College coaches look at girls who have been a part of the NAHA program differently than recruits from other hockey programs and prep schools. They are viewed as having a better understanding of the game, of the preparation it takes physically, athletically and psychologically to compete at the highest levels, and are better prepared to meet the challenges at the collegiate level. Their dedication and commitment to excellence has been tested in a demanding program where they have learned to balance their academic and athletic obligations.
The NAHA program is an intensive, high-performance program where the players are treated as athletes with the potential to play at the elite levels of their sport. Aspects of the program are modeled after the best college programs in the country, and assets are provided to these athletes that are only available at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers. Players are on the ice six days a week, either practicing or competing. All aspects of the program- education, daily schedule, nutrition, and athletic- are integrated and planned to give our athletes the ability to excel on and off the ice. The competitive schedule is unlike any for female hockey players of this age, and our girls are challenged in every game. Our expectations are high, and players learn to be accountable, on and off the ice.
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