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Travel Program Highlights for the Upcoming Season

 

Program Fees for 2019-2020 Season

 

Team

Program Fee

Deposit Paid at Registration (due by 5/23/19)

Due by 7/15

Due by 8/18

8U Blue

$2580

$500

$500

$1580

10U (All Teams)

$2580

$500

$500

$1580

12U 2007 Blue

$3080

$500

$500

$2080

12U 2008 Blue, 12U 2007 Silver & 12U 2008 Silver

$2580

$500

$500

$1580

14U 2005 Blue

$3180

$500

$500

$2180

14U 2006 Blue, 14U 2005 Silver, & 14U 2006 Silver

$2580

$500

$500

$1580

16U Blue

$3080

$500

$500

$2080

16U Silver

$2580

$500

$500

$1580

16U Black

$1990

$500

$500

$990

18U Blue

$2700

$500

$500

$1700

18U Silver $1600 $500 $500 $600

Girls Blue (U19)

$2580

$500

$500

$1580

Girls Silver 14U & Girls 12U

$1990

$500

$500

$990

 

*** Fees for 12U 2007 Blue, 14U 2005 Blue & 16U Blue are higher because they include the cost for the mandatory Strength & Conditioning Program led by Washington Capitals Strength Coach, Mark Nemish

****Additionally the EJEPL fees for 14U 2005 Blue and 18U Blue are included in their Program Fees

 

Birth year Teams 10U (Squirt) through 14U (Bantam)

Teams will be selected based on the birth years of the players for our top (Blue) teams.  There will be a strict adherence to this rule.  At age levels where the Raiders field three teams, the first team will be the major birth year players, the second team will consist of all minor birth year players at that age level.  The third team will be a mix of major and minor birth years, with the goal to be as close as possible to a 50/50 split, but overall skill/ability will determine the ultimate makeup of those third teams.  **NOTE** Should club determine that there is not enough registrations or depth of players to commit to birth year Silver Teams, the club can announce that our third and fourth teams will be mixed teams and combine the birth years between the age groups and select Silver and Black teams.

At age levels where the Raiders field four travel teams, the goal will be to have a birth year Blue & Silver teams at the major and minor birth years. Should the club and evaluation groups determine that there are not enough talent to have birth year major and minor teams, then we would field a major and minor birth teams and two mixed birth year teams.  As has been our policy in the past, the Raiders will make fourth teams at levels where there are appropriate talent levels and the ice to support those teams.

The placement of those teams within the CBHL (i.e. AA, Upper A, etc.) will depend upon the talent level of those teams and our goal will always be to place our teams at the level that will allow for the best development of the players and provide a competitive environment.  Traditionally our Major Birth-Year Blue teams plays AA, our Minor Birth-Year Blue teams plays Upper A, our Silver Teams play Lower A, and our Black Teams B.  Should our coaches decide that their team could move up and play at a higher level, they can choose to do that, so it is likely that multiple Raider teams could be placed at the same level.

Goaltenders will not necessarily be bound by the birth year rules initially.  It will be the goal of the club to place our goaltenders on teams based on their birth year, but should the age level not have the appropriate depth at a particular birth year, then goalies may play up or down, but at still remain in their appropriate age level.

 

16U Teams

The Raiders intend to field three 16U Teams for the 2019-20 Season.  The quantity and quality of the players registered and attending tryouts will determine both the number of teams that the Raiders will field at the 16U level and what level the teams will play in the CBHL. The 16U teams will be mixed teams with players born in the 2003 & 2004 Birth years.

 

18U Teams

The Raiders intend to field two 18U teams at the 18U AA level, as we did last season. The 18U Blue team would have 1 or 2 practices per week and the 18U Silver team would play a "light" schedule with one practice per week. The 18U Blue team will play at the 18U AA level in the CBHL and will be participating the EJEPL, with a light schedule (see details below). The 18U Silver team would play at the CBHL Upper A level. 

 

Raiders Girls Program

The Raiders are fielding two Girls Teams for the upcoming season.  Both teams will play in the CBHL at the Tier 2 level.  We intend to field a 19U/Blue and a 14U/Silver team.  The age and skill level of the players that have registered for tryouts will ultimately determine the age level of the teams for next season.  Both teams will have two practices per week.  We are very excited to continue to build upon last year’s success where our 19U/Blue and 14U/Silver team made it to the CBHL Championship game for their age divisions.

 

8U (Mite) Teams

We will be selecting an 8U Blue team during our May tryouts.  The Raiders intend to field 8U Silver and Black development teams as we have done in past seasons.  Additional information regarding the 8U travel program is detailed below:

 

8U Blue

Tryouts:

  • Team selection continues in June (during Travel Tryouts) as in previous years to allow the top 8U players to still have a mini-camp and attend any pre-season half-ice jamborees or tournaments desired.
  • May choose to hold open slots for mini-camp if there is a significant drop off or large number of bubble players e.g. select 12-14 and hold 4-6 slots if deemed appropriate at during May tryouts.

Team:

  • 18 total players on 2 Blue teams of 9 split evenly and randomly.
  • One head coach for each team.
  • This will allow for teams to participate in jamborees, games, tournaments, etc. and have the appropriate number of players.  It will set clear expectations up front with parents and players.
  • Blue team will be allocated full ice slots for games as in the past.  These will be used by the two teams to host 2 half-ice games on each half. We would invite 1 or 2 other clubs based on their team size. (No additional ice allocation).

Practice:

  • Blue team will continue two team practices per week, in addition to their House Team practice.
  • One time per week will be with 8U Silver and one time per week with 8U Black.
 

8U Silver & Black

Tryouts:

  • Team selection continues in the Fall as in previous years.

Team:

  • 18 total players on 2 “groups” within each team with 9 each.
  • One head coach for each team.
  • This will allow for teams to participate in jamborees, games, tournaments, etc. and have the appropriate number of players.  It will set clear expectations up front with parents and players.
  • Silver and Black teams will be allocated full ice slots for games as in the past.  These will be used by the two teams to host 2 half-ice games on those ice slots. We would invite 1 or 2 other clubs based on their team size. (No additional ice allocation).

Practice:

  • Silver and Black teams will continue to have one team practices per week in addition to their House Team practice.
Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL) - 14U 2005 Blue & 18U Blue
For next season the Raiders will be piloting having teams play in the EJEPL, in additon to the CBHL. The Raiders will have two teams playing in the league. Our 18U Blue and 14U 2005 Blue teams will be playing in the league next season. The plan is for each team to play at a level that will consist of 10 (5 Home/5 Away) EJEPL games, One Showcase, and then playoffs. This would be in addition to CBHL League games and any additional touraments the teams would choose to play in. The goal would be for the teams to play NO MORE than 50 Regular Season games.
 
Goalie Training & Goalie Rebates
The Raiders will continue to offer the areas best goaltender program. As we have offered for the last several seasons, the Raiders will continue to partner with The Goalie Academy/Loudoun Ice Centre to have Goalie Coaches on the ice for every travel practice. Additionally, we will continue to offer Goalie Clinics on a monthly basis for all travel goalies. Most of the clinics will be held at Loudoun Ice Centre on Sunday evenings over the course of the season.
We will be offering Goalie Rebates for goalies who partiicpate in the Raiders Program next season. All goalies who participate in the majority fo the team's practices and games will receive a $500 rebate to help subsidize the expense of goalie equipment. The rebates will be paid to each goalie family in January 2020.
 

Power Skating/Skills and Off-ice Training

The Raiders are excited to announce that we'll be partnering with Shaylun Young and Elite Hockey Science to provide on-ice Power Skating and Skills Instruction for our Raiders Travel Teams next season. Shaylun & EHS run the Hockey Skills Lessons and Camps/Clinics at Skatequest, as well as the Off-Ice Shooting Room, so we're looking forward to having Shaylun & his coaches work with more of our players on ice this upcoming season.

The Raiders plan to continue our off-ice program for our 12U 2007 Blue, 14U 2005 Blue and 16U Blue players with Washington Capitals Strength and Conditioning Coach, Mark Nemish.  Both programs will be priced and included in the team fees at those levels.