All new players ready to begin their development journey should 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 House Hockey Program
Skate with the Castles!
Players who have graduated from our Learn to Play program, or otherwise demonstrated they possess a good hockey foundation,* are ready for a more robust training and competitive environment with the Ion Mites or the Loudoun Castles, the house hockey affiliates of the Loudon Knights travel hockey club. We offer co-ed teams at the 6U/8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U age levels for players.
The Ion Mites and Castles practice and play weekend games over the course of a 24-week season. Our practices focus on high-tempo, station-based sessions with a heavy dose of small-area games. Just like our Learn to Play program, we want our players to develop and learn within the context of the game following the ADM.
Our 6U/8U, ION MITES teams will play cross-ice games so that our players train in space proportionally relevant to their size and skill level. Doing so makes that transferrable as those players advance. Smaller players on small ice play the game with the same amount of time and space to make plays as they will when they are older players on full ice. Ion Mites will have opportunities to participate in a Jamboree during the season. This will be coordinated by team Managers who will collect the additional expense from families that would like to participate.
Our Loudoun Castles Teams will play in the Capital Corridor Hockey League (CCHL). Teams will be fielded at the 10U, 12U, 14U, and 16/18U Level. These teams will participate in 12 regular season CCHL Games. 6 of these games will be played at Ion, and 6 will be played at other rinks. All teams will participate in the Joe Loschiavo Memorial Cup championship tournament in either the 1st or 2nd week of March and are guaranteed at least 3 games in this tournament.
House seasons begin with evaluation skates and team placement in August. House League training focuses on individual skill development within a team dynamic. We work hard to keep all of our house teams balanced over the full season to encourage competition and enjoyment for all.
Goalies- we have you covered. Ion House practices include goalie instruction for those interested in learning this specialized position!
LOUDOUN CASTLES SELECTS
One team at 10U, 12U, 14U will be selected as a Select Travel team. Only players who are in the House Program can be considered for the Selects Team. These Teams will participate as Independent B Tournament Teams and will play between 2 to 3 travel tournaments.
All Ion Mites and Loudoun Castle players must register with USA Hockey, and must have their own equipment.
Follow this link to get your 2022/23 USA Hockey Registration: https://membership.usahockey.com
*Players can be evaluated by Ion certified coaches to progress to House without having completed LTP 1 and 2 if they demonstrate sufficient fundamentals to safely compete in the House program. All decisions regarding player placement will be made in favor of proper player development.
Please double check the chart below to make sure your child is eligible to play on the correct team
|Date of Birth||Age Category||Age Division / Appropriate Team|
|1 Sept 2004||18 Years||18 and Under/ CCHL 16/18U|
|1 Sept 2005||17 Years||
18 and Under/ CCHL 16/18U
|1 Sept 2006||16 Years||16 and Under/ CCHL 16/18U|
|1 Sept 2007||15 Years||16 and Under/ CCHL 16/18U|
|1 Sept 2008||14 Years||14 and Under/ CCHL 14U|
|1 Sept 2009||13 Years||14 and Under/ CCHL 14U|
|1 Sept 2010||12 Years||12 and Under/ CCHL 12U|
|1 Sept 2011||11 Years||12 and Under/ CCHL 12U|
|1 Sept 2012||10 Years||10 and Under/ CCHL 10U|
|1 Sept 2013||9 Years||10 and Under/ CCHL 10U|
|1 Sept 2014||8 Years||*8 and Under/ Ion Mites|
|1 Sept 2015||7 Years||*8 and Under/ Ion Mites|
|1 Sept 2016||6 Years||*6 and Under/ Ion Mites|