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Looking to participate in a sport that requires skill, strength, strategic thinking and the desire to play as part of a team? Whatever level you play at, ringette can enhance your life, improving fitness, strength and coordination.
Whether you are looking to play casually in our recreational league or competitively with one of our traveling teams, you'll find our organization to be a great place to learn new skills and meet new friends.
Looking for a fun organized sport in Saskatoon for your girls? Want an alternative to hockey? Ringette is the answer!!
The Saskatoon Ringette Association is passionate about the sport of Ringette and we are confident once they try it your children will love it too!!
WHAT IS RINGETTE?
Ringette is a unique winter ice sport played primarily by females, but is open to all. This non-contact sport has players using a straight stick and a hollow rubber ring. Ringette rules require individuals to pass the ring over each blue line, thus encouraging team play. Ringette is played across Canada, boasting over 30,500 players. Ringette is played internationally in Russia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, France and the United States. The sport has also been introduced to the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Australia, Czeck Republic, New Zealand and Switzerland.
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In 1963, the late Sam Jacks of North Bay, Ontario, created the game of ringette so that girls in his community would have a team sport to play during the winter months. Recently, Ringette Canada developed an athletic scholarship that bears Agnes Jacks' name to honor her for all the time she spent being an ambassador to the sport her husband invented. The sport of ringette was introduced to Saskatchewan in 1973 by Mr. Bob Gotts of Regina, with the Ringette Association of Saskatchewan being established in 1976.
Ringette Saskatchewan's sport history book, With This Ring (available for purchase) traces ringette's development in various communities throughout the years.
Presently, Saskatchewan has approximately 1300 registered players, an all time high, with over 400 bench personnel and 287 officials.
As with any sport, the rules that govern play can be extensive. The following is a list of the major playing rules:
Fast paced, non-contact ice sport. The game can be played on either indoor or outdoor rinks or inside a gym. Team consist of between seven and eighteen players, with five skaters and one goaltender allowed on the ice at one time. In certain situations, however, the goaltender can be pulled and replaced on the ice by an extra skter. A free pass (the ringette equivalent of a face off) is used to start play. The fee pass starts inside on of the five free pass circles on the ice surface. In addition to the goalie, each team is allowed three skaters inside the Free Play Line at any one time. The ring carrier is required to pass the ring over each blue line. A pass across two blue lines is not permitted. The goal crease is a semi-circle with an eight foot radius. Only the goalie is allowed inside the crease. Once the ring enters the crease, the goalie has five seconds to put the ring back into play.
The following equipment must be used:
Active Start - 5 - 7 years of age (once a week only)
Fundamentals 1, 2, 3 - 9 years and under
Development - U12 - 11 years and under
U14 - 13 years and under
U16 - 15 years and under
U19 - 18 years and under
18+ - 18 years and older
Masters - 30 years and older
Players age is determined on December 31st of the player year.
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