When we come down to thinking about the number of sports activities that we have for women, there isn’t a lot we can find, isn’t it? That is exactly what Sam Jacks from Ontario thought back in the 1960s when he decided that there should be a winter sports activity for women which can be played in the form of teams, which led to the origin of Ringette.
Who Can Play Ringette?
Just about anyone at all can play Ringette, but as the sport was initially introduced for women, it is traditionally being played by women. Especially in Canada, people love to participate, or just watch the game as it progresses. Being the fastest growing game which is played on ice, Ringette has about 50,000 participants in Canada. Many other countries all around the world, such as the US play this game. People of all ages and all different capabilities can easily go along with this game. No one needs to be an expert, or know a lot about it before playing this game.
How Does The Game Proceed?
Now that we’ve got you all excited about the game, you should be well aware of its rules and the procedure. To start
off, we should be well aware of the fact that there are two 18 minute periods in a game, but for the younger ages, the game periods can be up to 20 minutes long.
There are two teams, battling against each other, and each team has 6 players on the ice at any given time. These 6
players consist of 2 forward players, 2 defense players, 1 at the center, and lastly, one particular goalkeeper. The game is played with a Ringette stick, along with a circular rubber ring.
As the players will move along the ice, the rubber ring would have to be passed over the blue lines. The rink (the area
where the sport is played) will consist of three different zones, consisting mainly of the attacking, neutral and the defensive zones. Within the end zones, each team is allowed to place only three of their players, while the crease only has the goalkeeper stationed in it.
What Do The Players Wear?
- A helmet and a facemask are worn by the players in order to protect their heads from injury, and these have to be approved by the higher authorities to ensure security.
- A neck guard, approved by the BNQ, is worn by the players to protect the neck.
- Knee and elbow pads for safety against falls.
- Gloves with special padding to hold the Ringette stick firmly, along with hockey pants.
- Shoulder and shin pads, as well as the hockey states, are also the equipment required to complete everything, and now you’re ready to go for it in the upcoming winter season, just as you want to!
When is Ringette Played?
The season for Ringette mostly comes during the winter. This means that from September until the end of March, you will see local tournaments being held everywhere, with thousands of people participating. There are both, indoor and outdoor games held, and even an international championship which people can go for on a higher level. Just as the winter starts, people get excited about the upcoming Ringette matches between the teams, which will become highly entertaining for the audience as well.