What is U7 (Timbits) Hockey?

U7 Timbits hockey is a program designed by Hockey Calgary, supported and sponsored by Tim Hortons, specifically designed with the concept of PLAYER DEVELOPMENT for children ages 5/6. The program is designed and implemented by Hockey Calgary and all participating Associations are required to adhere to the strict expectations of the program. Please read the following document:  Hockey Calgary U7 (Timbits) Program Information

What Age Group is U7 Timbits?

To participate in the U7 Timbits program for the 2022–2023 season your child must have been born between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.

What Skill Set Does My Child Have To Have To Register?

The U7 Timbits program is suitable for all ranges of skill from beginner to advanced. The BV Manager of Hockey Operations (MHO) will work with coaches and will supply weekly practice plans that coaches can use as reference for setting up their practice plans.  The MHO also attends and runs several practices throughout the year. Coaches will participate in training by Hockey Calgary and Hockey Alberta for coach certification and personal growth. The main goal is truly about "Having Fun", and player development.

Season Length

The season is expected to begin mid September and will run until the end of March.

Practice Ice Times

All U7 Timbits Teams will have 2 practices per week typically on Saturdays and Sundays between 7:00 am to 5:00 pm until mid November.

When the respective age group starts to play formal games as per the timeline outlined below, the U7 Age Group may be scheduled practices during the weekdays and we will do our best to schedule these dates and times on a set schedule where possible. The set schedule will not be determined until regular season scheduling has taken place in mid October.

U7 Timbits practice shares the ice with another U7 Timbits team, so half ice. Generally, the skaters rotate through various stations/activities in smaller groups, and end by a larger group activity.

U7 practices and games will be scheduled at facilities in South Calgary. They will typically be scheduled at the Trico Centre, Seton YMCA, Frank McCool and or Great Plains Arena.

Games

Hockey Calgary allows U7 Timbits teams to play sanctioned games or play in tournaments above and beyond their weekly practices. These games are assigned by Hockey Calgary. U7 practices and games will be scheduled at facilities in South Calgary. They will typically be scheduled at the Trico Centre, Seton YMCA, Frank McCool and or Great Plains Arena.

 

 

Jr. and Sr. Age Groups

Junior teams are generally first-year players but can also include second-year players based on a beginner skill level and numbers.  Senior teams are generally second-year players but can also include first-year players based on a more advanced skill level and numbers.

Coaching

We need approx. 12 Coaches on each U7 Timbits team. The more coaches we have the better the experience will be for each player. You don't have to be a hockey expert, just willing to have fun while building kids' confidence.

For more info on coaching and or completing the Coach application please click here.

U7 Timbits Learn To Play Sessions

The U7 Timbits Age Group will take part in four development sessions called the U7 Timbits Learn To Play Program. Parents are encouraged to come on ice to help assist with the ice times and gain insight to coaching from experienced BV Coaches. This is a development program focused on physical literacy and the FUNdamentals.

Player Evaluations 

In September all registered U7 Timbits players will take part in one Skills Session where players go through timed drills. This allows the society to build balanced teams (skill-wise) to ensure a fun environment for all the U7 Timbits players. These sessions are not considered evaluations and teams will not be built on a tiered skill level. The teams may be at a different level than other organizations due to numbers registered in U7 Timbits or skill variations and can also change throughout the year as children develop in different ways and at different rates.  For more info on the Skills Session please click here.

Each team will consist of approx. 17-20 skaters per team.

Jerseys

Each child will be assigned a team jersey when the teams are formed. Jerseys are provided by Tim Horton’s and must be returned at the end of the season to be used again next season. Socks are provided at cheque drop-off/sock night and may be kept.

Equipment

Children must be dressed in full equipment. If you are unsure of fit or how to dress your child, please do not be afraid to ask when you purchase your equipment!  It is important that equipment fit properly, be comfortable while doing its job and keep your child safe! Please equip your child with their own personal labelled water bottle with a long spout so that it will go through their helmet cage.

If you are new to hockey, please click here to see what equipment is needed.  Please click here to learn how to put the equipment on.

Hockey sticks should be cut off between the player's chin and nose while on skates. Tape should be put on both the butt end and blade of the stick.

Skates should be sharpened prior to the first ice time. Skates out of the box are not sharp, they need to be sharpened.

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Apparel

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Cash Calls and Fundraising

Parents should expect a cash call of $150-$200 due at the start of the season once teams are formed around October 1.  Each member of the team will be expected to assist with fundraising if the team votes to do so.

Society Level Volunteering

Bow Valley has mandatory volunteering at the society level. Each family is required to volunteer 12 hours per child or 16 hours for multi-player families. Without volunteers, we cannot run the association! There are many opportunities for parents to volunteer throughout the season however the bulk of the volunteer shifts take place in September during evaluations.

Team Level Volunteering

Parents should expect to volunteer at the team level to ensure a successful season.  Click Here to see all the roles that need to be filled for a successful season.  We have a variety of documents created to help assist coaches and managers throughout the season.  Click Here to see some of those documents.

Registration

Please read the registration information package posted under registration on our website.  New members must pre-register by completing the online pre-registration form. Once the registrar approves the pre-registration, you will be emailed the link to register your player for the season.

Questions

Should you have any questions please contact Melinda McCall at registrar@bvhs.ca