Ringette offers an environment in which girls can build strong relationships by playing with a dozen other players, a few times a week. They are encouraged to develop core values such as collective respect and collaboration, all while aspiring to surpass their individual limits.
Being a sport destined for girls, ringette is about participation and fair play. No one plays ringette with the intent of making it their career and this recreational spirit is reflected at all levels in the sport. It is embraced by the players, the coaching staff and the parents.
The teams are divided according to the following age groups. The age of the player on December 31st, inclusively, is considered:
- Bunnies: 7 years and under
- Novice: 8 and 9 years
- Atom: 10 and 11 years
- Benjamin: 12 and 13 years
- Junior: 14 and 15 years
- Cadet: 16, 17 and 18 years
- Juvenile: 19 to 23 years
- Open: 19 years and over
- Intermediate: 21 years and over
How a season runs
The Ringette season begins in September and ends in late March for teams participating in the playoff series.
The girls get the opportunity to play about twenty matches in the course of a season, half of which are held at the Raymond- Bourque arena and the other half, in arenas belonging to other cities of the Lac St-Louis (LSL) league: Pierrefonds, Beaconsfield & Kirkland, Pointe-Claire, Vaudreuil , NDG and Montreal.
Including practices, there are 2 to 3 ice times per week, which are mainly on weekends. Practices are mostly at the Raymond- Bourque arena and occasionally at Cegep St-Laurent.
Development program to learn how to skate and play ringette.
To start playing ringette, children are not required to know how to skate. Our program allows them to learn to skate while having fun with a ring and a stick. For someone who wants to learn how to skate and play, the Bunnies program starts in September and runs for one hour every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The first months are focused on learning to skate while playing games and gradually, ringette notions are introduced.
In January, February and March, the new skaters will have the opportunity to play their first ringette matches against beginner players from surrounding cities. Each year, we manage to organize between 6 and 8 friendly games for the apprentice ringette players.
When there are sufficient players aged 8 and under who can skate well, we organize matches against other Lac St-Louis teams as early as November.
What are the differences between hockey and ringette?
Ringette equipment is very similar to hockey; only the visor, the pants and the stick are different. For more details on equipment, see the document developed by the Beaconsfield-Kirkland Association.
As for the game, it’s very different! It’s faster than hockey because it is a game of ring possession and passing. The players must pass the ring over each blue line, which allows very quick transitions. For example, it is possible to make a pass from the center line to a player who is directly in front of the net.
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