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If I want to play college hockey, why should I play junior hockey in the United States first?
If your goal is play Division 1 hockey in the United States, then the Junior Hockey avenue is the road to take. Colleges today are focusing their recruiting efforts primarily in the junior ranks in the US. In 2001 / 2002 season there were 483 Division 1 Players, 399 of those players were recruited from the various Junior Hockey Leagues throughout the country. This trend is increasing each year. By playing for the Potomac Patriots Junior Hockey Program, your Amateur Status is protected. Your amateur status is imperative if you intend on playing college hockey.

NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearing House

If you are planning to enroll in college as a freshman and participate in Division 1 sports, the clearing-house must determine eligibility status. Contact your guidance counselor for the application process and procedures. Generally this process should be started during their junior year of High School. If you wait to apply in your senior year, you may find it difficult to take any missing mandatory courses. Waivers of the requirements are granted to students under a few specific conditions, such as "Home Schooled" during all grades 9 thru 12, approved diagnoses disabilities, objective evidence that demonstrates an overall academic record warrants the waiver of the normal application of the legislation. Attendance at a secondary school outside of the United States for all, or a portion of the 9 thru 12 grade years, requires different evaluation procedures.
Correspondence or independent study classes may not be used to meet the 13 core-course requirements. Students enrolling in a D-1 institution may not use courses taken after high school graduation to meet core-curriculum requirements, except for those players with approved diagnoses disabilities. The requirements for eligibility to participate at D1 differ from those at D2.
Those participating at the D3 level are not required to register with the clearinghouse.
The guidelines of each D3 College / university determine playing eligibility.

To contact the Clearing House:
Write or Call:
NCAA Clearing house
P.O. Box 4044
Iowa City, IA.52243
Fax # 319-337-1556
Phone # 319-337-1492


Package or overnight delivery:

301 ACT Drive

Iowa City, IA. 52243-4043 

Web Address:   www.ncaaclearinghouse.net

Clearinghouse customer service:

Representatives are available from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Central Time, Monday thru Friday.

U.S Callers (Toll Free): 877-262-1492

International Callers: 319-337-1492

24 Hour telephone response: 877-861-3003

Fax: 319-337-1556

2004-2005 NCAA Clearinghouse Guide for the College Bound

Bound Student Athlete

To be certified by the Clearing House, you must:

Graduate from High School; earn a grade-point average of at least 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in a core curriculum of at least 13 academic courses that were successfully completed during grades 9 thru 12. Only courses listed as approved on your high school list of “NCAA Approved Courses” can be used to calculate your NCAA GPA. No special values are allowed for “+” (plus) or “-“(minus) Grades.


                                                                        Division I


                        Math Core                                 2 Years

                        Science Core                             2 Years

                        Social Science Core                   2 Years

                        English, Math, Science               1 Year

                        Additional Core                           2 Years


Earn a sum of scores of at least 68 on the ACT or a combined score of at least 820 on the re-centered SAT on a national test date.

                         Core GPA                                   ACT                                         SAT


            2.500 and above                         68                                 820

            2.425                                        70                                 860

            2.300                                        75                                 900

            2.200                                        79                                 940

            2.100                                        82                                 970

            2.00                                          86                                 1010



USCHO –TheDefinitiveCollegeHockey Resource 2005 NCAA HockeyRecruit Listings          



College Application

A good college application asks as many questions as necessary for the admissions committee to gain a complete understanding of each candidate.

Schools design their application forms hoping to arrive at one that will reflect the personal characteristics of each applicant. Generally, the more selective the college,

The more complex the application. Selective colleges need as much information as possible about every person in their pool if they are going to make admissions decisions that are fair and equitable.

There is however a “Common Application” that is used by over 225 colleges, and Universities, including Harvard University. This form is available from your high school guidance office, or participating colleges, as well online at http://www.app.commonapp.org.

The “Common Application” is a real convenience, because it allows you to fill out a single

Master Application Form, and submit it to any of the 225 Colleges in the Common Application Group. It would be helpful if all colleges could agree to use the same form,

But specific institutional needs make this impossible. Many of the Common-App schools accommodate their institutional needs via supple-mental forms, which can include extra essays, or more information about extra curricular activities, or your reasons for applying to their school.

And second, as technology continues to increase its impact on our daily lives, students

May now request and complete college applications via the internet. Check the home page of your preferred colleges, or look into one through the process of finding good college matches, requesting information, and filling out and sending applications.

Nearly every college is hooked up to at least one of the following services:

ACT (www.ACT.org)

College Apps (www.collegeapps.com)

College Boards (www.collegeboard.com)

College NET (www.applyweb.com/aw)

College View (www.collegeview.com)

Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com)

XAP Applications (www.xap.com/apply)





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