What Is Children’s Ringette
Children’s Ringette refers to all programs introducing participants to the sport for the first time.
The Children’s Ringette initiative represents a concerted effort to make adjustments to ringette practices and competitions to meet the needs of children, while promoting a fun, safe and healthy environment which supports the development of physical literacy and the long-term development of all players.
Over the course of the coming seasons, a number of positive changes will be introduced including scaling the game down through the implementation of small-area games (cross-ice and half-ice ringette) and grouping participants by developmental stages rather than chronological ages.
Why small-area games?
Small-area games support development by scaling the game to the size of participants. Benefits of small-area games include:
- –Each player being able to spend more time with the ring, leading to improved ring control, passing and shooting skills
- –More opportunities to apply practiced skills
- –More opportunities to accelerate/decelerate and change directions reinforcing fundamental skating skills
- –Smaller nets provide an appropriate challenge for skaters and goalies
Frequently Asked Questions
Beginning in the 2020-21 season, all games for players at the U9 level and below will be played on an area that does not exceed half the ice surface.
Children’s RIngette Guidelines