New Residency Policy

The Ringette Alberta Board has just approved revisions to the residency policy.  The new policy is effective immediately.

The Residency Policy is posted here.

The key change from the previous policy (2016) has to do with the impact of releases on team viability.

At the 2016 Ringette Alberta AGM, the majority of the members in attendance expressed concern that a revised residency policy would threaten the viability of small ringette associations. With that in mind, ringette associations have been given the expressed right to deny a release if that release makes a team no longer viable (fewer than 11 players).  To ensure equity in the athlete/association relationship, the expressed right to deny a release for team viability is now the only reason a release may be denied.    

The Ringette Alberta Board hopes this new policy will achieve the following objectives:

  • A recognition of the need to support team viability in smaller ringette associations across the province
  • A more balanced approach to serving athlete needs vs association needs when the two are not in agreement
  • Clarity around when a release may be denied and when it may not

Residency Policy FAQs have been prepared to help Ringette Alberta Members, Registered Participants and Parents understand the basic implications of the policy.

Ringette Alberta would like to thank the members and registered participants who provided input in the original Residency Policy Task Force’s work, the 2016 AGM and the most recent call for response to the draft 2017 policy.

Come Try Ringette!

Have you or your child always wanted to try ringette?  We would love to show you how…for FREE!  Ringette associations all over Alberta are hosting Come Try Ringette events and they would love for you to join them.

You can attend an event anywhere in Alberta, even if it isn’t your home association!  Simply log on to www.cometryringette.com and see what date and location works for your schedule.

Attending an event is free, we just ask that you pre-register so we know to expect you.  No ringette gear?  No problem!  All you need to attend are skates, warm mitts, a certified helmet and a positive attitude!  Our associations will provide sticks, rings and lots of fun!

For questions about our sport, please feel free to contact Ringette Alberta’s Sport Development Coordinator, Sharon Giles at sharon@ringettealberta.com.  You can also contact your local association, and a complete list can be found at http://www.ringettealberta.com/association-directory/

See you on the ice!

With Deepest Sadness…

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Jenna Sauer, a member of the Ringette Alberta Family. Our deepest condolences go out to Jenna’s family & friends.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Jenna Sauer Memorial Fund, at CIBC. Funds will be used to create a legacy of giving in Jenna’s name, as per her wishes.

To view Jenna’s full obituary, please log on to http://www.mhfh.com/sauer-jenna-leigh/

Jenna’s You Caring Page can also be viewed at https://www.youcaring.com/kellisauerleighsauerjennasauerandlilysauer-810774

Major Momentum for Ringette in Alberta

Ringette Alberta brought 69 members of the ringette community together over the weekend, May 6-7, 2017, to begin our province’s journey towards 75-22, Growth Through Excellence, which is the ultimate goal of the new Ringette IN Alberta strategic plan.

“75-22” represents the goal of having 7,500 registered players in Alberta for the start of the 2022-2023 season.  Today, Alberta has just over 6,300 registered players.

From this workshop, nine (9) action teams have been formed to quickly move forward on key tactics within the strategic plan.  The “Other Team Alberta”, committed volunteers from across the province, have set Alberta on a “get it done” path forward that will see us build trust among associations across the province and Ringette Alberta and take substantial steps forward together for the benefit of our athletes.

Here are the major tasks Alberta’s Ringette Community will be addressing in the short to medium term:

  • Clarifying Participation Contexts to attract and retain more players
  • Optimizing our recruitment efforts to bring more players into the game as children, youth and adults
  • Cost analysis to make ringette more affordable
  • Ice Team (to get enough ice for ringette to meet our objectives and to accommodate registration growth)
  • Coach Intake (to standardize the information coaches receive, particularly formal expectations)
  • Coach Assessment (to identify where coaches need more support and be able to deploy that support efficiently and effectively)
  • Coach Recognition (to reward the coaches who are doing the right things to support athlete development)
  • Officials to Athletes Ratio (to ensure we never have to limit athlete development opportunities because we are short of qualified officials)
  • Dashboard Team to establish the key measures of success for our provincial ringette system

We invite every player, parent, coach, manager, trainer, official and volunteer to check out the Meeting Notes to understand what occurred at the May Conference, to see the concrete actions that our community will be tackling over the next few months and years and how you will be affected.

If you’d like to know more or to get involved in some way to help our community achieve 75-22, please contact David Myers, Ringette Alberta’s Executive Director.