2018 Provincial Events

2016-2017 Playing Season Update

This information is intended to highlight important information, however, the “O.R.A. Operating Manual – G&T” section in its entirety is a requirement for all teams to read and adhere to. Any questions should be directed to the Regional G&T Coordinator.

All ‘U12’ Provincial teams must engage with their Regional G&T Coordinator to assist in deciding which tournaments to choose. Each ‘U12’ Provincial team must use the link provided to submit a list of 5 tournaments they’re interested in attending, ranked in order of preference, no later than September 20th, 2017.

Teams must indicate the total number of “in region” and “out of region” tournaments they wish to attend and submit their team grid by September 18th, 2017.  

Each team wishing to attend the ‘U12’ Provincial Event in Ottawa must meet the 2-O.R.A. sanctioned tournament requirement- at least 1 must be ‘out of region’ and no more than 5 tournaments, including the Provincial Event..

All ‘A’ level teams should enlist the assistance of their Regional G&T Coordinator to decide which tournaments to participate in. All U14A, U16A and U19A teams must use the link supplied to submit a list of 6 tournaments they would like to attend, ranked in order of preference, no later than July 15th, 2017.

All 18+A teams must use the link provided to submit a list of 6 tournaments they would like to attend, ranked in order of preference, no later than September 14th, 2017. Teams must include tournaments from at least four different regions. A minimum of 2 tournaments must be played before December 1st. The top 4 tournament selections must include two options from “out of region”.  

All teams must indicate the total number of “in region” and “out of region” tournaments they wish to attend, as well as how many fall prior to December 12th. Each U14A through U19A team wishing to attend the Provincial ‘A’ Championships in Pickering, must meet the 4-O.R.A. sanctioned tournament requirement by attending their assigned tournaments through the tournament selection process.  

This year, the 14 teams attending the ‘A’ Provincials in the U14, U16 and U19 divisions will be divided into two groups of 7, according to rank as of the cut-off date of February 19th, 2017. Host teams and one team per region, per division, will be guaranteed the opportunity to participate in Provincials, but not necessarily in the Top Tier.

The 18+ A Jacks Division ranking cut-off date is February 12th, 2017.

18+A teams attending the “AA” Provincials in Nepean, will be divided into two groups of seven, according to rank as of the cut-off date of February 19th, 2017.  One team per region, per division will be guaranteed the opportunity to participate in Provincials, but not necessarily in the Top Tier.

All ‘AA’ level teams wishing to compete in the Provincial Championships, must meet the 4-O.R.A. sanctioned tournament requirement by attending their assigned tournaments through the tournament selection process. Only the results from one game between any two given teams will count towards rankings, regardless of how many times the two teams actually meet.

All “AA” teams must use the link provided to submit a list of 6 tournaments they would like to attend, in order of preference, no later than July 15th, 2017. Selections submitted must include at least one option from each of the Central, Eastern, Southern and Western regions.  

At the August SCM, the committee will go through the list of each team’s preferred tournaments and assign each team a minimum of 4 tournaments. Ranking games will also be identified at the meeting. Failure to provide the requested team information will result in team’s being assigned tournaments as suitable by the requirements of the Provincial G&T Committee.

“Ranking” games will be identified prior to the start of tournaments. All ‘AA’ teams and a maximum of twelve 18+ Jacks Division teams that meet the criteria, will be invited to participate at the Provincial ‘AA’ Event in Nepean.

The FAQ section contains answers to common questions, however, if there are any items that need further clarification, please contact the Regional G&T Coordinator.

Wild Card Formula

Teams aspiring for a Wild Card to attend the Pickering Provincials for the 2016-2017 season will be selected according to their winning percentages, as per the ranking chart posted on the ORA website. Tournaments considered for wild card stats are to be completed by February 19th, 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How does a team apply for a Wild Card position?

Answer: Wild Card applications will be included on the “Intent to Proceed to Provincials” forms which are available on the ORA website.  The online “Intent to Proceed to Provincials” form must be completed and submitted no later than November 20th. Forms that require the signatures of all bench staff will be available from the individual Regions. Please check with your Regional G&T Coordinator for the deadline and fee to submit this “Intent to Proceed” form.

  1. Do league games qualify for Wild Card stats?

Answer: Only tournament games between Ontario registered teams qualify for wild card stats.

  1. Does a Quebec tournament qualify as an Out-of-Region tournament?

Answer: “Out of Region” refers only to tournaments held inside Ontario, but not in the region of the team in question.

  1. Do any Quebec tournament games count for stats?

Answer: Out of province tournament games count if played against another Ontario team that is registered in the same division and level with the O.R.A.

  1. How many tournaments must my team attend?

Answer: Every team applying to attend the ‘U12’ Provincial Event must attend two O.R.A. Sanctioned tournaments and not more than 5 tournaments, including the Provincial Event. At least one of these must be “out of region”, however, both can be out of region (NW exemptions allowed as per Operating Manual G&T section). Every U14, U16 and U19 team applying to attend the ‘A’ Provincials must attend 4 O.R.A. Sanctioned tournaments as assigned through the tournament selection process. Every team applying to attend ‘AA’ Provincials must attend 4 O.R.A. Sanctioned tournaments as assigned through the tournament selection process.

  1. How does G&T get results from the tournaments?

Answer: Each O.R.A. tournament host must submit their results to Regional G&T Coordinator within 24 hours of the end of a tournament.

  1. How does G&T get results from the out of province games that count?

Answer: Both teams are required to submit results to their Regional G&T Coordinator as soon as possible after the game(s).

  1. Who ensures that the stats are correct?

Answer: Coaches are required to verify the correct postings for tournament results and to check the accuracy of ranking statistics on the O.R.A website. Contact should be made to the Regional G&T Coordinator immediately if there are any errors.

  1. How do we know what tournaments qualify for using stats?

Answer: Tournaments completed by the deadlines qualify. The U12 teams attending the U12 Petite Provincial Event in Forest have a deadline of February 5th for tournament stats. The ‘AA’ teams attending Provincials in Nepean have a deadline of February 12th for tournament stats. The U14, U16, U19 and 18+ ‘A’ teams attending Provincials in Pickering or Nepean have a deadline of February 19th for tournament stats.

  1. Do the top fourteen teams automatically go to Provincials?

Answer: Not necessarily. Fourteen teams do attend Provincials. Each region will send a team designated as their Regional Representative. The process for determining this representative varies from region to region. The process for each region can be found HERE.

In addition, the host association may send one team in each division.  All remaining spaces will be assigned by the wild card process.  This will include 6 wild card spaces, plus any unfilled region or host space (e.g. a region/host does not have any teams or any teams who have declared an “intent to proceed” to provincials).

Teams will then play in tiers based on their “Final Score Rank” as determined in the ranking chart posted on the O.R.A. website. In all cases, teams are required to meet the Provincials Eligibility Requirements in order to attend Provincials.

  1. How does my team know if they received a Wild Card?

Answer: Up until the deadline, rankings will be shown in alphabetical order. At that time, rankings will be verified and sorted. Wild Card spots will be noted. Regional G&T Coordinators will then notify their teams of the final rankings and Wild Card selections.

  1. How will the pools for the teams attending the U12 Provincial Petite Event in Oshawa be determined?

Answer: All teams will have stats against each other sorted and handled in a similar manner to Wild Cards. The Provincial G&T Committee will assign groupings and notify teams with regards to which division they will play in.

  1. How will the “A Provincials” tiers be determined?

Answer: The overall teams will be decided three weeks before the first day of Provincials. After that, the identified teams will have their stats sorted against each and other and be be handled in a similar manner to Wild Cards.

The Provincial G&T Committee will then assign the groupings. Rankings will be shown in alphabetical order, up until the deadline. At that time, rankings will be verified and sorted by ranking. Wild Card Spots will be noted. Regional G&T Coordinators will then notify teams of the final rankings and the Wild Card selections.

  1. How will the AA Provincials rankings be determined?

Answer: Only one game between the same teams will count towards the rankings. If two teams are going to play each other multiple times, the Provincial G&T Committee will determine which game will count at the beginning of the year.

Coaches are encouraged to contact each other to determine which tournaments their teams are applying for, in an effort to see all teams in their division during the season. This will help the selection process of the “ranking” games.

The Provincial G&T Committee will have the final decision as to which game will count as ranking games:

  • 2 points for win, 1 point for tie, 0 points for a loss
  • The tie breaking chart will be used to rank teams

If there are twelve teams or less in a division for the “AA” Provincials, there will be one pool at Provincials. If there are thirteen teams or more, the division will be split into two tiers based on ranking. The two tiers will be independent of each other and there will be no crossover between tiers.

  1. Can our team choose which stats they want to use?

Answer: No.

2017 Provincial Events – Accommodations

The process for booking of accommodations for 2017 Provincial Events will be as noted below. No bookings will be made until team’s attendance has been confirmed.

November 25th: Ontario Ringette will send a list of teams who will be attending the ‘U12’ Provincial Event in Forest, the U14AA, U16AA, U19AA and 18+ Jacks teams who will be attending the ‘AA’ Provincial Championships in Nepean to the designated Travel Agency.

February 13th: Ontario Ringette will send a list of of 18+A teams who will be attending the ‘AA’ Provincial Championships in Nepean as Regional Representatives to the designated Travel Agency.

February 21st: Ontario Ringette will send a list of teams who will be attending the ‘A’ Provincial Championships in Pickering as Regional Representatives and the 18+A teams who will be attending the Provincial Championships in Nepean to the designated Travel Agency.

February 23rd: Ontario Ringette will send a list of teams who will be attending the ‘A’ Provincial Championships as Wild Cards.to the designated Travel Agency. For each team, the ORA designated Travel Agency will receive two contact names, along with email addresses and phone numbers. These will have been verified.

December 1st: Teams attending the ‘U12’ and the ‘AA’ Provincial events will be contacted via email at 12PM by the ORA designated Travel Agency.

February 14th: Teams attending the‘ AA’ Provincial Championships as Regional Representatives will be contacted via email at 12PM by the ORA designated Travel Agency.

February 21st:  Teams attending ‘AA’ Championships as Wild Cards will be contacted via email at 12PM by the ORA designated Travel Agency.

February 24th:  Teams attending ‘AA’ Championships as Wild Cards will be contacted via email at 12PM by the ORA designated Travel Agency.

If an authorized team contact has not received an email from the ORA designated Travel Agency by 4:00PM on the specified dates above, please contact the ORA office directly.

Please do not contact the ORA office directly prior to the specified room release dates.
If you have any questions, please contact your regional G&T Coordinator. To find their contact information click here and select your region.