Where will I go to School
Academics are taken very serious in the USHL. Hundreds of players receive opportunities to play NCAA Division I college hockey, but they cannot do so without making the grades, so cultivating academic achievement is a priority. Regardless of if a player moves on to successful collegiate or NHL careers, the USHL wants to ensure players are building a solid foundation for the next steps in their lives.
Each USHL team has established relationships with local schools to promote the academic advancement of its players. High school aged players attend local high schools and continue their work towards achieving a diploma. To maintain stability, players in high school cannot be traded without his consent and the permission of his parents.
In addition, every USHL team has a college within their market for those players wishing to begin their post-secondary academic pursuits.
Schools in USHL cities understand the demands of players in the League, thus are very accommodating to schedules that fulfill a player’s commitment to hockey and academics. A USHL player typically attends classes in the morning and leaves school in time to attend afternoon hockey practices. Throughout the season, travel to games on the road will require players to miss days of school, but the teacher and student-athlete work together to make up any missed coursework.
The USHL schedules at least 90% of its games on weekends and holiday breaks to limit the amount of missed classroom time. Teams employ an academic coordinator to help players manage their schooling and are put into a position to be successful both on and off the ice.