Timbits U7 Initiation - LEARN TO PLAY PROGRAM
GBHA Instructors support players and parents to provide a terrific learning environment. Parents are able to work with their child during the first 8-10 weeks in order to get their players to a level where they are independently walking/skating and can join in the 'Learn to Play' practices.
In addition, when the sessions move to team play, our House League program is divided into tiers allowing all players to enjoy success in game situations as they continue to learn to skate and acquire basic hockey skills.
The goal of the Tyke program is FUN! FUN! FUN!
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
From mid-September until the end of November (approx. 8-10 weeks) the players participate in the “Learn to Play" portion of the program. Players are divided into one of four different groups based on skill. These are fluid groups and you can move between them to find the appropriate level for your player. These sessions focus on developing skills at a pace and intensity appropriate for the needs of each group.
Players are divided into teams at the end of November or early in December and are allocated into the appropriate tier according to skill level:
- Tyke Tier One (Select, CDP Players)
- Tyke Tier Two (each team will have a line of Old Timers, Veterans, Rookies and Prospects)
The ice is divided into 4 stations; every week the players rotate through Game, Skill development and Play stations.
TIMBITS U7 GROUPS
Players born in 2015 or 2016 that are Select level skaters/players.
Players born in 2015 & 2016 that are decent skaters with some hockey experience.
Players born in 2015, 2016 & 2017 that are unassisted skaters with some hockey experience.
Players born 2015, 2016 and 2017 who are beginners with little to no hockey experience.
SKILLS SESSIONS - NOVEMBER THROUGH MID-MARCH
In addition to the weekend games there will be a skills session offered, likely Saturday mornings at Chris Tonks Arena.
OUTDOOR SKILLS SESSIONS - HIGH PARK OUTDOOR RINK
In addition to the weekend games there will be a mid-week skills session for approximately 11 weeks from mid-December to March. The sessions are run according to the "Learn to Play" levels. The days and times of these sessions will not be available until early December and are weather dependent.
Skills sessions are run by GBHA Instructors.