Can I join the team?We are always looking for new people to join our team, whether you've played before, or have never tried on a pair of skates. Our coaches emphasize learning, teamwork, and improving fundamental skills on the ice.
What if I've never played before?We welcome people who are brand new to hockey, and to skating. The more practices you attend, the more quickly you will start to feel comfortable on the ice. If you would prefer to get some skating down first, MIT offers some really helpful PE classes for learning skating and hockey. See http://web.mit.edu/athletics/www/physed/ for more info.
I'm not a student but am affiliated with MIT, can I play with you?Yes, MIT affiliates (e.g., faculty, staff, spouse/partner) can join. However, in addition to the normal club dues you will need to purchase a DAPER membership.
Is there a varsity team?No. MIT cut the varsity women's program a few years ago, and the women's club team remains the only women's ice hockey team at MIT that competes inter-scholastically.
When is the season?We have ice time from mid-October until spring break in mid-March. While October to March is our primary season, we have optional dryland practices before the season begins, and often play tournaments late in the Spring.
When is practice?We have five coached practices per week:
- Monday 7-9pm
- Wednesday 7-9pm
- Thursday 7-9pm
- Saturday 5-7 pm
- Sunday 1-3 pm
What if I can't make all practices every week?Most players don't make all of the practices a week, and you are certainly not expected to. We have 5 different practice times so that you have a variety of options and can go to the ones which fit your schedule best. We try to gear some practices to have a more beginner focus and others to focus on more experienced players' needs and team play. There is no absolute requirement on how many practices you attend but it is expected that you try to make 2-3 practices a week especially if you want to play in the games. The more you practice, the faster you will improve.
Do you have equipment I can borrow?Yes! If you've never played hockey and want to try it out before getting your own equipment, we have all the necessary gear to play. This includes sticks, helmets, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, shin pads, hockey pants, and skates in a variety of sizes. You are free to check out whatever you need free of charge as long as you are playing with us.
What should I wear underneath the equipment?Wear something comfortable and not too restrictive or baggy. Shorts and a t-shirt should be fine, although some people prefer a long sleeved shirt and long stretchy pants to keep the pads from rubbing directly on their skin. You won't need thick layers underneath to stay warm -- skating hard with all that protective gear on will keep you toasty!
Are there club dues?Yes, we have dues for each half of the season. Dues are paid once at the start of the fall semester and again at the start of the spring semester. The cost of our program is typically much less than playing in a women's hockey league, and the amount of ice time and quality of coaching make our program a great deal. For the 2011-2012 season, dues were $100 dollars each semester and are expected to remain at this level or not much higher. Keep in mind that if you play pick-up hockey you could easily pay $15 per hour. At MIT, the ice time available to you is 6-10 hours a week from mid-October to the Friday before spring break, which makes it a great opportunity.
I have more questions...To get any and all other questions about the club team answered, please email the captains at
club-hockey-officers [at] mit [dot] edu