Membership is competitive; team members are selected by the coaching staff based on training camp tryouts. Dates are listed on the home page. In a typical season, the team will have a roster of 20-25 players.
We have non-playing members serving a variety of capacities. If you are interested in participating, but do not play hockey or do not make the team, you may qualify for a non-playing membership. Non-player membership will be limited, and will require a season long commitment to fill a team need, such as equipment manager. If you would like more information about the possibility of a non-player membership, contact General Manager Art Chill at email@example.com.
All prospective players must attend training camp and have documentation of a physical within six months prior to training camp and must have regulation equipment.
Any Ramapo College undergraduate and graduate student in good standing, incoming freshman, or incoming transfer student can try out for the team. In addition, the coaching staff actively recruits qualified student-athletes from the region. We are always looking for skilled players who fit our team concept and RCNJ’s academic profile. Typical prospects are those students who are at the end of their junior year or at the beginning of their senior year in high school. We also recruit players from two-year institutions who wish to transfer to a four-year college. Students wishing to be accepted to RCNJ should be in the top 20% of their graduating class and score a 1050+ on the SAT (critical reading and math combined only). Each student is different and admissions requirements may differ from year-to-year based on a number of factors.
The ice hockey team is a self-sustaining club team. Although Student Activities Revenue Management (SARM) allocates some funds to each College club, each club is responsible for ensuring it can meet its expenses. For most clubs, expenses are minimal and do not exceed the SARM allocation. However, ice hockey has a number high costs, including ice time for games and practices, and transportation for away games. For this reason, many travel teams and club teams at all levels have membership fees. Our membership fee provides the foundation that ensures expenses will be met. The team will also hold fundraisers, seek sponsorships, and explore other avenues of potential income.
Membership fees are significantly lower than those paid by travel team players in our area and are comparable to the fees paid by other collegiate ice hockey club teams. Fees may vary slightly from year to year to adjust to changes in the team budget. This year, the membership fee is $2,500. This fee includes the cost of home and away jerseys, home and away socks, shells, t-shirt, team jacket, and equipment bag, which become the property of the player. More information about the fees will be provided at training camp.
No. Although the team will be run like a NCAA varsity team, it is an American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division III club team.
Any RCNJ student may be eligible for a scholarship, loan, or grant based on academic excellence or financial need. However, there are no scholarships offered specifically as incentives for ice hockey players. In fact, RCNJ may not offer ANY athletic scholarships, even for varsity athletic teams, because RCNJ competes at the NCAA Division III level.
Our team competes in the Metropolitan Collegiate Hockey Conference (MCHC), Atlantic Region of the ACHA. Other league members include St. Thomas Aquinas, Maritime, Columbia, Fordham, Stevens, Hofstra, U. S. Merchant Marine Academy, and Suffolk. Our affiliation with the league and the association gives us the opportunity to compete toward a regional tournament and a national championship. In addition, the team will play a number of “non-league” games to maximize the number of games played in a season. 2017-18 opponents include Quinnipiac, Delaware, Southern Connecticut State, Fairfield, Farmingdale State, California (PA), Rowan and Stockton.
The regular season generally starts with games in the last week of September and runs through February. We do not play games during the 5 weeks of winter break. If we advance beyond the regular season, MCHC playoffs are in mid-February; the ACHA Regional Tournament is usually played the end of February, and the ACHA National Tournament is generally held in mid-March.
In a typical regular season, the team plays 26-28 games. 14 games are against MCHC opponents and the remaining games are played against other Division III teams.
The team practices on the ice two nights a week at Sport-o-Rama Ice Rink in Monsey, New York six miles from RCNJ campus. Team practice runs for an hour and a half. Additionally, as students of RCNJ, players have full access to the on campus gym facilities in the Bradley Center and are expected to maintain an off-ice conditioning program.
The team will travel to away games by charter bus. The cost of this transportation is covered by the team budget and is provided at no additional cost to members. Players are responsible for their own transportation to Sport-o-Rama for home games and practices. Players are encouraged to arrange carpools.
Absolutely! We encourage all prospective student-athletes to attend our games. Simply let us know of your interest and we will arrange to meet you before a game. During that visit, prospective players and their parents will be invited to meet with the coaching staff and the team’s captains.
The rules and regulations are covered in the club’s Constitution and By-Laws.