WHEN DOES THE SEASON START AND END?
Conditioning, assessment and Game Evaluations typically take place during the initial weeks of September for most teams with teams being created mid-September. The ringette season will run until March of the following year.
WHEN AND WHERE CAN I EXPECT MY CHILD TO PLAY FOR THE RINGETTE SEASON?
WHAT WILL MY CHILD GET FOR TOTAL ICE TIME?
Active Start - expect to be on the ice minimum 1 time per week, with 1 game per weekend.
U10 - expect an average of 2 ice times per week once league play starts plus optional power skating.
U12-U16 - expect a minimum 2 ice times per week, sometimes 3 plus optional dry land and optional power skating.
Teams can book external tournaments in addition to these ice-times.
Dryland has been made optional to teams. This will be decided upon within your team.
WILL MY CHILD BE EVALUATED?
Ringette Alberta mandates that U10 to U14 players undergo a Athlete Universal Assessement (UAA).
We typically do additional game evaluations to determine each player’s skill level beyond UAA values to create even balanced teams if two teams are required in a given division. But also to assist with determine appropriate competitive divisions. This is subject to change if required.
Evaluations for a given level (U10 - U16) will typically start at the beginning of September (exact date to be determined based on ice availability). We hope to have the evaluation process complete and team formation finished by mid September. At this point regular practices will begin. Before this point, practices follow an evaluation schedule.
Please note that Game Evaluations are done by impartial volunteers which do play a vital role in determining teams.
WHAT IS THE UNIVERSAL ATHLETE ASSESSMENT (UAA)?
UAA is a series of standard, timed tests of an individual’s technical skill (primarily skating) which, when used to create team average test results, will help improve competitive equity between teams across Alberta at the start the season.
These values are submitted to Ringette Alberta.
Please visit Ringette Alberta's website for further information.
DOES THE UAA VALUE DETERMINE THE PLACEMENT OF MY CHILD ON A TEAM?
Short answer is NO.
The simplest explanation is that our Evaluation team (The Board, Evaluation Directors plus a group of impartial volunteers for each age group) uses UAA values as only a starting point but will not be the determinate for a player's final placement on a team. Our IRA Game Evaluation scores play an integral role in assessing the appropriate Ringette game skill set of players; keep in mind that even if a player is an excellent skater this does not necessarily translate as a higher level division player.
On top of submission to Ringette Alberta of each Player's UAA value, our association also submits our teams to Ringette Alberta of which we estimated a UAA average of all player's on the team. Each team has an averaged UAA team value which is reflective of the division submitted for; this assists in supporting our creation of team divisions to Ringette Alberta. Therefore, player's on the team may have a range of UAA from one level to another (ie. A to B or B to C).
For example, if the UAA team average is 20 this would support C. The creation of this division would have also been supported by the Game Evaluations done by the Impartial Volunteers.
If you have further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to ask at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Evaluation Directors for that season.
WHAT IF I HAVE A COMPLAINT OR CONCERN THROUGHOUT THE SEASON REGARDING MY PLAYER OR AN INCIDENT?
Please follow this the flow chart in this document.
Monthly Executive Meeting
Indus Rec Centre
Come Try Ringette
Chestermere Recreation Centre (Blue Ice)