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 8U 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 (John Gary
) 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.
9/5/18 at 5:40- 7:00 pm on OLY Last name beginning A-L
9/5/18 at 7:10 -8:30 pm on OLY M-Z
9/7/18 at 4:35-6:00 pm on OLY M-Z
9/7/18 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 8U Silver and 8U Black Travel Teams during these sessions as well
· 8U Blue Travel Team does not need to attend
9/8/18 at 7:35 - 8:50 am OLY A-I
9/8/18 at 9:05 - 10:20 am OLY J-Z
9/8/18 at 10:35 - 11:50 am OLY A-L
9/8/18 at 12:05 - 1:20 pm OLY M-Z
9/8/18 at 3:05 - 4:20 pm OLY A-K
9/8/18 at 4:35 - 5:50 pm OLY L-Z
16U & 18U/Midgets
9/8/18 at 6:05 - 7:20 pm OLY A-Z
9/9/18 at 8:30 - 9:40 am NHL 10U Squirt & 12U Peewee
9/9/18 at 9:50 - 11:00 am NHL 14U Bantam & 16U/18U 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, John Gary at
The House draft will be on Thursday 9/13/18. Only head house coaches attend the 9/14/17 draft.
House League Jamboree Weekend is Sept 22-23.
The purpose of the Jamboree is to have informal games between the House league teams that have been selected at the draft to ensure that the teams are evenly matched. Rosters may be adjusted after the Jamboree weekend, and any player not attending the Jamboree may still be moved to another team once the season has started.
The Reston Raiders had the opportunity to receive a visit from the Stanley Cup on July 15th. Washington Capitals Strength & Conditioning Coach, Mark Nemish and his family have been members of the Raiders for several years.
Mark's son Kendall plays in our Travel Program and will be on our 18U Blue Team this season. Mark has also been running Off-Ice Training for several of our Travel Teams each season for several years. Coach Nemish had his day with the Cup on Sunday, July 15th and gracious offered to share a portion of his time with the Cup with the Raiders.
Due to the short window of time and large size of the Raiders program, the Club decided to invite Raiders Members who had served a signficant volunteer role last season (Coach, Team Managers, Injury Liasions, House Commissioners, Board and few other volunteers) an opportunity to come see the Cup and have a photos taken with the Cup.
We'd like to thank Kathryn Burch and Caroline Wildman for volunteering to take photos and would like to thank Coach Nemish for thinking of the Raiders and sharing a portion of his day with the Cup with the Raiders organization.
Initiation Program Information for the 2018-19 Season
The Reston Raiders Initiation Program (IP) is offered to all skaters aged 4-10 (2008-2014 birth years). The program is based on the USA Hockey American Development Model for learning to play ice hockey and is designed to teach players the fundamentals of the game in a fun and supportive environment. This program is designed for children who have little to no experience skating or 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 and our Travel Program.
Registration Dates for 2018 – 2019 Season
7/1 – Registration opens for returning members @ 9:00am
8/1 – Registration opens for waitlisted members from last season @ 9:00am
8/5 – Registration opens for new members @ 9:00am
The Goals of the Program are:
To have fun and grow a passion for the game.
To learn the fundamental skills required to play the game of hockey - skating, puck handling, scoring, body contact, passing.
To develop players so they are prepared to take the next steps to play in the Raiders Travel or House Programs
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:
Stickhandling and Puck Protection – fundamentals of stickhandling and how to keep possession of the puck
Passing – fundamentals of passing, including technique and different types of passing with a focus on forehand and backhand passes
Scoring – teaching shooting basics (wrist shot and backhand) as well as scoring concept
Body contact – Hockey is a physical game and while checking is not permitted until 14U, players at all levels will be instructed on how to use body contact as a key skill.
What does my child get out of this program?
The program emphasizes the basic hockey skills: skating, puck handling, passing, scoring and body contact. 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 based upon age and experience.
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 on Sunday afternoons. Younger players (e.g. 4 and 5-years of age) may repeat IP1 and do not need to move on the IP2. All players born in 2014 should register for IP1.
Initiation Program 2 (IP2)
IP2 is intended for older children (6 – 10 years old) with some hockey/skating experience. Older players with limited skating/playing experience may also enroll in IP2. The IP2 group will practice two times per week. The first skate will be on Saturday mornings. These sessions will mirror our 8U house program games and begin to prepare players for our House and Travel programs. Players will practice skating and then be divided into teams and play 3v3 cross-ice games for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. On Sunday afternoon, the players will attend a station-based practice with games and drills designed to improve their fundamental skills. Completion of IP1 is required unless your child is 7 years or older.
If you need assistance determining which IP session is the correct fit for your child, please email
– please include your child’s birth year and hockey/skating experience. The Raiders coaching staff will do an initial evaluation on all the IP players at the beginning of the year to ensure your player is in the correct session. We may ask that some players move from IP1 to IP2 and vice-versa depending on ability and what we believe is the best environment for your child to develop.
Both IP sessions will start in late September and end in late February/early March.
Children will be evaluated at the end of the IP season to determine if they have the requisite skill level to join the Reston Raiders House or Travel programs. The main factor used to determine the recommendation for the next step in your child’s hockey career is to decide which environment would be best for the development of your child as a hockey player. A child who does not “graduate” to our House program is not a failure or “behind” – many of our most skilled Raider players at the 8U through 18U levels took multiple years of IP – your IP player is at the very beginning of hopefully a long hockey career. We strive to create an environment where each child enjoys the great game of hockey and looks forward to coming to the rink and leaves the rink with a smile. The IP program is all about developing players, developing a passion for the game, and… about smiles. After all, it’s always a great day to play hockey!
Our program is dependent on adults willing to volunteer their time to help the kids learn to play the great game of hockey. We greatly appreciate all the volunteers from previous seasons who come back to help. You will not be stuck out there by yourself, experienced Raider coaches will plan and lead the sessions. If you would like to volunteer, please email
so we can put you on the list – no previous hockey experience is necessary, ability to stand up and move around on skates is very beneficial, patience and a desire to have fun with the kids is required.
Hockey Shorts - Jock/Jill (with Velcro to hold up hockey socks)
Shoulder pads (small, not overbearing)
Hockey helmet with cage/facemask
The Reston Raiders will provide a stick to all IP participants (to be distributed at the Orientation Session).
Neck protection (hockey neck guard)
Washington Capitals/NHL Learn to Play Equipment Program
The Washington Capitals have scaled back their learn-to-play free equipment program and the Raiders will not be receiving the equipment package this year. Please visit the Skatequest Pro shop for your equipment needs. All Initiation Program Players will be provided with a new stick at the IP Orientation Meeting in September.
The Reston Raiders host an annual equipment swap where you can find gently used youth hockey gear for very reasonable prices. The equipment swap usually takes place in early September (prior to the IP season start) and details will be posted on the Raiders website.
For more information, contact the Raiders by email to the Club's