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  1. What is Ringette?
  2. What are the Age Divisions?
  3. How do I register?
  4. What equipment do I need?
  5. How much does it cost?
  6. Are there Volunteer Commitments?
  7. What are the Rules of Ringette?



What is Ringette?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Ringette is a Canadian invention that has become one of the fastest team sports on ice. Sam Jacks, a recreation director and sports enthusiast from North Bay, Ontario, invented the sport in 1963 when he saw the need for a winter team sport for girls. Currently there are 30,000 registered players on nearly 2000 teams, with over 8000 coaches and over 1500 officials. Ringette, like hockey, is played on ice with skates and sticks with six players per team on the ice at once. The objective is to score goals by shooting the object of play into the opposing team’s net at either end of the rink during stop-time periods of play. But this is where the comparisons between Ringette and hockey really end. The stick is straight. The object being pursued by the players is a rubber ring, not a puck. There is no intentional body contact. And the rules of ringette make it a wide-open and dynamic sport. The emphasis is on play-making and skating skills. Players cannot carry the ring across the blue lines on the ice. Only three players from each team, plus the defending goalie, are allowed in the end zones at the same time, which keeps the play open, puts a premium on sharp offensive moves, and requires defending players to skate close to their opponents. These features of the game demand the development of keen skating skills that give ringette players fantastic skating speed and agility.


What are the Age Divisions?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

U7 U10 U12 U14 U16 U19 Open (18 +) Masters (30+) Please refer to our current registration form to determine which age division applies to you.


How do I register?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

See our registration page of the website for current registration information or contact registration@mhringette.com.


What equipment do I need?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mandatory Equipment is as follows: * CSA Approved Hockey Helmet (not expired) * CSA Approved Ringette Face Mask (The Ringette Mask differs from a Hockey Mask as it has triangle holes instead of square). * Hockey Skates (not figure skates, can not have toe picks) * BNQ Certified Neck/Throat Protector * Shoulder Pads * Hockey or Ringette Gloves * Elbow Pads * Hip/Tailbone/Genital Protection- Ringette Girdle or Hockey Pants with Jill * Ringette Pants (with Girdle) or Hockey Socks with Hockey Pants * Shin Pads * Ringette Stick- (special stick for Ringette- not a cut off hockey stick!) * Equipment bag (bags with wheels are much easier for the smaller girls to pull) * Long spouted water bottle * Practice Jersey * Clothes /Under Armor to wear under the equipment


How much does it cost?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The MHRA has some of the lowest fees of any team sport in Medicine Hat. Our fees are heavily subsidized by fundraising activities like Bingos, Casinos and one of the most successful Ringette tournaments in western Canada. See our registration page for current fees.


Are there Volunteer Commitments?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Yes. Bingos and Casinos are a major source of revenue for our Association. It is important that all families be involved with these fundraising activities. Each family must sign up to work a total of 8 volunteer hours. These hours may be in the form of two bingos, a 2-day casino, or other association approved volunteer commitments. They must also write two undated cheques for $200.00, payable to the Medicine Hat Ringette Association. These cheques will not be cashed if you work your scheduled bingos or casino. See our Bingo/Casino Page on the website for more information.


What are the Rules of Ringette?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The following websites contain information on the rules of ringette: www.ringette.ca - Ringette Canada/About Ringette/How Ringette is Played (good graphics) www.ringettealberta.com - Ringette Alberta/About Ringette/Overview of the Game


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