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June 15th and Camp / Showcase Season Collide

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More Coaching Moves, D-I Recruiting Rules To Know, and USA 16/17 Camp Underway

Greetings from Oxford, OH where I am taking in a few days of recruiting at the USA 16/17 National Player Development Camp.

It was a little tricky getting to here due to a cancelled flight out of Toronto, but – I finally made it.

It’s been a busy time for coaches, myself included, now that June 15 has passed and the Summer camp / showcase season is in full swing. Last week’s Friday Sifter post and Sunday’s weekly recap got bumped so I could watch a little (actually it was a lot of) hockey last week.

So if you missed Monday or Wednesday’s post – they are below.

Monday June 19 – Being Proactive

Wednesday June 21 – Tier I Girls Conversation Coming

With camps, tournaments, and showcases dotting the calendar about every week, there are some important D-I recruiting rules that players, parents, and club / high school coaches should be familiar with. I’ll get to those along with some coaching moves in D-I and D-III as well as some notes from Oxford below.

Let’s get to it.

Recent Coaching Moves

Minnesota is looking to fill its ‘First’ and ‘Second’ Assistant Coach positions.

The University of Maine is searching for an assistant as Gen Richardson is no longer listed as an assistant coach.

Princeton is hiring for a Director of Women’s Hockey Operations / Dir. of video.

Robert Morris University has hired former Lindenwood Assistant Jordan Lipson.

While nothing has been confirmed officially, Merrimack may have an Assistant Coaching announcement to make soon for one of its positions

Augsburg College of the MIAC is searching for a Graduate Assistant Coach.

It appears there is a change in leadership at King’s College as Jordan Ott is no longer list as a member of the Athletic Department coaching staff.

Aurora University has announced the hiring of Sanya Sandahl, goaltending coach of the US U-18 team for 2024, as part of the AU coaching staff for 2023-2024.

D-I Recruiting Rules To Know

With June 15 behind us and the summer camp / showcase season here, there are some important recruiting rules players and parents should be aware of.

Face-to-Face contact with D-I Coaches

Players entering grade 9 & 10 this coming fall may not have Face-to-Face contact prior to June 15 of the grade 11 year. However, players who attend camps / clinics / showcase events where D-I coaches are employed as staff members, may have normalized conversations with D-I Coaches for the duration of the event. No recruiting conversations may take place however.

Players entering grade 11 as well as family members may not have Face-to-Face contact On or Off-Campus with D-I Coaches until August 1st. Again, players who attend camps / clinics / showcase events prior to Aug. 1 where D-I coaches are employed as staff members, may have normalized conversations with D-I Coaches for the duration of the event. 

Players entering grade 12 this fall and their family members may have face-to-face contact on or off the institutions campus at any time.

Face-to-Face contact that consists of more than just a ‘greeting’ is allowed on no more than 3 occasions per year.

D-III Coaches may have Face-to-Face contact with recruits and family members after the player completes their grade 10 year.

USA 16/17 Camp Underway

Camp opened Saturday and the first full day’s schedule of practices and games began Sunday.

The Goggin Ice Center is flat out gorgeous. What a facility. It occurred to me – the ice sheet is an NHL regulation sized 200 x 85 sheet. St. Cloud, where previous USA Hockey Camps were held, was not – it was an olympic sheet. Personally, I think the game is better on an NHL sheet. Just my opinion though.

Here is a breakdown of attendees by USA Hockey district. Minnesota leads the way with 32. Mid-Am has the fewest with 6.

All games are being streamed live via with a paid subscription.

Until Next Time Everyone… Be Well and take Care,

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-Streams for games in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE. Hockey East once again is streaming all game live and for FREE.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. can be found HERE. Paid subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams for NEWHA games can be found at each teams’ website. Subscriptions may be necessary to watch games.

NCAA Coaching Changes… Keep up with all the coaching changes across D-I and D-III HERE.

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Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College and beginning his 4th 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 amateur 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.

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