Washington Capitals Learn To Play
Learn to Play is a program that 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.
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The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), in partnership with USA Hockey, have identified the need for a unified growth strategy as a priority for the sport of hockey. The Learn to Play initiative aims to be the gold standard for youth hockey programs with the goal of inspiring more families to join the hockey community. Learn to Play challenges the way youth hockey is offered by providing first-time participants free head-to-toe equipment, eight (8) classes of age-appropriate on-ice instruction, and certified coaching in a fun and safe atmosphere.
The program provides FREE head-to-toe equipment for your child to keep as they continue exploring youth hockey. However, there is a participation fee associated with the program which offsets ice and coaching expenses. The participation fee ranges from $209.00 - $299.00 and varies by facility.
The Future Caps Learn to Play program is offered to new, first-time participants (boys and girls) between the ages of five (5) and nine (9). Participants must not have previously registered with USA Hockey or previously participated in a hockey league/program (house/rec league, learn to play, mini-mites, camps, etc.). It is strongly encouraged that participants complete a Learn to Skate class through their local rink prior to enrolling in Future Caps.
* If the Washington Capitals become aware that a registered child has previous hockey league/program experience, the child will be removed from the Future Caps program without refund, and guardians will be charged the full retail price for the equipment.
It is strongly recommended that participants complete a Learn to Skate class through their local rink prior to enrolling in District Mites. Many rinks in DC, Maryland, and Virginia have regular ice skating sessions which are open to the public and are a great way to gain experience and confidence on the ice. For those looking to register for a Learn to Skate program, please contact your local rink. For a full list of Capitals Rink Partners, visit https://www.nhl.com/capitals/info/rink-partners.
The Future Caps Learn to Play program is offered at thirteen (13) local rinks. For a list of participating rinks and Future Caps sessions, please CLICK HERE.
Visit washcaps.com/futurecaps and select the rink and session you would like to register for. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with next steps. Please check your SPAM or PROMOTIONS folder as this e-mail may not arrive straight to your inbox.
We are sorry to hear that! If you are able to give notice prior to your equipment fitting, you are able to cancel your registration, and our staff will work towards processing your refund. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any cancellation notices.
We have waitlists for all Future Caps programs. If you are interested in a session that is full, please register for the waitlist. We will do our best to contact participants on the waitlist as new spots open up.
If you successfully registered your children for the same session, then yes. All participants will be on the ice at the same time. Coaches may split the class into groups for drills throughout the program.
No, within the first few weeks of class, you will get an e-mail with your USA Hockey number, so do not register your child yourself for USA Hockey. USA Hockey is the governing body of ice hockey in the United States.
It is strongly recommended that participants arrive 30-60 minutes early prior to the first on-ice session. Please arrive in enough time to ensure that your child is able to get checked in, dressed, and on the ice on time. Please be aware that it can take longer than expected to get your child dressed, especially in the first few sessions.
Please make sure to let your Coach know that you will not be attending a certain class.
Upon registration, each participant will receive complimentary head-to-toe equipment from CCM. Participants will be required to attend a local fitting session to get sized for their equipment. After registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail and instructions for finding a local fitting session. The equipment provided includes: a helmet with cage, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, shin guards, gloves, hockey skates, a hockey stick, jersey, socks, and an equipment bag. Participants will be required to purchase their own neck guard, mouth guard, and athletic supporter (jock/jill). All equipment is required to be worn during on-ice sessions. Participants keep the equipment upon graduating from the Future Caps program.
The Washington Capitals encourage all Future Caps participants to continue playing hockey! Talk to your Coach or Rink Director for the best next step program after Future Caps graduation.
No. The Future Caps Learn to Play program is offered only to new, first-time participants. Sessions are not progressive and participants may only register for one session (Fall, Winter, or Spring).
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