NoVA 8U House Program Overview
Current Season: 2020-2021
Player Birth Years: Players born in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Location: All practices and games are held at the Mt Vernon Ice Rink / 2017 Belle View Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22307.
Structure: The NoVA 8U House Program is a Weekend Modal Program with all practices and games held between 6am and 9am on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This allows kids to play other Fall, Winter, and Spring sports as well as hockey.
Practices: 2 ice slots per weekend for 24 weeks beginning in August 2020. Anticipate all practices occurring on Saturday morning and every other Sunday (alternating with the games listed below).
Games: Anticipate all games being played every other Sunday morning.
Fee: 2020-21 Fees: TBD (2019-20 Fees: $650).
Season: August 2020 through February 2021.
Prerequisite: Participation in the Club's 2019-2020 NoVA 8U Hockey Program, the 2020 NoVA Spring Program, our Learn to Play Program or an equivalent Learn to Play Program.
Registration: No-cost registration for our 8U Programs (8U House and 8U Travel) is now open on our registration website. Please register as soon as possible if you are interested, as the program size may be limited by public health measures. Further information on pricing and start dates will follow.
8U Age Representative
8U Program Director
NoVA 8U House Program Specifics
The NoVA Ice Dogs are fielding ten 8U House teams in two different divisions during the season. The season runs from late August to the end of February. Four teams compete in the Metropolitan Division and six teams in the Atlantic Division. The Metropolitan Division is comprised of older, more experienced players, including the NoVA 8U Travel players. The Atlantic Division is comprised of younger and less experienced players, including players rising from the Club’s Learn To Play Program. House evaluations take place in early September to determine the division to which players are initially assigned. 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 assign players to either the Metropolitan or Atlantic Division based on which division will provide all players with the best opportunity to develop their skills. The goals are to ensure that players receive the most appropriate age and skill-level instruction and competition, to maximize the number of "puck touches” they experiences in practice and games, and to ensure they have fun and enjoy the game of hockey.
Every Saturday morning in two different ice slots, Metropolitan Division players and Atlantic Division players will practice independent of each other. One of the Divisions will practice Sunday morning, while the other division will have games. The Sunday game and practice schedule will alternate each week. Practices will be station-based and follow USA Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM), with players rotating through stations with players of similar skill and experience.
Metropolitan Division: The Metropolitan Division teams will play 4v4 half-ice games every other Sunday morning. During games, coaches will 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.
Atlantic Division: The Atlantic Division teams will play 3v3 or 4v4 cross-ice games every other Sunday morning. During games, coaches will 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.