November 25, 2020 - from Ringette Alberta
Regarding yesterday’s announcement from the Premier, there will be no in-person ringette activities of any kind, in any locations in the province, permitted between Friday, November 27th and Tuesday, December 15th inclusively.
The Premier mentioned that sports may apply for an exemption, but we are almost certain that the exemptions are for high performance sport only. If subsequent information from the Government of Alberta changes our understanding, we will let you know.
In Ringette, our high performance athletes are those on the three Alberta-based National Ringette League teams. I have been in contact with all three NRL teams over the last 10 days to seek their input on special considerations for them, as high-performance athletes.
The majority indicated they are not interested in seeking this status and, in fact, many took steps, prior to the Nov 12 enhanced measures coming into effect, to cancel their games to reduce risk for themselves and others. We applaud their example of leadership at such and important time.
Given what we believe is the intent of the exemption and that Alberta’s high-performance teams do not wish to seek one, Ringette Alberta will not pursue an exemption. Instead, we will focus our attention on finding alternative ways to keep our athletes engaged, with their mental health being a priority.