What is Ringette?
Ringette is a uniquely Canadian winter sport that's as challenging as it is enjoyable. It was created by Sam Jacks in 1963 and has since been dubbed the fastest sport on ice. The main objective of ringette is to use a stick to hit a ring into the opposing team's goal. The team with the highest score at the end wins.
How is ringette different than hockey?
At first glance, you might think that ringette looks just like hockey. But there are many key differences that set ringette apart from hockey, or any other ice sport, for that matter.
30-second shot clock: The short shot clock leads to a fast-paced game that requires constant motion.
Everyone wins: The fast pace and constant passing of ringette discourages ring hogs and fosters teamwork.
No-contact policy: There is no intentional body contact, making it much safer than hockey.
Straight stick: Sticks are straight with a specialized tip.
Hollow ring: Rather than a puck, ringette uses a 6-inch rubber ring.
No face-offs: Any stoppage results in a free pass to restart the game.
No offsides: Players can't carry the ring over a blue line. They must pass the ring over a blue line to a teammate.
More protection: Ringette cages (masks) are made with tight triangular or horizontal bars to prevent the stick from penetrating.
Why choose Ringette?
- Team sport in which players pass to win.
- Competition at every skill level.
- Safe, no-contact policy.
- Fun and fulfilling at any age.
- Friendships for a lifetime.
With ringette teams for every skill level, there's no limit to where your child can go. From recreational to elite leagues, there are plenty of chances for your child to excel. Many young players develop an instant passion for the sport, relishing the chance to become agile, fluid skaters while having fun. They also enjoy being part of a great community as they build relationships in their team and across the country.