Make the Team* Series: Fall

*Formerly Performance Academy

In a nutshell: Parents have been asking us for years to make something a step up from our development league. A bit more of a commitment, a bit more competitive, but NOT the level of a year round club. Performance Academy was born in winter 2018 and has been a huge hit! In 2019 we are shifting it to a Make the Team series with a end of season tournament against appropriate leveled local teams. The focus of this is TEAM concepts-not primarily individual skills like our development academy.

Fall Performance Academy for 5-6th and 7th-9th grade ONLY.

Winter Make the Team to open in September.


What: Make the Team intends to push your hockey IQ. We practice as a team to grow tactical team concepts as well as improving your individual technical play.

How to play: For the Fall: For the fall please only register if you have 2+ seasons of play experience. We will confirm with your coach AFTER registration and only unenroll athletes whose coaches exhibit serious reservations. Therefore, please chat with your coach before you register. If your coach does not approve you we will cancel your registration minus fees.


  • Age and Experience: Athletes (5th-9th Grade-moves to 12th for the winter) need to be serious about improving and have team experience - this means more than just our development sessions, players must have in game experience. Players with multiple development seasons with us are also eligible.

  • Commitment: We ask those interested in performance academy be able to commit to all but 1 practice.

  • References and recommendations: Although we do not have tryouts, we ask for a coach reference at registration to confirm ability.  Your coach will confirm your attitude, willingness to learn, current level, and drive. Athletes need to be serious about improving and commit to a full season with limited absences.  A limit to 2 teams per session, 15 athletes per team for each date.

Fall Performance

Please do not sign up if you cannot make the Nov 10th or Nov 16th scrimmage dates!

Led by: Coach Stef Vestal and second coach TBA

Where: Madeira School, McLean, VA
8328 Georgetown Pike,
McLean, VA 22102

When: Sundays 2:30-4:30 PM. 2 hour sessions made up of technical and tactical instruction, scrimmages + Play Beyond the Game Mental Performance Development. Cost includes our tournament on November 16th.

Dates: Sept 8th-Nov 16th.

September: 8, 15, 22, 29
October: 6, 13, 20, 27
November: 10, 16

Tournament: Nov 16th at TBA.

Cost: $320

Winter Performance (now closed-2019 to open in September)


Led by: Derek Ryan, Heritage High School Varsity Coach

Where: Play to Win Athletic Facility, Ashburn, VA.


  • Session 1: December 2nd - January 13th

    • December: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
      January: 6, 13

  • Session 2: January 20 - March 10

    • January: 20, 27
      February: 10, 17, 23*,
      March: 3, 10

February 23* Please note this is a Saturday

When: Sundays 9 AM-12 PM 2 hours of instruction + Play Beyond the Game Mental Performance Development. 11-12 scrimmages.

Cost: $300 for half season. $600 for full season. 

APPLY NOW No Fees for applying.

Charges occur upon acceptance.


Led by: Derek Ryan, Heritage High School Varsity Coach

Where: Dulles Sportsplex, Sterling, VA on turf.


  • Session 1: November 27 - Jan 22

    • November: 27
      December: 4, 11, 18
      January: 8, 15, 22

  • Session 2: Jan 29 - Mar 12th

    • January: 29
      February: 5, 12, 19, 26
      March: 5, 12

When: 5:30-7:30 PM.

Cost: $250 for half season. $475 for full season. 

APPLY NOW No fees for apply. Charges occur upon acceptance.