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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
In previous seasons, the Washington Capitals and the NHL have sponsored a free equipment program for all new Initiation Program players (those players who have not participated in a Learn to Play program previously). The Raiders are currently working to see if the Capitals will offer this program again. If the program is renewed we will send details to all registered participants and update this webpage.
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
Thank you to all 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 2018-2019 Season:
Alex Van Horn
10U 2008 Blue
10U 2009 Blue
10U 2008 Silver
Dylan Van Horn
10U 2009 Silver
12U 2006 Blue
12U 2007 Blue
Thomas George III
12U 2006 Silver
12U 2007 Silver
14U 2004 Blue
Curtis Boykin Jr.
14U 2005 Blue
14U 2004 Silver
14U 2005 Silver
Girls Blue 19U
Girls Silver 14U
Maya Quinn Seymour
All players listed on the roster must click on the “Register Online” button and register for the 2018-2019 Travel Season and make their first payment no later than June 18th. The registration link will be available no later than Monday Morning, June 11th.
The Raiders 2007 12U Silver Selects won the Prince William CCM Showdown by going undefeated for the weekend. The Championship was sealed after the Raiders pulled away from the Potomac Patriots with 4 goals in the third period to finish with an 8-5 win. Six players scored goals in the final game, led by Drew Barbieri. Carson Day was a standout in goal all weekend and had several big saves in the final to help the Raiders outlast the Patriots. In addition to their offensive players, the Raiders got big scoring contributions from Sean Sterbutzel and Sean O'Riley on defense. The Raiders forecheck relentlessly pressured opponents all weekend by outshooting them 25-10, 28-10 and 31-17.
Congratulations to the players, coaches and parents on a great weekend of hockey!
The Reston Raider 12U Select Team, playing up a Division, took 1st Place this past weekend in the WJC Classic Tournament over President's Day weekend with a 4-1 record. This is their second tournament win of the season They lost their game opener to the Exton Kings 5-2 but dominated in their next games against the Grundy Senators 10-4 and the Chester City Cougars 8-3. The Raiders won the semi-final game 7-1 against the Exton Kings and in the Championship game 5-2 against the Allegheny Badgers. Than an experience! The team had a great time as well did all of the parents! Such a great display of teamwork!
Coaches: Aaron Duchak, Steve Job, Ryan Kelly and Bill Thompson.
Players: David Chambers, Jeremy Correa, Tripp Duchak, Frank Harman, David Jansons, Evan Job, Connor Kelly, Omar Marei, Hagen Moren, Karcsi Pentek, Mackie Repke, Ryler Roe, John Sidor, Lucas Sidor, David Siff, Max Starukhin, Will Thompson and Jack Woodward.
Reston Raiders 12U Black Team - CBHL Playoff Champions!
On Sunday, the Reston Raiders 12U Black Team won the CBHL Playoff Championship game for the 12U Lower A division.
The playoffs began with the #3 ranked Raiders facing the #2 ranked Easton Ice Hawks in the CBHL semi-finals. During the regular season, the two teams faced each other twice in very competitive games which included a lot of offensive fire power. While Easton scored the first goal in the semi-final game early, Reston rebounded quickly and finished the period with a 3-1 lead. The Raiders went on to win 8-3 with offensive contributions from across the team. Stellar goaltending, stingy defense and a commitment to back checking contributed significantly to the win.
On Sunday, the Raiders would face the #4 ranked Potomac Patriots for the Championship. The Patriots were flying high having beaten a #1 ranked, undefeated regular season team to earn their spot in the Championship game. During the regular CBHL season, Reston and Potomac played twice with both games ending in a tie.
Reston was flying from the start of the championship game and jumped to a 3-0 lead after the first period. Potomac pushed back hard for the remainder of the game but Reston maintained control throughout and finished with a 4-2 win!
Congratulations to the Raiders 12U Black Team led by head coach Ron Blum. Assistant coaches include Maxim Alexeev, Paul Norton and Vance Raeside. The awesome team manager is Missy Wocjiak.
The Raiders 12U Black Team is comprised of Phillip Alexeev, Kacey Blum, Ethan Chappell, Zack DeGidio, Nico Evangelista, Aidan Jacques, Jake Moser, Paul Nemes, Benjamin Norton, Nathan Raeside, Jay Rennyson, Will Rose, Benjamin Tescher, Zachary Tescher, Jason Tian, Madeline Wojciak and Ethan Zhao.
10U Black Wins Philadelphia Presidential Powerplay Liberty Cup
The Reston Raiders 10U Black Team took home the Championship Banner in the Philadelphia Presidential Powerplay Liberty Cup this past weekend. The Raiders started the tournament with a 6-4 victory over the Warwick Wildcats, but lost 5-4 to the New Jersey Freeze later in the day. The close loss only served to motivate the Raiders, who bounced back with a commanding 5-1 victory over the Saugerties Mustangs to earn the 3rd place seed in the semi-final round. The Raiders then again faced the New Jersey Freeze, who had earned the 2nd place seed, but the Black Team was eager for the rematch - and backed it up with a 5-0 shutout to advance to the Championship.
The Championship saw the Raiders matched up against the LVCM Wolfpack from NJ. The Raiders staked out an early 2-0 lead, but the Wolfpack battled back, with regulation time ending in a 3-3 tie. The game advanced to Overtime, but that did not settle the issue either, and so each team took to the ice for a Shootout. Ultimately the Raiders, backed up by a terrific performance by goalie Clara Kang, prevailed to earn their hard fought victory!
Coaches: Brian Dutton, Jim Fagan, Casey Golden, Kieron Heflin, Ryan Murphy, Jim Van Horn
Players: Aaron Chen, Maya Dutton, Sean Fagan, Zach Fairbanks, Tristan Golden, Alec Heflin, Campbell Hegerty, Clara Kang, Michael Lowen, Michael Murphy, Ethan O'Brien, James Plourde, Zach Schulz, Akshay Setty, Sienna Sung, and Dylan Van Horn