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NoVA Ice Dogs Programs

Thanks for checking out the Ice Dogs! We are confident you will find a program that fits your player’s and your family’s needs!

Please note that your player needs a USA Hockey number to register for any hockey programs. Click HERE to start your USA Hockey number registration process.


Learn To Play (LTP)

Fall Learn to Play is in session! Stay tuned for dates for the winter session.

Sundays, Sept 18- Nov 20 
5:30-6:15pm (ages 5-8) or 6:15-7:00pm (ages 9-12) 
Mount Vernon ReCenter 
Cost: $175 
 

Players need a current USA Hockey number to register for LTP. Get your number here: https://membership.usahockey.com/  More info below. 

Learn to Play Program 

The NoVA Ice Dogs Learn to Play (LTP) program is designed to provide players ages 5 and up with the opportunity to learn and practice the fundamentals of individual and team hockey in a fun and supportive environment. Our program is based on the USA Hockey American Development Model, emphasizing the basic hockey skills: skating, puck handling, passing and scoring. Each skill is introduced and refined in a progressive, one-step-at-a-time manner and then again through repetition. Children learn and develop through participating in practice drills and informal and modified games.  

Coach Mike Hearon will lead the program with support from skating instructor Coach Lauren and other Ice Dog volunteer coaches and players. Coach Mike is a career Navy Pilot and will be volunteering his time with the Ice Dogs while stationed here. He grew up playing hockey on Long Island, played club hockey at Fordham University, and currently plays adult hockey with the D.C. Armed Forces Club. Mike’s wife, Coach Lauren, is a professional skating instructor. Together, they hope to grow your child's love for hockey and support the Ice Dogs mission. 

The LTP fall season consists of ten 45-minute sessions,* beginning Sunday Sept 18 through Sunday Nov 20.  

LTP1 is for players 5-8 (birth years 2014-2017) and runs 5:30-6:15 pm. 

LTP2 is for players age 9 and older (birth years 2010-2013) and runs 6:15-7:00 pm. 

Group assignments may be adjusted based on numbers and skills of players.  

Please make sure you arrive at the rink in time to get your player dressed out, skates tied etc. so they are ready to get on the ice at their group’s start time!  

Prerequisites 

  • Players should have basic skating skills, such as those taught in “Snowplow Sam” programs 1 and 2 (offered through the Fairfax County Parks Authority) or the equivalent. This includes knowing how to fall down and get up, start, stop, and turn.  

  • Participants need to register with USAHockey. Registration fees vary by birth year. Your USAHockey registration number is good for a full year (August-August). 

  • LTP skaters need full gear (helmet, pads, gloves, sticks, skates) to be on the ice. Check out gear inventory lists here. The Ice Dogs have *very limited* supplies of gear to loan: contact info@novaicedogs.org if you need help locating gear. 

Registration 

Skaters ages 5-8 (Birth years 2014-2017) register for LTP 1, 5:30-6:15pm 

Skaters ages 9-12 (Birth years 2010-2013) register for LTP2, 6:15-7:00pm 

LTP sessions take place Sunday evenings 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20  

Group assignments may be adjusted based on numbers and skills of players. 

Register here: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/334491 

*This season’s LTP structure returns to two 45-minute blocks, as it was prior to 2020. By designating the first block for younger players and the second block for older players, our coaches are better able to plan age-and skill-appropriate instruction and activities. Although we no longer have the option for players to participate in both blocks (for 90 minutes), the Ice Dogs will be offering a range of clinics and power skating opportunities, in addition to the stick and puck and open skates available through the ReCenter, for developing players to get more instruction and ice time. 

Click HERE for frequently asked question about Learn To Play.

Click HERE for a complete gear list and options for where to purchase.

Click HERE for video on youth hockey gear and how to put it on.

Michael Hearon

LTP Coordinator


8U Program

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!

NoVA Ice Dogs 8U Travel team gearing up for the game!

Ben Marter

8U Program Director


CCHL/club team

CCHL NoVA Ice Dogs 14U makes the Save

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.  

Mike Sharp

CCHL Director


CBHL/travel team

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

CBHL NoVA Ice Dogs 12U playing outdoors

Matt Seney

CBHL Director


Girls Program


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.

Larry Blake

Girls Director


Coaches

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.  

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