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GOAL Program



Growing Outstanding Academic Leaders (G.O.A.L.) was established to encourage, support and reward youth hockey players who commit themselves to their schoolwork while enjoying the sport of hockey.


It is the goal of the Growing Outstanding Academic Leaders (G.O.A.L.) program to significantly increase awareness among youth hockey players that performance in the classroom is more important in life than performance on the ice. It is also a stated goal of G.O.A.L. to generate a lasting, measurable impact on higher achievement in the classroom.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is G.O.A.L.?
An academic achievement program, which stands for "Growing Outstanding Academic Leaders". It is designed to encourage student athletes to maintain good grades while participating in youth hockey and to reward their performance.

2. Who can participate in the program?
All Minnesota Hockey youth players. G.O.A.L. is free to all Minnesota youth hockey associations. (Mite through Bantam for CLHA)

3. How can I get my son or daughter involved in G.O.A.L.?
Individuals alone may not participate in G.O.A.L. They must be part of a team that belongs to an Association that has an Association G.O.A.L. coordinator.

4. What are the criteria for qualification?
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above during the academic period(s) which coincides with the youth hockey season.

5. How can parents help?
Most importantly, keep reminding players about the importance of school and how G.O.A.L. will recognize their performance. Teach them that the sport of hockey is not a destination in life, but a vehicle to learn how to better live life.

Qualification Criteria

  • Student athletes (Mite through Bantam) must have a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above.
  • Special education students may qualify with a letter from their case manager stating they showed above average performance.
  • Grades will be utilized from the time period that closely aligns with the hockey season.
    - For Students on trimesters: Final fall  and midterm winter
    - For students on quarters:  Final fall, and final winter 1
  • All grades received during the designated grading period must be used to determine Grade Point Average
  • No incomplete grades are allowed during the designated grading period.
  • This program is not mandatory for all student athletes. Participation is up to the family of each individual skater.
  • Report cards will be utilized to determine Grade Point Average, but G.O.A.L. will respect all laws and privileges for privacy. All information will be kept confidential.

Grade Point Formulas

A+ 4.333
A 4.000
A- 3.667
B+ 3.333
B 3.000
B- 2.667
C+ 2.333
C 2.000
C- 1.667
D+ 1.333
D 1.000
D- 0.667
NC 0.000
O 4.000
S+ 3.750
S 3.000
S- 2.500

*For each class, list the points that correspond with the letter grade for that class. Add all the points together and divide by the total number of classes to arrive at the GPA. This formula should result in a number between 0 and 4. If the number is 3.0 or greater, the participating student athlete qualifies for G.O.A.L.