Sabres Instructional

The Southern Maryland Sabres have partnered with the WASHINGTON CAPITALS to provide the Learn to Play program through the NHL ( This program is for children ages 5-9 to experience the basics of hockey for the first time, in a fun and safe environment. All required equipment is provided (to keep) including skates and CCM brand items, as well as a USA Hockey Membership Number! Children should know how to ice skate across the rink (horizontally, side-to-side) prior to signing up for this program.


Players age 5-9 at the start of the Learn to Play session


Winter Session: December 1 – January 26 (*skip Sat. 12/29) Spring Session: February 2 – March 23 Saturdays – 8 practices with the last practice being a graduation/jamboree


Capital Clubhouse: 3033 Waldorf Market Place Waldorf, MD 20603


One practice per week for 45 minutes starting at 9:35am on Saturday


Head-to-toe equipment for registered participants: Each participant will receive the following new equipment to call their own, with a customized jersey from the Washington Capitals: Ice Hockey Helmet with a cage, Shoulder pads, Elbow pads, Hockey gloves, Hockey pants, Shin guards, Skates, Jersey, Socks, Stick, Equipment bag *It is recommended that you purchase a mouth guard and athletic supporter, in addition to the equipment provided. (

Additional Costs

$170 – Registration is open at The program provides FREE head-to-toe equipment for your child to keep as they continue exploring youth hockey. However, the participation fee associated with the program offsets ice and coaching expenses. This fee is the lowest it can be in our market, the National Capital Region.

Fall LTP Graduates - 2018-2019

"Return to Play" is an 8 week session that starts February 3, 2019 and completes on March 23, 2019.  The purpose of this session is to keep the 'Learn-To-Play' graduates continuing to improve their skating skills and potentially have a couple scrimmages for fun...Skating is the key to a great hockey player...

Due to ice slot time, the dates and times for this program will jump around. The schedule will be as follows: Sun. Feb 3 8:05 - 9:10 am; Sun. Feb 10 8:05 - 9:10 am; Sat. Feb 16 10:20 - 11:15 am; Sun. Feb 17 8:05 - 9:10 am; Sat. Mar 2 10:20 - 11:15 am; Sat. Mar 9 10:20 - 11:15 am; Sat. Mar 16 8:40 - 9:35 am; Sat. Mar 23 10:20 - 11:15 am 

The cost of this program is $80 ($10 per session) with a processing fee of $4.00.

2018-19 Season - Spring LTP


- This program is designed for first-time players only.

- Basic skating skills are necessary to get the most out of the Learn to Play program, which includes being able to skate unassisted on the ice, not holding onto a wall or anyone’s hand, while being able to skate the width (shorter distance side-to-side) of the ice generally without falling down if just skating. As a prerequisite to the Learn to Play program, we ask that your child participates in a Learn to Skate program in order to learn the fundamentals of skating prior to the fundamentals of hockey. Learn to Skate sessions are being offered at the Capital Clubhouse year round. You can register in person at the Capital Clubhouse or by calling (301) 932-4348. The Skating Director is Sigrid Berge -

- Participants in the Learn to Play program must register online. Phone and/or in-person registration at the rink will NOT be accepted through the Washington Capitals.

- Questions? Email Megan Whalon at


FOUR and TEN YEAR OLDS interested in playing hockey for the first time may participate in the Little Sabres program, which meets with the learn to play program on Saturdays at 9:35 am for 8 consecutive weeks; however, you must provide full head-to-toe gear for your player. Cost for this program is $80 ($10 per week) and a small processing charge of $4.00. You must also register your child for a USA Hockey number at (this is free for 4 year olds, but there is a fee for 10 year olds). Click the red "register" button below and choose the "Little Sabres - No Gear" option. The Sabres do have limited gear available to be borrowed for first time players, if necessary. Please email the little Sabres Coordinator (Megan Whalon) directly for questions regarding gear -


In order to prepare for the first day of Learn to Skate, please watch the following video on how to dress your player in the full hockey gear, provided by USA Hockey:

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