Our Bunny Introduction to Ringette program focuses on developing skating ability, introducing ringette skills and having fun.
Who plays Bunny Ringette?
Most of our players are 5 year old (Junior Bunnies) or 6 year old (Senior Bunny) girls, but boys are welcome as well. Many players start with some basic skating skills, but that is not a requirement at this age. Ringette is a great way to learn to skate while having fun!
When and where do the Bunnies practice and play?
Updated for 2018/19 - Bunnies will practice Sundays from 4:00 to 4:50 pm at the Brewer Arena. The season begins the first Sunday in October and continues until the end of March, with breaks at the holidays ? Thanksgiving, Christmas, Family Day and March Break.
A few times throughout the season, Bunnies will also have the opportunity to play a game with another Ottawa-area Bunny Team, which may be at a different time and location. These games are purely for fun and excitement, and are a highlight of the year for most young players.
What equipment do I need?
Bunny players require a full set of ringette equipment.
- CSA approved helmet with ringette mask (triangle-shaped holes to protect against the square ended stick)
- neck guard
- shoulder pads
- elbow pads
- shin pads
- ringette pants and girdle OR hockey pants and socks
- ringette stick
We provide children with a jersey to wear for the season.
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport, through the Ontario Sport & Recreation Communities Fund, provided a grant to the City of Ottawa Ringette Association to enable more young girls to try the sport of Ringette. As a result of this funding, we have sticks and masks to loan to new Bunny players on a first come, first served basis.
Who runs the Bunny program?
Volunteers run the City of Ottawa Ringette Association. Each year in Bunnies, we rely on volunteers (including parents and grandparents) for the following positions:
- Coaches: We offer free training to anyone interested in Coaching. First-time coaches will learn to create fun, safe environments while gaining a broader understanding of the game of ringette.
- Trainer: At every practice, game or other event, we need to have a designated adult with First Aid Certification (e.g., Certified First Aid course, medical doctor, registered nurse, firefighter, paramedic, certified athletic therapist)
- Manager: The record keeping / budget tracking / logistics coordination duties in Bunnies are light, but essential to the smooth running of the season.
- Player Helpers: Older ringette players, including those looking for volunteer hours, are encouraged to come out to help on the ice. Often, they are the most popular people on the ice.
How do I register?
Register through CORA's website. Bunnies accept new registrations throughout the season ? it?s never too late to join!
How do I get more information?
Via email ? You can Contact CORA's Bunny Convenor.