It’s not uncommon to be asked why we chose Ringette for our kids, or why they keep coming back year after year to play. After all, hockey is more popular around here and girls can play it now. So, why do our kids come back to Ringette? And what’s getting adults who have never skated before hooked on this sport? (Last year, our “Open” level team 18+ had more new registrations than any other age group!)
There are some major differences between Ringette and Hockey that might not be apparent at first glance. The lack of physical contact is one notable example, but the forced team play caused by the requirement of the ring to be passed over the blue lines is another. The 30-second shot clock means a team may only maintain possession by shooting at the opposing goalie and recovering the ring to play it again. No face-offs keep the play going quickly – stoppage of play results in a “free pass” from one of the five circles on the ice depending on how and why play was stopped.
Not to make it sound too corny, but fun and friendships are certainly some of the main reasons our kids keep coming back. The nearly instant improvement in skating experienced by newer players doesn’t hurt either. At the end of the day though, it’s just a really, really, fun game. The play is quick, the game requires hard work and constant striving for improvement – and yeah, certainly there are hard times and tough losses. When it all comes together though, it feels magical.
Ringette is a fairly new sport, it’s only been around since 1963 and it was originally created to be a sport exclusively for women. Now that many levels are co-ed Ringette is seeing growing engagement from men and boys. There’s never been a better time to try a new sport – registration will be opening soon and we can let you know when it does. (email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details)
We hope to see you on the ice!