Caps & NHL to Provide Free Equipment to 8U Initiation Players
The Raiders are excited to announce that through a generous donation by the Washington Capitals, the National Hockey League and CCM, all 8 & Under players who register in our Initiation Program for the upcoming Fall/Winter season will be receiving a FREE Equipment package.
The equipment is part of the Learn To Play program and players will receive an equipment package which includes: Skates, Helmet, Shoulder Pads, Elbow Pads, Shin Guards, Pants, Gloves, Jersey, Stick and Equipment Bag, which is for each player to keep.
The Raiders and rink partner SkateQuest will work with each registered family to setup a time to come into the SkateQuest Pro Shop to be fit for their equipment and will work with the Washington Capitals to full fill each order.
The equipment will be delivered to each player in September prior to the start of the Initiation Program.
Players/Families may register for the Raiders Initiation Program on the website by clicking the "Register Online" link on the left-hand side of this page.
Questions can be directed to Raiders President Kevin Burch at
or Raiders IP Director Henry White at
Every Camp includes 2:1 Goalie-to-Coach ratios for each on-ice session. Each camp has two on-ice sessions per day, plus lecture, off-ice, and video analysis.
The Daily schedule is as follows:
Monday-Friday Daily Schedule 8:30am Arrive 9:00-10:00am Group A: On-ice & Group B Lecture 10:00-11:00am Group A: Lecture & Group B On-Ice 11:00-12:00pm Lunch 12:00-1:00pm Group A: On-ice & Group B Off-Ice 1:00-2:00pm Group A: Off-ice & Group B On-Ice 2:00-3:00pm Group A & B: Video Analysis
The Camps are limited to eight (8) goalies per day!
The cost is $400.00 for the week or $80.00 per day. Goalies can register for just 1 day or any amount of days they can make. This camp is extremely flexible in addition to the personal attention every goalie receives!
PHD SUMMER CAMPS 2016
Progressive Hockey Development (PHD) is offering four (4) player skills camps this summer; Mite Camp, Stick Handling Camp, Shooting & Scoring Camp, & Checking Camp!
All held at Progressive Hockey Development Training Center, 22135 Davis Drive, #107-109, Sterling, VA 20164.
Specifically, the camps will be held on the following dates (Click each camp to register)
Each Camp is limited to 12 players per day (2 groups of 6 skaters, 2:1 & 4:1 player-to-coach ratios for all on-ice sessions)
The daily schedule for each camp is as follows:
Monday-Friday Daily Schedule
9:00-10:00am Group A: On-ice & Group B: Lecture
10:00-11:00am Group A: Lecture & Group B: On-Ice
11:00-12:00pm Lunch (both groups)
12:00-1:00pm Group A: On-ice & Group B: Off-Ice
1:00-2:00pm Group A: Off-ice & Group B: On-Ice
2:00-3:00pm Group A & B: Video Analysis
Camp costs are as follows:
Full Week Camp: $250
Daily Camper: $60 per day
Attend camp 1day, 2days, or however many days you are availabe.
The PHD Mites Camp
Designed specifically for players at the mite levels, ages 6 to 8 years. The camp will focus on fundamental and essential hockey skills, such as skating, stick handling, shooting, and passing. We will also cover how players can apply those fundamental skills in certain game-like situations.
This camp will also focus on fundamental positional play, such as where to be on the ice when your team is on offense (maintaining puck possession and supporting the puck) and on where to be when your team does not have the puck (pressuring the puck carrier and pressuring opponents without the puck). Lectures and video analysis during the camp will also be used daily to assist in the learning process!
The PHD Stick Handling Camp
Designed for players of all youth ages, but players will be grouped based on age and skill level. The camp will focus on fundamental and some advanced stick handling skills, stationary, while skating, and within game like situations.
This camp will also focus on when to stick handle AND when NOT to stick handle, which is referred to as over-handling the puck.
We will also incorporate shots after stick handling and some fundamental positional play, such as where to be on the ice when your team is on offense (maintaining puck possession and supporting the puck) and on where to be when your team does not have the puck (pressuring the puck carrier and pressuring opponents without the puck). Lectures and video analysis during the camp will also be used daily to assist in the learning process!
The PHD Shooting & Scoring Camp
Designed for players of all youth ages. Players will be groped based on age and skill level.
Each day of the PHD Shooting & Scoring Camp will focus on a different fundamental Shot, such as wrist shot, snap shop, slap shot, one-timers, and backhand. Other important shot concepts will be covered such as quick release, shooting on the rush, and deception.
Goal scoring will be a main focus throughout the camp. Concepts will be covered such as the shooter's scoring angle, shooter's illusion, and shot location.
Skills essential for offensive success will be covered daily, so this camp should not be missed!
The PHD Checking & Body Contact Camp
Designed specifically for players who have never played checking hockey. These are second year pee-wee (12) and older, especially for those going into high school who have not played hockey with body contact.
They will learn how to give a clean, legal body check and how to receive a body check. Players will learn fundamental concepts such as stick-on-stick, body-on-body, finishing checks, and protecting themselves.
At this camp, players will learn that checking means removing the player from the puck. Players will also work on strengthening the ability to take a hit and maintain possession of the puck. Lectures and video analysis during the camp will also be used daily to assist in the learning process!
Raiders House Program Information for the 2016-2017 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 Mite, Squirt, Peewee, Bantam and Midget levels. For the 2016-17 season, that includes children born between 1998-2010.
2016-17 House Registration
Reston Raiders House Registration for returning members will open Friday, July 1, 2016, and for new members on August 1, 2016. Only returning members may register July 1, 2016 - July 31, 2016. 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.
2016-17 House Season
The Fall House League season runs from early September to the middle of February. Squirts through Midgets season will culminate in the House playoffs and Championship game where medals will be awarded to the finalists. Mites will not have playoffs and all Mites will receive medals at their last house game.
The season will start with the evaluation skates. Mite evaluations will take place on Wednesday 9/7/2016 and Friday 9/9/2016. The Squirts, Peewees, Bantams and Midgets will have evaluation skates on Saturday 9/10/2016 and House goalie evaluations will take place Sunday 9/11/2016, the schedule for which will be posted shortly. The House Draft will occur on Tuesday 9/13/2016 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 9/19/2016. The first weekend of games (Saturday 9/24/16 & Sunday 9/25/16) for the Squirts, Peewees, Bantams and Midgets will be a round robin Jamboree where teams play short games against every other team at the age level. 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 10/8/16.
For questions regard house, contact Jodi McDermott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions regarding registration contact Gayle Job at email@example.com.
2016 – 2017 House Program Divisions and Fees:
Born in 2008, 2009, 2010
Born in 2006 or 2007
Born in 2004 or 2005
Born in 2002 or 2003
Born in 1998 - 2001
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 Mite or 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, Henry White, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 9/10/2016 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 Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget Levels.
Mite House Details
The Raiders expect to field 10 Mite House teams in two different divisions during the 2016-2017 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 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 2016 - 2017 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.
Mites will practice Mondays as follows
(upper division teams are 1, 2, 3 & 4)
Teams 5, 6, & 7: 6:00-6:50PM OLY
Teams 8, 9 & 10: 6:50-7:40PM OLY
Teams 1, 2, 3, & 4: 7:40-8:40PM OLY
Squirts will practice Wednesdays as follows
Teams 1, 2 & 3: 5:40-7:00PM OLY
Teams 4, 5 & 6: 7:10-8:30PM OLY
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
Bantams will practice Mondays as follows
Teams 1 & 2: 5:40-7:10PM NHL (there will be a combined portion of the practice with all four teams from 6:40-7:10PM)
Teams 3 & 4: 6:40-8:30PM NHL (there will be a combined portion of the practice with all four teams from 6:40-7:10PM)
Midgets will have approximately 4 practices throughout the season.
Email special requests to Jodi McDermott, Director of House Administration, at email@example.com, by September 1, 2016. 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
Mite, Squirt, and Peewee House players will play Saturday mornings anytime between 6:00a-12:40p depending on the weekend. Bantams and 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 6:00 am games and ensure that every team will play an equal amount of early games.
Parents interested in serving as house commissioners should notify Jodi McDermott, Director of House Administration, at firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible. Those duties will start with the evaluation skate sessions on Saturday 9/10/2016. 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 9/10/16 or help man a check in table at house evaluation skate sessions. If interested notify Jodi McDermott, Director of House Administration, at email@example.com, 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 Jodi McDermott, Director of House Administration, at email@example.com.
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 payers.
Reston Raiders 2016-2017 Travel Rosters - All Rosters Posted
Thank you to all of the players who participated in tryouts this week!!
The Reston Raiders would like to congratulate the following players for being selected to travel teams for the 2016-2017 Season:
Squirt 2006 Blue
Squirt 2007 Blue
Thomas George III
Pee Wee 2004 Blue
Pee Wee 2005 Blue
Pee Wee Silver
Curtis Boykin Jr.
Pee Wee Black
Bantam 2002 Blue
Bantam 2003 Blue
Midget 16U Blue
Midget 16U Silver
Midget U16 Black
Midget 18U Blue
Seck Won Yoon
Girls Blue – U19
Girls Silver – U14
All players listed on the roster must click on the “Register Online” button and register for the 2016-2017 Travel Season and make their first payment no later than June 20th. The registration link will be available no later than Monday Morning, June 13th.
New! Inova Sports Medicine Concussion Hotline: 703-970-6427
Adding to the list of concussion resources available to Raiders families: Inova's Sports Medicine Concussion Hotline. Call if your child is showing signs/symptoms of concussion and you want to talk with a concussion specialist. This is a great resource for players injured on the weekend.
Raiders also has an athletic trainer available at the rink by appointment on certain weekdays (no charge to Raider families) and a list of referrals to concussion specialists in our area. Click here for more information.