Children's Ringette

What is Children's Ringette?

Children’s Ringette refers to all programs up to and including U10 and U12 programs introducing participants to the sport for the first time.

Ringette Canada and its member provincial ringette organizations have come together to commit to adopting small-area games as a cornerstone of its Children's Ringette initiatives. This commitment comes after more than three years of extensive work reviewing how the system of competition supports the long-term development of athletes, including extensive work with volunteer working groups and provincial ringette associations.

The Children’s Ringette initiative represents a concerted effort to make adjustments to ringette practices and competitions to meet the needs of children, while promoting a fun, safe and healthy environment which supports the development of physical literacy and the long-term development of all players.  

What does this mean for ringette on PEI?

During the 2018/19 season, a number of provincial and local associations worked with Ringette Canada to gather feedback from participants (players, parents, coaches and event organizers) on their experiences in order to identify which game formats best suit development. Following this pilot project all provincial ringette associations were required to move to small-area games and practices at the U8 and below levels.

See the Ringette PEI U8 Jamboree format here

Jamboree dates for the 2022-2023 season:

  • Charlottetown- 
  • Summerside- 
  • Souris- Saturday, December 10th, Eastern Kings Sportsplex, Souris
  • Rustico- Saturday, November 26th, South Shore Actiplex, Crapaud
  • Montague- 

Why small-area games?

Small-area games support development by scaling the game to the size of participants. Benefits of small-area games include:

  • Each player being able to spend more time with the ring, leading to improved ring control, passing and shooting skills
  • More opportunities to apply practiced skills
  • More opportunities to accelerate/decelerate and change directions reinforcing fundamental skating skills
  • Smaller nets provide an appropriate challenge for skaters and goalies

All of these benefits result in an appropriate level of challenge, a better learning environment, and more fun.

For more information about Ringette Canada's Children's Ringette Initiatives, the benefits of small-area games and to learn about what's happening in your province please visit:

Ringette Canada has produced a Jamboree Guide which outlines a number of playing options.

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