Over the past decade, one of the most frequent questions we got asked via email or twitter dm’s is if we offered or know of any sort of education for scouting. We’ve been slowly working away on a course for several summers and in October we will launch Scouts U, a training course for prospective scouts.
HockeyProspect.com’s Mark Edwards on the subject.”It’s been consistent since at least 2010, we got asked a lot about Scouts education. About 7 years ago I started putting together how I would do some sort of Scouts Training Course. Every summer since then, I’ve spent two or three weeks working on it. A few years ago, one of our guys put some hours into it as well, but we’ve reworked everything since then. It’s been a very long slow process, but this summer it’s been more than just myself chipping away at it and we have spent a lot more time on it. My goal was to produce something I’d want to enrol in myself. We’re still finishing things up, but I really like what we’ve completed so far. I’ve showed the course to a few NHL Scouts and the feedback has been great.”
Scouts U will offer two courses. Part I and the creatively named Part II. Part I will give the the students an overview of the scouting profession and on what scouts look for during their trips to the rinks. Part I uses audio and video throughout the course and has units on everything from preparation to breaking down shooting and puck retrieval. Part II will be more focused on the practical work and is offered to students who have completed Part I.
Stay tuned and check back in October for the exact launch date.