Timbits Program

Welcome to Lake Bonavista Breakers Timbits Hockey, where the first goal is having fun!

In accordance with the recommendation of the Canadian Hockey Association and Hockey Calgary, Lake Bonavista participates in the Timbits Hockey Program.  The Timbits Program encourages an environment in which children can learn the basic skills without the distractions that are often associated with an over emphasis on winning.

Program Objectives

  • Provide a positive environment for learning the FUNdamental skills of hockey
  • Stimulate interest and desire to continue playing
  • Develop basic hockey skills
  • Improve utilization of ice time
  • Increase opportunities for players to touch and handle the puck
  • To provide an intermediary program between the Timbits Program and the Full Ice Program
  • Develop self-esteem through a sense of achievement

Ice Times

This year, our Timbits season runs from mid-September to March 2018. We will be hosting our Lake Bonavista Timbits tournament in March 2018.

Each Timbits team will have 2 ice times per week on the small or large ice surface at the Lake Bonavista Recreation Centre - these can vary from 1 week day and either Saturday/Sunday or both Saturday & Sunday each week. The weekend ice times typically range from 7:15 am to 11:00 am.

Parental Responsibilities

  • Parents must ensure their child is properly equipped.
  • To be fair to your child and his teammates, your child should try to attend all games and practices
  • Support your child. Give encouragement and show interest in their participation. Help your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game
  • Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort and more important than victory – that way your child will always be a winner despite the outcome of the game!
  • Be a positive role model for your child. Applaud good plays by your child’s team as well as good plays by the opposing team
  • Refrain from coaching or refereeing from the sidelines as these officials and coaches are usually parents just like you. They volunteer their time to help make your child's first hockey experience a positive one

They need your support and encouragement too.

As well as supporting your child and his teammates in their beginning years of hockey, we are looking for positive, energetic, creative, fun-loving and above all, patient volunteers to take on a variety of roles.  Coaches are required to take the Intro to Hockey clinic in the fall.  Each team also requires parents to help out on the ice and on the bench as well as in the team manager and social coordinator positions.  We will also require parents to help coordinate our tournament in March.  Please consider volunteering with your child’s team!

Your involvement does make a difference!

Equipment Requirements

Full equipment is required for participation in the Timbits Program.  This consists of:

  • CSA Approved Helmet
  • Neck Protector
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Elbow Pads
  • Hockey Gloves
  • Hockey Pants
  • Athletic Cup
  • Shin Pads
  • Hockey Socks and Garter
  • Skates
  • Stick
  • Equipment Bag

Note: Mouth guards are not recommended at this age level

Skates should be properly fit for the player and not too big.  Improperly fitting skates are a big impediment to skating development.  Depending upon the brand of skate, due to differences in the sizing scales, it is not uncommon for a skate that is one to two sizes smaller than the players shoe size to be a proper fit (i.e. player normally wearing a size 13 runner may typically fit a size 11 skate).  Some extra attention during the sizing of new skates will payoff with a much more enjoyable experience for your player!

Start of Season

We will be having an evaluation for first year players in early September.  All first year players will be contacted early in September regarding which time they need to attend.  There will also be a parent meeting for all Timbits parents on in early September at the Lake Bonavista Recreation Centre.  We will go over the equipment at the parent meeting.

Intro to Timbits September Program: Designed for 1st time Timbits players only to get them accustomed to being on the ice in their hockey gear.  This program is run by Tim Murray of Breakaway Power Skating.

Thanks for your support! We are looking forward to an exciting year in Timbits Hockey!

Sally Leonard
Jennifer Kidd

Lake Bonavista Timbits Coordinators