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
We have started registering players for Skills and Drills sessions in November. Please see the Skills and Drills page for details.
Facilities Update (Updated July 10, 2020)
|1||Some parents are concerned that COVID-related regulations and restrictions are overly strict while others are concerned that we will not be stringent enough.||The Club will continue to follow the best available guidance provided by USA Hockey; the CDC; and VA, MD, and DC. Please keep in mind that requirements related to protecting public health, including distancing and health checks, are anticipated to be conditions of use for our rink partners and governing bodies.|
|2||What happens to the dues we pay should the season get cut short? Will we lose that money or get credit towards a following year? If a second wave of COVID shuts down the season in December what happens to the money we spent?||The Club will collect fees for the 20/21 season on a monthly basis to reduce the risk of season cancellation affecting either Club or household finances. Money paid at the beginning of the month will not be refunded if play during that month is suspended due to public health concerns.|
|3||Tryouts: what happens if we missed spring selects?||Additonal details on CBHL tryouts have been provided on the NVHC website's Travel Tryouts page|
|4||Facilities: how will locker rooms, bathrooms, water, spectators be handled?||Each facility will be responsible for following the public health guidelines of their respective jurisdictions. These are anticipated to include periodic shutdowns to clean and disinfect public, high touch areas. Locker room facilities will likely not be accessible and players will be expected to dress prior to entering the rink. Water fountains will be turned off and each player is expected to bring their own water bottle. We also anticipate sharp limitations on spectators due to capacity caps within facilities.|
|5||What are the face mask requirements for players and coaches, both on and off ice?||Cloth masks will be required for all individuals within the facilities where we play. Players will be required to wear cloth masks until they put their helmet on. Coaches will wear cloth masks while on the ice as well.|
|6||If we register (no fee) now, but don't feel comfortable moving forward in August / Sept, can we withdraw our registration?||If you withdraw before paying the initial fee for being rostered to a team there is no penalty. After payment of the initial fee, you will not be refunded if you wish your player to be removed from the team to which he/she was assigned.|
|7||1 - What are the face mask requirements for players and coaches, both on and off ice. 2 - Will face shields (rather than cages) be required on helmets? 3 - If we register (no fee) now, but don't feel comfortable moving forward in August / Sept, can we withdraw our registration?||1. Cloth masks will be required for all individuals within the facilities where we play. Players will be required to wear cloth masks until they put their helmet on. Coaches will wear cloth masks while on the ice as well. 2. See recent guidance from USA Hockey on the use of faceshields (link at bottom of page) 3. If you withdraw before paying the initial fee for being rostered to a team there is no penalty. After payment of the initial fee, you will not be refunded if you wish your player to be removed from the team to which he/she was assigned.|
|8||I am puzzled by the 16/18U team. What does this mean? Will it be one combined team of 16U and 18U players? If so, it will need to play in the 18U level, correct? Or does it mean that it will field just one team, either a 16U or a 18U team? If that is the case, when do we find out which one?||We are currently planning to field one CBHL team that combines 16U and 18U players and plays in the 18U Age Group. If registration numbers support fielding a team at each age group, we will revisit this decision.|
|9||We have a really unusual set of circumstances. We want our son to continue hockey but will likely be in UK in September & October, so he will only be able to play in November & December. We do not want a discount but just hoping this can be accommodated.||Please send an email to email@example.com to discuss directly.|
|10||My son was on house 10U this past fall/winter. We signed up and paid for spring season which was canceled. What is the plan for the upcoming fall/winter season for 12U boys? Thanks||We plan to field two 12U CBHL Coed teams and two 12U CCHL Coed teams. Money paid for spring hockey will be credited back to cover fall/winter fees. Additional details on the application of credits will be provided shortly.|
|11||Will you publish your safety protocols for practices and the season before the travel registration date? We were wondering if full face masks will be required? And what if any modifications will be made to practices and games to support social distancing where practicable?||Specific safety protocols will be provided once we receive additional guidance from our partner rinks. We will continue to strictly adhere to USA Hockey, and other public health guidance during the season.|
|12||Does registration for tryouts bind me to a team?||No. Acceptance of a roster spot after tryouts and rostering decisions are made does.|
|13||What Registrations are Open Now?||Registrations for CBHL Youth Travel Hockey, Girls Hockey, and 8U are open now. Even though we are taking advantage of no-tryout team placement where possible, treat this registration like you were registering for tryouts.|
|14||Given the uncertainity of NVHC Rinks, we are planning to have our player try out elsewhere as well. Will they still be able to register for consideration after the 13th or 20th of July?||We understand the sense of uncertainty and there are opportunities at higher levels of play with other clubs in the DMV. We will consider additional registrants up until our rosters are full for our planned teams. However, low registration numbers could lead us to drop teams at certain age groups due to lack of interest so not registering now to show interest becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Register now but communicate with us your plans so we can can accurately track registrants.|
|15||This tryout without a tryout is unusual. What can we expect the team and the season to look like?||We don't know either. You are registering for whatever hockey looks like when hockey returns. USAH doesn't know, the leagues don't know, and we don't know. But we do have a high confidence we will be able to get players on the ice and offer them a fun experience that furthers their development.|