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The Vancouver Thunderbirds register for the following season starting typically in May (returning players) and June (new to TBirds players) of each year. Current members of the TBirds family do get a head start but we 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 2020-21 for all players born in 2003-2015:

U6:   2015 Formerly Intiation Minor (Hockey 1)
U7:   2014 Formerly Initiation Major (Hockey 2)
U8;   2013 Formerly Novice Minor (Hockey 3)
U9:   2012 Formerly Novice Major (Hockey 4)
U11: 2010-2011 Formerly Atom (Recreational and Rep streams)
U13: 2008-2009 Formerly Peewee (Recreational and Rep streams)
U15: 2006-2007 Formerly Bantam (Recreational and Rep streams)
U18: 2003-2005 Formerly Midget (Recreational and Rep streams)

After reviewing the information below, should you have any questions, please email Audrey in our office at

Frequently Asked Questions: Registration

Registration Form Questions

How do I find out what my Hockey Canada ID number is?
When you start enter your child’s information on the registration page, the Hockey Canada ID should populate base on your child’s name and birthdate that you’ve entered.  If it doesn’t and you don’t know what it is, please contact Audrey in our office at with your child’s full name and date of birth including year. She will respond within two business days with this information.

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 and new Initiation Minor (H1) players yes! 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. However if you have a child who played with us last season and a new player coming in at Hockey 2 or older who didn't, the timing for these registrations will be different and you will need to wait until you are given the link to register your new player in June.

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, Audrey will be extending an invite when registration for New players open up on June 3 or shortly thereafter.

The default date of birth for my child is incorrect and 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 2019-20 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.



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.

When can we sign up for the High Performance program led by Derek Popke?
Pre-registration for the HP program with Derek Popke will commence in August with information distributed to those who are eligible for the program providing the registration link. For the 2020-21 season it is expected that options will be provided for U7 (Hockey 2) to U13 (peewee).


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 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. During checkout, you will have 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 two equal payments: 1) at registration; 2) on August 1. The same credit card used for the first payment will automatically be charged for the second installment.