Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a first time player or parent to Ringette?  We understand you may have a lot of questions so we’ve created a list of frequently asked questions that will hopefully help you understand the sport, expectations, practices, games and how the Charlottetown Ringette Association works.

Q- My daughter is not a very good skater, should I enroll her in another program before Ringette?

A - The bottom line to all players developing their skating skills is - ice time.  Ringette is a great sport for those learning how to skate as skating at the younger age groups are designed to develop skating skills.  You should absolutely consider Ringette as a means to help improve your daughter’s skating skills.  Choosing other programs is also encouraged but not always necessary before starting Ringette.

Q- What equipment will I need to buy?

A - The only gear difference between hockey and Ringette is the stick and the helmet cage.  A proper ringette stick will have a plastic stub which is designed to help lift the ring in the air.  A proper helmet mask will be designed especially for ringette so that a stick could not enter through the holes and cause injury. 

Q- Do I need hockey pants or a padded ringette girdle?

A - Either or will work.  It is all a matter of preference.  Some girls would prefer to wear hockey pants and socks; others would rather wear a girdle and long pants.

Q- I need equipment, do you provide equipment and where can I buy some?

A - The Association does not provide equipment to players other than some goalie gear as needed.  There are cheaper ways to obtain gear if you cannot afford new equipment.  There is a Facebook group where Ringette gear is sold 2nd hand and for cheap. Also, there is a gear exchange found at the Bell Aliant Centre where you can exchange gear for upgraded gear or gear you do not have.  There have been a lot of families in need helped by this cause and a big thank you goes out to George Halliwell for keeping this program going.

Q- What type of time commitment can I expect?

A - In the U6/U8 divisions, you can expect to see ice-time at least once a week - usually on a Saturday mornings.  Other times could be scheduled based on availability throughout the year.  As the kids move up in age divisions they could expect to see more games, more ice-time, practices on and off-ice. 

Q- We, as parents, cannot skate and/or have not played ringette.  Can we still be involved?

A - Yes! The Charlottetown Ringette Association is always looking for coaches and team managers, as well as volunteers for executive positions/committees and for our tournament organizing committee.

Q- I’m new to Ringette and my daughter has a friend she would like to be on the same team - is this possible?

A - For first time players to the sport we do our best to make sure your daughter will play with a friend of choice.  Ringette is a social sport and we do our best to make sure all the girls joining have an enjoyable stress-free introduction to Ringette.

Q- My daughter would like to become a goalie or give it a try.  Is there any compensations in place or equipment available?

A - Yes!  If your child is interested to play as a Goaltender in Ringette then we have some great incentives in place.  

At the U10 level, for any girl who plays goal for at least 50% of the year will have 100% of their registration fees, less the cost of insurance, returned.  The Charlottetown Ringette Association also has goalie gear available to use throughout the year.  Please contact Andrew Heggie - Equipment Manager ( and/or Deanna Malone - Goalie Development Director ( for more information.

For the U12 and up - if you are a goalie and you supply your own equipment and play at least 75% of games and practices throughout the year, your registration fees will be 100% refunded as well.  Please refer to our Policy Manual for more detailed information.


Questions not answered?

Feel free to send any questions you may have to Dianne Mallard - Website and Communications / Public Relations Coordinator ( and we'll do our best to answer them for you and possibly post them to this page so others can benefit.

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