What is Ringette (Oshawa Ringette)

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What is Ringette

·      The sport of Ringette was developed in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks.

·      A unique winter team sport for girls and boys, Ringette has evolved into a fast paced, exciting sport that combines speed and strategy.

·      Played worldwide

·      The very first game played in Espanola, Ontario was nothing like the sport of today.

·      Promotes social and emotional maturity by encouraging teamwork through competition and co-operation.

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, fiberglass 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 (see Diagram) 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.

Facts About Ringette in Ontario

·      Ontario Ringette boasts a membership of over 80 local associations with more than 13,000 participants.

·      8 provincial standing committees oversee many programs offered to our members.

·      Levels of play are C, B, A and AA. Over 60 tournaments are held throughout the season with Regional Championships being the highlight for B and C, while Provincials are the finale for the A and AA level.

·      Each year provincial champions in the Junior, Belle and Open AA divisions earn a berth at the Canadian Ringette Championships. The Tween AA division champion earns a berth at the Eastern Canadian Ringette Championships.

·      AAA elite athletes also compete at the Ontario Winter Games every two years. Elite athletes from the Ontario Winter Games are invited to attend Team Ontario tryout camps. Team Ontario then competes at the Canada Winter Games every four years.

Age Divisions

·      Bunnies, U8 – 7 yrs. & under

·      U10 – 9 yrs. & under

·      U12 – 11 yrs. & under

·      U14 – 13 yrs. & under

·      U16 – 15 yrs. & under

·      U19 – 18 yrs. & under

·      18+ – 19 yrs. & over


·      Mandatory Equipment

·     CSA approved Helmet & Face mask

·     BNQ Approved Neck Protector

·     Shoulder Pads

·     Elbow Pads

·     Protective Gloves

·     Hip/Tailbone/Genital Protection

·     Knee Pads

·     Skates (no picks)

·     Ringette Stick

·     Goalie Equipment

·    Goal Pads

·    Chest Protector

·    Goal Stick

·      Optional Equipment

·     Skaters: Shoulder Pads, Mouth Guard

·     Goalies: Goal Skates, Blocker, Trapper, Arm Pads

Oshawa’s Part of Ringette History - 1971
First Invitational Ringette Tournament is held, initiated by Oshawa Ringette Association in Ontario.

Oshawa’s Part of Ringette History - 1979
First-ever edition of Ringette Review is published. First Canadian Ringette team travels overseas to Europe (Finland). 


First Canadian Ringette Championships are held in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The Ontario Juniors from Oshawa, the Ontario Belles from Ajax and the Ontario Debs of Kitchener, become the first Canadian Ringette Champions. National Level 1 coaching certification program takes effect

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