Learn To Play (LTP) introduces new players to hockey skills like passing, shooting, stick handling, puck control and positioning, as well as developing their conditioning and skating. Participants do need some basic ice skating experience before joining a Learn to Play LTP session. NoVA Ice Dogs offers three 10-week sessions per year of LTP hockey in the fall, winter and spring.
LTP takes place at the Mount Vernon Rec Center on Sunday evenings. Younger children can participate in 60 minute session; older players can stay for the full 90 minutes.
Upcoming LTP Seasons and Registration
The 8U program is for players with birth years 2013 through 2015. Games are played “cross ice,” which is better for young players, and the focus is on skill development, teamwork and having fun.
The Ice Dogs register one 8U travel team in the CBHL, after tryouts in the summer. All other 8U teams play in the club’s house program, against other Ice Dog teams and area clubs.
8U players can expect 6 practices and 2 games each month, plus jamborees and tournaments. Games and jamborees are held at rinks throughout Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland.
NoVA Ice Dogs 8U Travel team gearing up for the game!
8U Program Director
CCHL NoVA Ice Dogs 14U makes the save
CCHL NoVA Ice Dogs 14U on the attack
The Capital Corridor Hockey League is a co-ed recreational youth hockey league.
Teams are open to players of all levels who have basic hockey skills. Registration opens in June for the September-February season.
CCHL players can expect one practice and one game per weekend, with a final tournament in March. Games are played at rinks throughout Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland; the tournament is in Frederick, MD.
The Chesapeake Bay Hockey League (CBHL) is a Tier II hockey league.
Travel hockey is for more experienced players. Tryouts are held each spring for placement on teams. The season runs from August-March.
CBHL players can expect 2-3 weekly practices and approximately 2 games on weekends, as well as 3-4 tournaments throughout the season. Games are played at rinks throughout Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland; tournaments may be farther away. CBHL teams are co-ed.
CBHL NoVA Ice Dogs 12U playing outdoors
12U Girls protecting the goal
14U Girls controlling the puck
NoVA Ice Dogs Girls Teams have several options for leagues and level of play. This season we have teams playing in the Chesapeake Bay Hockey League (CBHL), a Tier II hockey league, and playing independent schedules.
Tryouts are held each spring for placement on teams. The season runs from August to March. The level of play for each team is determined after tryouts and that determines league, schedule, and national-bound declarations.
Girls Teams can expect 2-3 weekly practices and approximately 2 games on weekends, as well as 3-4 tournaments throughout the season. Most games are played at rinks throughout Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland with some teams traveling routinely to Pennsylvania and New Jersey; tournaments may be farther away.
All Ice Dog coaches are volunteers; many are parents of players or former players. Most play or played competitive hockey themselves.
All coaches complete USA Hockey certification for the age level they are coaching. They are also SafeSport certified and provide a background check.