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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Deanna Malone - Goalie Development Director (email@example.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.