"Having two girls, I was looking for a way to relate and be involved in my daughters’ development. Sitting at a dance studio or other traditional “girl” activities left me feeling, as a dad, a little disconnected from them. Sports had always been a big part of my life, and I was looking for something my girls could do which I too enjoyed.
One day at West Edmonton Mall, we watched a Silver Ring Tournament Ringette game - it was amazing! Watching players with ponytails speed around the rink in a game similar but different than I grew up playing was both awe inspiring and beautiful to behold. That day my wife and I decided to have the girls give ringette a try, and it has proven to be a great decision.
Our girls have learned to appreciate being active, the importance of sportsmanship, to accept defeat and appreciate victory, and have made many new friends. I have been able to be involved in their sport as a parent, coach, mentor and cheerleader, all while being entertained each and every time they step on the ice." -Brian Hoyano
First Year Player /Parent Information
Welcome to the wonderful sport of ringette, a great team sport played by girls. Fitness, friendship and fun are three of the best things our game has to offer. As a first year ringette parent, you may also be new to team sports in general. Below is some information which may help you understand what to expect.
- Being a winter sport played on ice, ringette has higher costs associated with it than other sports.
- Players require full ringette equipment (basically full hockey equipment, but with a ringette specific cage and stick.
- For younger players ( under 6 - U6), there is usually one ice time per week.
- For younger players (under 9 - U9) there are typically two, one hour ice times per week, on the weekend - sometime early in the morning, and occasionally on weeknights.
- For U10 and U12, some weekday ice times will also occur.
- Coaches are always needed, especially at the U6, and U9 level. You do not need to know anything about ringette to do this; but you should be able to skate, be organized and have fun! If you are interested, please let us know!
- As with all sports teams, participation by parents is necessary to help your child’s team run throughout the season. Volunteers will be needed for to positions such as co-coaches, team managers, jersey parent, social activity coordinator and more.
- Most teams have team costs such as pictures, social activities , tournaments etc, which commonly require cash from parents at the beginning of the season (usually $100 covers a U9/10 team, but it may be higher for older teams or teams which decide to play several tournaments in a year) This should be discussed at the beginning of the season.