

ECAC Hockey commissioner Steve Hagwell announced the 20-21 women’s ECAC conference will have four members–Clarkson, Colgate, Quinnipiac, and St. Lawrence. They are set to engage in ECAC league contests beginning sometime in January per an ECAC Hockey release which you can read HERE.

As of Monday the 23rd, we have learned that the Quinnipiac men’s program has paused all hockey activity due to two players testing positive. It is unclear if the women’s program has been effected.

Until next time… stay safe everyone.

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Post #11

IN THIS POST…

  • Fall Semester Winds Down
  • Academics – Understanding The Process at Yale
  • NCAA Weekend Slate of Games

Fall Semester Winds Down…

We are less than a week from Thanksgiving and today, our 3 remaining players along with Mark, Danielle, and myself will depart for home until Feb. 1st. I returned to campus this Wednesday as I normally do each and every week, to get my required COVID test. Coaches at Yale are tested once a week on Wednesday’s and overall Yale has done a good job keeping COVID at bay as compared to other Ivy schools. It was good to catch up with Mark and Danielle one last time. A little recruiting talk, a DI-DIII national coaches Zoom, a Yale assistant coaches call, and then bam! Fall semester over with. Yale and New Haven seemed like a ghost town.

I grabbed everything I could out my office as I prepare to hunker down for the next 10 weeks–recruiting folders, video computer, skates, stick, and a box of recently received Yale SWAG (SWAG Pic is below). On the drive home I replayed the past semester over in my head and it occurred to me how I was feeling. A bit blah to be honest. It’s hard to feel good about yourself and where you are in life, when you lose a bit of your purpose. The one thing we love as a staff is making our players better people and better players. This is our real purpose at Yale. That has been very hard to do this year.

Nice box of Yale SWAG waiting to be worn!

As I type this, I’m listening to Bruce Boudreau talk on The NHL Network about how stir-crazy he is going being at home and not having his normal hockey routine. I can totally relate. He mentioned living vicariously through his son who coaches in the ECHL. I will be doing the same this weekend watching other college teams play. Being home so much these past 8 months I am for sure driving my wife bonkers. She’s never had me home so much since we got together. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit jealous for all the NCAA coaches who are getting behind a bench soon. It’s been hard watching from afar. So I say this with all seriousness and sincerity, the mental struggle players and coaches are facing is real. If you’re playing or coaching — good for you on being able to get your fix. You are truly lucky. And to all those who are like us, rink-less and homebound, know you aren’t alone and that you will get through this in time. Come on Moderna and Pfizer!

As bleak as things seem, there does appear to be some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Recently announced is hope for two highly effective vaccines. Experts say ‘the average’ citizen could possibly get vaccinated by April. Should that be the case, life and college athletics we assume could get back to a more normal course of activity by next fall. But there is a lot that has to happen between now and then. In the short-term, we’ll work on staying connected with our team, planning for next season, and I will try to not drive my wife nuts.

Academics — Understanding The Process

We announced a 4-part series called ‘Understanding The Process’ to aid you coaches and parents with an understanding in certain areas of how we operate our program. Our first installment was how we go about player identification and evaluation. You can find that in Post #2. In our second installment below, we discuss how the academic evaluation and admissions process works.

To be blunt, very few athletes would be admitted on their own without the support of their head coaches in the admissions process. We’ll talk about that term ‘support’ later, it’s important. No knock against these athletes and their academic aptitude. Heck, there are people who have 4.0 GPA’s with perfect test scores and still don’t get into Yale. Athletes have different timelines and evaluation opportunities than normal students would. A word of caution… all information below is relative to our process at Yale and we cannot speak to how academics may work at other Ivy institutions.

The Academic Process

The academic process for our recruits has a few steps to it.

Step 1, Coaching Staff Academic Evaluation… for anyone we have a real interest in, we’ll ask for transcripts and test scores as early in the process as we can to see what type of student the player may be. It doesn’t matter how good of a hockey player someone is, if they aren’t close to having the grades/test scores we need, there’s no sense in moving ahead in the process. Does that mean someone in grade 9 with all B’s but hasn’t taken a SAT/ACT test yet get’s pushed aside? No, not at all. Provided we like what we see on a transcript, we’ll continue to evaluate the player on the ice even more closely.

Step 2, Athletic Admissions Pre-Read… Beginning July 1 between grade 11 and 12, under Ivy League admissions rules, we can submit a player’s academic file to be evaluated by our Yale admissions liaison for feedback to determine the likelihood of admissibility. Turnaround time is about 10-14 days. We’ll then communicate with the player how the pre-read came back and explain any next steps. These pre-reads are not for everyone though. Some get used for players who have already committed to our program, other for who we are seriously considering making offers to. Important to note, this is not the official admissions decision, just a first-glance from admissions at the transcript, grades, and future class schedule.

Step 3, Official Admissions Application Process & Supporting Head Coach Distinction Letter… The final step in officially becoming a Bulldog is for Coach Bolding to have the player officially submit her application to Yale. This is the part where Coach Bolding uses his ‘support’ for their candidacy in the application process. Yale has two application options for athletes – single choice early-action which requires applications to be complete by November 1s. Early action single-choice decisions are known no later than mid-December. Regular decision requires applications due by January 2nd. with decisions known no later than Mid-March. Generally speaking, coach Bolding will know of regular admission decisions in a few weeks after applications are submitted. Because we’re talking about athletes, there is no advantage/disadvantage to applying in the early or regular pool. Coach Bolding does advise each player when to submit their application and in which pool he wants them to apply for.

Coach Bolding’s support to each player comes in the form of a distinction letter he writes that is submitted on behalf of the player to the admissions committee. Think of the distinction letter as the mother-of-all recommendations. His letter ‘supports’ why we want and need this player as a part of or program and at Yale. Without this ‘support’ of head coaches, very few players, if any, would be admitted on their own merit. That’s why it is very important as you go through the process, to know if the coach is willing to ‘support’ your application.

A few things to keep in mind…

Players and parents often ask, what kind of grades and test scores do I need for Yale? Our answer… Players should shoot for high GPA’s, north of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, or low 90’s and above for those on a % scale. If you have 1 or 2 C’s early in grade 9 or 10, you could still be okay. D’s and F’s though, is almost always a non-starter. SAT scores should be in the 1300’s and ACT’s in the high 20’s / low 30’s. Keep in mind the SAT is scored out of 1600 and ACT out of 36. GPA’s and test scores need to be close to these thresholds to have a shot. Mostly B’s and a 1150 or a 25 probably isn’t going to cut it.

One of the most important parts of the application process has to do with evaluating the transcript and determining the academic ‘rigor’ of the students course load… meaning did the student challenge herself or take easy classes? a 3.9/4.0 in cake-walk classes won’t hold as much weight as a 3.7/3.8 in honors and/or AP classes. You want to take the most challenging classes and achieve the kind of GPA’s mentioned above.

Equally as important are the several application short answer questions and the longer essay. Also heavily valued are the teacher and counselor recommendations. Have great grades and test scores but wrote a poor essay and submitted a teacher recommendation that says you are a smart kid but didn’t apply yourself? That is exactly the kind of combination that will get you denied. Write a coherent (and grammatically correct) essay that answers the question asked Also, really think about who you want to write your recommendation letters. Best to get one from a teacher where you did really well in their class and you know the teacher LOVES you and won’t sell you out.

And… NEVER WRITE YOUR ESSAY ABOUT HOCKEY!!!! EVER!!!!!

Yale already knows you play hockey and are pretty good at it. Write about why Yale should be lucky to have you or an experience outside of hockey/sports that really articulates/shows who you are and the type of person Yale is getting. Match your personal values, dreams, aspirations with Yale’s resources and explain why Yale is such a good match!

NCAA Weekend Slate of Games…

In the absence of what would normally be a preview of our games for the coming weekend, we are going to give you this weekend’s NCAA women’s hockey schedule of games. Full recaps to follow next week.

Until next time… be well and stay safe!

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Post #10

***Breaking NCAA News: Recruiting Dead Period Extended Until April 15, 2021***

DI and DIII Women’s Coaches Have Monthly Zoom w/ NCAA and Conference Commissioners, No New Women’s Cancellations or Postponements

At 6:20pm tonight the NCAA’s DI Council announced it is extending the recruiting dead period until April 15, 2021. It was set to expire January 1. You can read the NCAA’s announcement HERE. Interestingly the Ivy League’s University of Pennsylvania Athletic Director, M. Grace Calhoun, is the NCAA DI Council chair. The dead period means no off-campus evaluation or face-to-face contacts for DI coaches and no official or unofficial visits to campus for recruits and their families. DI coaches were hoping for a April 1 or earlier date leaving the all of April when many high-level events take place.

We are coming up on more than 24-hours without a NCAA DI women’s hockey related COVID postponement or season cancellation. Needless to say it’s been a tough week for positive news. Women’s coaches across DIII and DI, the five D-I conference commissioners, along with members of the NCAA all met today for their monthly Zoom to discuss national tournament and recruiting issues. 10 games is the minimum needed to be played to qualify for the NCAA tournament. Conferences that start the year with at least 4 teams will retain its automatic bid. The ECAC stands at four, Hockey East at ten, WCHA at seven, CHA at five, and NEWHA at five as well. One piece of good news did come out as Hockey East commissioner Steve Metcalf announced all Hockey East women’s games would be streamed live FOR FREE this season. We’ll get the details and pass them along.

Men’s DI hockey took a bit of a COVID hit in the last 24-hours. Colorado College is pausing all hockey activity after a player tested positive. CC is scheduled to be a part of the NCHC bubble Dec. 1 in Omaha. Sacred Heart has postponed its games with AIC and Quinnipiac this weekend as well as games with Army slated for Nov. 27-28, after a few a small number of cases and contact tracing came back on the team.

Stay tuned tomorrow for our regularly scheduled post with an update on the program as we wind down the Fall semester and part-II of our Understanding the Process series on how academics play into our recruiting process.

Stay safe and be well everyone.

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Post #9

Union College Cancels 20-21 Season, RIT Reconsiders, 2021 Women’s & Men’s Beanpot Tourney Cancelled

Another ECAC Hockey member school has cancelled its 20-21 season. Union College becomes the 10th DI program to put hockey on pause for the 20-21 season. Athletic Director Jim McLaughlin made the announcement just before noon today. You can read it HERE. The ECAC is now down to 4 teams on both the women’s and men’s side–Clarkson, Colgate, Quinnipiac, and St. Lawrence.

RIT which announced it was cancelling its women’s and men’s 20-21 hockey seasons on Nov. 9, is now reconsidering its decision. RIT president David Munson states as long as the state of New York accepts Atlantic Hockey and College Hockey America’s return-to-play plans, hockey for the 20-21 season will continue at RIT. Details can be found on USCHO.com HERE.

Another hockey casualty of the pandemic is not a hockey program, but an in-season tournament, The Beanpot. The 2021 four-school annual event in February between BC, BU, Harvard, and Northeastern has been cancelled. The Boston Globe has the story HERE.

Stay tuned later this week for our regularly scheduled post with an update on the program and part-II of our Understanding the Process series on how academics play into our recruiting process.

Stay safe and be well everyone.

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Another COVID Casualty, RPI Cancels 20-21 Season

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) becomes the 9th women’s and men’s hockey program to cancel it’s 20-21 season due to COVID concerns. RPI, a member of the ECAC, made the announcement Monday afternoon. You can read the official announcement HERE.

This leaves the ECAC with five remaining schools planning, at least for now, to play—Clarkson, Colgate, Quinnipiac, St. Lawrence, and Union. The ECAC lost six schools when the Ivy League announced it would cancel all winter sports last week.

One has to wonder if more schools will follow the six Ivy programs, RIT, RPI, and Post University with cancelling their seasons. If you include St. Cloud and Vermont who have recently postponed upcoming games between Bemidji St., UCONN, BC, and BU respectively, that’s 15 programs affected already. 41% of DI teams impacted.

We’ll keep you updated on more COVID related developments.

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Nov. 16 UPDATE as of 8:30am…

  • COVID Already Impacting NCAA Games and Programs

Games have been postponed this Friday between St. Cloud and Bemidji in St. Cloud, MN as at least 8 St. Cloud players tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. Players who tested positive and meet the criteria for mandatory quarantine must remain in quarantine for up to 14-days. St. Cloud is scheduled to play its next series Nov. 27-28 vs. Mankato in St. Cloud. You can read more on this developing story HERE.

The University of Vermont Athletic Department announced late Sunday evening it will not compete in any winter sports until Dec. 18. An article in the Burlington Free-Press [Read Here] links the decision not to any outbreak of cases with any one team, but more out of a “…most responsible course of action”. Vermont has seen a spike in cases statewide which has prompted a change in restaurant dining and travel restrictions, all recreational sports has been paused until Dec. 15t as well. High school winter sports, which usually begin in late November, have now been pushed to begin Jan. 11. As one of the largest employers in the state, you can bet UVM has been in close communication with VT state health officials in how to not make matters worse. I suspect teams traveling to UVM was a major concern as states in the new england region have cases surging.

Hockey East had just announced on Nov. 11 its 20-21 women’s and men’s return to play protocol and schedule. Looks like that will be getting a major adjustment. No word on if missed games will be made up.

As we stated in our previous post, we figured hockey would have the same game postponement issues as football. Looks like hockey is in for a bumpy ride.

We will continue to update and monitor any other related COVID college hockey developments.

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IN THIS POST…

  • NCAA/COVID Update
  • President-Elect Biden Taps 3 With Yale Ties

NCAA/COVID Update

It looks like NCAA DI and DIII teams are going to give it ‘the ‘old college try’ and start playing games. Some already have. DI women’s and men’s conferences have been announcing schedules over the last few weeks, and the puck finally dropped Friday night in South Bend on the men’s side as Wisconsin traveled and took on Notre Dame. I have to imagine a charter flight was involved for Wisco.

As it stands now (Sunday, Nov. 15) there are 8 DI women’s teams and 2 DI men’s programs who will not be playing hockey this year. Here is what we know.

Women

  • Ivy League–Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale
  • College Hockey America (CHA)–Rochester Institute of Technology
  • New England Women’s Hockey Alliance (NEWHA)–Post University

The WCHA and Hockey East have announced their intended schedules. Hockey East came out with a full season schedule while the WCHA announced a schedule through December. You can click the links below to find them. The ECAC and CHA have yet to announce anything official. The NEWHA hasn’t appeared to announce anything official but their official website does list games for Sacred Heart.

WCHA-Announcement Schedule | Hockey East-Announcement Schedule | NEWHA

Men

  • Ivy League–Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale
  • Atlantic Hockey Conference (AHC)–Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA)–Alaska Anchorage

The Ivy League announced Thursday evening it would cancel all winter sports. I doubt there were many who thought the Ivy League would have decided anything different. It was only a matter of time before they pulled the trigger. On both the women’s and men’s side the ECAC now drops to 6 teams from 12. Additionally on the women’s side, Post University made its announcement to cancel Winter and Spring sports back in October sighting safety concerns due to the pandemic. With Posts’ women’s team out, the NEWHA drops to 5 teams from 6. Post also decided to move to all-virtual classes and a hope to return to competition in 2021. You can read Posts’ official announcement HERE. The leadership at RIT made a similar announcement just a week ago on Nov. 9. to cancel all winter sports for the 2020-2021 season. You can read that HERE. The CHA now drops from 6 teams to 5. On the men’s side, Atlantic Hockey where the RIT men play will drop to 10 from 11. The University at Alaska-Anchorage in the WCHA cancelled its indoor winter sports season, details can be found HERE. And in doing so, likely cancelled the men’s hockey program altogether. 20-21 was supposed to be the men’s hockey teams’ last season. UAA announced an athletic restructuring in August that would cancel four sport programs, men’s hockey being one of them.

As we’ve seen with the college football season, I think college hockey can expect some of the same with game cancellations/postponements, etc. There are already a few games on the men’s side involving Army that were/will be postponed. Unlike football, hockey is an indoor sport and thus the chance for infection rises. But don’t expect any fans at any games this year, I haven’t heard of a conference allowing them. Interestingly, men’s teams in the NCHC will try an NHL-like bubble with all 8 teams heading to the University of Nebraska-Omaha to play games until late December. You can read more about that HERE.

The first games on the DI women’s side will happen Friday Nov. 20 as UNH hosts Boston College at 4:30PM. If you need your college hockey viewing fix, you can catch the game live on NESN – the New England Sports Network. And speaking of TV, with the NHL not having games until who knows when, I wonder if sports networks will add more women’s hockey to it’s scheduling line-up to fill the hockey void. Let’s hope so.

President-Elect Biden Taps 3 With Yale Ties

Yale University has long been a name synonymous with cutting-edge research in the field of public health. As one the foremost medical research universities in the world, The Yale School of Medicine stepped up to help fight the the COVID–19 pandemic in ways that are helping save lives. And now three people with close ties to Yale Medicine have been named to President-Elect Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board, and given a chance to help quell surges in infections, ensure approval of safe vaccines, and protect at-risk populations.

Joining the President-Elect’s advisory board: Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, associate professor of internal medicine, public health, and management — will co-chair the COVID-19 Transition Advisory Board with Dr. Vivek Murthy ’03 M.B.A. ’03 M.D., a former U.S. surgeon general, and Dr. David Kessler, a former dean of Yale School of Medicine and past commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). You can read Yale’s announcement HERE.

This is just one example of many that illustrate the type of path one can have in attending Yale. And it’s not just in Medicine, it’s in business, law, science, and the many the other excellent disciplines and experiences Yale offers.

Until next time… stay safe and be well.