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Baseline Testing for House & Travel Players
08/22/2016
PRE-SEASON CONCUSSION BASELINE TESTING AVAILABLE TO ALL 2016-17 RAIDERS...
Reston Raiders Picnic - Saturday, September 10th - Noon - 3PM
08/21/2016
Mark your Calendars for the Reston Raider Annual Picnic: Saturday...
Referee Information for 2016-17 Season
08/18/2016
WANT TO BE A REF?      We always need more...
House Evaluation Schedule & Details
08/18/2016
RRHC House Evaluation Schedule  2016-2017   Every...
Reston Raiders Voted Best Sports Team!!
07/05/2016
The Raiders were recently voted Best Sports Team in Washington Family...
Caps & NHL to Provide Free Equipment to 8U Initiation Players
07/04/2016
The Raiders are excited to announce that through a generous donation...
Raiders House Program Information for the 2016-2017 Season
06/16/2016
Reston Raiders House Program The Reston Raiders Hockey Club exists...
SkateQuest/EHS Summer Camps & Clinics
04/22/2016
SkateQuest and Elite Hockey Skills will be hosting a number of Summer...
New! Inova Sports Medicine Concussion Hotline: 703-970-6427
02/16/2016
Adding to the list of concussion resources available to Raiders families:...
 
Baseline Testing for House & Travel Players

PRE-SEASON CONCUSSION BASELINE TESTING AVAILABLE TO ALL 2016-17 RAIDERS -- TRAVEL AND HOUSE 

 

Current sessions available (more may be added):

 

Ages 10 and Older:   

 

  • August 25 (6:30pm)
  • August 27 (1:00pm) 
    • Earlier sessions on 8/27 (9-1) are full, but keep checking the registration site in case there are cancellations. 
  • August 30 (6:30pm) 
  • September 17 (9:00am, 10:00 or 11:00am)

 

 

Ages 5-9: 
  • August 27 (1:00pm)
    • Earlier sessions on 8/27 (9-1) are full, but keep checking the registration site in case there are cancellations. 
  • September 17 (9:00am or 10:00am)

*** Parents of 5-9 year olds need to accompany their child during the ENTIRE test session ***

 

If the above sessions do not appear as options when you register, then they are full.

 


ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR BASELINE TESTING:   

  • Go to Raiders portal here:  http://www.ffpc3.com/rrhc.html

  • Click Athlete/Parent Login if you've been here before.

  • Hit "forgot my registration key" if you don't have it handy from the last time you were here.  

  • Click Create New Athlete User Account if this is all new to you!

  • You can also see the date of your last baseline through FFP on your login page

 


COST:  NO CHARGE

  • Raiders pays for baseline testing for players who are registered and paid with Raiders if you do it before September 30. Waitlisted players are not covered and should register for baseline as if a sibling/friend (instructions below).

  • BUT if you register for baseline testing and do not attend without canceling in advance, you will be charged $35. Unfortunately, no-shows have happened too often in the past and will not be ignored this year.  Registering for a baseline reserves a computer for your player.

  • Siblings/Friends are welcome, but.....     

 


LOCATION:   (It's in Chantilly -- NOT at rink):

Fairfax Family Practice Comprehensive Concussion Center (FFPC3) - D1 Facility

14434 Albemarle Point Place

Chantilly, VA 22151

(about 20 minutes from rink.... off Route 28 and 50)

 


Not everyone needs a baseline this year  

Don't come for baseline if:

1. Your player is getting baselined through high school, another sport or another test company (like at Inova last Spring).  

2. Your player was baselined last year and was 13 or older when they did it.  You can skip this year.  Baselines are good for two years for older players.

 

Contact if you're not sure if your player needs it this year or you got it done elsewhere.

 


*** ONLINE CONCUSSION EDUCATION FOR ALL PLAYERS AND PARENTS ***

  • Everyone -- baselined or not -- should do this before mini-camp. 

  • There is one for parents and one for players.  Both should start the season knowing about this important topic.  

 


ImPACT Baseline Testing:  Why does your player need a baseline?

  • Concussion baseline testing is essential for any player in contact sports.

  • You need a baseline for your player in case he/she shows signs/symptoms of concussion during the season.  

  • If it happens to your child, medical providers can compare the pre-season ImPACT baseline against a post-injury ImPACT test to guide diagnosis and best concussion management for safe "return-to-play" and "return-to-learn."

  • ImPACT is done on a computer, measuring mental tasks such as processing speed, memory and reaction time.  It can detect mental deficits not readily observed.

  • More info about ImPACT here: https://www.impacttest.com/audience/?parents-3

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This is not the same thing as the King Devick baseline test (flipbook with numbers) that the ILs do at the rink.  See Safety Program Overview for more info.  http://files.leagueathletics.com/Images/Club/1803/RRHC%20safety%20program%20-%20snapshot.pdf

 


by posted 08/22/2016
Reston Raiders Picnic - Saturday, September 10th - Noon - 3PM

Mark your Calendars for the Reston Raider Annual Picnic: Saturday 9/10/2016 from 12:00PM to 3:00PM in the SkateQuest parking lot by the Annex.   As always, the fun, food, drink and activities are free to all Raiders families!

•Dixie Bones will provide another delectable spread, so come hungry! 

• Hop on Pops VELCRO WALL, moon bounce castle, obstacle course, strength game and a corn hole games will be there for your sticking, bouncing, pounding and throwing pleasure!

•The Goalie Academy, Progressive Hockey Development & UnReal Ice will be there and of course they will have some fun games as always!  They are also bringing back the ever popular interactive Top Shot to test your sniping skills!

•Jarrod Wronski, the owner of Metro DC DJs & Entertainment and a DJ for the Washington Capitals, will help us get this season started right with some jamin’ tunes!

• Shaylun Young with Elite Hockey Science Reston will have an array of shooting and stickhandling contests to test your mechanics.  All participants will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE shooting lesson (Private) with the real Shot Doctor, Ron Johnson  BSc., MSc. Hockey Biomechanics! Plus, winners of the contests will also receive prizes!

•Reebok/CCM has donated a new CCM Super Tacks stick, their top of the line model, for a raffle to be awarded at the picnic! Huge thanks to Jim Sykes, manager of our SkateQuest Proshop, for helping us get the donation! Raffle tickets will be $5 each proceeds going to the Cooper Shepard Memorial Fund! Tickets can be purchased at the Skatequest front desk. Sales will start Saturday, September 3rd through Saturday Sept 10th at 2:00PM with the drawing at 2:50PM Sept 10th at the picnic!!!

•The winner of Today Show's Next Big Thing 2 and the expert of Stinkology from Glove Stix  (www.glovestix.com) will be at the picnic to sell her portable antimicrobial sports glove inserts. When placed into your gloves after practice or games they will remove harmful moisture, eliminate order and inhibit 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria growth!  So if your player stinks, it can’t be blamed on his or her gloves!  She is even donating some of her profits to our Cooper Shepard Memorial Fund and I bet she will autograph your Glove Stix too.

•RRHC President, Kevin Burch, has offered to yet again arrange for our RRHC Coach Dunk Tank and will stock it with some very dunk-worthy coaches and 100% of proceeds will be going to the Cooper Shepard Memorial Fund!

•Impact Mouthguards will be back with their drool worthy custom mouth guards and fitting station so you can order your new mouth guard with the RRHC Logo! 

•While there you HAVE to stop by the SkateQuest Pro Shop because they will be giving away free Raiders key chains, mini-sticks and car Power Decals with purchases while supplies last!  Plus, all Raiders will receive double rewards points toward future discounts in addition to our usual Raiders 10% discount!  Can you believe it?!

•The first 325 Raider players to attend the Picnic will get a free RRHC water bottle thanks to our own Joe DeNoyior and his company, Washington Financial Group!  Second year they have supported the RRHC in such an awesome way!

•And don’t forget to Rock the Red as some of the Washington Capitals Red Rockers will stop by to support our Reston Raiders again this year! Have your camera phones ready!


by posted 08/21/2016
Referee Information for 2016-17 Season
WANT TO BE A REF?   
 

We always need more officials!  If you want to be an official for the 2016-17 season, it’s time to sign up and attend a seminar.  Please don’t miss out!  

If you or your player is interested in becoming a referee for Raider House League games, or Travel games through SHOA, you must meet the following criteria:

·         Be Pee Wee age or older

·         Be a proficient skater;

·         Be able to get to games on time; and

·         Be willing to make a commitment and keep it.

 
Please go to our Officials Area of the website for all the details. 

 

Registration for USAH Officiating Seminars is now open -- Register soon because there is only one seminar at Skatequest this year:  September 17.  

by posted 08/18/2016
House Evaluation Schedule & Details

RRHC House Evaluation Schedule 

2016-2017

 

Every player (except Mite Blue) 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 ( @hotmail.com) if your player will not be able to attend his/her scheduled evaluation session below.

 

Mites

9/7/16 at 5:40- 7:00 pm on OLY A-J

9/7/16 at 7:10 -8:30 pm on OLY K-Z

9/9/16 at 4:35-6:00 pm on OLY K-Z

9/9/16 at 6:00-7:10 pm on NHL A-J

·  All Mites are expected to come to both days

·  Coaches will be evaluating Mite Silver and Mite Black during these sessions as well

· Mite Blue does not need to attend 

 

Squirts 

9/10/16 at 7:35 - 8:50 am OLY A-G

9/10/16 at 9:05 - 10:20 am OLY H-Z

 

Peewees

9/10/16 at 10:35 - 11:50 am OLY A-J

9/10/16 at 12:05 - 1:20 pm OLY K-Z

 

Bantams

9/10/16 at 3:05 - 4:20 pm OLY A-K

9/10/16 at 4:35 - 5:50 pm OLY L-Z

 

Midgets  

9/10/16 at 6:05 - 7:20 pm OLY A-Z

 

Goalies 

9/11/16 at 8:30-9:50 am NHL Squirt & Peewee

9/11/16 at 10:00 - 11:20 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.

 

Questions can be directed to House Director, Jodi McDermott at  odimcdermott

 

Please note that the draft will be on Thursday 9/15/16 (this is a change from Tuesday 9/13/16).  Only head house coaches attend the 9/15/16 draft.

 

by posted 08/18/2016
Reston Raiders Voted Best Sports Team!!

The Raiders were recently voted Best Sports Team in Washington Family Magazines Best for Families 2016 poll of the best programs in the DMV area.

The poll was recently released in the July issue of the magazine and can also be found on their website at this link:  Best for Families 2016 Poll Results.

Thank you to those who nominated and voted for the Raiders!!!


by posted 07/05/2016
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 


by posted 07/04/2016
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 1stThis 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  jodimcdermott@hotmail.com.

 

For questions regarding registration contact Gayle Job at  rrhcregistrar@gmail.com.

 

 

                            2016 – 2017  House Program Divisions and Fees:                                            

 

Division

Birthdates

Fee

Mites

Born in 2008, 2009, 2010

$1,110.00

Squirts

Born in 2006 or 2007

$1,450.00

Peewees

Born in 2004 or 2005

$1,450.00

Bantams

Born in 2002 or 2003

$1,450.00

Midgets

Born in 1998 - 2001

$1,025.00

 

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 hwhite@crw-partners.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 9/10/2016 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.

 

Practices:

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.

 

Games:

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 jodimcdermott@hotmail.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. 

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Parents interested in serving as house commissioners should notify Jodi McDermott, Director of House Administration, at jodimcdermott@hotmail.com, 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 jodimcdermott@hotmail.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  info@restonraiders.com or Jodi McDermott, Director of House Administration, at  jodimcdermott@hotmail.com.

 

Discount Information

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.


by posted 06/16/2016
SkateQuest/EHS Summer Camps & Clinics

SkateQuest and Elite Hockey Skills will be hosting a number of Summer Camps and Clinics Offerings.  Click on the links below for specific details on the Camps/Clinics:

Learn to Skate & Play Hockey Clinic

EHS Summer Camps

EHS Elite Hockey Camp

 

Additional information on these camps and other summer hockey camps and registration can be found here:  SkateQuest Summer Hockey Camps & Clinics


by posted 04/22/2016
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.

by posted 02/16/2016
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