NoVA 8U House Program Overview
Current Season: 2019-2020
Player Birth Years: Players born in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
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 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 August 17, 2019. 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.
Season: August 17, 2019 through February 2020.
Prerequisite: Participation in the Club's 2018-2019 NoVA 8U Hockey Program, the 2019 NoVA Spring Program, our Learn to Play Program or an equivalent Learn to Play Program.
8U Program Director
8U Age Representative
NoVA 8U House Program Specifics
The NoVA Ice Dogs expect to field ten 8U House teams in two different divisions during the season. The season runs from late August to the end of February. Four teams will participate in the Metropolitan Division and six teams in the Atlantic Division. The Metropolitan Division generally will be comprised of older, more experienced players, including the NoVA 8U Travel players. The Atlantic Division will be comprised of younger and less experienced players, including players rising from the Club’s Learn To Play 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 assign a player to either the Metropolitan or Atlantic 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 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.
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 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.
Metropolitan Division: The Metropolitan Division teams will play 4v4 half-ice games every other Sunday morning. 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.
Atlantic Division: The Atlantic Division teams will play 3v3 or 4v4 cross-ice games every other Sunday morning. 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.