The Vancouver Thunderbirds register for the following season starting typically in May of each year. Current members of the TBirds family do get a head start but we do bring in new members every season, and do everything possible to find a spot for every player who wants to play.
Vancouver Thunderbirds will offer programs in 2018-19 for all players born in 2001-2013:
Initiation Minor (Hockey 1): 2013
Initiation Major (Hockey 2): 2012
Novice Minor (Hockey 3): 2011
Novice Major (Hockey 4): 2010
Atom: 2008-09 (Recreational and Rep streams)
Peewee: 2006-07 (Recreational and Rep streams)
Bantam: 2004-05 (Recreational and Rep streams)
Midget: 2001-03 (Recreational and Rep streams)
After reviewing the information below, should you have any questions, please email Audrey in our office at email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions: Registration
Registration Form Questions
The form won't let me go past the first page, what is wrong?
The most common issue is simply that there is a space after either the Hockey Canada ID number or your email address. Check to see if there is an extra space in these fields and remove it and try again to move forward. If that doesn't work, check to ensure the birthdate is correct - if not, send Audrey the correct information to update as the verification step does check this and it needs to match. If this doesn't work, you may need to log out of TeamSnap and log back in. From time to time, especially if you use TeamSnap for other teams/programs, it needs to be reset. Some firewalls also present issues for computers that we are not able to assist with, but it seems these issues are not experienced when using a smartphone.
Can I register both of my children at the same time?
For returning players yes! However we do ask if you have one child that is new to the TBirds and another that is returning that you complete the two different forms for them separately as they are a bit different. TeamSnap will ask you to complete the Player Information for all players being registered for within a family at the same time. Complete the information for the first player and then select the “Add Participant” button and complete the information for the next player. You can continue doing this for as many players as you have in your family.
Why do I need to enter each player’s Hockey Canada ID number and Hockey Canada Division? Don’t you already know that?
TeamSnap and Hockey Canada have formed a new partnership that brings multiple elements of the overall registration process into one simply by having the Hockey Canada ID number and the Hockey Canada Division submitted with each of our returning players during registration. Note this is for returning players only. For players who are entering their first year of organized hockey, players will not be asked for this information.
How do I find out what my Hockey Canada ID number is?
All of our returning players will receive an email from the association with their Hockey Canada ID and Hockey Canada Division they should enter. If you did not receive this information, that likely means your email address on the Hockey Canada Registry (HCR) is not up to date. Please contact Audrey in our office at firstname.lastname@example.org providing the player’s full name and date of birth. She will respond within two business days with this information.
The default date of birth for my child is incorrect but it won't allow me to complete the registration if I correct it. What should I do?
This is part of the verification piece with Hockey Canada and is great that we are catching these. If this happens, please email Audrey with your child's name and the correct date of birth so she can update the Hockey Canada Registry and then you will be able to complete the registration with the correct information.
The form requires one parent’s (or guardian’s) information but allows for two. What is the benefit of including two parent’s information?
The information provided in these sections will become the official contacts used for all communication from the association and this information will be the initial communication setup for any team communications. Contact information provided in previous seasons will be replaced with the information submitted during this registration period so please ensure you include anyone who wishes to receive important information and updates regarding the 2018-19 season.
There are a number of possible volunteer roles listed to choose from. Why do we need to select one and where do we find more information on what they are?
With over 950 players and 60 teams, volunteers are what allow our players to be able to get on the ice. There are a number of opportunities to help directly with the team and we are also looking to expand the experiences of the players. An overview of all the roles can be found on the Thunderbirds website here. For any selection you make, further information will be sent in the coming weeks.
I copied and pasted the Hockey Canada ID number I received but it is saying that it is not correct. What do I do?
First thing to check is if you added any spaces in your copy and paste. Remove those and try again as that is typically the issue. If it still does not work, please contact Audrey and she will be able to verify the number with you.
What days/times of the week will my child have ice sessions?
We won't have our finalized ice allocations from the City of Vancouver until the summer. We are planning to post the schedule for each division in August however these will be subject to change until the start of the season.
What is the Pond Hockey Pilot midget program?
We are implementing a pond hockey pilot program for midget aged players in response to the request from a number of players for an option that eliminates the travel to neighbouring communities; provides a consistent time and location; and offers a way for friends to play on same or back to back ice times. There will be two mini-seasons and players will be able to register for either one or for both, based on availability. The general concept is that two back to back ice sessions will be scheduled at the same time and location (tentatively for Monday evenings at the Agrodome, subject to change based on final ice allocation). Registered players will be formed into “teams” which will change every few weeks and will play scrimmages during the ice times. Coaches will be required to run the benches and maintain oversight of the players, but no practices or away games will be scheduled.
Why can we not do both the pond hockey program and the PCAHA league?
Due to the Hockey Canada Insurance requirements, a player can only be assigned to one program at this time. We believe a number of players will desire to continue playing other associations and enjoy the full team experience and so we will offer both streams.
What are my options for paying the registration fees?
All registrations will be required to be paid by credit card through TeamSnap.
What if I don’t have a credit card?
Please contact Audrey in our office at email@example.com to make alternative arrangements. Please note that online registration will still be required but you will be provided with a code that will allow you to bypass the credit card payment. Roster spots will be tentatively held for 10 days to allow for the cheque to be received, and a further 5 days to allow the cheque to clear at which time the registration will become official.
Is there an option to pay the registration fees by installments?
Yes. New for this season is the opportunity to select to pay the full amount (default selection) OR to click on the “Installment Plan” option. The full amount will be split into three equal payments: 1) at registration; 2) on July 15; and 3) on August 15. The same credit card used for the first payment will automatically be charged on the future dates.