Hockey Edmonton TIMBITS Program


 The TIMBITS Program is Hockey Edmonton's premier Initiation Program for beginning hockey, and is the foundation of skill development for young hockey players. The TIMBITS Program is apart of Hockey Edmonton's Intro to Hockey Programs.

The Hockey Edmonton TIMBITS program is for athletes ages 4 to 6 years old. Hockey Edmonton's Initiation Program (called: TIMBITS) has been split into THREE separate and distinct programs: DISCOVERY, Junior TIMBITS and Senior TIMBITS. Please view the Hockey Edmonton TIMBITS Program Resources webpage and the details listed below for further information regarding the Hockey Edmonton TIMBITS program:   

DISCOVERY

This program is for brand new skaters, wearing full hockey equipment; learning to skate and incorporating limited hockey skills throughout the season. Skill Development Sessions will occur on the weekends (once per week), with each session being 45 to 60-minutes in length.

  • LEARN TO SKATE;
  • 4-year old's as of December 31, or older;
  • Older athletes may also register for the Discovery program if they are brand new skaters;
  • The Discovery Program is for brand new skaters who are learning to skate;
  • The Discovery Program teaches basic movement and skating skills through development drills from Phase 1 of Hockey Canada's Initiation Program Manual;
  • Non-competitive fun activities are also incorporated to further develop the skills that were learned;
    • Hockey Canada Membership and Insurance coverage;
    • Instruction from Certified Lead Instructors (1:10 ratio);
    • Hockey Edmonton curriculum;
    • TIMBITS Uniforms, Medals, and gifts;
    • Group formation of 10-12 players;
    • All sessions to be held on prime-time weekend ice slots;
    • (Once per week) 1-hour shared ice Skill Development Sessions (Rotational Teaching Station Format);
    • TIMBITS Fall Festival - December;
    • TIMBITS Winter Jamboree - March.

 

Junior TIMBITS

This program is for newer hockey players who already possess the ability to skate wearing full hockey equipment; introducing them to technical hockey skills. Sessions will occur on the weekends (once per week), with each session being 60-minutes in length.

  • INTRODUCTION OF HOCKEY SKILLS;
  • 5-year old's as of December 31, or older;
  • 4 year old's cannot register into the Junior TIMBITS program;
  • Older athletes may also register for Junior TIMBITS if they are newer to hockey;
  • Junior TIMBITS focuses on the Introduction of Technical Skills (Skating, Puck-handling, Passing, and Shooting). There will be a strong emphasis on Skating Skills;
    • Hockey Canada Membership and Insurance coverage;
    • Instruction from Certified Lead Instructors and Support Instructors (1:10 ratio);
    • Hockey Edmonton curriculum;
    • TIMBITS Uniforms, Medals, and gifts;
    • Group formation of 10-12 players;
    • All sessions to be held on prime-time weekend ice slots;
    • (Once per week) 1-hour shared ice Skill Development Sessions (Rotational Teaching Station Format);
    • TIMBITS Fall Festival - December;
    • TIMBITS Winter Jamboree - March. 

 

Senior TIMBITS

This program is for more experienced hockey players, who have the ability to skate wearing full hockey equipment, and who have already been introduced to the technical hockey skills. Sessions will occur on the weekends (twice per week), with each session being 60-minutes in length. There are TWO weekly sessions (1-Skill Development Session and 1-Small Area Game Session) to be held on Saturday's and Sunday's. During the Small Area Game Sessions, there will be TWO Small Area Game Zones on each end of the rink, with the middle of the ice being used as an Active Rest/Play Neutral Zone.

  • DEVELOPMENT OF HOCKEY SKILLS & INTRODUCTION TO CROSS-ICE HOCKEY;
  • 6-year old's as of December 31;
  • 4 year old's cannot register into the Senior TIMBITS program;
  • 5 year old's may be promoted to Senior TIMBITS if approved by Association, after meeting Hockey Edmonton Core Skills proficiency;
  • Senior TIMBITS focuses on the Development of Technical Skills (Skating, Puck-handling, Passing, and Shooting) and an Introduction to Individual Tactics. There will be a strong emphasis on Skating Skills;
    • Hockey Canada Membership and Insurance coverage;
    • Instruction from Certified Lead Instructors and Support Instructors (1:10 ratio);
    • Hockey Edmonton curriculum;
    • TIMBITS Uniforms, Medals, and gifts;
    • Group formation of 10-12 players;
    • All sessions to be held on prime-time weekend ice slots;
    • (Once per week) 1-hour shared ice Skill Development Sessions (Rotational Teaching Station Format);
    • (Once per week) 1-hour shared Cross-Ice Game Sessions (with Active Rest/Play Neutral Zone);
      • No structured game play, no scores, no standings;
      • No full-time goaltenders;
    • TIMBITS Fall Festival - December;
    • TIMBITS Winter Jamboree - March.

 

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