Ringette

Ringette is gaining momentum in the Wheat City and it is easy to see why!   Ringette is a fast paced girl only team sport that encourages participants to become great skaters, accurate passers and strategic play makers.  Not sure what it looks like?  Check out this YouTube video produced by Ringette Canada:

 

 

 

 

Ringette in the Wheat City is organized by Brandon Ringette.

 

Age Groups

Age Groups

In Brandon, MB, there are currently four age groupings in ringette:

  • Ringette 4U:  Introduction to ringette for new players born in years 2008 to 2012
  • Novice U10: 9 years and under but only open to returning players or girls who graduate from the Ringette 4U program.
  • Petite U12:  11 and under
  • Tween U14:  13 and under
  • Junior U16:  15 and under

 

Equipment

Equipment

Participants wear the following protective equipment when playing ringette:

  • Neck guard
  • Elbow pads
  • Shin pads
  • Girdle with hip and tail bone protection
  • Long pants
  • Jersey
  • Helmet with full face mask

The sticks used by ringette players are manufactured specifically for ringette which feature a tapered end with steel, aluminum or plastic tips. 

Looking for equipment?  Check out Source for Sports.

 

Season

Season

The season runs from mid-September to early-February.  The season is comprised of a combination of games in Brandon, MB  along with tournaments against strong ringette cities such as Winnipeg, Thompson, Red River Valley (Grand Forks, ND), and Regina, SK.

 

Why Ringette

Why Ringette?

When contemplating female winter team sports available, what is the appeal of ringette?

  • Ringette is always girls only whereas female specific hockey does  not start until age 9; this appeals to some girls who are not keen to play with boys.
  • Because a player cannot cross a blue line with the ring, the rules encourage passing making it impossible to have a team dominated by one player who skates from end to end to continually score goals which can often be the case in hockey.
  • The program is producing higher caliber athletes as is evidenced by the fact that the Westman area now has both a U14 team and U16 team and the U14 team played in the Manitoba Winter Games in Morden in March 2014.
  • Parents in Brandon love the predictability of the schedule as ice times are always on Wednesdays and Sundays.
  • Fees are reasonable. 

 

Cost

  • The following are the 2015-16 fees:       

       

League

New Players

Only        

League Fee Until

June 1, 2015

League Fee After

June 1, 2015

Ringette 4U

$170

$290 $340  
U10 (Novice) $210 $365 $414  
U12 (Petite) N/A $390 $440  

U14 (Tween)

N/A $390

$440

U16 (Junior)

N/A $390

$440

 

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