Our program specifically emphasizes the “student” portion of “student-athlete.” The two major academic goals of the Middlesex Black Bears Junior-Prep Hockey Program are to prepare student-athletes for the college admissions process and to prepare them for college life in general.
College Admissions Prep
- SAT Prep Course:
- All student-athletes will take the SAT in October after participating in a structured course and plan of study
- College Admissions Guidance:
- Student-athletes work with our experienced staff to determine an individualized plan to best suit their needs and desires
- College Visits:
- In addition to the college tour at the beginning of the season, the coaching staff helps the players schedule interviews/visits with college coaches and admissions officers
- Interview Practice:
- Tips and practice for interviews with college admissions officers and coaches
- Proactive Communication with College Hockey Coaches/Recruiters:
- Our staff is dedicated to reaching out to college coaches on behalf of our student-athletes
- Our staff also succeeds in highlighting and showcasing our players to colleges
- College List Preparation:
- Personalized advice that is individually tailored to each student-athlete based on academics, athletics, interests, social fit and other factors
- Essay Workshop:
- Preparation for completing a strong and compelling admissions essay as well as supplemental essays, with access to proofreading and peer-editing.
College Life Prep
- College Course at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA:
- All student-athletes enroll in a 12-week course taught by a professor exclusively for our players. The credits will be transferable to the student-athlete’s future college and will count as a 4-credit course, but they do not interfere with athletic eligibility at the NCAA level
- Our staff helps student-athletes adjust to living away from home in a dorm setting and teaches them important strategies for time-management
Throughout the program, our student-athletes will have several options for giving back to and volunteering in the community. We believe very strongly in the importance of giving back, and we encourage all of our student-athletes to pursue a volunteer experience about which they are passionate. It’s not just us: college admissions officers look for students who think beyond themselves and show an interest and passion for helping others.
One of the exciting options we offer our student-athletes is the chance to volunteer within our larger Middlesex Black Bears Youth Program. Through our program, student-athletes will have the chance to coach, mentor, and tutor younger players during practices, games, tournaments, camps, etc. In addition to the obvious benefits of volunteering, hockey coaches everywhere say that coaching the sport actually improves one’s own hockey IQ. Learning how to explain to others how to play the game increases one’s own knowledge and understanding of the game. In other words, by having our student-athletes coach hockey, we are helping them become better players!