When do assessments start?
Assessments for 2018/2019 season will be posted as soon as the information is available.
Where do I register?
How many days a week is ringette and where is the home rink?
Usually, Wednesday evening is the practice day (we haven’t got our ice from the city of Winnipeg yet, but that is typically the time it has been) normally at River Heights Arena (Grosvenor). They also play on Saturday and/or Sunday for their ‘games’ where they share the ice with other associations and are at different rinks around the city (normally the same few rinks for the whole season).
How long is the season?
It starts in October and runs into March.
How does this work moving forward if we have decided to go for it?
If your child has decided to sign up for this amazing sport, you can follow the link to registration at www.swra.ca
Once registered, parents will be notified of assessment days. At that time the Instructors (the ladies in the blue jackets) will assess your child and place them in one of three levels - Red, Purple and Green (detailed info about these levels can be found on the Ringette Manitoba website). Once placed, I will contact you with your practice schedule and a list of all the other children on the team.
What if my child is over 7 years old and is just beginning?
I would recommend if your child is 7 or 8, to go into the R4U program to get some of the basic skills before moving into the U10 (Under 10, 8 and 9 year olds) next year. If you aren’t sure and your child is older, let’s chat on the phone.
What equipment do I need and where do I buy it?
You will get a free stick for registering which you will receive at the first assessment (we will lend your child a stick for the assessment as sticks need to be cut). If you already have a stick, the new one can be saved for when your child grows. When you receive your stick, it will have to be cut to under the armpit with skates on. At this age, kids grow so fast, so used equipment is the way to go if you can.
Here is a great visual for needed equipment:
At this age hockey pants and socks are also okay.
Can we try it again before we decide?
There are a lot of Come Try Events all over the city that can be found on the Ringette Manitoba website. Feel free to register for any of them. We are hosting our own on September 8th. You can register for that on the SWRA website.