Posted: October 27, 2016

For this season and then for review at the end of the season, prior to becoming permanent policy, the following is enacted immediately:

  1. U14AA: It is recommended, but not mandated, that all U14AA athletes in the province be double-carded to an A team. Double carded U14 athletes must play on an U14A team if one is available in their local Association. Local Association participation is to take precedence over AA teams for athletes playing on both house and AA teams. Double-carded athletes in the U14 division may compete in both the Provincial Championship U14A (where the team is registered according to its team ordinal) and the Provincial AA Championship.   In the event that a U14AA player is moved up to play on a U16A team, they may NOT compete in the Provincial A (B or C) Championship unless a formal exemption is granted by the Ringette BC Office.
  2. U16AA: All U16 athletes must be single carded. Registration must be within the boundaries of each association for single carding. If the league in which the player is registered has formed an AA team, double-carding is NOT allowed under normal circumstances and without an exception from the Ringette BC office. If a league is unable to form an AA team and an athlete is released to another league, double-carding may be permitted to ensure the athlete receives adequate ice time. Double-carded athletes (those playing on an AA team outside of their league) may only compete in the Provincial AA Championship, they may NOT compete in the Provincial A (B or C) Championship unless a formal exemption is granted by the Ringette BC Office.
  3. U19AA: All U19 athletes must be single carded. Registration must be within the boundaries of each association for single carding. If the league in which the player is registered has formed a AA team, double-carding is NOT allowed under normal circumstances and without an exception from the Ringette BC office. If a league is unable to form a AA team and an athlete is released to another league, double-carding may be permitted to ensure the athlete receives adequate ice time. Double-carded athletes (those playing on a AA team outside of their league) may only compete in the Provincial AA Championship, they may NOT compete in the Provincial A (B or C) Championship unless a formal exemption is granted by the Ringette BC Office.
  4. U14AA to U19AA: U14 athletes that are double carded, and U16 and U19 athletes that have received a formal exemption to double-card from the Ringette BC Office, will be able to play on a house team within the boundaries of their home association. The house team will be able to register for provincial championships at the A, B, or C level dependent on its team ordinal, which shall capture any AA players in its final ordinal calculation.

Tiering forms must be submitted to the Ringette BC Office prior to 1 November.  The Ringette BC Office has the authority to advance or retreat a team in age divisions or calibre or moved up an age division same calibre based on the results of the play of the game.

In the event that players are moved up a division, every Official Game Report (the “game sheet”) must denote the underage players using “UA” beside the player’s name, in the same way that authorized overage players are denoted “OA”.  In the event that a player has been moved up one age division and that player’s team plays an exhibition game against the team in the next division up (eg: U16 team with a U14 age athlete plays a game against U19), in addition to denoting that the player is underage, the Head Coach for the team with the underage player MUST PRIOR TO THE START OF THE GAME bring to the attention of both the on-ice officials that there are underage players in the game and point out the player on the Official Game Report.