Prospective Player FAQs

Q: What league do you play in?
We field two teams:  one at the Division I level and one at the Division III level of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (“ACHA”).  The ACHA began as a men’s collegiate hockey league in 1991, and quickly grew to a league of over 150 teams in three men’s divisions. Since then, the ACHA has grown tremendously and now boasts five divisions with over 350 men’s and women’s teams from across the nation.

Within the ACHA, the Division I team competes in the Western Collegiate Hockey League (“WCHL”).  Widely regarded as the most competitive conference in the nation for Division I, the WCHL includes Oklahoma, Central Oklahoma, Missouri State, Arizona, Colorado, and Colorado State.

For its part, the Division III team competes in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (“SECHC”). Comprised of Tennessee, Ole Miss, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, SECHC teams consistently receive national ACHA rankings.

Q: When does the season start?
Generally, the teams’ seasons run from September through early March. Tryouts and training camp take place in late August.

Q: How often do you practice?
The Division I team practices three times per week and the Division III team practices twice weekly.  Regardless of roster, each player must also complete off-ice conditioning work under the guidance of our professional training staff.

Q: How many games do you play?

The Division I team plays approximately thirty-five regular season games, several of which are against WCHL opponents.  The Division III team plays roughly thirty regular season games, a minimum of six of which are against SECHC teams.

Q: Do you recruit?
Yes.  Our formal recruiting on-campus visits typically take place between mid-March through early May.  During that time, we schedule formal player visits that include a current player hosting you for lunch and taking you and your family on a campus tour.  Your visit day also includes time with the coaching staff and discussion time with the current captains.  Although the bulk of our visits occur after the season, we also offer individualized visit days on a rolling basis during the season.

Even if we do not contact you, we encourage you to express your interest in the program when you begin your college search, ideally at the end of your junior year or the beginning of your senior year.

Q: Does Arkansas give scholarships for ice hockey?
No, although you can learn more about the University’s financial aid packages here.

Additionally, the New Arkansan (NRTA) is awarded to entering freshmen and transfer students from Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Entering freshmen must have a 3.2 or higher cumulative high school GPA on a 4.0 scale and an ACT score of at least 24 or 1090 SAT (combined math and critical reading). Transfer students must have at least a 3.0 or higher overall cumulative college GPA and at least 24 transferable hours. Transfer students with fewer than 24 hours must meet the requirements for both entering freshmen and transfer students.

The NRTA is only available to incoming new students. A student who does not meet the eligibility criteria at the time of enrollment may only become eligible for the award in a future term by receiving a University of Arkansas scholarship of $4,000 or more pursuant to Fayetteville Policies and Procedures 516.0.

Award Amount Eligibility Criteria
90% 3.60 GPA and 28 ACT / 1240 SAT
80% 3.40 GPA and 26 ACT / 1170 SAT
70% 3.20 GPA and 24 ACT / 1090 SAT

Entering freshmen with a 3.60 or higher cumulative GPA and a 28 or higher ACT (1240 SAT combined math and critical reading) will receive a New Arkansan NRTA that pays 90% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. Entering freshmen with a 3.40 – 3.59 cumulative GPA and a 26 or higher ACT (1170 SAT combined math and critical reading) will receive a New Arkansan NRTA that pays 80% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. Entering freshmen with a 3.20 – 3.39 GPA and a 24 or higher ACT (1090 SAT combined math and critical reading) will receive a New Arkansan NRTA that pays 70% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.

Transfer students with a 3.30 or higher cumulative transfer GPA will receive a New Arkansan NRTA that pays 90% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. Transfer students with a 3.0 – 3.29 cumulative transfer GPA will receive a New Arkansan NRTA that pays 80% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.  You can learn more about the NRTA here.

Finally, prospective players are encouraged to consider whether they are eligible for an outside scholarship.  Click here to learn more.

Q: What are my chances of making the team?
The answer largely depends on whether you were intentionally recruited.  Recruited players sign a national letter of intent and participate in off-season workouts.  Players who sign a letter of intent are guaranteed placement in our program, but will compete in August for roster placement.  Beyond formally recruited players, we also strongly encourage interested players to walk-on in August in an effort to earn a roster spot.

Q: Where did your players play before coming to Arkansas?
The Team’s roster is comprised of accomplished players from a variety of hockey backgrounds; for example, before coming to Arkansas, some competed at the Junior or Prep school level, others played high school hockey, and still others competed at the travel/club level.  More specifically, past/current rosters include players from junior ranks, including the NAHL, NA3HL, MnJHL, WSHL, and MJHL.  Our rosters often also include players who transferred from NCAA programs and still others who participated in their AAA or AA youth/travel programs.

Q: Does it cost money to play?
Yes, players must pay dues for each season. We operate under a graduated dues system, meaning that your dues fee will remain stagnant throughout your college hockey career and will not increase.  Our dues figure includes practice/game ice, refs, scorers, socks (game/practice), shell, gloves, player apparel, team bag (gear and personal), charter bus transportation, and hotels.  Our substantial fan support helps to keep dues at a reasonable figure.

Q: Can I come see a game?
Yes, we encourage all interested players to advise the program of their interest to attend a home game. During a pre-arranged visit to watch a game, prospective players are invited to come down after the game and meet both the coaching staff and the team’s captains.

Q: Can I attend a practice?
Yes, you may come watch a practice if you have first attended a home game and been admitted to Arkansas. Ordinarily, this option is best for prospective players who apply and are admitted early decision.