The process of getting an advisor starts with an email to us, inquiring about our services and what we can do for you. From there, we will schedule a free consultation call with you so you can learn more about us and what we do, which also gives us the chance to learn more about you and what your goals are. If everything works out and you are interested in working with us, we will provide a roadmap plan for your athlete as well as our service contract, and off we go!
Deciding whether or not you need an advisor is based on everyone’s own unique situation. If you are a player who is good, but haven’t quite been put on the radar among other coaches and programs that you’d like to go to, getting an advisor will definitely aid in that process. We work to promote our clients to their desired levels of play, as coaches are unable to see every player. Working with advisors allows teams to find talent they may not know existed, which is the foundation of our services that help our players advance to the next level.
Our work differs depending on the player. The bulk of what we do is based around player management and working on placing players with their desired teams, so we spend a lot of time at the rink, on the phone, or on our computer working on our network and moving players on. We also provide mentorship/coaching to our clients, where we schedule calls with them to discuss how their season is going, what they can do to improve, what the future long-term plans are, etc.
Generally, advisors cost between $500-$5000 per year, depending on the package you select with them and for how long you enroll in their service. Some clients want more personalized services, extra add-ons, etc., which end up costing more than other clients who want the bare minimum. Our average client purchases a package between $1000-$3000.
If an advisor ever says they can guarantee you a spot in your first choice league, we recommend doing some homework on them first and being skeptical of their claims. The hockey world is incredibly small, and we never make promises we can’t keep in order to keep our reputation intact. No guarantees are made, but we do promise our clients that we will work as hard as we can for them to get them to their desired level, and also provide alternative options as a back-up plan.
All of our advisors have played at the Jr. & collegiate level at the very minimum, and about half of them have played professional hockey. We pride ourselves on having a team built on experience, and always want our advisors to have the best interest in mind for all of our clients.
In Canada, the top 3 junior leagues or ‘Tier 1’ junior leagues are the WHL, OHL, and QMJHL. The best Tier 1 league in the USA is the USHL. The top Tier 2 leagues between Canada and the USA are the NAHL (USA), BCHL (British Columbia), AJHL (Alberta), among some other of the mid-level leagues including the NCDC (USA), SJHL (Saskatchewan), and the OJHL & CCHL (Ontario).
Aside from skill level, the main difference between NCAA D1 and NCAA D3 is that D3 programs are unable to offer athletic scholarships. That means that you cannot receive money from a D3 program based on your athletic ability. However, in D3 you are able to receive academic aid that can provide scholarship funds to lower your tuition. NCAA D1 programs are able to offer scholarship money based on players’ athletic ability.
For NCAA D1, scholarships vary on a percentage basis and are different for every player. For elite players, many are offered a ‘full ride,’ which is 100% scholarship across their four years. Other players may be offered 50%, 25%, etc. depending on what the team wants to give you.
The academic requirement to be eligible to play NCAA sanctioned sports is a minimum of a 2.3 GPA. In addition, the NCAA uses a sliding scale with your GPA & SAT/ACT scores to determine eligibility status. This means that the higher your GPA, the lower you can afford your SAT/ACT scores to be, and vice versa. Lastly, some teams require players to have a certain GPA they must meet during each semester to avoid academic suspension.