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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy A View Post
    As you all know, I my knowledge is deficient in many ways , including hockey X's & O's, but from that point of view are the systems that MJ runs too offensively conservative? I can recall many times wondering why the 3rd player on the forecheck didn't go create a 3 on 2 in the corner or behind the net to gain possession when it was 2 on 2. I especially recall the 3rd player staying high against the rodents.
    Possibly to prevent the breakout in the event of a defensive change? Gophers are a dangerous team, so maybe they played on the side of caution in those games.

    I seem to recall noticing this a few times during the season, but might be just mis-remembering things.

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    I don't know that I'd say that he's too offensively conservative. Keeping in mind that the only times I see Wisconsin play are against Minnesota and in the WCHA and NCAA semis and finals, Johnson is definitely more conservative than Frost is, but it's a matter of approach rather than one being necessarily better than the other.

    Some of it depends upon the personnel. The Gophers often do send that third forechecker in deep. 4-7 years ago, it was a lethal system, because the forwards were collectively so fast that it was hard to beat them down the rink even if you forced a turnover; the backcheckers would catch you anyway. In the meantime, they could generate mismatches deep in the offensive zone. The last couple of years, without the same collective team speed, they've been giving up a lot of odd man rushes.

    Something similar could be happening with the Badgers. They could play a very conservative system, because they had forwards with the specific skill sets to transition quickly and generate scoring. Among other things, this requires having forwards who are both fast and can put the puck in the net. I don't see them enough to be sure, but maybe last year's team had a bunch of forwards who were either fast or could shoot, but not both. Nurse had the speed, but not the shot. Pankowski can shoot, but doesn't seem especially fast. Those are players who either need to have some linemates that can do both, or would be good scorers in a different system.

    There aren't many coaches at any level who can be so flexible with their systems that they can succeed with top level talent without regards to specific skill sets. Perhaps is as simple as that, with commitments being made earlier and earlier, even if you are right about who the best players are going to be 3-4 years in advance, you can't be right about exactly how they are going to be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eeyore View Post
    I don't know that I'd say that he's too offensively conservative. Keeping in mind that the only times I see Wisconsin play are against Minnesota and in the WCHA and NCAA semis and finals, Johnson is definitely more conservative than Frost is, but it's a matter of approach rather than one being necessarily better than the other.

    Some of it depends upon the personnel. The Gophers often do send that third forechecker in deep. 4-7 years ago, it was a lethal system, because the forwards were collectively so fast that it was hard to beat them down the rink even if you forced a turnover; the backcheckers would catch you anyway. In the meantime, they could generate mismatches deep in the offensive zone. The last couple of years, without the same collective team speed, they've been giving up a lot of odd man rushes.

    Something similar could be happening with the Badgers. They could play a very conservative system, because they had forwards with the specific skill sets to transition quickly and generate scoring. Among other things, this requires having forwards who are both fast and can put the puck in the net. I don't see them enough to be sure, but maybe last year's team had a bunch of forwards who were either fast or could shoot, but not both. Nurse had the speed, but not the shot. Pankowski can shoot, but doesn't seem especially fast. Those are players who either need to have some linemates that can do both, or would be good scorers in a different system.

    There aren't many coaches at any level who can be so flexible with their systems that they can succeed with top level talent without regards to specific skill sets. Perhaps is as simple as that, with commitments being made earlier and earlier, even if you are right about who the best players are going to be 3-4 years in advance, you can't be right about exactly how they are going to be good.
    I think you're on to something. I'm sure every coach has a preferred style of playing but given that they are committing to girls 3-4 years before they actually play it makes it difficult to scout for a particular skill set. The speedy 14 year old may not be the speedy 19 year old. Skill is skill but overall progression isn't always linear.

    In my view this will further separate the "ok" coaches from the truly good coaches. The good coaches will be able, as you point out, to adjust their systems to their roster more effectively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTOWN View Post
    I think you're on to something. I'm sure every coach has a preferred style of playing but given that they are committing to girls 3-4 years before they actually play it makes it difficult to scout for a particular skill set. The speedy 14 year old may not be the speedy 19 year old. Skill is skill but overall progression isn't always linear.

    In my view this will further separate the "ok" coaches from the truly good coaches. The good coaches will be able, as you point out, to adjust their systems to their roster more effectively.
    What seems apparent to me, with the earlier commitments, is that this will lead to a wider dispersion of talent across the entire map.* In the old days, when coaches were recruiting HS juniors, it was pretty apparent who the top players were, and how they would fit into your system.

    When you fill out your recruiting class with 14 and 15 year olds, the late-bloomers will be going to schools that would not have had a shot at those players in the past.

    *If this theory pans out, it would be the first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leather helmet View Post
    What seems apparent to me, with the earlier commitments, is that this will lead to a wider dispersion of talent across the entire map.* In the old days, when coaches were recruiting HS juniors, it was pretty apparent who the top players were, and how they would fit into your system.

    When you fill out your recruiting class with 14 and 15 year olds, the late-bloomers will be going to schools that would not have had a shot at those players in the past.

    *If this theory pans out, it would be the first time.
    A recent conversation with a D1 head coach indicated that there may be a movement to ban early recruiting in women's hockey, similar to the new ban in men's lacrosse (no contact or commitments at all until 9/1 of junior yr in HS) Time will tell if that is where things are headed.

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    A recent conversation with a D1 head coach indicated that there may be a movement to ban early recruiting in women's hockey, similar to the new ban in men's lacrosse (no contact or commitments at all until 9/1 of junior yr in HS) Time will tell if that is where things are headed.
    I can't imagine anyone who would be against this. UW and UM would still get the best players due the facilities and coaches, and it would minimize their risk. It would give other teams a shot at great players. There's no way Mankato can expend time and money recruiting 14 yr olds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy A View Post
    I can't imagine anyone who would be against this. UW and UM would still get the best players due the facilities and coaches, and it would minimize their risk. It would give other teams a shot at great players. There's no way Mankato can expend time and money recruiting 14 yr olds.
    Not to mention getting a look at a few semesters of a high school transcript...
    The overall reaction from lacrosse coaches, players & parents after this summer's recruiting season has been positive. Instead of scouting all the rising freshmen, the coaches watched the older kids who have actually played a couple of years in high school. And the 13 year olds can now relax and not stress out if they're not verbally committed by freshman year. I hope women's hockey does adopt some stronger rules but it will likely need support of the influential programs to get it going.

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    We will get a first hand glimpse at what recruiting mainly seniors may look like when Holy Cross plays their first full season of D1 in 2018-19. They have the perfect opportunity to go get the talent that is left behind because programs chose to commit to 14 and 15 year olds and have no room now for the girls that were late bloomers. We all know they're out there. Wouldn't that really bolster the movement to ban early recruitment if they were able to field a strong, competitive team. I for one am rooting for them.

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    It seems to me ending early recruiting would be a good thing for the top programs.

    A lot of people think the end of early recruiting in LaCrosse will increase the power of the club coaches.

    Here's some opinions from LaCrosse people(early opinions from just after the announcement). The views and opinions expressed in the following are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of me:

    4 months ago
    Any parent that thinks this is a great thing for the kids, probably hasnt been through the successful recruiting process with a high level d1 athlete. I would love to see a poll of committed players parents to see if they think this is a benefit. This rule is a win win for the coaches, their money making camps and clinics, and of course all those companies that put on those player showcases. I see the high dollar lax clubs with their paid recruiters having no problem navigating through the new rule and their players will be committed right after Sept 1st of their junior year. There is no benefit to the average laxer on a small indy club, and recruiting just got tougher for them unless they dont care about playing anything but d3.

    4 months ago
    You are sooooooooo... correct. Major schools with resources will benefit. The mid majors will suffer. Plus how would like to start a new program under these rules. It will hurt the growth of game. Go find players, player parents (especially those who have to put 2-3+ kids into college) and see how they view this. I would guess these changes are favored by coaches and uslax people who don't have children!

    3 months ago
    Could not agree more. And the idea that kids will have more free time is a joke. IF their parents can afford the camps and clinics, all holiday breaks will be spent chasing camps. The IWLCA continues to add more tournaments for freshman. So how is that taking any pressure off kids? This legislation takes all of the risk off of the coaches and now the player assumes all risk by chasing tournaments and camps until junior year without any feedback unless they can pay for it by attending camps.

    4 months ago
    A ray of sanity that will primarily benefit kids. Kudos to all involved.

    3 months ago
    My son is one of the few early commits. His reaction is that it has taken a lot of pressure off and he can focus on school, enjoy his lacrosse and not worry. I don't think early verbal commitment is for every student-athlete, but the university he made his verbal to at this time is a great fit. He has known what he would like to major in since he was in 4th grade (engineering/building roads or hotels or bridges) and has wanted to play lacrosse in college since 6th grade (he has 4 older brothers - it helps you see yourself doing something similar). Knowing this, he has attended summer lacrosse camp at 3 universities, showcases at half a dozen other and several collegiate games at other campuses. His consistent love of the game and efforts to get better, coupled with athletic ability and support from his older brother that plays helped him make an informed decision.

    2 months ago
    My son was an early commit as well and his fit was perfect for him too. He will start college this fall. I have had two other sons that have played DI as well and while they did not commit as early, I didn't see any benefit in their later commitments over our other son's early commitment. Now I have a rising freshmen that would also like to play in college and all I see is $$$ with the prospect camps, club team and showcases he will have to attend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KTDC View Post
    It seems to me ending early recruiting would be a good thing for the top programs.

    A lot of people think the end of early recruiting in LaCrosse will increase the power of the club coaches.

    Here's some opinions from LaCrosse people(early opinions from just after the announcement). The views and opinions expressed in the following are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of me:

    4 months ago
    Any parent that thinks this is a great thing for the kids, probably hasnt been through the successful recruiting process with a high level d1 athlete. I would love to see a poll of committed players parents to see if they think this is a benefit. This rule is a win win for the coaches, their money making camps and clinics, and of course all those companies that put on those player showcases. I see the high dollar lax clubs with their paid recruiters having no problem navigating through the new rule and their players will be committed right after Sept 1st of their junior year. There is no benefit to the average laxer on a small indy club, and recruiting just got tougher for them unless they dont care about playing anything but d3.

    4 months ago
    You are sooooooooo... correct. Major schools with resources will benefit. The mid majors will suffer. Plus how would like to start a new program under these rules. It will hurt the growth of game. Go find players, player parents (especially those who have to put 2-3+ kids into college) and see how they view this. I would guess these changes are favored by coaches and uslax people who don't have children!

    3 months ago
    Could not agree more. And the idea that kids will have more free time is a joke. IF their parents can afford the camps and clinics, all holiday breaks will be spent chasing camps. The IWLCA continues to add more tournaments for freshman. So how is that taking any pressure off kids? This legislation takes all of the risk off of the coaches and now the player assumes all risk by chasing tournaments and camps until junior year without any feedback unless they can pay for it by attending camps.

    4 months ago
    A ray of sanity that will primarily benefit kids. Kudos to all involved.

    3 months ago
    My son is one of the few early commits. His reaction is that it has taken a lot of pressure off and he can focus on school, enjoy his lacrosse and not worry. I don't think early verbal commitment is for every student-athlete, but the university he made his verbal to at this time is a great fit. He has known what he would like to major in since he was in 4th grade (engineering/building roads or hotels or bridges) and has wanted to play lacrosse in college since 6th grade (he has 4 older brothers - it helps you see yourself doing something similar). Knowing this, he has attended summer lacrosse camp at 3 universities, showcases at half a dozen other and several collegiate games at other campuses. His consistent love of the game and efforts to get better, coupled with athletic ability and support from his older brother that plays helped him make an informed decision.

    2 months ago
    My son was an early commit as well and his fit was perfect for him too. He will start college this fall. I have had two other sons that have played DI as well and while they did not commit as early, I didn't see any benefit in their later commitments over our other son's early commitment. Now I have a rising freshmen that would also like to play in college and all I see is $$$ with the prospect camps, club team and showcases he will have to attend.
    Interesting comments with a few valid points. (Full disclosure- I have a verbally committed lacrosse player who committed as a sophomore a few months before the new rules were adopted) Reality is that the truly special elite hockey players who commit to UW or UM in 8th grade or freshman year belong there anyway and have probably dreamed of being a Badger or a Gopher for years. They're not changing their minds.
    But the vast majority of the players, or even just the late bloomers or girls from teams outside the Big Name AAA teams, don't get as much opportunity to see or be seen. Give them some time to grow, develop, go to high school and really decide what's the right path for them. Even the decision between D1 & D3 takes a lot of consideration.
    And, to answer a point from the lacrosse parents who complained about the cost of all the camps, etc for the uncommitted kids...it's the same story for the committed kids. We spent the whole summer on the east coast because, now that he's committed he's expected to be playing at the highest level (and still attending his school's camps) so when he does start college he's ready for D1 level play.
    Committing doesn't mean you hang up your cleats because you're done. It means the expectations just got real. Not to mention- it's a verbal commitment. If the coach changes his mind & pulls the offer you'd better be visible all summer long so other schools can have interest. I'm sure it's the same in hockey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sieve1 View Post
    And, to answer a point from the lacrosse parents who complained about the cost of all the camps, etc for the uncommitted kids...it's the same story for the committed kids. We spent the whole summer on the east coast because, now that he's committed he's expected to be playing at the highest level (and still attending his school's camps) so when he does start college he's ready for D1 level play.
    Committing doesn't mean you hang up your cleats because you're done. It means the expectations just got real. Not to mention- it's a verbal commitment. If the coach changes his mind & pulls the offer you'd better be visible all summer long so other schools can have interest. I'm sure it's the same in hockey.
    When I read the point that you are referencing about chasing the camps and tournaments and the "risk" I was thinking just as you mention, that those expectations don't go away just because of an early commitment. Thanks for you input...

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    Re: Wisconsin Badgers 2017-2018

    Another future recruit today.



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    Another future recruit today.


    Gotta start filling in the D openings.....5-5 at this age, looks like she will be in the upper 5-0 when she hits Madison. Hails from NH, nice to pluck a player from under the noses of the eastern teams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy A View Post
    Gotta start filling in the D openings.....5-5 at this age, looks like she will be in the upper 5-0 when she hits Madison. Hails from NH, nice to pluck a player from under the noses of the eastern teams.
    I'm not sure if you have any daughters, but most girls don't grow much after 14 or 15 years old. ...so don't set your expectations to high.

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    One source has Harvey as a Jan 2002 birthdate (I don't think that is accurate) and Neutral Zone has her as a 10-14-2002 birthdate. That seems right for just completing 8th grade and moving to 9th grade this fall.

    Wisconsin recruiting...I guess they're killing it, but at this stage who really knows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bc6696 View Post
    I'm not sure if you have any daughters, but most girls don't grow much after 14 or 15 years old. ...so don't set your expectations to high.
    I'm only looking for 5-8"......though UW has had plenty of great D under 5-6
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    Quote Originally Posted by FiveHoleFrenzy View Post
    One source has Harvey as a Jan 2002 birthdate (I don't think that is accurate) and Neutral Zone has her as a 10-14-2002 birthdate. That seems right for just completing 8th grade and moving to 9th grade this fall.

    Wisconsin recruiting...I guess they're killing it, but at this stage who really knows?
    I agree, no one has no clue. MJ is in a tough spot because he can't wait to see how they develop because someone else will get them. I do think taking a D is less risky than taking an F or a G, not that that is stopping him or anyone else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy A View Post
    I agree, no one has no clue. MJ is in a tough spot because he can't wait to see how they develop because someone else will get them. I do think taking a D is less risky than taking an F or a G, not that that is stopping him or anyone else.
    Second commitment from an attendee at last week's UW high school camp. Wonder if anymore announcements are coming...

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    Second commitment from an attendee at last week's UW high school camp. Wonder if anymore announcements are coming...
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    Whatever it is, she won't be putting on the uniform for another 5 years! That's a bit much.

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