RINGETTE THE GAME
The Game of Ringette
Ringette is a fast-paced team sport played on ice with skates and ringette sticks. Five skaters and a goalie are on the ice for each team. The object of the game is to score a goal by shooting a rubber ring into the opposing team’s net.
Ringette sticks are straight, and there is no intentional body contact. Similar to basketball, a 30-second shot-clock is used. The ring must hit the goalie or be shot on net within 30 seconds or it becomes the other team’s possession.
The ice surface has two solid blue lines separating the offensive, neutral, and defensive zones. Players must pass the ring over each blue line, inspiring speed, passing and team play. The ice surface also has two red lines, called free play lines, marking restricted zones. Only three players from each team, plus the defending goalie, are allowed in the restricted zones at the same time.
Games typically consist of two 20-minute stop-time periods and usually last one hour. The short game duration requires less ice time than typical hockey games, making ringette more affordable.
Levels of Play
Children as young as four years old can enroll in our Children's Ringette program. Our Children's Ringette program includes Learn To Play, Fundamentals 1, Fundamentals 2, and Fundamentals 3 divisions. Children's Ringette is for children four to nine years old. Age divisions for league play include U12 (under 12 years old), U14, U16, U19, and 18+. Divisions offer C, B, A and AA levels of play (with some variation in the U12 and 18+ divisions).
In addition to local ringette association league play, there are a number of opportunities to play ringette at numerous levels:
Tournaments all across Canada, and around the world
Western Canadian Ringette Championships
Eastern Canadian Ringette Championships
Canadian Ringette Championships
Canadian University Ringette
Canada Winter Games
National Ringette League
World Ringette Championships (Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA, Czech Republic, Slovakia)
There is also a Ringette Canada Hall of Fame that recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of the sport of ringette and the outstanding achievements of ringette athletes, coaches, officials and administrators across Canada.