Registration is now open for the 2020-2021 season. We will be taking advantage of PVAHA guidance allowing us to place players on teams without on-ice tryouts. Please register now for consideration during this process. Registering does not bind you to playing at NOVA, but it will allow the team selection committees to consider you when creating teams.
The first round of team placement will occur the week of July 13th and will be limited to players who played for NOVA last season.
The second round of team placement will occur the week of July 20th and will be for all players.
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Since our last email update to the Club, we have continued to gather information from our primary rinks (Mount Vernon and Fort Dupont) as it has become available. Based on the gathered information (detailed below in our Hockey Updates,) we plan to begin an age group-based Skills and Drills Program starting in November with monthly sign ups.
Details of the Skills and Drills Program:
To determine our ability to run a program that provides value to players while still meeting the safety standards required by Fairfax County, the District, and the Parks Authority, we plan to run pilot sessions in early October. If the pilot program is successful, we will move forward with our Skills and Drills Program in November. If the pilot sessions are not successful, we will not conduct organized activities as a Club until public safety standards ease and we can successfully conduct hockey operations at either Mount Vernon or Fort Dupont. We will use information gathered from our CBHL, Girls, and 8U registrations and the recently published CCHL survey to identify potential candidates for our return to hockey pilot program. Please do not reach out to the Club to volunteer for this. If you do receive an invite for participation in the pilot, please respond as quickly as possible so we can lock down slots or identify other candidates.
We recognize that the Skills and Drills Program may not be a good fit for all our players. If you are looking for games, scrimmages, and non-distanced drills, we encourage you to sign up with other area programs who are hosting those activities. If you decide to play elsewhere this season, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know so we can remove you from our pre-registration list.
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.
-NVHC Board of Directors
Based on a confluence of changing conditions with Virginia’s Phase III guidelines, lack of specific information from our home rinks at Mount Vernon and Fort Dupont, and other concerns associated with items such as ice cost and school schedules for the fall, we are changing our confidence assessment regarding our ability to organize and field teams for fall 20/21 to LOW. Therefore, NVHC cannot guarantee we will have organized CBHL, Girls, or CCHL teams this fall. Planning for 8U House will be finalized once we receive further information from Mount Vernon. The Club does not intend to use any other facility than Mount Vernon for 8U House.
We will continue to gather information from our partner rinks and announce more specifics on our fall/spring hockey programming once we have better information. We expect this will not occur prior to mid-August (right at or outside the window provided to us for providing initial CBHL rosters to the League).
PVAHA guidance for 10-18U Travel and 10-19U Girls states that clubs can offer positions for new players starting July 20th. Based on the NVHC uncertainties, we want to share these confidence assessments with parents now to make sure no players miss the opportunity to tryout at clubs that feel they have more control over what they can offer in the Aug-Oct timeframe.
We will leave our no-cost registration open into mid-August so players can return to register after other clubs have made their own travel and girls roster decisions. We will not roster players until we can definitively announce what we can offer and when players can get on the ice. If you decide to leave for another hockey opportunity, please let us know as soon as possible so we can update our registration data. You can re-register later. Contact email@example.com for CBHL and firstname.lastname@example.org for Girls.
We will still run our planned on-ice sessions on the 26th of July at Haymarket. Players who paid to attend this session may still do so. 10U and older players who would like to attend this session to provide coaches with more information for later roster decisions or just to have an opportunity to skate, may also sign up using the Coed > New to CBHL Travel link. Please indicate your intent for the skate in the free text block labeled “If you played at a different club last season, what club, age group, and level.”
Updated Spring Refund Policy
Given the current unknowns and delayed season start, as well as to simplify our accounting going forward, we plan to refund the previously collected spring fees rather than apply them to fall registration. Because the Club incurs other expenses beyond ice (that occur whether we are skating or not), we will refund 85% of spring fees on Thursday, August 13th. As a non-profit organization, we are always appreciative of donations which allow us to continue to provide a high quality, low cost hockey experience to our players. If you would like to donate all or a portion of your Spring fees, please let us know by replying to this email before August 1st.
Regardless of whether the spring refund applies to you, if you would like to donate to the Club, you can do that through our registration system. The donation option is available at registration step 1.3. We greatly appreciate your consideration as fees and donations are our only Club revenue.
Thank you to all of our Ice Dog players, coaches, volunteers, and families for your understanding, patience and cooperation while we monitor our ability to get back on the ice.
NVHC Board Members
The NoVA Ice Dogs are currently seeking coaches for our fall/winter 20/21 travel (CBHL 10U+ and Girls 10U+) programs. Because these programs require tryouts (currently scheduled for April 25-29, 2020), we need to identify those coaches who will serve as leads and assistants for tryouts (and will then be assigned as head and assistant coaches for teams once players are sorted and selected). Similar to our Spring Selects program, we will be using our new application system for all coaches, standardizing our process across all programs. Coaches must complete this application regardless of previous experience with the Ice Dogs!
Interested candidates can follow the link below to complete the application process. The cut-off date for head coach applications is Friday, March 20th. The cut-off date for assistant coach applications is Friday, March 27th. If you’re interested in providing coaching assistance during tryouts, we would also appreciate receiving applications by the 27th as well but will accept applications for practice coaches throughout the spring and summer.
Applications will be reviewed by the NoVA Ice Dogs Hockey Committee (CCHL Director, CBHL Director, Girls Director, Growth Director) and the 8U Program Director and initial coaching decisions announced prior to the conduct of tryouts. Final assignment of head and assistant coaches within an individual program will be determined by their player’s placement following completion of tryouts. All coaches selected as potential Travel coaches (pending player decisions) will be expected to participate in and support the travel tryouts that are scheduled to occur April 25-29, 2020 at the Mt Vernon Ice Rink.
The application process should take 5-10 minutes for potential assistant and practice coaches our 10-20 minutes for potential head coaches. Click here to begin the application process: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/20-21_winter_coach_application
The NoVA 14U AA Girls team competed at the Southeast District Tournament held at Ashburn and Reston March 16-18. NoVA 14U beat Team Carolina 8-1, lost to the Florida Lady Bulldogs 4-3 in a shootout, beat the Raleigh Jr. Hurricanes 8-0 and lost in the championship game to the Florida Lady Bulldogs 6-3. NoVA 14U was awarded an at large bid to compete in the USA Hockey National Championships which will be held at The New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA, April 4-9. The NoVA 19U Girls, who swept their age group at the district tournament will also attend.
The NoVA 19U AA Girls team won the USA Hockey Southeastern District Tournament Championship this past weekend with a 6-1 win over the Potomac Patriots. The 19U team advances to the USA Hockey National Championships being held this year in Marlborough, Massachusetts April 4-9. The NoVA 19s outscored their opponents 28-1 in their three Pool Play victories prior to the Championship Game defeating the Carolina Eagles 15-1, Potomac 5-0 and the Nashville Flyers 8-0.
The NoVA 19U AA Girls completed their undefeated season in the CBHL 19U Girls Division by beating the Reston Raider 19s 6-1 in the Championship Game this past Sunday. The NoVA 19s gave up just two goals in the CBHL Playoffs. One goal to Reston and one goal to the Carolina Eagles. With a perfect regular season record of 12-0-0, NoVA netted 70 goals while giving up just 11. The NoVA 19U AA Girls are the Regular Season Champions finishing at the top of the CBHL 19U Girls Division.