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The Raiders, a non-profit organization, skate out of SkateQuest of Reston. It is a twin-rink facility just off the Dulles Toll Road in Reston, well-positioned to serve the Northern Virginia and metro D.C. area. Read More

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Reston Raiders - Future Caps Program Description for 2022-23
07/05/2022
Fall 2022 Reston Raiders - Future Caps Program    Program...
Raiders House Program Information for 2022 - 23 Season
06/13/2022
The Reston Raiders Hockey Club provides opportunities for children...
Raiders Learn to Play Program Details For 2022-23 Season
06/12/2022
2022 - 2023 Reston Raiders Learn to Play Program Description  The...
 
Reston Raiders - Future Caps Program Description for 2022-23

Fall 2022 Reston Raiders - Future Caps Program 

 

Program Summary

The Future Caps program is an introductory eight-week program, designed for new players, between the ages of 5-9 yrs old, who have not previously completed a Learn To Play program. The Future Caps program includes a full set of beginner hockey gear in addition to the eight on ice practice sessions. The registration and gear distribution will be run and managed by the Washington Capitals and Pure Hockey.  The on-ice portion of the program is run by the Reston Raiders Hockey Club.

Program Schedule

Sunday mornings at 8:30am to 9:40am on the following dates:

Oct 2nd, Oct 9th, Oct 16th, 23rd, Oct 30th, Nov 6th, Nov 13th & Nov 20th 

Structure

  • The program is based on the USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM) philosophy and is intended to teach players the fundamentals of the game in a fun and supportive environment. 
    • The ADM is USA Hockey’s nationwide player-development program for youth hockey associations. It is based on age-appropriate, age-specific competition and training for boys and girls, beginning with their first steps onto the ice and carrying them through age 18 and beyond. The ADM places a heightened emphasis on skill development and long-term athlete development principles, providing a blueprint for the best possible youth hockey experience. Put simply, it’s doing what’s best for kids. At the younger age levels, it looks like fun and constant motion in small spaces. The ADM encourages station-based practices, small-area games, and cross-ice competition to deliver more repetitions, more puck touches, and more skill development per hour of ice time. It provides the most efficient, most engaging development path for children, keeping them both in the game and on a path toward their full potential.

 

Prerequisites & Registration

  • The program is open to all players who desire to learn to play hockey but have not previously enrolled in a Learn To Play program.
  • Players are required to be competent skaters PRIOR to the first on-ice session.
  • Registration is a two-step process.  

Program Focus

The Future Caps program will focus on the basic skills required to play hockey.  These include:

  • Skating – forward stride, backward stride, stopping, agility, balance, coordination
  • Stickhandling and Puck Protection – fundamentals of stickhandling and how to keep possession of the puck
  • Passing – fundamentals of passing, including technique and different types of passing with a focus on forehand and backhand passes
  • Scoring – teaching shooting basics (wrist shot and backhand) as well as scoring concept
  • Body contact – Hockey is a physical game and while checking is not permitted until 14U, players at all levels will be instructed on how to use body contact as a key skill. 

If you need assistance determining if the Future Caps program is the correct fit for your child, please email Nick Durso, Learn To Play Director, at   – please include your child’s birth year and hockey/skating experience. 


by posted 07/05/2022
Raiders House Program Information for 2022 - 23 Season

The Reston Raiders Hockey Club provides opportunities for children of all skill levels to play ice hockey, from the beginning player to the highly skilled player. The Raiders seek to instill in every child a love for the game of hockey, with a commitment to fair play and sportsmanship. The Club also is committed to helping each child with the development of personal and social skills. The Raiders want to exemplify the principles and philosophies of USA Hockey and, through coaching excellence, to develop the finest youth hockey players possible. The Club is committed to providing a fun environment for players of all ages and skills, with equal opportunity for all. Our key philosophy is Fun Hockey for Kids.

Reston Raiders 2022-23 House Program Registration opens on Monday, June 13th at 9:00 am (registration opens for new & returning members)

To register, players will need a 2021-22 USAH Registration Number: (Register for a current USAH # HERE). To be added to a waitlist, a USAH number is not needed.

2022-23 House Season
The House program is offered to children at the 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U/18U levels. For the 2022-23 season, this includes children born between 2004-2016. The Fall House League season runs from early September to early March.

The 10U through 16U/18U season will culminate in the House playoffs and Championship game (medals will be awarded to the finalists). 8U will not have playoffs; all 8U will receive medals at their last house game.  

Mandatory Evaluation Skates
Mandatory evaluations will take place in early September. Dates to be posted on the website. The House Draft will occur following evaluations. Teams will be drafted for parity. Following the draft, coaches will contact team families and House practices will start mid-September. The Club reserves the right to make trades early in the season to ensure teams are well-balanced. Please note, that there will be no players moved based on parental request, all moves will be made by coaches in the interest of balancing teams. The first official start of house games is scheduled to be in early October.

For questions regarding the house, contact Brendan Ford, Director of House Administration at .

For questions regarding registration contact the Club Registrar at .

 

2022-23 House Program Divisions and Fees

Division

Birthdates

Fee

8U

Born in 2014, 2015, 2016

$1,375.00

10U/12U*

Born in 2011, 2012, or 2013

$1,775.00

     

12U/14U*

Born in 2008, 2009, or 2010

$1,775.00

16U&18U

Born in 2004 - 2006

$900.00

 

 

House Program Skill Level Details


Participants in the House program should have graduated from the Raiders Learn to Program LTP), but at a minimum should have prior hockey experience (camps or lessons) and/or should have skating skills as established in the Learn to Skate program at SkateQuest (or equivalent) or the Star 1 / Pre-Alpha Level. Please refer to http://www.skatequest.com/group-lessons/# for the skills chart and conversion sheet. If a parent of a player who is of 8U or 10U age is uncertain of whether they have the requisite skills for the house program or it is unclear to the Raider Registrar whether a player has the requisite skill, an evaluation by the Learn to Play or House Director will be made and the director will determine whether the player is ready for the house program or needs to be placed in the Initiation Program. Last season's LTP players must have been given notice of graduation in order to sign up for the House program. Please contact the Learn to Play Director at for questions regarding the requisite skills needed and evaluation requests. 

Players who, in the pre-season evaluation skate, are determined to not have the skill level to participate at the level at which they are trying out, will be provided the option to move to a lower level, to the Learn to Play Program or to withdraw completely from the program. Any monetary balance will be refunded. Please note that participation in the Learn to Play Program is not an option at the 12U, 14U and 16U/18U Levels.

 

8U House Details
The Raiders expect to field 10 8U House teams in two different divisions during the 2022-23 season. Four teams will participate in the Campbell Division and six in the Patrick Division. The Campbell Division generally will be composed of older, more experienced players, including 8U Blue and 8U Silver travel players, while the Patrick Division will be composed of younger and less experienced players, including players rising from the Club’s Initiation Program. The division in which a player will play during the season will be determined following 8U evaluation practices, which take place at the beginning of the season. During the first few weeks of the season, players may be assigned to different teams and different divisions as coaches attempt to create balanced teams and place players in the division that provides them with the best opportunity to improve their skills.

The coaches and evaluators will recommend a player play in either the Campbell or Patrick Division based on which division would provide that player with the best opportunity to develop his or her skills. The goals are to ensure that players receive the most appropriate age-level and skill-level instruction, to maximize the number of touches on the puck the player will experience in practice and in games and to provide the optimum game and practice environment for that player not only to develop his or her hockey skills, but also to have fun and enjoy the game of hockey.

Practices
Campbell Division teams and Patrick Division teams will share practice ice during the season. Practices generally will be station-based and follow USA Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM), as players will rotate through stations with players of similar skill and experience as well as players on their team. Coaches may structure some practices so that each team on the ice conducts drills, including cross ice games, only with their team.

Practices will take place once a week on Monday or Friday evenings and will likely be 50-60 minutes in length.

Games

Campbell Division (Upper):  The Campbell Division teams will play 3vs3 or 4vs4 half-ice or cross-ice games on Saturday or Sunday mornings, including some games at Reston Town Center’s outdoor rink. During games, coaches will attempt to match lines so that players of similar experience and skill play against each other. Coaches may swap players from their teams in order to help ensure a competitive environment that optimizes skill development. Coaches also may swap players to create even numbered teams in case one team is missing several of its players.

Patrick Division (Lower): The Patrick Division teams will play 3vs3 or 4vs4 cross-ice games on Saturday or Sunday mornings, including some games at Reston Town Center’s outdoor rink. During games, coaches will attempt to match lines so that players of similar experience and skill play against each other. Coaches may swap players from their teams to help ensure a competitive environment that optimizes skill development. Coaches also may swap players to create even numbered teams in case one team is missing several of its players.

10U /12U House Details*

The Raiders expect to field six 10U/12U house teams during the 2022-23 season. This will be a mix of all players from the 10U age group and the minor birth year players from the 12U age group. Practices will be on Wednesday's at the times noted below. There will be mandatory evaluation session on Saturday, September 10th. Players will attend one of two skating sessions during the morning. On Wednesday, September 14th players will be temporarily assigned to a team for mini scrimmages. Practices for this division will start on September 21st.

12U / 14U House Details*

The Raiders expect to field four 12U/14U house teams during the 2022-23 season. This will be a mix of the major birth year from the 12U age group and the 14U age group. Practices will be on Monday's at the times noted below. There will be a mandatory evaluation session on Sunday, September 11th. Players will attend one of two evening skating sessions. Players will be assigned to temporary teams for scrimmages on September 19th and then assigned to a team. Practice for this division will start September 26th.

* Players in the 12U major birth year who are particularly small or less skilled may be moved down to the 10U/12U division. In rare instances players in the 12 minor birth year may play up on the 12U/14U division.

16U/18U House Details: (3 on 3 at Loudoun Ice Center)

The Raiders expect to field six teams in the 16U/18U division during the 2022-23 season. This division will play 3 on 3 hockey at the Loudoun Ice Centre. The games will be on Sunday afternoon and early evenings. Players in this division will be given reversible jerseys which will allow for adjustments to the teams during the regular season. Teams will consist of 7-8 skaters and a goalie and games will be 45 minutes in length.

Practices for House Program

Below are the anticipated days and practice times for each level in the 2022-23 House Program. Days and times may change depending on numbers at registration. Notwithstanding, House league practices are once a week at the same day/time each week.

8U: Mondays at 6:00 PM-7:20 PM OR Fridays at 4:35-6:00 PM 

10U/12U: Wednesdays 5:40-7:00 PM OR 7:10-8:30 PM 

12U/14U: Mondays 6:00-7:20 PM OR 7:30-8:50 PM (there may be a combined portion of the practice with all four teams from 7:10-7:50 PM)

16U/18U: approximately 4 practices throughout the season.

 

Games for the House Program
8U and 10U/12U House games are scheduled Saturday mornings anytime between 6:00 AM-12:40 PM depending on the weekend.
12U/14U and 16U/18U House games are scheduled Sunday evening, but the 12U/14U division might have some 6:00 AM Sunday games. 

There is not a fixed time for any of a team's games and game times change from weekend to weekend. However, our goal is to minimize the number of 6:00 AM games and ensure that every team will play an equal number of early games. 

 

Special Note to Inline Skaters
We have found that experienced inline skaters make a smooth transition to ice hockey. If your child does well in inline hockey, they will likely do well in ice hockey. The House evaluation process in September places each skater in the appropriate program based on age, size, and skill level, and may include the recommendation that the skater play up/down from their age category or participate in the Initiation Program. Players must register for the House level appropriate to their birth year. For more information, contact the Raiders by email at  or

Discount Information
Sibling Discount: 1st sibling $100 discount, 2nd sibling $150 discount, 3rd sibling $200 discount. Sibling discounts will automatically be applied if a sibling is participating in any other Raider program during the same season. Due to the discounted fee of the Learn to Play Program, the discount will not apply for siblings in Learn to Play. The sibling discount will automatically apply to families provided they use the same email address/account to register all players.

 

Goalie Discount & Goalie Program
RRHC is offering a $500 goalie discount (credited at the end of the season) to players that play in goal for at least half the season. Additionally, all House Teams at the 10U - 16U/18U level will have a Professional Goalie Coach from the Goalie Academy on the ice for all team practices. The Raiders are the ONLY Program in the area that provides this type of instruction for our House Goalies. The coaches will be there to work with the Goalies on Goalie specific drills and instruction. The club will also be offering monthly House Goalie Clinics at Loudoun Ice Centre to give our goalies an additional opportunity to work on their goalie skills.

 


by posted 06/13/2022
Raiders Learn to Play Program Details For 2022-23 Season

2022 - 2023 Reston Raiders Learn to Play Program Description 

The Reston Raiders Learn to Play (LTP) program is offered to all children ages 4 – 10 years old (2012-2018 birth years). The program is based on the USA Hockey American Development Model philosophy and is intended to teach players the fundamentals of the game in a fun and supportive environment. The program will be led by USA Hockey Certified coaches from the Reston Raiders Hockey Club and supported by parent volunteer coaches.   

This program is designed for children who have little to no experience ice skating or playing organized ice hockey and is intended as a prerequisite for those children who wish to join the Raiders recreational House league Program and/or our Travel Program. 

General Information

Registration for 2022 - 2023 Season opens on June 13th 2022 at 9:00am

Program schedule and registration fees:

Learn to Play 1*: 8:30am to 9:40am Sunday mornings at Skatequest

Program Fees: $400 (approximately 20 on-ice sessions)

 

Learn to Play 2**: 7:20am to 8:30am Sunday mornings at Skatequest and varying times Saturday mornings, based on grouping (Loudoun Ice Center); 

Program Fees: $650 (approximately 40 on-ice sessions)

Program Goals

  • To have fun and grow a passion for the game.
  • To learn the fundamental skills required to play the game of hockey - skating, puck handling, scoring, body contact, and passing.
  • To be introduced to the concepts of cooperation and fair play.
  • To develop players so they are prepared to play in the Raiders Travel or House Programs.

Pre-Requisites

  • No prerequisite skating or hockey experience is required for the LTP program. Check the Skatequest website for introductory skating opportunities for your children, if desired.

Program Overview

The program emphasizes the basic hockey skills: skating, puck handling, passing, scoring and body contact. Each skill is introduced and refined in a progressive manner and then again through repetition. Children learn and develop through participating in practice drills and informal and modified games (such as cross ice scrimmages, freeze tag and obstacle courses). Although the emphasis is on fun and progressive skill development, the Learn to Play Program also allows kids to experience “real hockey” situations. 

The LTP program basic hockey skills include:

  • Skating – forward stride, backward stride, stopping, agility, balance, coordination
  • Stickhandling and Puck Protection – fundamentals of stickhandling and puck possession
  • Passing – fundamentals of passing, including technique and different types of passing with a focus on forehand and backhand passes
  • Scoring – teaching shooting basics (wrist shot and backhand) and scoring concepts
  • Body contact – while checking is not permitted until 14U, players at all levels will be instructed on how to use body contact as a key skill. 
     

Program Structure

The Raiders LTP season runs from late September to early March (approximately 20 weeks). There will be a mid-season break from mid-December to early January and the program will not meet on various holiday weekends. The program will be led by USA Hockey Certified coaches from the Reston Raiders Hockey Club and supported by parent volunteer coaches.  There are two formal offerings within the Reston Raiders Learn to Play Program based upon age, skill level and experience: LTP 1 & LTP 2.

Learn to Play 1 (LTP1)*

LTP 1 is intended for younger (4 – 7 years old) and older but less experienced children with no hockey experience.  

  • The LTP1 group will practice one time per week on Sunday mornings.  
  • Younger players (e.g. 4 and 5-years of age) may repeat LTP1 and do not need to move on the LTP2.  All players born in 2018 and new players born in 2017 should register for LTP1. 

Learn to Play 2 (LTP2)**

LTP 2 is intended for older children (6 – 10 years old) or those that have completed LTP1.

  • The LTP2 group will practice two times per week on Saturday mornings and Sunday mornings. 
    • Saturday morning (Loudoun Ice Center) scrimmages; divided by age; will mirror our 8U house program games and begin to ready players for House and Travel
    • Sunday morning (Skatequest) drills/skills/small games
  • Older players (born in 2012, 2013 & 2014) with no (or limited) skating/playing experience may also enroll in LTP2 – completion of LTP1 is not required.

Age Enrollment Guidelines

  • 2018 – LTP1 only 
  • 2017 – LTP1 strongly recommended
  • 2015/16 – LTP1 or LTP2 based on skill and experience level
  • 2012/13/14 – LTP2 only

If you need assistance determining which LTP session is the correct fit for your child, please email and include your child’s birth year and a description of the player’s hockey/skating experience.

 

Evaluations

The Raiders coaching staff will do an initial evaluation on all the LTP players at the beginning of the year to ensure your player is in the correct session. Throughout the season, we may ask that some players move from LTP 1 to LTP 2 and vice-versa depending on their age/ability and what we believe is the best environment for your child’s hockey development. Occasionally we may move some LTP 2 players into the House Program.

Children will be evaluated at the end of the LTP season, and you will be provided a recommendation on the next steps in your child’s hockey career. We will assess if they have the requisite skill level to join the Reston Raiders House or Travel programs or would benefit most from another session of LTP.

To complete LTP1 & LTP, typically takes two, and sometimes three, seasons depending upon age. A child who does not “graduate” immediately to our House program is not a failure or “behind” – many of our most skilled Raider players at the 8U through 18U levels, played multiple years in LTP – your LTP player is at the very beginning of hopefully a long hockey career.  We strive to create an environment where each child enjoys the great game of hockey and looks forward to coming to the rink and leaves the rink with a smile. The LTP program is all about developing players and a passion for the game.

 

Equipment

 

Equipment

  • Hockey Shorts - Jock/Jill (with Velcro to hold up hockey socks)
  • Skates
  • Shin Pads
  • Hockey pants
  • Hockey socks
  • Shoulder pads (small, not overbearing)
  • Elbow pads
  • Hockey gloves
  • Hockey helmet with cage/facemask
  • Hockey stick (generally provided to all LTP participants and distributed at Orientation)
  • Hockey jersey (provided to all LTP participants and distributed at Orientation); jersey color will generally be assigned by birth year
  • Mouthguard (optional)
  • Neck protection (optional)

Equipment Swap

The Reston Raiders host an annual equipment swap where you can find gently used youth hockey gear for very reasonable prices. The equipment swap usually takes place in early September (prior to the LTP season start). Details will be posted on the Raiders website.

Dressing Your Player

Volunteer Coaches

Our program is dependent on adults willing to volunteer their time to help the kids learn to play the great game of hockey. We encourage new volunteers to help us each year. Experienced Raider coaches will plan and lead the sessions and assist in training new coaches. If you would like to volunteer, please email . No previous hockey experience is necessary, although the ability to stand up and move around on skates is beneficial. Minimum requirements include:

  • Registration with USA Hockey
  • SafeSport Education
  • Background Check

Additional Resources
 

For more information, contact Learn to Play Director Nick Durso at .







 

 


by posted 06/12/2022
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