Tim Hortons Learn to Play Program
Frequently Asked Questions
My association doesn’t use the Tim Hortons Learn to Play Program but I’d like them to start, what can I do?
First approach your local association to gage interest in starting the program. You can talk to your Provincial/Territorial Softball Association who can help you get materials in order to start the program within your association or check back soon for our “How to start Tim Hortons Learn to Play Program” resource!
Why are the rules in the Tim Hortons Learn To Play manual and the rulebook different for U10, U8, & U6?
You may see that some of the rules are different in the Softball Canada rulebook for the U6, U8, & U10 age categories as compared to the Tim Hortons Learn to Play manual. These rules are modified from the adult game in coordination with Softball Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Model (click here to find out more). These rules are for associations who choose not to use the Tim Hortons Learn to Play program for those age groups. Although Softball Canada recommends that Tim Hortons Learn to Play be used in order to teach the fundamental skills of softball, we understand some associations are using a game format – for those groups we encourage you to follow the modified rules found on our website here or in the Softball Canada rulebook.
With the creation of Softball’s Long-Term Player Development Model in 2008, Softball Canada determined that rules unification was a key element of our LTPD implementation plan. The creation of a nationally standardized set of rules for the minor age categories would assist in aligning our competition structures with LTPD principles. The goal was to create a set of rules to be followed by all minor age categories that was based on the latest research on growth and motor development to ensure that the games played by children and youth were age and stage appropriate and met the objectives for those stages of development. The end goal is that more Canadians are enjoying playing softball at the recreational and elite levels.
The rules that follow were developed with the help of experts from across Canada and it is recommended by Softball Canada that all softball governing bodies follow these rules for minors as a supplement to the standard rules found earlier in this document.
Where Can I get a Tim Hortons Learn To Play Manual?
You are able to order a Tim Hortons Learn to Play manual through any of our Provincial/Territorial Softball Offices.
We are hosting a Tim Hortons Learn To Play event, can we get some swag from SC?
Special Events Kits are available in limited quantities through an application process. The application form for a kit is available on the Softball Canada website. These packages may include giveaways, posters, flyers, etc. Apply for one today and help Softball Canada promote Tim Hortons Learn to Play in your community!
Where can we get the latest info on Tim Hortons Learn To Play?
We want to host a Jamboree – where do we start?
Tournaments, which declare “winners”, are not recommended for children under 10 years old. Instead the Tim Hortons Learn to Play program suggests hosting an end of season “Fun Day”.
Softball Canada encourages every Tim Hortons Learn to Play group to hold a “Fun Day” for their players at some point during their sessions (either in the middle or at the end). “Fun Day” is a perfect opportunity to get families together and interacting with one another on the field. It also gives the children a special opportunity to display any new skills they have learned during their sessions.
Hold a BBQ, have station based games and activities or try some achievement tests! Provide prizes for all players at the end of the “Fun Day” session (we do not encourage individual rewards, as some children may be discouraged if they do not receive one) – prizes could include stickers, pins, certificates, hats, etc.
For more ideas check out the Tim Hortons Learn to Play manual – available for purchase through your Provincial/Territorial Association.
I want to volunteer with my local Tim Hortons Learn To Play Program, how can I do that?
Volunteers are always needed for the Tim Hortons Learn to Play Program! We encourage all parents to take an active part in their child’s softball experience. Check with your local softball association to learn more information on how to get involved!
I would like to find a Tim Hortons Learn To Play Program for my child, where do I look?
Contact your Provincial/Territorial Softball Association, who would be happy to help you get in touch with your local softball association!