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! *Please note: there have been some changes to the Learn to Play program for the 2018-2019 season, different from previous years.


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.

2018-19 Season

Check out the estimated cost for hockey equipment and see what a deal this program is!

-    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. The Capital Clubhouse offers these classes; information can be found at:

-    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

-If you have a 4 year old or 10 year old interested in playing hockey for the first time, please email the little Sabres Coordinator directly (Megan Whalon) at

    Fall Learn to Skate sessions are being offered at the Capital Clubhouse year round.  If your child has never formally skated, the Learn to Skate program is an essential prerequisite to learning to play hockey.  The Learn to Skate program is offered prior to both Learn to Play Sessions at the Capital Clubhouse on both Sunday and Monday evenings – you can register at, in person at the Capital Clubhouse, or by calling (301) 932-4348.  The Skating Director is Sigrid Berge -

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:
Additional information from USA Hockey: