Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I JOIN?

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 20-22 players. 

DO I HAVE TO BE ON THE TEAM TO JOIN THE CLUB?

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 Art Chill Director of Hockey Operations at achill@ramapo.edu. 

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR TRYING OUT?

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. 

WHO CAN TRY OUT?

Any Ramapo College (RCNJ) 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 several factors.

WHY IS THERE A MEMBERSHIP FEE?

The ice hockey team is a self-sustaining competitive sports club. Although the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) allocates funds to the Athletic Department for distribution to the competitive sports clubs, each club is responsible for ensuring it can meet its expenses. Since the allocated funds are insufficient to cover the programs major expenses of ice time for games and practices, charter bus transportation for away games and coaches’ salaries, a membership fee must be assessed to ensure expenses will be met. The team will also hold fundraisers, seek sponsorships, donations and explore other avenues of potential income.

HOW MUCH IS THE MEMBERSHIP FEE?

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. The 2019-20 membership fee is $3,000 for new players and $2,800 for returning players. This fee includes home and away jerseys (kept after graduation), home and away socks, shell, practice jerseys and socks, premium 1/2 zip long-sleeve tech tee, t-shirt, training shorts, team jacket and pants, and equipment bag.  

IS THIS A VARSITY TEAM?

No. Although the team will be run like a NCAA varsity team. The program is a Division III Club Team playing in the Collegiate Hockey Federation (CHF) national association. Locally, the team will be a member of the Empire Collegiate Hockey Conference (ECHC).

WHAT KINDS OF SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR RAMAPO COLLEGE ICE HOCKEY PLAYERS?

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.

WHO WILL THE TEAM PLAY?

The 2019-20 schedule is posted on the home page of this website. Our objective is to qualify for the CHF National Championship Tournament in Nashville, TN. Last season, the team was ranked third in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Atlantic Region and played in the National Tournament in Dallas, TX. 

WHEN DOES THE SEASON START AND END?

The regular season generally starts with games in mid-September and runs through February. We do not play games during the 4 weeks of winter break. If we advance beyond the regular season, the CHF National Tournament will be played mid-March in Nashville, TN.

HOW MANY GAMES DOES THE TEAM PLAY?

A typical regular season, the team plays 24-26 games against top tier CHF teams.

WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE TEAM PRACTICE?

The team practices on the ice two nights a week at Ice Vault in Wayne, NJ, 20 minutes from the RCNJ campus. Team practice runs for an hour and a quarter. 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.

IS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED?

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 Ice Vault for home games and practices. Players are encouraged to arrange carpools.

CAN I COME SEE A GAME?

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 captain(s).

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE ABOUT RULES AND REGULATIONS OF RAMAPO COLLEGE ICE HOCKEY?

The rules and regulations are covered in the club’s Constitution and By-Laws.