Maybe this whole age-thing is moot. I was surprised to read that roughly 38% of American undergraduate college students are over 25...
College hockey is fine the way it is. As soon as the big schools get the maximum age of college hockey players reduced to 23, they'll be the first in line at the rules committee's door trying to allows kids to sign their NLI at age 12.
If you really want to fix college hockey, stop the over recruiting. Stop the meaningless verbals. If the kid signs an NLI he should know at that instant what the school is giving him (nothing, 1/2 ride, full ride, etc) and it is locked in. The school will have to honor that even if the kid doesn't make the team. If the kid wants to back out, and go somewhere else then the team is off the hook. But if the team runs out of scholarships to hand out because they over recruit for a certain year, well tough luck. Good luck signing walk-ons for a couple years.
I don't know who is dumber - programs that sign a dozen or more kids for a single class year, or the player who signs with a school that already has a dozen or more kids signed for the year they want to land on campus. Every kid believes they won't be the one to get left in the cold but do the math. There are only so many roster spots on game day. You can't play 45 guys, regardless of what you were told when you signed your NLI.
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There have been no loopholes opening up, teams are not taking older and older players to benefit themselves these have been the same eligibility rules since any on of us can remember so stop trying to change the rules and pretending youíre not doing it in your own self interest. And what if they do change and you still lose?
If you want to change the rules to benefit your programs, you should campaign to allow on-campus regional host sites again like at Mariucci, Yost, REA... at least that would only repeal a recent rule change and return it to the old way and have a shred of dignity. When did the host site rules change, 2010? That seems to correlate really well with when the big $$ schools started doing poorly although when Mariucci last hosted in 2009 the Gophers didnít even make the tournament that year so I guess I see why they are aiming to change the age-old eligibility criteria
I do enjoy how you continue to call 25 year old players "ridiculous" despite all the evidence to the contrary. Maybe if you say it enough someone might believe you.
Per the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center in 2015, the fall 24+ first-time student cohort in 2009 was 19.9%. While that number ebbs and flows with the economy — when times are tougher, older students' enrollment rates drop — but 1-in-5 isn't nothing. The data further down are somewhat interesting, too.
My alma mater has plenty of Students over the Traditional Age, and they aren't all over-age hockey players (although on average, 4-5 a year are).
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[Addendum: yep, I'm aware that other folks posted links. Dang-it, I worked hard to find a study that I liked!!! And I was a traditional student, then a failed grad student a couple of times, then a failed second-bachelors student at 33 ... glad to be back to work.]
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