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19U Tier I 2016-2017 Announcement

By Andy Atencio, 02/17/16, 3:00PM MST

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Colorado Select Girl’s Hockey Association is announcing significant changes in its 19U Tier I program for the 2016-17 season.  The program changes will create the ability for the CSGHA to offer a “true Tier I development plan for players in Colorado. With a better opportunity for them to train, these players will be on an equal playing field in terms of NCAA recruitment and be better prepared to be a student-athlete once they reach the NCAA”, according to 19U Tier I Head Coach and Assistant Director of Hockey Karen Rickard.  The program will change to provide an on ice and off ice training schedule six days per week, with the practice schedule for Monday through Thursday scheduled to fill a morning time slot from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM.

The focus of these changes is to enhance the competitive level of the team, while giving the individual athletes more opportunity for NCAA recruiting.  According to Rickard “Our program offers an all-encompassing plan to help prepare these young ladies for life as an NCAA student-athlete. This is a student-athlete centered approach to development and coupled with great coaching, each player will learn the time, commitment, and sacrifice it truly takes to reach their goal of the NCAA.”

While the focus on this program is the player’s hockey development, academics will be equally important for the participants in this program.  According to Rickard “This is a student-athlete centered program meaning academics must be a priority.”  The participants selected to be part of this program through the May 14-15th tryouts, will have more than on ice support. “With the changes we are making to the program, it made sense to bring on an Academic Advisor who will be available to all players on the 19U Tier I and 16U Tier I teams.”  Although there is no plan to change the format of the 16U Tier I team, providing those players access to the Academic Advisor will improve the 16U players academics commitment as well. The role of the Academic Advisor, according to Rickard will be to “help our players choose and navigate an education program that meets the rigorous academic standards set by college admissions offices and the NCAA Clearinghouse & Eligibility Center, yet is flexible to allow the players to train how they need to for hockey.”

The program will easily be the best option for girl’s Tier I hockey in the western United States and according to Rickard “is second to none when you look at every Tier I training option available in the US or Canada.” Look forward to more information to be provided via the Colorado Select website on a soon to be launched Tier I Program page (http://www.coloradogirlshockey.com/TierI) in addition to parent and player informational meetings with the Tier I coaches. For questions about the program please contact Coach Karen directly by calling 214-435-4978 or emailing karen.rickard@csgha.com