Step 1 – PHASE I (April 4 - May 3)
Players will attend one of two camps being offered:
1) Blue Group - this is for current/returning TBird players as well Jr. A or WHL Prospects.
2) Green Group - this is for prospect players trying to earn a roster spot on the TBirds.
Our staff will be providing all eligible Midget aged players a 10 session camp to help them understand what it takes to make the Thunderbird program. At this camp there will be intense ice times that prepare the players for this next step. Also players and parents will be given a talk regarding the program with the opportunity for questions that people might have. Lastly, this is a great opportunity to meet the coaches and staff. Register here to attend.
Step 2 - Main Camp Tryouts (April 27-29 & May 4/5)
Spring Identification Tryout. (Most of the team will be signed at this camp)
Register and pay through the BC Major Midget Website for this camp. All players
must have an address in the Thunderbird Zone (Langley, Aldergrove, Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope). The weekend will consist of a goalie session, team practice and full ice games concluding with a top 40 All-Star game. All players will have an exit interview with coaches that discuss the direction for each player and their unique situations. Players who are signed will continue on to the spring T-Bird PHASE II skates. 03 born players who don't make Major Midget will begin automatically in the Minor Midget tryout process. More info to come soon.
Step 3A – Phase 2 Mid May til June for Signed Players (6 weeks)
T-Bird Skates. All players who have signed out of the spring identification camp carry on into T-Bird Skates along with potential prospects, veterans, and alumni. These skates will be twice a week along with a T-Bird dryland program that players are responsible for at their own time. During this time we will also have a few ice breakers, team building events and leadership discussions. This is mandatory for all Thunderbird signed players. As well, many players will be participating in spring BCU16, BCHL and WHL camps in hopes of making it to the teams main camps in late August.
Step 3B - May 25-27 Non-Signed Players
B.C. Hockey Major Midget Prospect Camp. All players from all Zones are encouraged to register and pay through the B.C. Major Midget Website for this camp. This camp allows all non-signed players to participate in a second tryout weekend that allows players to be signed by any zone in Major Midget. If the T-Birds sign any players at this event they will then join the T-Bird Skates. Some players will be identified as “Top Prospects” ready to fill a roster spot if a signed player makes the BCHL/WHL in September.
Step 4 – July to Mid August (8 weeks)
Program break with dryland focus. All players who are officially signed and on the T-Bird 20 player roster will have a final team activity in mid June before sending them off for the summer to get away from the game and rest the mind but achieve off ice goals inside the gym and on the track. Players will be given a professional workout program to complete each day on their own time to increase power, strength, agility, quickness, speed and endurance. Most players have skates with B.C Hockey, Junior Teams, or Private Skill Instruction but should get a good break from ice activity.
Step 5 – Mid August Training Camp (1 week)
Training Camp. All signed players and a few top prospects will meet for one week of intense ice times and dryland with a couple exhibition games before being released to the BCHL and WHL Main Camps. All players will be given an opportunity to tryout for a team with help form our coaches and scouts.
Step 6 – Late August Junior Camp Tryouts (1 week)
Junior Camp Break. All players will be attending a BCHL or WHL main camp tryout. Players will last as long as they can before being sent back to begin the season with the Thunderbirds. If a player should have a great camp and earn a roster spot with their junior team than the Thunderbirds will be excited for that player to move on in their hockey career and the roster spot on the Thunderbirds will open for a remaining Top Prospect that has stayed with the program in hopes of this happening.
Step 7 – September - April
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds Season begins. All players signed and rostered to the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds will begin practicing, participating in exhibition games and team activities as season begins with a 40 game schedule, Macs Tournament, Play-offs, and Telus Cup. Top Prospects who don't sign will be affiliated and be allowed to attend practices and play games when needed.