Forest Ringette Association was founded in 1986 with a goal to offer safe, fun, competitive wholesome recreation through participation in ringette at all levels to anyone desiring to play. Our Association strives to introduce and promote ringette to encourage moral, mental, social and physical development for players, coaches and parents. Our main interests have always been in the players and not their abilities. Sportsmanship, fair play, citizenship, friendly competition, enjoyment and full participation for all members has been our guideposts. It is Forest Ringette Associations believe that this atmosphere provides the greatest enjoyment, sense of achievement and wholesome experience for all.
What is Ringette?
Ringette is a sport in which players use straight sticks to pass, carry and shoot a rubber ring, with the objective of the game being to score goals by shooting the ring into the opponent's net. It was to be a winter team sport where (primarily girls and women) of all ages compete at all levels of physical activity using their strength, intellect and spirit.
Ringette was originally intended for girls as an alternative between figure skating and ice hockey; today it has been adapted to gym ringette and in-line ringette. The sport provides numerous opportunities for players to develop important life skills, self-esteem and confidence both on and off the ice. There is also plenty of opportunity to play competitively and make new friends.
There are over 35,000 people playing ringette across Canada and since its inception, registration has increased each year. Ringette is played in all provinces and the NWT. Over the course of the average season there are more than 125 sanctioned tournaments from coast to coast.
The game is played by 2 teams of 9 to 18 players with 6 on the ice at one time - (5 skaters plus a goalie). Ringette consists of two 15 or 20 minute stop time periods. At this time there are several age classifications ranging from 7 & under to 30 & over. The rules of ringette promote team play, development of strong motor coordination and control skills.
Ringette is also played in the US, Europe, Japan and Russia. Players in Canada can aspire to participate in the Canada Winter Games, national Championships and World Cup Championships.