Ringette Is Coming to Moose Jaw in 2022!
Ringette will launch in Moose Jaw this fall for children under 10!
Moose Jaw Ringette will have 48 spots available to form four ringette teams of 12 players each; two FUNdamentals 1 teams and two FUNdamentals 2 teams. These divisions are the youngest age divisions of ringette. See Children’s Ringette on the Regina Ringette website to learn about FUNdamentals 1 and 2.
The plan is to form a solid foundation of ringette in Moose Jaw. As these players grow, so will the Moose Jaw Ringette divisions, eventually leading to a full slate of FUNdamentals 1, FUNdamentals 2, FUNdamentals 3, Under 12 (U12), U14, U16, U19 and Open (18+) divisions.
Games and practices will be in Moose Jaw on weekends throughout the season from October 2022 to March 2023.
For the first season, Moose Jaw Ringette will be governed through the Regina Ringette Association. The Regina Ringette Association is currently the league association for Regina Ringette and the Buffalo Plains Ringette Association. Buffalo Plains Ringette represents the communities east of Regina including Pilot Butte, White City, Emerald Park, Balgonie, and surrounding areas. Regina Ringette started in 1975 and will be hosting the Canadian Ringette Championships in April 2023.
One team from Buffalo Plains, the U16 Impact, and another team from Regina, the U19 Rattlers, have volunteered to assist with coaching the newly formed Moose Jaw teams. These teams have dozens of years of combined ringette coaching experience, and both are travelling to Europe next April to play ringette in Sweden, Finland, and the Czech Republic.
Tania Orr, head coach of the Regina Rattlers, explained "I will never forget the day ringette came to my small community when I was 12! I may be a little biased by my own love for the sport but I think every girl should get the opportunity to play ringette. I look forward to being part of recruiting and assisting new players and coaches! Involving the players of the Regina Rattlers European Tour Team will hopefully inspire new players and be a rewarding experience." The assistant coaches for the Rattlers include Travis Schutz and long-time ringette players Amanda Mushumanski and Courtney Frank.
The head coach of the U16 Buffalo Plains Impact, Jeff Paterson, is excited to support Moose Jaw Ringette. "I have 2 daughters that play ringette and would love to see the sport grow so those athletes have a chance to experience all the great things ringette has to offer. Our team is extremely fortunate to be able to travel to Europe to play ringette and our community has helped us tremendously. Assisting a Moose Jaw team is just one way we can give back as a team. Hopefully we can inspire some young athletes to join the sport and make life long memories like we have." The assistant coaches for the Impact include Dawn Bray, Andrea Weston, and Hailey Aquin. Bray and Weston have been playing and coaching ringette for decades. Weston was a member of Team Saskatchewan in the very first Canadian Ringette Championships back in 1979.
Once the season starts and teams are formed, other Regina / Buffalo Plains teams may join to share their experience and expertise with the newly formed Moose Jaw teams. They will be enshrined in the Moose Jaw Ringette Founding Members Ring of Honour.
The price for all new ringette players is $275. For details about the cost of ringette and more, see 2022-23 Registration Information. Anyone interested in playing ringette in Moose Jaw can register for a free Come Try Ringette session. There will be four Come Try Ringette events in Moose Jaw through-out September.
Registration for Moose Jaw will go through the Regina Ringette Association. (Click Register and choose Youth Divisions – Moose Jaw: FUNdamentals 1 and 2). Registration is now open.
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