Off Season Programs

2021 Development Program

Update April 20: The Development Program fee has been approved as $20/session for a total fee for participants of $220.00.  Any remaining refunds after the fee has been charged will be issued to participants by April 30.

 

Interest in this program was requested by February 11th and only those who indicated interest at that time have been contacted with details concerning their participation.  No additional players will be accepted.  Rosters have been released via TeamSnap for all age divisions as of February 17.

DETAILS

Date:      February 18, 2021 – March 31, 2021

Location:  Flames Community Arenas & Westside Rec Centre

Sessions:  11 sessions

Cost:  $25/session

Format:

  • Physically distanced (no game play) skills session in accordance with current AHS/Government of Alberta regulations (3 meters distance between all participants while on ice)
  • Groups will be either 9 players + 1 coach or 8 players + 2 coaches
  • Maximum of 20 people on the ice at one time, including coaches
  • Coaches will be certified and insured TWHA coaches from the 2020-2021 season
  • All sessions are HALF ice
  • Sessions will be either 60 minutes or 75 minutes in length
  • Buffer zone between groups on-ice is 1.5 meters on either side of centre line – this will be marked out by coaches with TWHA provided pylons
  • NO mingling between groups at any time – on or off the ice!
  • Schedule for each group will be provided via TeamSnap (ie. team name: U9 (Dev) Red)
  • Hockey Calgary approved practice plans
  • Goalie-only sessions are not being offered but practice plans will include appropriate use of goalies
  • No refunds will be available after participation has been confirmed
  • No player substitutes permitted

Facility Expectations:

  • Physical distancing required while in facility and in dressing rooms (2 meters apart)
  • Players: Masked at all times - only exception is when on ice
  • Coaches: Masked at all times - even on ice
  • Dressing rooms: Open – to allow tying of skates ONLY – come fully dressed
  • Arrival time: no more than 10 minutes before your scheduled ice time starts
  • Exit time: no more than 10 minutes after your scheduled ice time ends
  • Water Bottles: bring your own – recommend fill it at home
  • NO SPECTATORS
  • One Off-Ice Safety Volunteer will be permitted for the U7-U11 age divisions – must remain physically distanced from all participants and is not permitted on the bench/ice

 Health & Safety:

  • Adhere to all AHS/Government of Alberta requirements - physical distance and wear a mask
  • TeamSnap Health Check and TeamSnap attendance tracking is MANDATORY for all participants
  • In the event of a positive COVID-19 case during the Development Program, TWHA will follow all AHS protocols

 

GUIDELINES & EXPECTATIONS

General Expectations

  • In-person group social events/activities outside the TWHA scheduled development on-ice sessions are NOT permitted as per AHS guidelines
  • All participants are expected to follow the current AHS guidelines, rules and recommendations pertaining to COVID-19. This includes ensuring you do not participate in the program if you are required to isolate for any reason.
  • Players will be charged for all sessions their group is scheduled for, whether the player attends the session or not. The only exception would be if the group is required to isolate due to a positive COVID-19 case, in which case, TWHA will make every effort to provide make-up sessions. If this is not possible, the affected group will be credited the cost of the missed sessions.

 Mandatory Health Screening & Attendance

  • The TeamSnap “Health Check” must be completed prior to every session (players & coaches).
    • Health Check opens 8 hours before every session and is accessed under Event Details.
  • Attendance must also be indicated in TeamSnap and be accurate for every session – be sure to indicate ‘going’ or ‘no’ but not ‘maybe’ for every session.
  • Any player/coach that has an incomplete or red health check will not be permitted to attend the session and will be asked to leave the facility immediately.
  • Please review the TWHA Health Screening & Contact Tracing document for more details on TeamSnap Health Check.

Equipment

  • All participants are to come fully dressed to the arena, preferably with skates on and skate guards. Change rooms are available for tying skates only, not changing into or out of hockey equipment.
  • If a parent is required to assist their player to tie skates or put on goaltender equipment, we ask that only ONE parent assist their player. The parent MUST keep their mask on and parents, please limit the amount of time you are in the changing areas. Siblings should never be in the dressing rooms even if they are wearing a mask!  Please respect this request so we can continue using the dressing rooms. The dressing room is not the place for social gatherings amongst parents and players.
  • All participants must bring their own LABELLED water bottle (water fountains are available for use at FCA but not City of Calgary arenas) – it is recommended water bottles are filled at home.
  • MASKS ARE LEGALLY REQUIRED while indoors at all ice facilities including entering and exiting the buildings. This applies to all participants (players/coaches) and parents in change rooms and lobbies.
  • Coaches must wear a mask at all times including in the dressing room, on the bench, on the ice and maintain a physical distance of two-meters from others while off ice and three-meters from others while on ice.
  • Players must wear a mask at all times while in the facility except when participating on the ice. They must also physically distanced of two-meters from others while off ice and three-meters from others while on ice.

When at the arena

  • Arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to the ice session.
  • If age appropriate, parents are asked to drop off their child at the front doors of the facility and not enter the facility. This will help reduce traffic in the facility (especially at Westside) and allow those who need to enter the facility, the ability to properly physical distance from others.
  • Physical distancing is required at all times in all areas of the facility, including dressing rooms.
  • While players will be in the same group for the entire Development Program, these groups are NOT considered cohorts – players (and coach) are expected to be physically distanced from others in the group while on and off the ice.
  • If a parent (no siblings) assists with equipment (ie. skates/helmet), they are asked to exit the changing area and facility immediately after the player no longer requires their assistance to dress.
  • NO SPECTATORS at Flames Community Arenas and Westside Recreation Centre.
  • Players/coaches are asked not to congregate at the arena gate prior to the ice session – wait in designated change areas until the start of the ice session.
  • Shower facilities are not available for use.
  • A maximum of 10 participants (9 players + 1 coach or 8 players + 2 coaches) are permitted on ice per group with a maximum of 2 groups on ice at one time.
  • All ice times are fully shared and each group must remain on their own half ice for the duration of the ice time.
  • No mingling of players or coaches is permitted either on or off the ice.
  • The use of bumpers at Flames Community Arenas is allowed to help create the 3-meter barrier between groups at center ice. If bumpers arenot available (ie. at Westside), coaches are to place pylons 1.5 meters on either side of the center line marking a visual barrier. Stray pucks should be returned gently by the other team with their sticks – do not cross the barrier to retrieve pucks.

Ice Facility Specific Guidelines

  • Please review the COVID-19 Guidelines for Flames Community Arenas
    • FCA entrance is through main doors only – if you are on Red, please enter through South main entrance – Gold/Blue, enter through North East main entrance

Please be considerate of others that will be in attendance in the facility and if you are showing symptoms or feeling unwell, travelled outside Canada in the 14 days prior to the ice session, had close unprotected contact with someone who has travelled outside Canada in the 14 days prior to the ice time and who is ill, had close unprotected contact with someone who is ill, or someone in your household has been in close contact in the 14 days prior to the ice time with someone who is being investigated or confirmed to be a case of COVID-19 – DO NOT ATTEND THE ICE TIME!

 

TWHA Development Program 2021 Guidelines & Expectations (PDF version)

TWHA Development Program - Tips for Coaches (PDF)

 

TWHA Health Screening & Contact Tracing

Flames Community Arenas - COVID-19 Guidelines (February 8, 2021)

Westside - COVID-19 Restrictions (February 8, 2021)*updated

 

Bantam Cup

The 2020 Bantam Cup has been CANCELLED according to Hockey Calgary's directive.

Full refunds have been processed for all registrants as of March 30, 2020.  We look forward to hosting this event again in 2021!

With thanks and appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the Locke and Longley Families for the first two years, we are pleased to carry on the tradition of hosting the 7th Annual TWHA Bantam Cup.

The tournament will be played from April 8 to 12, 2020 at Flames Community Arenas.

There is a tournament banquet on Sunday, April 12, starting at 3pm. The FCA Lounge will be open to the public during this time, however access to banquet food and beverage is limited to the player plus one guest. 

  • The 2020 Bantam Cup Program will be available here.
  • TEAM ROSTERS will be available here.
  • RULES are available here.

Registration

6 balanced teams will be formed with up to 15 players and 2 goalies per team. Registration will be limited to 90 players and 12 goalies. Once open, registration will fill very quickly as has been the case in previous years.

If spots remain near the end of registration, 2nd year players in the top 3 Peewee divisions (PW AA, 1, and 2) will be invited to register. Siblings will be placed on the same team however we will not accommodate friend requests when forming balanced teams.

In 2017, the Trails West Bantam Cup Fund was created using surplus funds from previous Bantam Cup tournaments. The Bantam Cup Fund is used to benefit TWHA families in need with player registration costs. Net proceeds from this year's tournament will go to the Trails West Bantam Cup Fund.

 

Bantam Cup Volunteers - still needed!

Tournament Director(s) - overall coordination
Referee Coordinator - arranging referees and payment
Jersey Coordinator - distribution and collection of jerseys (each team will be required to find parent volunteers to wash jerseys before their return to the Coordinator)
Communications Coordinator - eBrochure and email communications with participants
For more information or to volunteer, contact: Greg Moffatt at gregcmoffatt@gmail.com

DATEARENATIMEHOMEVISITOR
WED APR 8BLUE6:00PM – 7:00PMORANGE RED
WED APR 8BLUE7:15PM – 8:15PMBLUEWHITE
WED APR 8BLUE8:30PM – 9:30PMGREENGREY
THU APR 9GOLD8:15PM – 9:15PMBLUEGREEN
THU APR 9RED8:30PM – 9:30PMWHITEORANGE
FRI APR 10GOLD6:45PM – 7:45PMREDGREY
FRI APR 10GOLD8:00PM – 9:00PMWHITEGREEN
SAT APR 11GOLD8:45AM – 9:45AMORANGEBLUE
SAT APR 11GOLD10:00AM – 11:00AMGREYWHITE
SAT APR 11GOLD11:15AM – 12:15PMGREENRED
SAT APR 11GOLD6:45PM – 7:45PMGREYORANGE
SAT APR 11BLUE7:00PM – 8:00PMREDBLUE
SUN APR 12GOLD1:00PM – 2:00PMC FINAL
SUN APR 12BLUE1:15PM – 2:15PMB FINAL
SUN APR 12GOLD2:15PM – 3:15PMA FINAL
SUN APR 123:00PM – 5:00PMBANQUET IN LOUNGE

Midget Cup

The 2020 Midget Cup has been CANCELLED according to Hockey Calgary's directive.

Full refunds have been processed for all registrants as of March 24, 2020. We look forward to hosting this event again in 2021!

Building off of the Bantam Cup tournament started by the Locke family six years ago, we will be running our 3rd annual Midget Cup this year. The ice is booked for April 8-12 for a four team, four game tournament at Flames Community Arenas. It is a fun, non-contact tournament that allows friends within Trails West to play against each other on balanced teams made up from all six of our Midget teams.

We will also be hosting a simple banquet for the players at Oilympics Lounge (at FCA) on the Saturday, April 11 starting at 7pm immediately following the tournament games. The FCA Lounge will be open to the public during this time, however access to banquet food and beverage is limited to the registered player plus one guest.

  • The 2020 Midget Cup Program will be available here.
  • TEAM ROSTERS will be posted here.
  • RULES are available here.

Registration

We will be forming four balanced teams with up to 15 players and 2 goalies per team. Registration will be limited to 60 players and 8 goalies.

In 2017, the Trails West Bantam Cup Fund was created using surplus funds from previous Bantam Cup tournaments. The Bantam Cup Fund is used to benefit TWHA families in need with player registration costs. Net proceeds from this year's Midget tournament will go to the Trails West Bantam Cup Fund.

 

Midget Cup Volunteers - still needed!

Tournament Director: Greg Moffatt *would be great to have a volunteer shadow with the intention of running this next year!
Banquet Coordinator - plan the menu and run the event
Referee Coordinator - schedule and pay referees
Jersey Coordinator - distribute and collect jerseys (each team will be required to find parent volunteers to wash jerseys before their return to the Coordinator)
Game sheet/labels - print labels and prepare game sheets for each game
Tournament Brochure Coordinator - populate template with this year's roster and game schedule for posting on website

 

For more information or to volunteer, contact: Greg Moffatt - gregcmoffatt@gmail.com

DATEARENATIMEHOMEVISITOR
WED APR 8BLUE9:45PM – 10:45PMTEAM 1TEAM 2
WED APR 8GOLD10:15PM – 11:15PMTEAM 3TEAM 4
FRI APR 10BLUE7:45PM – 8:45PMTEAM 4TEAM 1
FRI APR 10BLUE8:00PM – 9:00PMTEAM 2TEAM 3
SAT APR 11GOLD5:30PM – 6:30PMTEAM 1TEAM 3
SAT APR 11BLUE5:45PM – 6:45PMTEAM 2TEAM 4
SAT APR 117:00PM – 9:00PMBANQUET IN LOUNGE
SUN APR 12BLUE2:30PM – 3:30PMB FINAL
SUN APR 12GOLD3:30PM – 4:30PMA FINAL

3 vs 3 Pond Hockey Tournament

Trails West will not be hosting this tournament for the 2020-2021 season.

Trails West is hosting their second annual 3 vs 3 Pond Hockey Tournament in 2019! Pond hockey is a type of hockey where players are encouraged to play for the spirit of the game.  There isn’t a scoreboard, there’s a lot of flow, players are encouraged to try new moves and have fun playing the game.

Who: Sr. Timbits, Novice, Atom and PeeWee players registered with TWHA for the 2019-2020 season
What: 3 games of half ice in 3 vs 3 pond hockey format with 2 games on Saturday and 1 game on Sunday
Where: Flames Community Arenas (Red and Gold)
When: Labour Day Long Weekend – Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1, 2019
Why: A fun way for players to prepare for the upcoming season

Cost: $50 per player
Teams: there will be 4 teams formed for each birth year division (2013, 2012/2011, 2010/2009, 2008/2007*combined)
Players per team: 10 (with exceptions to accommodate 2 goaltenders)
Registration: Registration is closed. Registration is per player and based on a first come-first served basis.  Player registration will be cancelled and not refunded if the player is not currently registered with Trails West. 
Confirmation of team assignment will be emailed to participant’s email address by August 28, 2019

Tournament Contact: Christy Alm at tournament@trailswesthockey.com
Registration Contact: Diane Moffatt at admin@trailswesthockey.com

For Timbits and Novice aged players, goaltender equipment will be provided for players in need of equipment.  Teams will be constructed by Trails West with the goal of balancing the teams to allow for games to be as competitive as possible and for this reason, teammate requests will only be considered for unique circumstances (ie, siblings).  Please note that registration is first-come first served and is non-transferrable.   No refunds will be issued. 

Rules:

  1. Games will be 60 minutes in length with a 5 minute warm-up, 2 minute clean-up and puck drop, 24 minute half, 2 minute intermission, 24 minute half, 3 minutes for handshake
  2. Games will be played cross-ice, with two games happening simultaneously.  The half-ice board system will be utilized for every game
  3. The only face-offs for the game will be the opening face-off and the face-off after half time
  4. Atom/PeeWee teams will change on the fly and Timbits/Novice teams will have 2 minute shifts and change on the buzzer (leaving the puck in situ at the buzzer)
  5. After a goal the scoring team must have all players regroup to center ice before being allowed to forecheck the team that has just been scored on.  This means teams that have just been scored on must regroup quickly and dig the puck out of the net
  6. Infractions will result in a penalty shot with the player suffering the infraction taking the penalty shot.  When a penalty shot occurs, all players on the ice will be asked to take a knee at half ice.  Once the shot is completed, the defensive players can immediately enter their own zone.  Once the player taking the penalty shot completes the shot, the player must regroup to center ice before the player and their teammates can once again forecheck.  Within Timbits/Novice, if a penalty shot is awarded near the end of a shift, the player will be allowed to execute the penalty shot even in absence of the buzzer.  At the end of the shot, players will execute the line change
  7. If a puck goes over the glass, the goaltender nearest where the puck went over the glass will pull a puck out of the net for his teammates and the offensive team must regroup before forechecking
  8. No body checking in any division

Schedule: Revised due to lower than anticipated number of registrants. Games will now be played per age group and not birth year.