9/18/21 – WCH Pipeline Weekend Edition
NCAA Coaching Changes… Keep up with all the coaching changes across D-I and D-III HERE.
In This Post…
- Official Start of Season Begins Today
- Lots Coming This Week
Sept. 18 – 1st Official Practice Day
Under NCAA rules, September 18 is the 1st official practice date for women’s ice hockey. With that, the 21-22 season kicks off for most D-I programs. Ivy league rules don’t allow their teams to begin until Oct. 1.
All teams across D-I, since their first day of classes, have had up to 4 hours per week on the ice to devote to skill work. Starting today, teams can use up to 20 hours per week (the NCAA maximum) for required on-ice practice, fitness training, team meetings, team/individual video sessions, etc.
Some teams are wasting no time in playing games. With the NCAA granting a waiver late this summer allowing NCAA teams to play each other, 2 exhibition games are taking place this weekend.
- Saturday UCONN @ Quinnipiac – 4pm EST – Live ESPN+ Stream
- Sunday Syracuse @ RPI – 3pm EST – No stream info available – Live Stats
Lots To Come This Week
With the kickoff of the hockey season there is lots to come this week on Women’s College Hockey.org.
Monday = Mailbag Monday Video Edition… Jeff from Michigan asks a great question about conversations at the rink.
Tuesday = Part III of our Mutual Respect Series… Club and High School coaches won’t want to miss this.
Wednesday = Pipeline Post #54… The Adjustment Phase, Pre-Season Polls, NCAA Rosters, D-III Update, Sifters.
Thursday = NCAA Schedules, Weekend Previews.
It’s a jam-packed week and we can’t wait to get going. Enjoy your weekend everyone!
Until Next Time…
Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd season as an Assistant Coach with the Yale University women’s hockey program. Grant has developed an experienced perspective in the world of women’s ice hockey, having coached and recruited players from across the globe during his 25+ year amatuer and NCAA coaching career. He has coached at 6 NCAA DIII and DI programs in the NCHA (D3), the CHA, WCHA, Hockey East, ECAC, and the Ivy League (DI). Beyond coaching, Grant served as a site representative for the 2019 NCAA quarterfinal of the D-I NCAA Tournament. He also currently serves as an Officer with the American Hockey Coaches Association as Vice President of Membership and sits on the AHCA’s Women’s Hockey Executive Committee.