U10 (FUN3) & U12

Ringette Ontario encourages smaller roster sizes for U10 (FUN3) & U12 Club teams to facilitate increased ring touches, player engagement and overall enjoyment of the game. In addition, smaller rosters assist with the following player development initiatives:

  • Increased engagement for all players as they are more active during practices and games
  • Increased opportunities to experience playing different positions
  • Increased opportunity for skill development
  • Increased opportunity for players to experience different game situations; and
  • Increased opportunities for Coaches to train and develop all the athletes on their team while recognizing individual skill levels of players.

U10 (FUN3)

This division is an extension to the FUNdamentals program and introduction to Learn to Train programming, providing athletes with the opportunity to learn the game in a full ice environment for the first time.

  • Players can be U9/10 regardless of experience and skill level as the program will provide players with the opportunity to learn the skills of ringette through games and practices.
  • Players born in 2012 and 2013.
  • Division is mixed (girls and boys).
  • Teams are formed within each individual Club.
  • Club should aim to create as many balanced U10 teams as possible.
  • Clubs are responsible for overseeing the creation of the rosters.
  • Two (2) to three (3) balancing games between teams in the same Club should take place following assessments and initial team formation and prior to the roster deadline. Players may be moved between teams to ensure the teams are fair prior to the roster deadline.
  • Leagues should consider dates throughout the season to review results from league play to balance and create meaningful competition amongst the teams in the league.
  • U10 teams will be invited to compete at Region Based Championships at the end of the season.

U12 (A/B/C)

This division is an introduction to a more competitive environment by grouping athletes by skill to form teams for play within the region and across the province.

  • Players born in 2010 and 2011.
  • Three divisions potentially offered: Female only, Male only, Mixed.
  • Teams are formed within each individual Club.
  • Clubs should aim to create as many U12 teams as possible within each tier.
  • Clubs should conduct formal player evaluations on all athletes within the age division.
  • If a Club can form more than one team within that tier, the teams will be balanced to allow those teams to compete under the same competition structure.
  • Evaluations should be completed by knowledgeable coaches and 18+ athletes that are completely unbiased towards the athletes being evaluated and/or the team that are being formed.
  • Two (2) to three (3) balancing games between teams in the same Club should take place following assessments and initial team formation and prior to the roster deadline. Players may be moved between teams to ensure the teams are fair prior to the roster deadline.
  • Leagues should consider dates throughout the season to review results from league play to balance and create meaningful competition amongst the teams in the league.
  • All U12 teams will be invited to compete at Region Based Championships at the end of the season.
  • Ringette Ontario to provide Clubs with additional development resources to support second year U12 athletes looking to make the transition into the U14A/AA stream the following season.