Over the past two decades with many technological advances, sports have become more dynamic, adaptable, and connected. Dynamic in a sense that they no longer only exist on the ice, field, or ball diamond, but they exist in the vast network of the internet too. Sports have become adaptable in that their ability to accommodate the challenges of any physical, economic or social barrier has increased with integrating technology. Lastly, connected – parents, athletes, coaches all have access to online resources that have guided their transition into the modern world.

Although a major hurdle that every athlete still faces today is simply the number of athletes they have to compete with for a spot on a roster. A team may hold a tryout knowing that 85% of their team is selected already, but hundreds of players will attend just for the taste of grabbing those remaining positions. Athletes are hungry individuals; they have a certain drive that separates them from the average population.

Teams face a similar hurdle. Now they are sifting through hockey scouting reports, analyzing player information, all well trying to see as much gameplay from hundreds of athletes during one camp. It simply doesn’t work. In college hockey recruiting process, teams invest resources to build great training camps, recruit players, but with so many athletes competing it’s difficult for them to feel satisfied after selection knowing that a better athlete may be out there.

Next, we have parents. Parents have changed drastically over the past decade in that they are almost, if not more, passionate about finding the right team for their child than the child is. Parents invest thousands of dollars every year for camps, tournaments and season play to give their son or daughter the best shot at moving to the next level.

So in the modern sports world we have more athletes competing than ever before, and these athletes are also the most skilled we have ever seen. As a team trying to recruit you could find yourself overwhelmed, stressed-out and anxious over picking the right players.

Now with all of this in mind, these teams are in the most fortunate situations seeing as they have players to choose from; hundreds of teams struggle with the complete opposite with not having full rosters. Many of the teams struggling to fill rosters are struggling to fill them because of three reasons:

  • Geographies – they simply can’t reach out to advertise their tryouts to players
  • New Leagues – athletes don’t know about the new leagues being created for them
  • Competition – Many teams simply can’t compete with others for tryout turnouts

So is the old recruiting methodology really working for athletes and teams? Every player needs a team, just like every office needs employees, but the difference is that employees look for unique job opportunities and athletes look for the most popular ones and that is evidently not working anymore.

Hockey networking is the answer.


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