U7 (Timbits)

The U7 Program, also often referred to as “Timbits”, is an introduction to hockey program for 5 and 6 year old players (2015 and 2016 birth years for the 2021-22 season) who have signed up for hockey within the SJAMHA. The sessions involve small group instruction, small-area activities, cross-ice scrimmages, half-ice games and a focus on fun. Player development is heavily emphasized and score is not kept in games.

2021/2022 Program Information

Subject to change based on Hockey Manitoba Return to Play COVID-19 response protocol 

Dates, Times and Locations

  • SJAMHA U7 registration opens early August and season runs September to early March
  • Program will tentatively commence early to mid September
    • An e-mail regarding your child's first IP ice time will be sent approximately one week prior to the program start
  • Program runs each Saturday and Sunday (except holidays) with an occasional bye week
  • Most U7 ice times take place at Allard Arena with 8:00-11:30 am start times
  • Many teams have occasional weekday indoor or outdoor practices in between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm
  • Most teams register for 2-4 weekend tournaments in January-March
  • Approximately 60 -70 total ice times during the season

Costs

  • $475 registration fees ($425 if you register by August 30) covers Stage 1 Initiation Program and Stage 2 and 3 weekend practice and game times at Allard arena
  • Approximately $250 for team fees (paid in November to team manager) covers tournaments, extra practice ice, team apparel, wind-up party based on decisions made by coaches, manager and parents
  • Some teams choose to fund raise to reduce team fees

Volunteers

  • During Stage 1 of the season (Initiation Program), sessions will be run by lead Instructors with the support of IP on-ice volunteers
  • During Stages 2 and 3 of the season (Team Play) , volunteers act as coaches who must undergo Hockey Canada and Respect in Sport Training, as team managers, safety representative and tournament and event organizers and staff
  • For more information on volunteering with the U7 program, visit the Coaches, IP/DP On-Ice Volunteers and Bench Staff resources pages
  • To become an IP On-Ice Volunteer or U7 Coach, complete the application form or contact VP House League Shawn Edinger if you have any questions

Program

  • Follows Hockey Canada Long Term Player Development Model
  • Emphasizes skill development (skating, stopping, turning, puck handling, passing, and shooting)
  • Players placed in small groups with peers of similar age and level of skill and experience
  • Score is not kept during any scrimmages or games

Stages of Season

Stage 1 – Initiation Program (September-October)

  • Players are grouped according to years of experience for a skill-based “camp” (your child may or may not be paired up with players from your community club for these sessions)
  • All skills stations and scrimmages are cross-ice
  • Evaluation skates may take place during Stage 1 to enable balanced team formation in Stage 2

Parent information for Initiation Program

Stage 2 – Team Formation (November-December)

  • Teams are formed consisting of approximately 12 players. Teams are generally created geographically
  • For each ice time, three teams are on the ice and the ice is divided into three cross-ice zones
  • All players are grouped based upon skill level: red-developed, yellow-intermediate, blue-developing
  • Each ice time consists of 40 minutes of skills and 20 minutes scrimmage (4 on 4) , all cross-ice
  • Saturdays - Players practice with their team and then join their colour-based skill groups for cross-ice  scrimmage
  • Sunday - Game Day: The ice is divided into two half-ice zones with two 5 on 5 games with four teams on the ice, players remaining with their team for the duration of the game
  • Weekly Practice - Some teams begin having weeknight indoor or outdoor practices

Stage 3 – Half-Ice Game Play (January-March)

This is typically the busiest time of the hockey season as outdoor practices and tournaments take place.

  • Saturdays - Players practice with their team and then join their colour-based skill groups for cross-ice scrimmage
  • Sunday - Game Day: The ice is divided into two half-ice zones with two 5 on 5 games with four teams on the ice, players remaining with their team for the duration of the game
  • Weekly Practice - Some teams have weeknight indoor or outdoor practices
  • During Stage 3, tournaments begin. Most teams register for 2-4 tournaments between January and March, each consisting of 3-4 games. Most tournaments have half-ice play
  • Team wind-up normally takes place mid-March and the season is complete before Spring Break