The Raiders, a non-profit organization, skate out of SkateQuest of Reston. It is a twin-rink facility just off the Dulles Toll Road in Reston, well-positioned to serve the Northern Virginia and metro D.C. area. Read More
Every player (except Mite Blue Travel Team which was selected last spring) is required to attend evaluations. The evaluation sessions are critical and enable the coaches to assess each player's skill level and help the Club to select teams that are balanced and competitive. Therefore, if a player is unable to attend an evaluation session, that player may not be placed on a team until coaches have an opportunity to evaluate that player. Please contact the house director (firstname.lastname@example.org) if your player will not be able to attend his/her scheduled evaluation session below.The groups are divided by the first letter of the players last name.
9/6/17 at 5:40- 7:00 pm on OLY A-L
9/6/17 at 7:10 -8:30 pm on OLY M-Z
9/8/17 at 4:35-6:00 pm on OLY M-Z
9/8/17 at 6:00-7:20 pm on NHL A-L
· All Mites are expected to come to both days
· Coaches will be evaluating players to be placed on Mite Silver and Mite Black Travel Teams during these sessions as well
· Mite Blue Travel Team does not need to attend
9/9/17 at 7:35 - 8:50 am OLY A-I
9/9/17 at 9:05 - 10:20 am OLY J-Z
9/9/17 at 10:35 - 11:50 am OLY A-L
9/9/17 at 12:05 - 1:20 pm OLY M-Z
9/9/17 at 3:05 - 4:20 pm OLY A-J
9/9/17 at 4:35 - 5:50 pm OLY K-Z
16U & 18U/Midgets
9/9/17 at 6:05 - 7:20 pm OLY A-Z
9/10/17 at 8:20-9:35 am NHL Squirt & Peewee
9/10/17 at 9:45 - 11:00 am NHL Bantam & Midget
- Goalies should attend on Saturday during their division session as well. If they wish to skate out as player during the season, they should dress as player during Saturday’s evaluations.
Initiation Program (Learn to Play) Details for 2017-2018 Season
The Reston Raiders Initiation Program is offered to all skaters generally aged 4 and older. The program is based on the USA Hockey model for learning to play ice hockey in a fun and supportive environment and is open to children with 2007 – 2013 birth years. This program is designed for children who have little to no experience playing organized ice hockey and it is intended as a pre-requisite for those children who wish to join the Raiders house league recreational hockey programs.
The Goals of the Program are:
To have fun while playing hockey and engaging in physical activity.
To learn the basic skills required to play the game of hockey.
To develop an understanding of basic teamwork through participation in a variety of activities and adapted game situations.
To be introduced to the concepts of cooperation and fair play.
The program will focus on the basic skills required to play hockey. These include:
What does my child get out of this program?
The program emphasizes the basic hockey skills: skating, puck handling, passing and shooting. Each skill is introduced and refined in a progressive one step at a time manner. Children learn and develop through participating in practice drills and informal and modified games (such as shinny, freeze tag and obstacle courses). Although the emphasis is on fun and progressive skill development, the Initiation Program also allows youngsters to experience “real hockey” situations.
The Initiation Program (IP) will be led by USA Hockey Certified coaches from the Reston Raiders Hockey Club and it is divided into two divisions
Initiation Program 1 (IP1)
IP1 is intended for younger children (4 – 7 years old) with no hockey experience. The IP1 group will practice one time per week. The cost for IP 1 will be $275.00.
Initiation Program 2 (IP2)
IP2 is intended for older children (8 – 11 years old) with no hockey experience and younger children with limited experience. Completion of IP1 is required for younger children. The IP2 group will practice two times per week. The Saturday session will be held at the new Loudoun Ice Center in Sterling and the Sunday session will be at SkateQuest The cost for IP 2 will be $527.00.
The program will start in late September and run through February.
Shoulder pads (small, not overbearing)
Hockey helmet with cage/facemask
Neck protection (hockey neck guard)
Washington Capitals Learn to Play Equipment Program
We're excited to share that the Washington Capitals and NHL will be providing free equipment to players in our Initiation Program this year!! All NEW IP 1 players, who are participating in our Initiation Program for the first time, will receive a free set of equipment for the season. The equipment will include: skates, helmet, shoulder, elbow and shin pads, hockey pants, socks and a jersey. The players will also receive a bag and stick, all provided by CCM, the Washington Capitals and the NHL.
In order to receive the equipment package, players will need to first register for Initiation on the Raiders webpage, on or after August 8th. A portion of the Raiders IP fees will be collected at that time. Then players will need to register on the Washington Capitals Learn to Play website (additional information and registration link to be available soon). At that time a $100 fee (remaining portion of Raiders IP fees). All players will then work with the Raiders to be fitted for their equipment package. Players would receive thier equipment kits at the IP Orientation Meeting on September 17th.
7/1 – Registration opens for returning members
8/1 – Registration opens for waitlisted members from last season
Raiders House Program Information for 2017-2018 Season
Reston Raiders House Program
The Reston Raiders Hockey Club exists to provide opportunities for boys and girls of all skill levels to play ice hockey, from the beginning player to the highly skilled player. The Raiders seek to instill in every child a love for the game of hockey, with a commitment to fair play and sportsmanship. The Club also is committed to helping each child with the development of personal and social skills. The Raiders want to exemplify the principles and philosophies of USA Hockey and, through coaching excellence, to develop the finest youth hockey players possible. The Club is committed to providing a fun environment for players of all ages and skills, with equal opportunity for all. Our key philosophy is “Fun Hockey for Kids.”
The House program is offered to children at the 8U/Mite, 10U/Squirt, 12U/Peewee, 14U/Bantam and 16U&18U/Midget levels. For the 2017-18 season, that includes children born between 1999-2011.
2017-18 House Registration
Reston Raiders House Registration for returning members who played in the 2016-2017 fall season will open Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 6:30AM. Registration for players waitlisted for the 2016-2017 season will open on August 1st at 6:30AM and registration for new members will open on August 8, 2017 at 6:30AM. Only returning members may register July 1, 2017 - July 31, 2017. If returning members fail to register timely, their place in the club cannot be guaranteed. The window from July 1st to July 31st does not guarantee open spots for those 31 days, rather it is a reserved time for returning members to attempt registration. Therefore, those returning members seeking to obtain a spot should register as soon as it opens on July 1st. This applies to EVERYONE, including coaches. We are grateful that our program is so popular that it is filling to capacity almost immediately upon opening of registration. But what this means is that we can no longer accommodate late registrations for existing members, as it makes the numbers on the teams unmanageable. So register as soon as it opens to ensure your child gets to play in the fall.
2017-18 House Season
The Fall House League season runs from early September to the middle of February. 10U/Squirts through 16U&18U/Midgets season will culminate in the House playoffs and Championship game where medals will be awarded to the finalists. 8U/Mites will not have playoffs and all 8U/Mites will receive medals at their last house game.
The season will start with the mandatory evaluation skates. 8U/Mite evaluations will take place on Wednesday 9/6/2017 and Friday 9/8/2017. The 10U/Squirts, 12U/Peewees, 14U/Bantams and 16U&18U/Midgets will have evaluation skates on Saturday 9/9/2017 and House goalie evaluations will take place Sunday 9/10/2017, the schedule for which will be posted shortly. The House Draft will occur on Thursday 9/14/2017 where the coaches will draft balanced teams. Within a few days from the draft, players will be notified by the coaches as to their team assignment (which may change after the Jamboree) and first team practice. House practices will start on 9/18/2017. On Saturday 9/23/17 and Sunday 9/24/17 there will be a round robin Jamboree where for the 10U/Squirts, 12U/Peewees, 14U/Bantams and 16U&18U/Midgets where teams play short games against every other team at the age level. 8U/Mites will not have a Jamboree. The Jamboree will allow coaches the best opportunity to assess whether drafted teams are balanced; and if not, then they will have better information on how best to create balanced teams by moving players to other teams. As such, the initial team selections this season will be tentative and the club may move players to different teams based on the Jamboree. Team jerseys will not be provided to players until after the Jamboree and after team rosters are finalized. Please note, that there will be no players moved based on parental request, all moves will be made by coaches in the interest of balancing teams. The first official start of house games is scheduled to be on 10/9/17.
For questions regard house, contact Director of House Administration at
For questions regarding registration contact Gayle Job at
2017 – 2018 House Program Divisions and Fees:
Born in 2009, 2010, 2011
Born in 2007 or 2008
Born in 2005 or 2006
Born in 2003 or 2004
Born in 1999 - 2002
House Program Skill Level Details
Participants in the House program should have graduated from the Raiders Initiation Program, but at a minimum should have prior hockey experience (camps or lessons) and/or should have skating skills as established in the Learn to Skate program at SkateQuest (or equivalent) or the Star 1 / Pre-Alpha Level. Please refer to http://www.skatequest.com/group-lessons/# for the skills chart and conversion sheet. If a parent of a player who is of 8U/Mite or 10U/Squirt age is uncertain of whether they have the requisite skills for the house program or it is unclear to the Raider Registrar whether a player has the requisite skill, an evaluation by the IP Director will be made and the director will determine whether the player is ready for the house program or needs to be placed in the Initiation Program. Please contact the IP Director at email@example.com for questions regarding the requisite skills needed and evaluation requests.
Prior to being placed on a team, all players must attend an evaluation skate on 9/9/2017 which is used in the selection of the House teams to enable the coaches to form even-strength teams. The evaluations also will be used to determine the readiness of a player to participate in the House program. Players who, in the evaluation skate, are determined to not have the skill level to participate at the level at which they are trying out, will be provided the option to move to a lower level, to the Initiation Program or to withdraw completely from the program. Any monetary balance will be refunded. Please note that participation in the Initiation Program is not an option at the 12U/PeeWee, 14U/Bantam and 16U&18U/Midget Levels.
8U/Mite House Details
The Raiders expect to field 10 8U/Mite House teams in two different divisions during the 2017-2018 season. Four teams will participate in the Campbell Division and six in the Patrick Division. The Campbell Division generally will be comprised of older, more experienced players, including Mite Blue and Silver travel players, while the Patrick Division will be comprised of younger and less experienced players, including players rising from the Club’s Initiation Program. The division in which a player will play during the season will be determined following 8U/Mite 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 recommend a player play in either the Campbell or Patrick 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 in 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.
Campbell Division teams and Patrick Division teams will share practice ice during the season. 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 as well as players on their team. Coaches may structure some practices so that each team on the ice conducts drills, including cross ice games, only with their team.
Practices will take place once a week on Monday evenings and will be 50-60 minutes in length.
Campbell Division: The Campbell Division teams will play 3vs3 or 4vs4 cross-ice games on Saturday or Sunday mornings, including some games at Reston Town Center’s outdoor rink. 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.
Patrick Division: The Patrick Division teams will play 3vs3 or 4vs4 cross-ice games on Saturday or Sunday mornings, including some games at Reston Town Center’s outdoor rink. 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.
Practice for House Program
Below are the planned days and start times for practices for each level in the 2017- 2018 House Program. Days and times may change depending on numbers at registration. Notwithstanding, House league practices are once a week at the same day/time each week.
8U/Mites will practice Mondays or Fridays as follows
(upper division teams are 1, 2, 3 & 4)
Teams 1, 2, 3, & 4: Mondays at 6:00PM-7:20PM OLY
Teams 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10: Fridays at 4:35-6:00PM OLY
10U/Squirts will practice Wednesdays as follows
Teams 1, 2 & 3: 5:40-7:00PM OLY
Teams 4, 5 & 6: 7:10-8:30PM OLY
12U/Peewees will practice Wednesdays or Fridays as follows
Team 1: Wednesdays at 6:10-7:30PM NHL
Teams 2 & 3: Wednesdays at 7:40-9:00PM NHL
Teams 4 & 5: Fridays at 6:00-7:20PM NHL
14U/Bantams will practice Mondays as follows
Teams 1 & 2: 6:10-7:50PM NHL (there will be a combined portion of the practice with all four teams from 7:10-7:50PM)
Teams 3 & 4: 7:10-9:00PM NHL (there will be a combined portion of the practice with all four teams from 7:10-7:50PM)
16U & 18U/Midgets will have approximately 4 practices throughout the season.
Email special requests to the Director of House Administration at
m, by September 1, 2017. No request will be able to be considered if received after September 1st. Please note that we will do our best to accommodate those requests. However, balancing our teams to ensure fair play and optimum player development is of paramount importance and will take precedence as coaches select the teams and finalize rosters.
Games for the House Program
8U/Mite, 10U/Squirt, and 12U/Peewee House players will play Saturday mornings anytime between 6:00AM-12:40PM depending on the weekend. 14U/Bantams and 16U&18U/Midgets usually play Sunday night, but will occasionally have 6:00AM Sunday games. There is not a fixed time for any of a team's games and game times change from weekend to weekend. However, our goal is to minimize the number of 6:00AM games and ensure that every team will play an equal amount of early games.
Parents interested in serving as house commissioners should notify the Director of House Administration at Housedirector@restonraiders.com, as soon as possible. Those duties will start with the evaluation skate sessions on Saturday 9/9/2017. There are also opportunities to serve as team managers and injury liaisons. Once you are notified of your player’s team selection, you can submit your name to your coach for consideration in serving in one of these vital rolls. Training sessions for team managers and injury liaisons will occur the first weeks of practice. If you want to volunteer, but need something with less of a time commitment, you can help with the picnic on 9/9/17 or help man a check in table at house evaluation skate sessions. If interested notify the Director of House Administration at
, as soon as possible.
Special Note to Inline Skaters
We have found that experienced inline skaters make a smooth transition to ice hockey. If your child does well in roller hockey they will likely do well in ice hockey. The House evaluation process in September places each skater in the appropriate program based on age, size and skill level, and may include the recommendation that the skater play up/down from their age category or participate in the Initiation Program. Players must register for the House level appropriate to their birth year. For more information, contact the Raiders by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Director of House Administration at
Sibling Discount: 1st sibling $100 discount, 2nd sibling $150 discount, 3rd sibling $200 discount. Sibling discounts will automatically be applied if a sibling is participating in any other Raider program during the same season. Due to the discounted fee of the Initiation Program, the discount will not apply for siblings in IP. The sibling discount will automatically apply to families provided they use the same email address/account to register all players.