Are there opportunities for tournaments?
There are two tournaments that teams participate in each year. The WestCoast Classic tournament is hosted by Richmond Ringette Association. Because this tournament helps keep our association fees low, RRA members are required to volunteer for two volunteer shifts. Most teams will also compete in another tournament during the year such as the Delta Bunny Jamboree, Fraser Valley Spirt of Winter, Poco Year End Jamboree, or Kelowna Sweetheart Tournament.
What equipment does my child need to play?
Please refer to our equipment page for the gear that your child will need to play. Please note that the ringette stick is not a cut-off hockey stick but a stick especially made for ringette. The helmet mask is also unique to ringette.
How much does the equipment cost?
This depends on whether you buy new or used gear. Equipment loans are available to younger and new players. Contact the equipment manager (email@example.com) to inquire about loaner equipment. KidSport (https://www.facebook.com/KidSportTC/) also holds used equipment sales a few times a year. For those in the lower age levels, a Bauer protective kit is available at Canadian Tire.
Where can I buy ringette equipment?
Streamline Ringette http://www.streamlineringette.com/
The Hockey Shop http://www.thehockeyshop.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=ringette
Cyclone Taylor https://cyclonetaylor.com/
Max-Performance Sports & More https://www.hockeyvancouver.ca/
VarageSale and Craigslist for used equipment (low priced)
Other than registration fees, are there any additional costs?
The registration fees cover practice times and league games. Additional costs may vary from team to team. Your team manager will generally set a budget for tournaments, social events, gifts for the team staff, snacks, etc.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
After being assigned to a team, your Team Manager will be a good source of information.
Is my child too old to start playing ringette?
Players of any age are encouraged to play this game. For players at U14 age or above, previous skating experience, or registration in ringette combined with skating lessons will increase your childâ€™s enjoyment.
Is this sport just for girls?
No, ringette is a game played by both boys and girls. There are limits at the higher levels for boys as not all provinces support co-ed play. This means that playing outside of BC such as on a AA team (U14+) or Canada Winter Games team, will not be possible.
How much travel is there?
There is usually a game once a week. During home games,RRA teams will play at one of the following arenas: Richmond Ice Centre, Minoru Arena or Richmond Oval. During away games, RRA teams will be expected to travel to the arenas in the Lower Mainland Ringette League: Burnaby, Delta, Vancouver, North-West Vancouver, Coquitlam-Port Moody, Port Coquitlam-Ridge Meadows, Fraser Valley, and Chilliwack. In addition, your team may choose to attend one of the out-of-town tournaments.
What age divisions are there?
FUN 1/U7 (4-6 years old), FUN2/U9 (7-8 years old), U10 (8-9 years old), U12 (10-11 years old), U14 (12-13 years old),U16 (14-15 years old), U19 (16-18 years old), 18+ (Adults), Masters (30+, adults who are new to the game)
Why should my child play ringette?
Playing ringette is a fun way to stay active, make lifelong friendships, develop leadership skills, and increase confidence.
Can I get involved in coaching and/or volunteering?
If you are interested in being a coach or on-ice helper, please contact the Director of Coaching. More coaching information is available at the Ringette Canada website (https://www.coachingringette.ca/). Ringette Managers have their own certification program.