What is Ringette?
Ringette is a unique winter ice sport played primarily by females, but is open to all. This non-contact sport has players using a straight stick and a hollow rubber ring. Ringette rules require individuals to pass over each blue line, thus encouraging team play.
Ringette is now played across Canada, boasting 50,000 players. Ringette is played internationally in Estonia, Finland, Sweden, France and the United States. The sport has also been introduced to Japan, Australia, Czechoslovakia and Switzerland.
In 1963, the late Sam Jacks of North Bay, Ontario, created the game of ringette so that girls in his community would have a team sport to play during the winter months. Recently, Ringette Canada developed an athletic scholarship that bears Agnes Jacks’ name to honor her for all the time she spent being an ambassador to the sport her husband invented.
The sport of ringette was introduced to Saskatchewan in 1973 by Mr. Bob Gotts of Regina, with the Ringette Association of Saskatchewan established in 1976.
Ringette Saskatchewan’s sport history book, With This Ring (available for purchase) traces ringette’s development in various communities throughout the years.
Presently, Saskatchewan has approximately 2000 registered players, over 400 bench personnel and 287 officials.
As with any sport, the rules that govern play can be extensive. The following is a list of the major playing rules:
Fast paced, non-contact ice sport The game can be played on either indoor or outdoor rinks or inside a gym Teams consist of between seven and eighteen players, with five skaters and one goaltender allowed on the ice at one time. In certain situations, however, the goaltender can be pulled and replaced on the ice by an extra skater A free pass (the ringette equivalent of a face off) is used to start play. The free pass starts inside one of the five free pass circles on the ice surface In addition to the goalie, each team is allowed three skaters inside the Free Play Line at any one time The ring carrier is required to pass the ring over each blue line. A pass across two blue lines is not permitted The goal crease is a semi-circle with an eight foot radius. Only the goalie is allowed inside the crease. Once the ring comes to a stop within the goal crease, the goalie has five seconds to put the ring back into play
The following equipment must be used:
CSA approved helmet with CSA approved ringette facemask BNQ neck protector Elbow pads Protective gloves Hockey style skates Shin pads Girdle with hip/tailbone/genital protection Goalies must also wear a chest protector and goal pads (trappers and blockers are optional) Shoulder pads are optional but are highly recommended for all players.
U9 (Bunnies) 9 years and under, U10
(Novice) 10 years and under,
U12 (Petite) 12 years and under,
U14 (Tween) 14 years and under,
U16 (Junior) 16 years and under,
U19 (Belle) 19 years and under, 18+ (Open) 19 years and over,
Masters 30 years and over
Player age is determined on December 31st during the year of play
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