What is Ringette?
Ringette is a unique winter ice sport played
primarily by females, but is open to all. This
non-contact sport has players using a straight stick
and a hollow rubber ring. Ringette rules
require individuals to pass over each blue line,
thus encouraging team play.
Ringette is now played across Canada, including the
Northwest Territories. Ringette boasts a total
registration of 20,000 players across Canada and is
played internationally in Estonia, Finland, Sweden
and the United States. The sport has also been
introduced to Japan, Australia, Czechoslovakia and
In 1963, the late Sam Jacks of North Bay, Ontario,
created the game of Ringette so that girls in his
community would have a team sport to play during the
winter months. His wife, Agnes Jacks, served
as the sport’s ambassador at many Ringette
Championships and at international events until her
death in 2005. Recently, Ringette Canada has
developed an athlete scholarship that bears her
sport of Ringette was introduced to Saskatchewan in
1973 by Mr. Bob Gotts of Regina, with the Ringette
Association of Saskatchewan established in 1976.
As with any
sport, the rules that govern play can be extensive.
The following is a list of the major playing rules:
Fast paced, non-contact ice sport
The game can be played on either indoor or
outdoor rinks or inside a gym
Teams consist of between seven and eighteen
players, with five skaters and one goaltender
allowed on the ice at one time. In certain
situations, however, the goaltender can be
pulled and replaced on the ice by an extra
A free pass (the Ringette equivalent of a face
off) is used to start play. The free pass
starts inside one of the five free pass circles
on the ice surface.
In addition to the goalie, each team is allowed
three skaters inside the Free Play Line at any
Players are required to pass the ring over each
blue line. Two blue line passes are not
The goal crease is a semi-circle with an eight
foot radius. Only the goalie is allowed
inside the crease. Once the ring comes to
a stop within the goal crease, the goalie has
five seconds to put the ring back into play.
How we do things
Our sport is divided into divisions based on age.
Our season runs from October to April and all league
games are played at the various arenas in Regina and
surrounding area. You can expect to play at
least 22 league games during the season. Most
teams practice during the season and attend various
tournaments. Some teams even travel out of
Our B level teams are
divided up equally in order to keep the FUN in our
in our A & AA programs win their respective
Provincial Championships they earn the right to
represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian Ringette
Championships (AA) and Western Canadian Ringette
U9 (Bunny) (5,
6, 7 & 8 year olds)
is our youngest playing division, where fun and
learning the basics is foremost. This is
where your child will learn to skate.
(8 & 9 year olds)
is the next level where fun is still important,
but the game is a bit more competitive.
Teams in our novice division will attend
tournaments. Some teams travel out of
province for tournaments.
(10 & 11 year olds)
is where your child will most likely learn the
position they will favour. The game is
more competitive, with many opportunities to
participate in tournaments.
(12 & 13 year olds)
is when things really start to heat up.
The game is very fast paced and you can really
see what we mean when we say
“It is the fastest game on ice”.
Again there are many opportunities for
tournaments and participation in Provincial
Playoffs. We offer B and A levels of play
at this level.
U16 (Junior) (14 & 15 year
is where the emphasis is on
technique and tactics. You will notice
more “finesse” in the game. We offer B, A
& AA levels of play.
(16, 17 & 18 year olds)
is a balance between sport, family, school, and
work. The program is more flexible as
players have more commitments. We offer a
B, A & AA
program at this level as well.
Our 18+ (Open)
division (30 and over)
offers a place for the mature athlete. The
schedule is very flexible as is required by
these players. We offer
C, B & A
levels of play.