Scholarships and awards are available to Athletes, Coaches and Officials in the ringette community.

Ringette Canada and local associations all offer scholarships to assist athletes, coaches and officials with post-secondary education. Ringette BC awards number of individuals, teams and associations with awards at the end each season. Nominate someone today from the following links:

 

Ringette Canada Scholarships

Agnes Jacks Scholarship: For more information click here.

Cara Brown Scholarship: For more information click here.


Sport Awards, Scholarships, and Grants

Sport BC: Athlete of the Year Awards, Community Sport Hero Awards, Presidents’ Awards. For more information click here.

ViaSport: For more information click here.

ProMOTION Plus: ProMOTION Plus Leadership Awards, Bobbie Steen Awards of Excellence, Bobbie Steen Legacy Foundation Award, Play it Forward Award, Proud to Play Like a Girl Award. For more information click here.

Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport (CAAWS): Women in Sport Encouragement Fund, Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Memorial Scholarship, Carol Anne Letheren International Sport Leadership Award, Breakthrough Award, Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity, Community Sport Funding Program, National Sport Federation Grants, Professional Development Grants, Women in Coaching NCI Scholarships, Dairy Farmers of Canada Pure Determination Fund, Excellence Fund. For more information click here.


Volunteer Recognition

General

The volunteer recognition program is designed to recognize outstanding performance and contribution by both volunteers and players in various disciplines within ringette. There are two areas of recognition – Hall of Fame and Yearly Recognition Awards. The deadline to submit nominations for all Volunteer Recognition Awards is April 1st of each year.

Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame is reserved for those individuals who have significantly contributed to the growth and development of the sport of ringette within the province of BC. There are four categories of the Hall – Builder, Coach, Athlete, and Official. Once inducted into the Hall of Fame, they become permanent members of the society.

a. Builder Category: This category recognizes individuals who have contributed to the overall development of ringette in the province. Examples of individuals who would fit into this category are volunteers who have founded local associations, board members, or people who developed provincial and community based programs that contribute to the growth of ringette, increased associations’ numbers, or promoted the sport to the general public. These individuals would be retired from active participation for at least 3 years. This category is further divided into Provincial Builder and Community Builder so that local associations can honor their members as well.

i. Provincial Builder: There shall be no more than one (1) Provincial Builder selected annually. Award: plaque and certificate

Nominees shall have been involved at the Provincial level for a minimum of three (3) years. An exception may be granted by virtue of a nominee’s extraordinary and outstanding contribution to the Provincial Organization. This includes involvement on the board of directors, ad hoc or standing committees. Nominees shall also have made an outstanding contribution to BCRA in its growth or development. Nominees shall also have made a significant contribution to ringette at the community level. No nominations may be submitted for individuals currently serving on the board of directors or selection committee.

ii.Community Builder: There shall be no more than three (3) Community Builders elected annually. Award: plaque and certificate. Nominees shall have been involved in a community program for a minimum of three (3) years. The nominee shall have contributed to the development and/or expansion of ringette within the community, and fulfilled a key leadership role. examples:

  • increase player registration
  • assisted other associations in starting ringette involvement with hosting ringette events
  • active in coaching, officiating, fundraising etc.
  • initiation of a new program or developing existing ones

Nominees may or may not be actively involved at the time of the nomination.

No nominations of individuals actively serving on the BCRA board of directors or selection committee will be accepted.

b. Athlete Category: This category recognizes athletes who have contributed to the development of athletes throughout the province through camp organization, development of skill programs or being a role model for young athletes by practicing appropriate behavior through adherence to the code of conduct. Examples of individuals in this category are past skills instructors, High Performance athletes and athletes who volunteered to work on local, league and provincial boards. These individuals would be retired from competition for at least 3 years.

c. Coach Category: This category recognizes volunteers who further the development of coaches throughout the province, through program development, clinic administration, mentoring and participation in the development of athletes. Examples of individuals in this category include NCCP program developers, course conductors, mentoring new coaches or leading teams to provincial and national prominence. These individuals would be retired from active coaching for at least 3 years.

d. Official Category: Recipients in this category are individuals who have further developed the National Officiating Certification Program through clinic administrations, active participation in events, and program development for officials within the province. Recipients could include past instructors, evaluators, referees-in- chief (association, league and provincial), and national championship caliber referees. Recipients can still be active in the program as instructors and evaluators, but must be at least 3 years removed from being an active referee.

Yearly Recognition Awards

Every year there are members and associations who have numerous successes that should be recognized. The Yearly Recognition Awards section of the program would allow BCRA to recognize these deserving individuals/associations with the following awards:

  • Coach of the Year – Provincial and Community
  • Official of the Year – Senior and Junior
  • Athlete of the Year – Senior and Junior
  • Volunteer of the Year

Nomination Procedures: The following committees and members are eligible to nominate people for volunteer recognition awards: BC Ringette Board of Directors – all award categories, League Members – all award categories, Registered Members (local associations) – all award categories, Officiating Committee – Provincial Official of the Year. Nominations for these volunteer recognition awards are to be submitted, in writing, accompanied by a detailed resume, to the Provincial Volunteer Recognition Selection Committee c/o the BC Ringette Office.

All award nomination forms are to be submitted to the BCRA office on or before April 1st of each year. The volunteer recognition award selection committee chairman is appointed by the board of directors. The Committee will review all nominations and make their selections prior to the AGM.

a. Coach of the Year – Provincial: There shall be no more than one (1) Coach of the Year in this category elected annually. The nominees must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for selection: Nominees shall have been involved with a Provincial level team (AA, Canada Winter Games) for a minimum of three (3) years in the capacity of Head Coach or Assistant Coach. Nominees shall be a current member of a Provincial level team. Nominees must display an excellent rapport with players, parents, opponents and officials, and embody ringette’s philosophy of teamwork, fair play and Sportsmanship. Nominees shall also have a proven capacity to improve the teams/ and individual athlete’s performance.

b. Coach of the Year – Community: There shall be no more than one (1) Coach of the Year in this category elected annually. The nominees must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for selection: Nominees shall have been involved with an association level team for a minimum of three (3) years in the capacity of Head Coach or Assistant Coach. Nominees must be designated head coach of a team during the season they are nominated and must be fully certified to coach at that level. Nominees must display an excellent rapport with players, parents, opponents and officials, and embody ringette’s philosophy of teamwork, fair play and sportsmanship. Nominees shall also have a proven capacity to improve the teams/ and individual athlete’s performance.

c. Official of the Year – Senior: There shall be no more than one (1) Senior Official of the Year elected annually. Nominees to the Senior category must have been involved in ringette officiating for a minimum of three (3) years. Nominees must be actively involved in officiating at the Provincial Championships or other BCRA or Ringette Canada sanctioned events. Nominees must display:

  • a solid understanding of the rules.
  • consistent and fair rule application during games and from game to game.
  • a professional attitude when dealing with players, team staff members, spectators and fellow officials.
  • appropriate manner that best represents all officials both on and off the ice.

d. Official of the Year – Junior: There shall be no more than one (1) Junior Official of the Year elected annually. Nominees to the Junior category must have been involved in ringette officiating for a minimum of two (2) years. Nominees must be actively involved in officiating at the Provincial Championships or other BCRA or Ringette Canada sanctioned events. Nominees must display:

  • a solid understanding of the rules.
  • consistent and fair rule application during games and from game to game.
  • a professional attitude when dealing with players, team staff members, spectators and fellow officials.
  • appropriate manner that best represents all officials both on and off the ice.

e. Athlete of the Year – Senior: The recipient will be a currently registered athlete with BC Ringette in the U19 division and above. The athlete may have contributed to their local association, league or provincial body through coaching, officiating or skill development, as well as displaying outstanding skill and fair play. The recipient should embody ringette’s philosophy of teamwork, fair play and sportsmanship. No more than one award will be given each year.

f. Athlete of the Year – Junior: The recipient will be a currently registered athlete with BC ringette in the U16 division and below. The athlete may have contributed to their local association, league or provincial body through coaching, officiating or skill development, as well as displaying outstanding skill and fair play. The recipient should embody ringette’s philosophy of teamwork, fair play and sportsmanship. No more than one award will be given each year.

g. Association of the Year: There shall be no more than one (1) Local Association of the year elected annually. Nominees shall be in good standing with the BC Ringette Association and their League (if applicable). Nominees will have displayed above average performance in areas including, but not limited to, publicity, promotion, volunteer/participant recruitment and development, outreach assistance, player development, competition for varied levels of play and generally offering a well rounded program for their membership. Nominations may be put forth by another local association.

h. Volunteer of the Year: The recipient will have made a significant contribution during the current season that promotes the philosophy of ringette. This could be through promoting the sport and local association; initiating a new dynamic program; chairing a host committee; developing policy for the association. One award will be given each year.