We recently spoke with a coach at a NESCAC school who wants my son to take a PG year... so he will apply in his senior year to both college and PG. This way when he takes his PG year he can concentrate on his sport (ice hockey) and academics and not worry about applying to college. He will be graduating from a competitive private school and hopes to go to Hotchkiss, Choate, Andover or one like that. The coach said that ALL hockey players either do a PG year or a year of Junior Hockey. And since we are talking D3, there is no money involved here. AND my son is completely aware that he could arrive on campus after PG year, and not be played... That is true with any sport though, even highly sought after D1 athletes.