The USPHL exists to move players to college hockey and the coaches are all highly regarded and respected within coaching circles. All of them have a wealth of experience in the game as both players and coaches. Most of all, they care about their players and work tirelessly to help them achieve their goals.
Players in all USPHL teams will receive extensive on-ice training as well as a lengthy regular season schedule to further develop their skills. Additionally, the players participate in off-ice training to develop their strength, speed, and agility. The training programs are run by top-quality strength coaches and trainers and mirror those used by NHL and NCAA teams.
Every USPHL team has a full-time athletic trainer to care for any injuries that occur in practices or games. Clubs also rely on doctors to provide medical care and physical examinations to ensure the players’ health.
Players will be housed with teammates or families of younger players from the USPHL clubs’ youth programs. Great care will be taken to ensure a positive “home away from home” environment in the USPHL. Players are coming from around the country and the globe, so a positive living arrangement in a new home is vital to the transition into the USPHL.
For many players on USPHL teams, this is the first time they will be away from home, therefore our member clubs take great care in providing a healthy environment to help players grow both on and off the ice. The players will live either with teammates or with families whose children play in the USPHL clubs’ youth organizations. These families provide all the comforts of home for a player in order to cultivate hockey development, academic pursuits, and growth as a human being. A player is fully integrated into their new home and “second family”, promoting a smooth adjustment that helps make his time in the USPHL a rewarding experience and creates relationships that can last a lifetime.
Due to the USPHL’s location in the backyard of over 100 NCAA Division One and Division Three hockey programs, scouts are present at a majority of USPHL regular season contests. Also, showcases provide unprecedented access for scouts to see the entire league in one building. The USPHL clubs have lengthy lists of alumni who have advanced to NCAA and professional hockey due to the exposure to scouts provided by the league.
Aside from practices and training sessions, players have a normal life during the season. High school aged players will attend classes either at a local school or online. Players who have graduated high school can take part-time classes at area colleges or online and/or work part-time jobs.
There are multiple ways a player is selected to compete for a USPHL team. Players can be recruited by the coaching staff or attend one of the off-season tryout camps. Additionally, the players can be evaluated at the USPHL Spring and Summer Showcases. All players will have to earn their roster spots during training camps prior to the start of the USPHL regular season.