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Children’s Ringette

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

RAS Children’s Ringette FAQ – July 2021

Children’s Ringette Frequently Asked Questions 

ras mandate

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.

RAS Memo – Children’s Ringette Mandate

RAS Memo – Children Ringette Update June 2020

Children’s RIngette Guidelines

Ringette Sask Children’s Ringette Guidelines – Updated Summer 2023

Ringette Canada’s Children’s Ringette Guidelines

Additional Resources

Ringette Canada Jamboree Guide

Cross-Ice Game Formats

Half-Ice Game Format

Cross and Half-Ice Markings

Children’s Ringette Town Hall Presentation  – July 2021

Coaching Resources 

RAS Coach Guidelines – October 2021

Fun 1 Assessment Form

Fun 2 Assessment Form

Fun 3 Assessment Form

FUN 1 Practice Plans

FUN 2 Practice Plans

FUN 3 Practice Plans