Saskatoon Ringette

Looking for a fun organized sport in Saskatoon for your girls? Want an alternative to hockey? Ringette is the answer!!

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 played across Canada, boasting 30,400 players.  Ringette is played internationally in Russia. Estonia, Finland, Sweden, France and the United States. The sport has also been introduced to the Netherlands, West Germany, Japan, Australia, Czechoslovakia, New Zealand and Switzerland.

Ringette History

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 1300 registered players, an all time high, with  over 400 bench personnel and 287 officials.

Sam Jacks Ringette Founder

Ringette Rules

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.

Age Divisions

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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