Children’s Ringette includes Active Start, U10 and U12. The focus throughout Children’s Ringette is on fun and maximum participation.
For Active Start and some of U10, play will occur on a smaller surface (cross-ice or half-ice) with appropriately sized nets to allow each player more ring time and opportunities to hone ring control, passing and shooting skills, as well as fundamental skating skills.
March 31, 2019 – The following has been approved by the Ringette Alberta Board for implementation in the 2019-20 season.
For the 2019-20 season:
- Active Start will play 3 vs 3 plus goalies, cross-ice games, when games are played. Note: Ringette Alberta does not recommend games at Active Start.
- U10 Step 1 will play 3 vs 3 plus goalies, half-ice games
- U10 Step 2, U10 Step 3 and U12 will remain on full ice
- U12 players will end their season with a league championship rather than a provincial championship.
The next step in the change process will be to develop the support resources and logistics to support the local associations with implementation.
Children’s Ringette Today – Why Change?
Ringette in Canada is generally organised around the structure of the adult game, using only chronological age as a guide for athlete grouping, and then placing athletes onto teams following evaluations. These teams then practice and participate in league play and tournaments throughout the season.
Although Ringette Canada’s LTAD Framework recommends appropriate training and competition for children, the competitions continue to be based on the adult game.
Children’s Ringette in the Future
Doing our best for children, and setting them up for future success, means creating a system of training and competition designed specifically for them.
This means grouping children by stage using resources like the Ringette Essentials, rather than sticking to rigid chronological age groups.
Doing the right thing also means games will be cross-ice, half-ice or full-ice, based on the progress of the players, so the game fits them rather than them having to fit into the adult game.
What does cross-ice and half-ice look like? Where has it been successful in ringette?
Come along as we talk with Finnish parents about the Childen’s game there and ask them what advice they’d like to share with Canadian parents.