February 4, 2021
Greetings Ice Dogs family,
The NoVa Ice Dogs organization would like to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous year in 2021! With all of us finding new ways to function in our day-to-day lives, it seems like things may never get back to what we all considered “normal.” This applies to NoVA as well; during the pandemic, we found ourselves on a train with no tracks, brakes, or end in sight. We’ve had to make difficult decisions with no guarantees of success, including the decision not to participate in competitive hockey for the 2020-21 season. We were, however, able to keep our players on the ice in “Skills n Drills” sessions even with nearly impossible restrictions.
On behalf of the NoVa Board of Directors (BOD), a huge Thank You goes out to all the coaches and off-ice volunteers who gave their time and energy so selflessly. You helped ensure we achieved our goal to continue to offer hockey, the NoVa Ice Dogs way, to all of the participants in the “Skills n Drills” sessions! We hope you and your skater enjoyed your experience.
As we have in the past, the NoVa Ice Dogs Hockey Club is preparing for full participation in Travel, House, Girls, 8U and Learn to Play hockey for the 2021-2022 season. While details such as dates, times and opportunities have not yet been determined, we are moving full steam ahead -- on the tracks, with brakes and a clear direction.
But the train is missing one thing—All of you Ice Dogs on board! We want our entire Ice Dog family to know we understand many of you felt the need to migrate elsewhere during our COVID-forced pull-back, but we also want you to know we are full speed ahead on a steady course. Now that there is a light at the end of the “pandemic tunnel,” we ask that you consider coming back to the family-oriented community you know and love, with personalized coaching that is so beneficial to your skater’s growth. It’s just not the same without you!
Finally, the fabric of what makes NoVa so great is the volunteers behind the scenes that make it all work. Our hockey club has always been volunteer-based and will continue to be so moving forward. With everything that has happened over the last ten months, the work ahead of us, and given our upcoming Board of Directors elections, WE WANT YOU ON OUR TEAM! The NoVa BOD will have many positions to fill for the 2021-2022 season and we’re looking forward to hearing how you can help us run an excellent program. Stay tuned for future messages regarding positions, elections and plans for next season.
Thank you, Ice Dogs! We can’t wait to see you all at the rink real soon… ALL ABOARD!!
The Northern Virginia Hockey Club
Board of Directors
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We have scheduled our skills and drills pilot program to begin in October and have now opened registration for a month-to-month skills and drills program that will begin in November. As a first step for implementing this program, we have opened registration to determine player interest. Once a player has registered interest, we will divide players into age and ability groups and direct them to their final registration where the monthly fee will then need to be paid. This is similar to the approach we have used in seasons past when first conducting general registration and then conducting specific team registration.
If the pilots go as planned, we will begin the full skills and drills program on November. 7, 2020. Each group of players will have two ice sessions per week. These sessions will be conducted at Mount Vernon Rec Center with one session each on Saturday and Sunday. Monthly cost for the program will be based upon $20/player/session. For November, the total cost per player will be $120 to reflect six ice sessions. Once money is paid for a monthly session, it is non-refundable.
Thank you to all our Ice Dog players, coaches, volunteers, and families for your understanding, patience and cooperation while we develop a plan for the 20/21 season that can be safely and effectively implemented in the weeks and months ahead.
A thoughtful piece provided by Debbie Moon, the CBHL Commissioner: