There are multiple development paths in the game of hockey, and no one path is the right path for every player. Ion is proud to offer a Learn to Skate program certified by Learn to Skate USA.
Players coming out of Try Hockey events are welcome to continue their development focusing solely on the most important part of the game- skating.
Ion’s Learn to Skate program features
Their mission is to provide a FUN and positive experience that will spark & sustain a lifelong love of skating!
Click HERE to learn more!
All Futures Caps Learn to Play Participants will receive a complimentary USA Hockey Membership so there is no need to register.
However, if you are participating in your Learn to Play for players 10 years and older or are registering for our Ion Continue to Play program and do not yet have a membership, you will need to register.with USA Hockey. Click HERE to review the benefits of becoming a USA Hockey Member. Registration for players under 6 years of age is free.
Ion offers multiple programs to get your player ready to play hockey.
The Future Caps Learn to Play program presented by World Wide Technology provides a unique opportunity for families to join the hockey community and for participants to develop fundamental skills to help them succeed both on and off the ice. Created jointly by the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL). Learn to Play’s goal is to inspire youth and welcome more families into the hockey community.
Fall 1 - August 20 – October 22 (No classes Oct 1, Oct 8)
Fall 2 - October 29 – January 21 (No classes Nov 19, Nov 26, Dec 10, Dec 24, Dec 31)
Winter - January 28 – March 25 (No classes Mar 4)
Spring - April 1 – June 3 (No classes Apr 8. May 27)
Summer - June 17 – Aug 12 (No classes Jul 1)
All registrations for the Future Caps Learn to Play must be submitted HERE
Future Caps Learn to Play Ambassador, Paul Mulvey, joined our Learn to Play session Saturday August 27 at Ion!
The Future Caps Learn to Play program is what we refer to as Learrn to Play 1 ( LTP 1) for players age 5-9. If you missed the cutoff for Future Caps Learn to Play, you can still enroll in the Ion LTP 1
Ion Offers LTP 1 & LTP 2 in 7 Week Sessions
For Players that have graduated from a previous Ion LTP 1 or from the Future Caps Learn to Play, we offer Learn to Play 2 (LTP 2) classes for LTP1 Graduates ages 5 and up to continue developing their skills so they can transition from learning to play to participating in our Ion Mites or Loudoun Castles League teams.
LTP2 (beginners plus) continues with hockey fundamentals and also introduces core concepts:
LTP 2 groups meet once per week for 40 minutes of instruction and skill development, followed by 20-minute small-area games.
Why do we use small area games in our development programs? The ADM emphasizes age-appropriate training as part of long-term athletic development. ADM-style practices utilize station-based drills and small area games to increase puck touches, player interactions, and decision-making all within the context of the game. The game is, after all, the best possible teacher.
Players at ADM practices move more and do more in their practices. As a result, ADM-style practices deliver more efficient skill development and produce more skilled players. The ADM is a nationwide blueprint designed specifically to help kids reach their full potential.
All Ion Learn to Play players must register with USA Hockey, and bring their own equipment including:
2022/23 Ion Learn to Play1 & 2 Schedule:
Sept 3 – Oct 22 (6 Weeks)
Nov 5 – Jan 14 (6 Weeks)
Jan 28 – Mar 13 (7 Weeks)
* Full equipment required for all LTP sessions.
Click Below to sign up for the next Learn to Play Program!