We have designed the Learn to Play (LTP) program to provide beginners, ages 4 and up, with the opportunity to learn and practice the fundamentals of individual and team hockey in a fun environment. We’ve structured our program towards boys and girls who already possess some skating ability as a Learn To Play Hockey Program. Advanced skating skills are not required. However, we strongly encourage each player to have some basic skating ability, such as having completed programs such as Snowplow Sam or Basic 3 or similar skating lessons (offered by Fairfax County Parks Authority or others). Skating fundamentals are critical for this age group; we continuously emphasize such fundamentals throughout the season. This is not a skating lesson program, but this is a great introductory program for youth who would like to try hockey!
Sessions run on Sundays from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm for at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center starting September of each year. Typically, three 8-week sessions are conducted each year, running from September thru February. Our second session is scheduled to begin on Oct 27th, 2019.
We continue to improve the Learn to Play program content from year to year. For older skaters, our session runs from 5:30 to 7:00 pm (the full 90 minutes). For our younger skaters, we have split the 90-minute ice period into two 45-minute periods; each young skater will get 45 minutes of skating time. Those sessions run from 5:30 to 6:15 pm and from 6:15 to 7:00 pm. The cost for full ice time (90 min) is $150 per 8-week session; 45-minute session fees are set at $100. Beginning with this session, we will team with the Washington Capitals' Learn To Play Program, where a limited number of players can register with them for our program. Each applicant must be a first-time skater between the ages of 5-9 to qualify and they skate from 6:15 to 7:00 pm. The cost with the Caps is $170, but equipment is provided: https://learntoplay.nhl.com/capitals
LTP Session #2 for the 2019-2020 season is scheduled as follows at the Mt Vernon Rink starting at 5:30pm (1st-45 min period and 90 min period) and 6:15pm (Learn To Play, Caps Program)
Oct 27 <> Nov 3, 10, 17, 24 <> Dec 8, 15, 22
Session #3 begins in Jan 5th, 2020. Registration will open for that session soon. For more information, please email either our Growth Director, Chris Battles or the Head Coach, John Rader
Tag(s): LEARN TO PLAY (LTP)