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- What is Come Try Ringette?

A - In September right before the season starts we have a FREE Come Try Ringette session when your child can come and participate in an hour long introductory session of skating and ringette drills.  It is an event designed to be fun but also informative to see whether or not Ringette would be a right fit for you.  View more information about Come Try 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 (andrew@charlottetownringette.com) and/or Danielle Saunders - Goalie Development Director (danielle@charlottetownringette.com) 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 (dianne@charlottetownringette.com 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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