2018 Provincial Events

2017-2018 Playing Season Update

2018 Provincial Event Dates:

U12 Provincial Event – March 1-4 in Waterloo

AA Provincial Championships – March 8-11 in Gloucester Cumberland

A Provincial Championships – March 15-18 in Kitchener

U12 Provincial Teams

All U12 Provincial teams should engage with their Regional G&T Coordinator to assist in deciding which tournaments to select. To qualify for the U12 Provincial Event teams must participate in at least 2 O.R.A. sanctioned tournaments and at least one should be prior to the December re-seeding deadline.

Each U12 Provincial team is required to provide a list of 5 tournaments they are interested in attending, ranked in order of preference.  Teams must indicate the total number of tournaments they wish to attend including their requested balance of “in region” and “out of region”.  U12 teams are restricted to a maximum of 5 competitive events, which equates to a maximum of 4 invitational tournaments plus the Provincial Event.

All U12 Provincial teams must use the link provided to submit their  selections no later than September 18th, 2017.

U12 Provincial teams must also submit their team grid by September 18th, 2017.

All qualifying U12 Provincial teams will be invited to attend the U12 Provincial Event.  Teams will be sorted into pools of similarly skilled teams for this event.

To facilitate the pooling process, U12 Provincial teams may be asked to attend different tournaments than originally selected in the second half of the season.

Provincial ‘A’ Teams

All ‘A’ level teams should engage their Regional G&T Coordinator to assist in deciding which tournaments to select.

To qualify for the A Provincials teams must participate in at least 4 O.R.A. sanctioned tournaments, of which at least 2 must be prior to the December re-seeding deadline.

Each ‘A’ Provincial team is required to provide a list of 6 tournaments they are interested in attending.  Tournaments must include at least 1 from each of 4 regions and at least 3 regions must be included in their top 4 choices.  Teams must indicate the total number of tournaments they wish to attend including their requested balance of “in region” and “out of region”.

All U14A, U16A and U19A teams must use the link provided to submit their tournament selections no later than July 15th, 2017.

All 18+A teams must use the link provided to submit their tournament selections no later than September 14th, 2017.  This applies to 18+A teams intending to proceed to Provincials.  18+A teams not intending to proceed to Provincials are encouraged to submit team selections using the link, however are not required to follow the same selection criteria.

A Provincials will be attended by 14 teams in each division.  This will include a Host team and one team per region as the Regional Representative.  The remaining positions will be filled by wildcards. The 14 teams will be divided into two tiers of 7 based on their provincial ranking as of the cut-off date of February 18th, 2018.

Provincial ‘AA’ Teams

All ‘AA’ level teams should engage their Regional G&T Coordinator to assist in deciding which tournaments to select.

To qualify for the A Provincials teams must participate in at least 4 O.R.A. sanctioned tournaments.

Each ‘AA’ Provincial team is required to provide a list of 6 tournaments they are interested in attending.  Tournaments must include at least 1 from each of 4 regions.  Teams must indicate the total number of tournaments they wish to attend including their requested balance of “in region” and “out of region”.

At the August SCM, the Provincial G&T Committee will assign tournaments and identify ranking games for U14AA, U16AA and U19AA teams.  Only the results of the assigned ranking games will be used for ranking regardless of how many times a team may play the same opponent.

All U14AA, U16AA and U19AA teams will be invited to attend the AA Provincials.  Teams will be divided into tiers if there are more than 12 teams in the division based on their provincial ranking as of the cut-off date of February 11th, 2018.

Ten qualifying 18+AA teams will be invited to attend the AA Provincials.  This will include a Host team. The remaining positions will be filled by wildcards.

Things to Remember re Tournaments:

Failure by teams to submit the tournament selection information as requested will result in the team’s being assigned to tournaments as fits the requirements of the Provincial G&T Committee.

Invitational tournament withdrawal dates do not apply to Provincial level teams that have been assigned to tournaments as per the selections they submit regardless whether they intend to attend provincials or not.  Upon assignment to tournaments, teams are to complete the registration process for each tournament they have been assigned to.  Once a team has been assigned to a tournament, they cannot be denied acceptance into the tournament and they cannot withdraw from the tournament without approval by the Provincial G&T Committee in extenuating circumstances.

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 Provincial for the 2017-2018 season will be selected according to their winning percentages as per the ranking chart posted on the O.R.A website.  Tournaments considered for wild card stats are to be completed by February 18th, 2018.

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 from the team’s Region.  This form requires the signatures of all bench staff members and the Association President.  Please check with your Regional G&T Coordinator for the deadline and fee to submit this “Intent to Proceed” form.

The online “Team Registration Form” must be completed and submitted no later than November 20th.  This is for registration purposes and is required in addition to the signed paper form per above.

  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. All other Provincial level teams must attend 4 O.R.A. tournaments as assigned through the tournament selection process.  (Mileage exemptions allowed as per Operating Manual G&T section).

  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 their division’s deadlines qualify.

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

Answer: Not necessarily.

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:  Teams will be decided three weeks before the first day of Provincials. After that, the identified teams will be ranked based on their points.  ORA tie-breaking rules apply if required.

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.

14,  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.

2018 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 29th: Ontario Ringette will send a list of teams who will be attending the ‘U12’ Provincial Event in Waterloo, the U14AA, U16AA, U19AA and 18+ AA and 18+A University teams who will be attending the ‘AA’ Provincial Championships in Gloucester Cumberland to the designated Travel Agency.

February 20th: Ontario Ringette will send a list of teams who will be attending the ‘A’ Provincial Championships in Kitchener as Regional Representatives to the designated Travel Agency.

February 22nd: Ontario Ringette will send a list of teams who will be attending the ‘A’ Provincial Championships as Wild Cards.to the designated Travel Agency.

 

Dates for Releasing Rooms:

December 4th: Teams attending the ‘U12’ and the ‘AA’ Provincial events will be contacted via email at 12PM by the ORA designated Travel Agency.

February 13th:  Teams attending ‘A’ Championships as Regional Representatives will be contacted via email at 12PM by the ORA designated Travel Agency.

February 23rd:  Teams attending ‘A’ 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.