The Children’s Ringette initiative represents a concerted effort to make adjustments to ringette practices and competitions to meet the needs of children while promoting a fun, safe and healthy environment which supports the development of physical literacy and the long-term development of all players.
Over the course of the coming seasons, a number of positive changes will be introduced including scaling the game down through the implementation of small-area games (cross-ice and half-ice ringette) and grouping participants by developmental stages rather than chronological ages.
Changes, including introducing small-area games (cross-ice and half-ice ringette) as the standard of play, will be introduced in Ontario as follows:
- FUNdamentals 1 and 2 introduced to associations for the 2020-21 season
- FUNdamentals 1 and 2 mandatory for associations to implement for 2021-22 season
SMALL AREA GAMES
Small-area games will be implemented through:
- Size of the playing surface (not to exceed half the ice surface)
- Number of players on the ice
- Size of nets
- Goaltending options (no goalie, rotating goalie, designated goalie)
- Modified rules, including a number of passes, shift lengths, etc.