Active Start Program


OPTIMIST CLUB ACTIVE START PROGRAM

The Active Start (AS) program in MHRA will combine three of the programs as outlined by RAB (Ringette Alberta).  Learn to Skate, Intro to Ringette and the actual Active Start programs.   The intent of the AS division is to offer an entry level program to Ringette for athletes ages 4 and up.    There are some guiding principles that will help us:

  • A fun, learn to skate/learn to play ringette program
  • Athletes wear full ringette equipment
  • Active Start on-ice session will be full ice
  • Team atmosphere with hot pink team jersey to use for the season and a take home team hot pink shirt
  • Regularly scheduled weekly consistent ice time and consistent location
  • Led by certified skating instructors from Platinum Power Skating
  • 16 sessions (8 prior to Xmas and 8 following Xmas)
    1. 8 sessions prior to Xmas will be primarily learn to skate and basic ringette skills.
    2. 8 sessions after Xmas will continue with the on-ice learn to skate and basic ringette skills with cross ice games offered for athletes using 1/3 of the ice (cross ice).  The athletes will rotate thru the cross ice game portion on each of the 8 ice times.  For example, an athlete would start the on-ice session by doing learn to skate drills on 2/3 of the ice, then move into a cross ice game on 1/3 of the ice for 15 minutes and then back to learn to pass the ring drills to finish the ice session. The cross ice game will be managed by experienced ringette coaches/junior coaches with hopes of mentoring parents who may be interested in coaching in the future. There will be a line painted (bingo marker) halfway on the cross ice that players must pass across - no need for goalies, but if goalie sticks are available they may wish to try it! The learn to skate portion will led by qualified instructors from Platinum Power Skating.
  • 2 x fun team parties (water sliding, crafts, etc.) with one held prior to Xmas and one at the end of the season. Parent(s) will coordinate.
  • There is no travel required with the Active Start Program.
  • No Volunteer Requirements 

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