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Player and Parent Education

  • Girls Hockey - Landscape and Opportunities:  Each season, the Raiders host educational sessions for players and parents to learn more about girls’ hockey.  The sessions are tailored to share information most relevant to families depending on the age of players and where they are on the hockey development path, from 8U to 19U. Topics include: details about the Raiders Girls Hockey program, the landscape of girls hockey in the DC-MD-VA region, and the many different paths available to female hockey players, including house hockey, Tier 2 and Tier 1 travel hockey, Prep School, NCAA Div 1 and 3, and ACHA (Club hockey). Importantly, the sessions review the differences between girls-only and coed/youth hockey and the issues to consider when deciding whether or not to play on a girls-only team or a coed team or to dual roster. 
  • Listening Sessions: The Raiders welcome player and parent feedback throughout the year, including via season-end parent surveys, player/parent-coach meetings, and Listening Sessions.  The Listening Sessions are hybrid (in-person/virtual) meetings designed to share the Club’s preliminary plans for the upcoming spring or fall season, answer questions and facilitate input that informs the structure of the Club’s program.  Many of the programs in place at the Club today are the direct result of the input from players and families.

Girls Try Hockey for Free: As part of the Club’s innovative Girls Try Hockey for Free Day, the Raiders offer Q&A sessions for new parents and players to learn more about youth hockey, including the opportunities for girls to play the game. During GTHFF Day, families can learn the hockey basics, from what equipment is needed, and how to dress a player to identifying the program that’s the best fit for their player.