About Ringette (Chatham Ringette)

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Ringette is a Canadian game that was first introduced in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario. Ringette is a fast-paced team sport on ice in which players use a straight stick to pass, carry, and shoot a rubber ring to score goals.

For ten years, play centered in Ontario and Quebec, however the sport quickly spread across Canada and is now played in all ten provinces and the Northwest Territories.

In fact, the sport has become one of Canada's favorite activities for females, with over 50,000 participants, including players, coaches, officals and volunteers, across Canada - a remarkable growth rate for such a young sport.

The growth has continued internationally with the formation of associations in the U.S.A., Finland, Sweden, Russia, and France. In addition, Ringette Canada has been instrumental in demonstrating the game in the Netherlands, Switzerland, West Germany, along with New Zealand, Australia and Japan.

There are various skill levels of play across the nation; beginning with Bunnies, (a learn to skate program) and then formal teams in categories of C, B, A, AA, and in some cases even Regional AAA Teams.



Some of the Rules…

  • Ringette is played on any standard rink.
  • 5 skaters and a goalie.
  • The object is to score goals in the net of your opponent.
  • A straight stick of wood, fibreglas or aluminum is used to pass, control and shoot an 8” hollow ring between teammates.
  • Play is started by a free pass similar to the start of a soccer game.
  • The player “taking the free pass” has five seconds to pass the ring to a teammate…and the game is on!
  • Any stoppage in play will result in a free pass to re-start the game, usually in the nearest free pass circle.
  • Some defensive free passes are replaced by a “goaltender ring”.
  • Rules restrict any one player from carrying the ring the full length of the ice (no ring hogs).
  • The ring must be passed over each blue line to another player, which means more players can be involved in setting up the goals.
  • Free play lines define restricted areas in the deep offensive and defensive zones.
  • Teams are allowed no more than 3 skaters at a time in these areas, so over-crowding is minimal.

How about Penalties

  • There is no intentional contact allowed in Ringette, with all rules geared towards safety.
  • The most common are body contact, tripping and interference.
  • Most penalties are 2 minutes but a 4 minute major is assessed for actions that are deemed intentional or particularly rough.

Equipment Requirements

  • CSA approved helmet with a regulation Ringette facemask, which has a smaller gauge than a hockey mask.
  • BNQ approved neck guard
  • Elbow Pads
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Knee Pads
  • Girdle/Hockey Pants with Pelvic Protection
  • Padded Gloves
  • Skates (no picks)
  • Ringetter Stick (Ringette Sticks Have Special Tips)

Age Divisions

  • Bunnies 7 yrs. & under
  • Novice 9 yrs. & under
  • Petite 11 yrs. & under
  • Tween 13 yrs. & under
  • Junior 15 yrs. & under
  • Belle 18 yrs. & under
  • Open 19 yrs. & over
  • Masters 30 yrs. & over
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