Why should you play Ringette?
- Ringette is truly a team sport as no one player can dominate a game because no player can carry the ring over a blue line
- Ringette is an excellent sport to learn how to skate well
- Ringette is a great team building sport
- Ringette is fun and an easy way to make friends
What is Ringette?
Ringette is played with a ring and a straight stick.
The ring is hollow and made of rubber.
Sticks are not recycled hockey sticks. Companies produce sticks with tapered ends with steel, aluminum or plastic tips. Different styles, flex and weight are available.
Ringette is played 5 on 5 plus goalkeepers.
Teams are usually made up of 11 to 17 players; with six skaters on the ice at the same time (a goalie, two defense, a centre and two forwards).
The ring is passed at every blue line. A player cannot carry the ring over a blue line in either direction. The ring must be passed over the blue line to another teammate. That teammate is permitted to skate ahead of the ring carrier and already be across the blue line before the ring crosses it.
Players never enter the goalkeeper’s crease. If the ring lands in or on the crease, the only player who can touch it is the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper usually picks up the ring and throws it to a teammate. The goalie has five seconds to pass it out of her crease.
In the offensive zones the game is played 3 on 3. From the free play line, it’s a game of 3 on 3. Players can rotate in and out of the free play zones producing a lot of movement and creativity.
There is no intentional body contact.
Penalties are given when a player, makes excessive body contact with another player, checks a player too high on the stick, trips, hits or interferes another player.