To support Barrie and District Ringette Association (BDRA) athletes, coaches, officials, and families in their pursuit of excellence in Ringette. BDRA will strive to provide current and applicable best practices, policies, and structure to ensure fair opportunities are provided to all athletes, association members and the Community.
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 & spirit.
Ringette was originally intended for girls as an alternative, somewhere between figure skating and ice hockey; today it has also 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 also plenty of opportunity to play competitively and make new friends.
There are over 35,000 people playing ringette across Canada. 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 played in Canada, the US, Europe, Japan and Russia. Players in Canada can aspire to participate in the Canada Winter Games, National Championships and World Cup Championships.