1) Stick to stick contact NOT body to body. There is no body checking in the sport of ringette. Players do come into contact with each other when the ring carrier is being checked. Checkers should make stick contact with the ring carrier before touching their bodies. Checkers should only check the bottom third of the stick. Checkers should reposition to follow these guidelines.
2) Have an EXIT strategy. Never skate perpendicular to the boards. When you ‘go into the boards’ know how you are going turn or stop so you don’t have a collision with the boards or other players.
3) 3 on the ring. The ring carrier and two checkers. There is never a time when more than three players should be trying to touch the ring. Staying spread out improves the game, encourages passes and prevents ‘dog piles’.
4) Stop or turn to avoid collisions. Agility skills such as stopping and turning develop much slower than forward skating or acceleration skills in ice skating sports. We will be developing these skills over the course of the season.
5) Each player is responsible for their own safety and the safety of the other players on the ice. If getting the ring would result in creating an unsafe situation for another player then don’t play the ring. Keep your head up and be aware of who is around you.
Please take time to find out more about concussions and our sports protocols.
CATT (Concussion Awareness Training Tool)
Take ten minutes to check out this information.
BC Ringette Association – Concussion Management: https://www.ringettebc.ca/athletes/kids-concussions/
Coaching Association of Canada – Making Headway in Sport