Ontario Ringette Compliance By Age Division

U6

  • Focus on FUN!
  • 100% development
  • Emphasis on skating skills, introduction of basic ring skills
  • Balanced Teams
  • Maximum of 2 coaches on the ice at all times
  • No scores posted
  • No positional play
  • Two minute buzzer may be utilized to introduce line changes within the modified games*
  • One year-end event with modified games per player. For example, three games on the ice at once, identical participation awards and off-ice activities. Where numbers require, U6 Learn to Skate players may also each participate in one year-end event with a team from an older division

U7

  • Focus on FUN!
  • 100% development
  • Emphasis on skating skills, introduction of basic ring skills
  • Balanced Teams
  • Maximum of 2 coaches on the ice at all times
  • No scores posted
  • No positional play – any line changes would see 6 new players on the ice, one of whom would be the “goalie,” and would therefore be permitted in the crease. No goalie equipment will be worn, but a Goalie Stick should be used.
  • Two minute buzzer may be utilized to introduce line changes within the modified games*
  • A maximum of 2 events per year, per player, including any year end “Bunnyfest”
  • Any awards will be identical participation awards for each participant
  • Events may also include off-ice activities
  • * Modified Games:  Introduce basic game skills and simple rules of the sport.  Although there are no formal competitive events in this stage, some competitive-type activities can be introduced during practices. Focus on the process of learning about competition, not on winning.  Vary play situations: 1 vs. 1, 2 vs. 2 etc., with and without goalkeeper; keep game type activities fun and fair. Rules are modified so they are appropriate to young, beginning players.

U8

  • Focus on FUN!
  • 100% development
  • Emphasis on skating skills, developing specific ring skills
  • Scrimmages against other teams are considered development because they introduce the game format to new players without the added pressure of score-keeping
  • Teams Balanced using the Fall Skills Matrix Evaluations
  • The first set of Skills Matrix evaluations must take place between September 1st and October 20th with results being sent to the Regional Sport Development Coordinator by October 31st
  • The second of Skills Matrix evaluations should take place between January 1st and March 31st with results being sent to the Regional Sport Development Coordinator by March 31st
  • The Team Composite Score based on the Skills Matrix Evaluations MUST be on the TRF in order for the team to be accepted into any tournament
  • Maximum of one coach on the ice at all times
  • No scores posted
  • Start learning positional play, switching positions throughout the year
  • Goaltenders should be dressed in full gear and all players must rotate through the position at least once
  • Two minute buzzers should be utilized to introduce line changes within the scrimmages
  • May play full-ice scrimmages with basic ringette rules observed (blue lines, creases, etc.), with a qualified official on the ice
  • A team may participate in a maximum of 3 events per year including any year-end event, but a player may participate in up to 4 events, with G&T/Sport Development approval
  • Events may have off-ice activities
  • Any awards will be identical participation awards for each participant

U9

  • Focus on FUN!
  • 70% development, 30% competition
  • Emphasis on skating skills, developing specific ring skills
  • Introduction of game-play
  • Teams Balanced using the Fall Skills Matrix Evaluations
  • The first set of Skills Matrix evaluations must take place between September 1st and October 20th with results being sent to the Regional Sport Development Coordinator by October 31st
  • The second set of Skills Matrix evaluations should take place between January 1st and March 31st with results being sent to the Regional Sport Development Coordinator by March 31st
  • The Team Composite Score based on the Skills Matrix Evaluations MUST be on the TRF in order for the team to be accepted into any tournament
  • Scores may be kept
  • Positional play is introduced (including goaltenders) – all athletes must rotate through all positions RECOMMENDATION should rotate 4-5 athletes through goaltender position
  • Qualified officials on the ice for competitions
  • A team may participate in a maximum of 4 events per year including any year-end event, but a player may participate in up to 5 events, with G&T/Sport Development approval.

U10

  • Focus on FUN!
  • 70% development, 30% competition
  • Emphasis on skating skills, developing specific ring skills
  • Introduction of game-play
  • Teams Balanced using the Fall Skills Matrix Evaluations
  • The first set of evaluations must take place between September 1st and October 20th with results being sent to the Regional Sport Development Coordinator by October 31st
  • The second set of Skills Matrix evaluations should take place between January 1st and March 31st with results being sent to the Regional Sport Development Coordinator by March 31st
  • The Team Composite Score based on the Skills Matrix Evaluations MUST be on the TRF in order for the team to be accepted into any tournament
  • Scores may be kept
  • Positional Play – starting to play in set positions – RECOMMENDATION should rotate 4-5 athletes through goaltender position
  • Qualified officials on the ice for competitions
  • A team may participate in a maximum of 4 events per year including any year-end event, but a player may participate in up to 5 events, with G&T/Sport Development approval

U12

  • Focus on FUN!
  • 70% development, 30% competition
  • The U12 division will have a Provincial component and a Regional component
  • Teams in the Regional component will be sorted and balanced based on the Skills Matrix
  • The Provincial component will introduce a competitive element with teams selecting the highest-skilled players playing on the highest-level team in the association, and so on, until all Provincial level teams have been selected
  • The first set of evaluations must take place between September 1st and October 20th with results being sent to the Regional Sport Development Coordinator by October 31st
  • The second set of Skills Matrix evaluations should take place between January 1st and March 31st with results being sent to the Regional Sport Development Coordinator by March 31st
  • The Team Composite Score based on the Skills Matrix Evaluations MUST be on the TRF in order for the team to be accepted into any tournament
  • Positional Play – starting to play in set positions – RECOMMENDATION FOR U12 REGIONAL TEAMS – should rotate 4-5 athletes through goaltender position
  • A team may participate in a maximum of 5 events per year including any year-end event, but a player may participate in up to 6 events, with G&T/Sport Development approval

U14

  • 60% development, 40% competition
  • Teams selected horizontally with the highest-skilled players playing on the highest-level team in the association, and so on, until all teams have been selected

U16

  • 60% development, 40% competition
  • Teams selected horizontally with the highest-skilled players playing on the highest-level team in the association, and so on, until all teams have been selected

U19

  • 40% development, 60% competition
  • Teams selected horizontally with the highest-skilled players playing on the highest-level team in the association, and so on, until all teams have been selected

18+

  • 25% development, 75% competition
  • Teams selected horizontally with the highest-skilled players playing on the highest-level team in the association, and so on, until all teams have been selected