What is the Future Caps Learn to Play program?
The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) 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 changes 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.
Are there any fees associated with the Future Caps Learn to Play Program?
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 may vary by facility.
What are the eligibility requirements for the Future Caps Learn to Play program?
The Future Caps Learn to Play program is offered to new, first-time participants (boys and girls), between the ages of five (5) to nine (9). Participants must not have been 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 the 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 and the guardians will be charged the full retail price for the equipment.
Is previous skating ability/knowledge required for Future Caps participation?
It is strongly recommended that participants complete a Learn to Skate class through their local rink prior to enrolling in Future Caps. 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.
Does every rink in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area offer the Future Caps program?
The Future Caps Learn to Play program is offered at various local rinks (subject to change). For a list of participating rinks and Future Caps sessions, please CLICK HERE.